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LUCH 5B

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LUCH 5B is classified as:


NORAD ID: 38977
Int'l Code: 2012-061A
Perigee: 35,785.5 km
Apogee: 35,803.0 km
Inclination: 4.6 °
Period: 1,436.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 42165 km
RCS: 2.1538 m2 (large)
Launch date: November 2, 2012
Source: Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) (CIS)
Launch site: TYURATAM MISSILE AND SPACE COMPLEX (TTMTR)

LUCH 5B will relay data, voice and video communications between the ground and the Russian segment of the International Space Station, satellites, and rockets in flight. The new craft is the second in a new generation of Luch data relay satellites. Russia launched the Luch 5A spacecraft in December 2011. The Luch system is Russia's counterpart to NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a network of spacecraft linking mission controllers with the space station, scientific satellites and rockets. Luch 5B weighed 2,513 pounds (1,140 kg) at launch and will operate for 10 years at 16 degrees west longitude over the Atlantic Ocean. Luch 5A covers the Indian Ocean.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 38977U 12061A   18316.71851654 -.00000133 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9998
2 38977 004.5658 071.2112 0002084 229.5723 353.3576 01.00269983022365
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC