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SPIRALE A is classified as:


NORAD ID: 33751
Int'l Code: 2009-008C
Perigee: 616.0 km
Apogee: 17,237.0 km
Inclination: 2.0 °
Period: 313.8 minutes
Semi major axis: 15297 km
RCS: 0.631 m2 (medium)
Launch date: February 12, 2009
Source: France (FR)
Launch site: FRENCH GUIANA (FRGUI)

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.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 33751U 09008C   22182.35719356  .00000044  00000-0  20896-3 0  9996
2 33751   2.0137 242.8597 5432562 271.1449  30.4497  4.58850851195451
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC