FOIA Request for satellite orbital data

Mark Klein filed this request with the National Reconnaissance Office of the United States of America.
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From: Mark Klein

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I want the daily 2-line element sets (elset or TLE) for satellite 1983-60C (NASA catalog # 14139) for the 7 days of August 25 thru Aug. 31, 1983.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Mark Klein

From: National Reconnaissance Office

A no responsive documents response.

From: Mark Klein

I am asking for STANDARD orbital data "element sets" on an old intelligence satellite, and logically the NRO must use such element sets to track intelligence satellites as part of your assigned duties. Perhaps there is a related office which keeps the database that you can refer me to?
In any case the data must exist for any agency which tracks satellites, and it would only take minutes to look it up, and the amount of data I want would take up only a few lines on a single page--so there should not be any fees involved. (I know the satellite existed--it is listed in a NASA Satellite Situation Report issued in 1993, for example-- but of course NASA does not give out the detailed orbital data on military satellites.) Considering that we are asking for 30-year-old data, there should be no problem.
If you think more time is required, I would ask that fees be waived as this is a matter of public news interest, as my study focuses on a period of US-Soviet confrontation in 1983 in which US intelligence activities played a role. I have previously published a book on government surveillance and have appeared in media interviews.
Thank you for your attention.

From: National Reconnaissance Office

A letter stating that the request appeal has been received and is being processed.

From: Mark Klein


Please do not process this Appeal (F13-0061). It has been withdrawn.

Thank you.

From: National Reconnaissance Office

A letter stating that the request appeal has been withdrawn.