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COSMOS 2502

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COSMOS 2502 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 40358
Int'l Code: 2014-086A
Perigee: 906.4 km
Apogee: 916.8 km
Inclination: 67.2 °
Period: 103.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 7282 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: December 25, 2014
Source: Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) (CIS)
Launch site: PLESETSK MISSILE AND SPACE COMPLEX (PKMTR)

COSMOS 2502 is a satellite to collect intelligence for the Russian government. Russian authorities identified the payload as a communications satellite, but independent observers believe it is the second platform in a new series of spacecraft designed to eavesdrop on radio transmissions. The satellite's orbit is the same type of orbit achieved in a November 2009 launch of a new Lotos S military intelligence spacecraft. The satellite launched Thursday is likely the second Lotos S satellite. The Lotos satellites are part of Russia's Liana intelligence network, which will include new maritime surveillance satellites set for launch in the next few years.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 40358U 14086A   17115.49294210 -.00000255 +00000-0 -12876-3 0  9996
2 40358 067.1507 212.9227 0007196 262.7834 097.8987 13.96924133119053
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC