F-15A launching an ASM-135 ASAT anti-satellite missile during testing, 1985

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>Actually, Molniya orbit is much closer to GSO than LEO

Birds in Molniya orbits spend a lot of their time at apogee but twice a day they’re in LEO; also, most of the Molniya satellites for which the orbit type is named had perigees around 500-600km, within the range capabilities of the ASM-135. I did say “or Molniya orbits *near perigee*”.

Anyway, I was using the Molniya orbit in a generic sense for a highly eccentric orbit such as those in which you will find some communications satellites. Maybe I should have just said “highly eccentric orbits” or “very elliptical” instead, but I like the word Molniya.

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