Analysis of the Orbit of Cosmos 316 (1969-108A).
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Cosmos 316 1969-108A was a most unusual satellite. It was launched on 23 December 1969 into an orbit having a very low perigee height 154 km and inclined at 49.5 to the equator. But, because of its high massarea ratio, Cosmos 316 remained in orbit for 8 months, thus offering a unique opportunity to study the atmosphere at heights near 150 km by analysis of orbital changes. Orbits have been determined at 36 epochs during the satellites life with the aid of the RAE orbit determination program PROP, using about 1600 observations, mainly radar and visual, but also including some accurate photographic observations. Author
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