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COSMOS 2518

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COSMOS 2518 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 42719
Int'l Code: 2017-027A
Perigee: 2,258.7 km
Apogee: 38,107.7 km
Inclination: 63.2 °
Period: 717.7 minutes
Semi major axis: 26554 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: May 25, 2017
Source: Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) (CIS)
Launch site: PLESETSK MISSILE AND SPACE COMPLEX (PKMTR)

COSMOS 2518 is a Russias military satellite, joining a network of orbiting early warning stations detecting and tracking missile launches around the world, providing the Russian government notice of potential attack. The Russian military named the satellite Kosmos 2518, consistent with the official nomenclature for Russia's defense-related spacecraft. The type of launcher, time of liftoff and trajectory of the rocket indicated it carried a EKS-type missile warning satellite. EKS is a Russian acronym that translates to integrated space system. The EKS, or Tundra, satellites replace Russia's Oko early warning system, which had its last satellite launch in 2012.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 42719U 17027A   20196.75685777 -.00000250 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9998
2 42719 063.1969 168.8522 6750165 265.5476 021.2916 02.00633514023006
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC