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    SPIRALE A can be found in the following categories:

    NORAD ID: 33751
    Int'l Code: 2009-008C
    Perigee: 339.8 km
    Apogee: 17,535.9 km
    Inclination: 2.0 °
    Period: 314.4 minutes
    Semi major axis: 15315 km
    Launch date: February 12, 2009
    Source: France (FR)
    Comments: SPIRALE A is a missile-warning micro-satellite for the French military. The satellite will test a space-based optical early warning system to detect enemy missile launches. The name comes from the French acronym for "Preparatory System for IR Early Warning". Flying in a highly elliptical orbit of 22,300 by 375 miles [35,900 by 600 km], the cube-shaped micro-satellite will take infrared imagery to spot ballistic missiles during their boost phase of flight.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 33751U 09008C   15108.92972727  .00002573  00000-0  99873-3 0  9992
    2 33751 002.0352 223.6753 5613791 317.6931 053.1014 04.58021030 74573
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for SPIRALE A

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