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    BLITS can be found in the following categories:
    Experimental

    NORAD ID: 35871
    Int'l Code: 2009-049G
    Perigee: 816.3 km
    Apogee: 822.8 km
    Inclination: 98.5 °
    Period: 101.3 minutes
    Semi major axis: 7197 km
    Launch date: September 17, 2009
    Source: Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) (CIS)
    Comments: BLITS is a 7.53-kilogram nanosatellite consisting of two outer hemispheres made of a low-refraction-index glass. It is developed and manufactured by the IPIE center, under a 2006 agreement between Roskosmos and International Laser Ranging Service. The purpose of the mission is experimental verification of the spherical glass retroreflector satellite concept. A small spherical retroreflector of the same type (6cm in diameter) was flying onboard of the Meteor-3M satellite in 2001-2006.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 35871U 09049G   15063.03715093  .00000028  00000-0  31958-4 0  9999
    2 35871 098.5038 104.7647 0004522 068.9186 291.2475 14.21721602282591
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for BLITS

     
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