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Téma: Jonathan's Space Report
06.4.2019 - 18:43 - 
Jonathan's Space Report
No. 763 2019 Apr 6 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
---------------------------

Soyuz MS-12 was launched on Mar 14 carrying Aleksey Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Christina
Koch. It docked with the Rassvet module at 0101:43 UTC Mar 15, beginning ISS Expedition 59.

Progress MS-10 made a 0.7m/s burn to adjust the ISS orbit at 1422 UTC Mar 23.

The new Li-ion batteries delivered by HTV-7 last September on the External Pallet EP7 are finally being installed
in a mixture of robotic (SSRMS/Dextre SPDM) operations and manual work on spacewalks.
EP7 is stored on the POA location on the Mobile Base System.

Here is the chronology of activities (most of you will want to skip this bit!)
Mar 19 SPDM move NiH battery 0070 from P4 truss IEA 4A slot 3 to Dextre's EOTP3 stowage point.
SPDM move NiH battery 0073 from P4 4A slot 1 to EP7 slot X for disposal
SPDM move Li-ion battery 0006 from EP7 slot C to P4 4A slot 3
Unfortunately this battery failed on Mar 22.
Mar 20 SPDM move NiH battery 0074 from P4 4A slot 5 to EP7 slot Z for disposal
SPDM move NiH battery 0069 from P4 4A slot 6 to EP7 slot Y for disposal
SPDM move Li-ion battery 0010 from EP7 slot B to P4 4A slot 5
SPDM move Li-ion battery 0008 from EP7 slot A to P4 4A slot 1
Mar 22 1155? Quest airlock depress, Anne McClain EV1 in EMU 3008, SAFER 13
Nick Hague EV2 in EMU 3003, SAFER 15
1158 Hatch open
1351-1410 Hague move adapter plate 0005 from EP7 slot A to P4 4A slot 6
1355-1452 McClain move adapter plate 0006 from EP7 slot B to P4 4A slot 4
1430-1442 Move NiH battery 0072 from P4 4A slot 4 to adapter 0005 on slot 6
1513-1526 Move NiH battery 0071 from P4 4A slot 2 to adapter 0006 on slot 4
1623-1648 Move adapter plate 0007 from EP7 slot C to P4 4A slot 2
1836 Hatch closed
1840 Repressurized
Mar 26 SPDM move NiH battery 0065 from P4 2A slot 1 to EP7 slot B for disposal
SPDM move NiH battery 0066 from P4 2A slot 3 to EP7 slot A for disposal
Mar 27 SPDM move NiH battery 0068 from P4 2A slot 5 to Dextre
SPDM move Li-ion battery 0003 from EP7 slot D to P4 2A slot 1
SPDM move Li-ion battery 0019 from EP7 slot E to P4 2A slot 5
SPDM move Li-ion battery 0018 from EP7 slot F to P4 2A slot 3
Mar 28 SPDM move NiH battery 0063 from P4 2A slot 6 to EP7 slot C? for disposal
SPDM move NiH battery 0067 from P4 2A slot 4 to Dextre
Mar 29 1137? Quest airlock depress, Nick Hague EV1 in EMU 3006, SAFER 13
Christina Koch EV2 in EMU 3008, SAFER 15
1139 Hatch open
1310 Remove adapter plates 13 and 14 from EP7 slots E and F
1330 Adapter plate 14 (F) installed on P4 2A slot 6
1351 Adapter plate 13 (E) installed on P4 2A slot 4
1419 NiH battery 0064 removed from P4 2A slot 2
1455 NiH battery 0064 installed on adapter plate 13 in 2A slot 4.
1514 Adapter plate 12 (D) removed from EP7 slot D
1529 Adapter plate 12 (D) installed on P4 2A slot 2
1821 Hatch closed
1828 Airlock repressurized
Mar 30 SPDM move NiH battery 0067 from SPDM arm 1? to EP7 slot D?
SPDM move NiH battery 0068 from SPDM arm 2? to EP7 slot E?
I believe NiH battery 0070 is still on the SPDM EOTP.
But I haven't seen any confirmation of this.

On Apr 2, the spare BCDU (Battery Charge/Discharge Unit) which was
launched as part of ELC-1's initial cargo in 2009
was moved from ELC-1 to replace P4 IEA's 4A3 BCDU which is thought to have failed.
On Apr 3, the new-but-failed Li-Ion battery 0006 was removed from P4 4A3 and returned
to the EP7, possibly on slot F?

With these changes, and a few more still to come, the 2A and 4A solar arrays on the
P4 truss are back in action using the new batteries.

The Progress MS-11 cargo ship was launched on Apr 4 and docked with the Pirs module
only 3h20 min after launch.


S5
--

The US Air Force Research Lab's S5 satellite appears to have separated from its
Nusantara Satu host satellite at about 1800 UTC on Mar 4. Part of the Beresheet probe's
adapter structure was jettisoned in the `GEO graveyard' first to allow S5 to emerge.

Orbits of the three GEO objects on Mar 8 were:
44048 Nusantara Satu 35779 x 35791 km x 0.1 deg GEO 145.9E
44065 S5 36053 x 36055 km x 0.1 deg GEO 139.3E+3.3deg W/day
44066 Beresheet adapter 36131 x 36170 km x 0.1 deg GEO 133.2E+4.6deg W/day

ZX-6C
------

China launched the Zhongxing-6C satellite from Xichang on Mar 9. ZX-6C is a C-band
communications satellite using the DFH-4 bus. By Mar 19 the satellite was
on station in GEO at 129.9E.

WGS-10
------

The US Air Force communications satellite Wideband Global Satcom 10 was launched
on Mar 16 by a Delta 4 Medium from Cape Canaveral into a supersynchronous transfer
orbit. The Boeing-built spacecraft carries X- and Ka-band communications payloads
and has both bipropellant and electric propulsion systems.
The orbital data for WGS satellites were declassified last year; it's nice to
see public TLE data flowing for the new satellite. By Mar 22 it was in
a 13246 x 45069 km x 5.3 deg orbit.

PRISMA
------

The Italian Space Agency's PRISMA imaging satellite was launched by an
Arianespace Vega on Mar 22. Its 0.21m aperture telescope has a
hyperspectral detector with high spectral resolution near infrared and
visible imaging.

Beresheet
---------

The SpaceIL Beresheet probe (I'm told "B'reshit" is a better
transliteration from the Hebrew) has made a further orbit raising burn
for translunar injection. The 60 second perigee burn at 1230 UTC Mar 19
raised apogee beyond the Moon to 405 000 km. It entered an estimated
400 x 10000 km lunar orbit on Apr 4, with a 324m/s burn starting at 1418
UTC and lasting 350s.

Kicksat-2
---------

The Kicksat-2 cubesat, developed by Zac Manchester (Stanford U.) and
funded on Kickstarter, deployed at least some of its circa 104 Sprite
chipsats on Mar 19 at 0340 UTC, as the satellite orbited over the
eastern Pacific southwest of California. Cees Bassa detected radio
signals from some of the Sprites. There are no US satellite catalog
entries for them. Their area-to-mass ratio is rather high, so they are
strongly affected by drag, and Manchester reports that they are expected
to have reentered within a few days.


Microsat-R
----------

On Mar 27 India's Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) launched the first PDV Mk II
antisatellite interceptor from Kalam Island. After a three minute flight the missile collided
with the 740 kg Microsat-R satellite in LEO. Microsat-R was in a 260 x 282 km x 96.6 deg orbit
at the time, travelling north over the Bay of Bengal; PDV-II flew south from Orissa to intercept
it. PDV-II is reported to be a three stage vehicle - two solid boost stages and a kill vehicle
with liquid-propellant terminal guidance thrusters.

As of Mar 31 US authorities were reporting over 250 debris pieces detected. On Apr 5, 57 of them
were publicly cataloged, 13 showing apogees over 1000 km.

PSLV-C45
--------

India launched PSLV-C45 from Sriharikota on Apr 1. This was the first launch of
the PSLV-QL variant which has 4 strapon boosters, and the first time the PS4
upper stage carried solar panels to support long-term in-orbit attached payloads.

The main payload was EMISAT, a signals intelligence satellite for the Indian
defense research agency DRDO.

Cubesats on PSLV-C45 include: BlueWalker 1, a test IoT data relay
satellite for Avellan Space Technology and Science of Midland, Texas
built by NanoAvionics of Vilnius, whose own test satellite, M6P, is also
aboard; Astrocast 0.2 is another IoT test satellite for Astrocast of
Lausanne. Danu Pathfinder 1 is the third in the AISTECHSAT series of
ship tracking satellites from AistechSpace of Barcelona. Four Lemur-2
satellites for SpireGlobal are aboard, and twenty Planet cubesats
in the improved Flock 4 series.

Preliminary data suggest that (1) the final burn of the PS4 stage
may have been retrograde instead of posigrade, leading to an elliptical
rather than circular final orbit and (2) two of the satellite deployments
inadvertently occured only after this burn, leaving them in the PS4's
orbit rather than the higher target one.


R3D2
----

RocketLab launched the fifth Electron on Mar 28, carrying the DARPA R3D2
(Radio-frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration) satellite.
R3D2 is a 150 kg Northrop Grumman satellite with a 2.3m diameter
deployable lightweight antenna.

TL2-01
------

China launched the first of its second-generation tracking and data relay satellites on Mar 31.
Tianlian-2 sat 01 (Tianlian erhao 01 xing) is a CAST DFH-4. The TL2 series will replace the four
TL1 sats already in orbit:

Satellite Launch date Current GEO Location Location History
Tianlian-1 01 xing 2008 Apr 25 Indian O. Backup 80E 77E (2008-2013); 80E (2013-2019)
Tianlian-1 02 xing 2011 Jul 11 Pacific 167E 177E (2011-2013); 167E (2013-2016)
171E (2016) 177E (2016-Jan 2019) 167E (2019)
Tianlian-1 03 xing 2012 Jul 25 Africa 17E 17E (2012-2016); 20E (2016); 10.5E (2016-Jan 2019); 17E (2019)
Tianlian-1 04 xing 2016 Nov 22 Indian Ocean 77E 77E (2016-2019)
Tianlian-2 01 xing 2019 Mar 31 TBD

As of Apr 6, geotransfer orbit TLEs for TL2-01 had stopped on Apr 1; this suggests it made an
apogee maneuver on that date but has not yet been located by US tracking in GEO. TL2-01's
apogee at 0800 UTC Apr 1 was at around 114E.


O3B
----

The final four satellites in the first-generation SES O3b constellation were launched
from French Guiana on Apr 4 on a Soyuz/Fregat to medium equatorial Earth orbit. The O3b satellites
provide broadband internet to developing countries.

Hayabusa-2
-----------

At 0400 UTC on Apr 4 Haybusa 2 began another descent from its 20 km home
point towards the surface of Ryugu. At an altitude of 500m, at 0156 UTC
Apr 5, it ejected the SCI (Small Carry-On Impactor), a 14 kg vehicle
with a 5 kg explosive shaped charge and a 2 kg copper mass. Hayabusa-2
then performed an avoidance burn to head off several km to the side of
the asteroid, over the horizon from the SCI location. Early in this
retreat, at 0214 UTC, it ejected the DCAM-3 camera package. At 0236 UTC
the SCI detonated, propelling the copper payload into the asteroid with
the intention of creating a new crater. DCAM-3 imaged this operation and
relayed the data to the main spacecraft. Hayabusa-2 will image Ryugu
from a safe distance and search for the resulting crater, before
returning to its 20 km home point on around Apr 20. The plan is to then
make a further descent to sample the freshly exposed material in the new
crater.


Erratum
-------
In JSR 760 I said that Progress MS-10 did a reboost on Dec 2; this should have read Dec 27
(with further reboosts Jan 18 and Feb 26).


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes

Feb 1? SeeMe? EXCITE, LEO Imaging 99BS S43822 571 x 594 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
Feb 5 Dousti Safir Semnan Imaging F02 F01533 -6000?x 10?x 55.0
Feb 5 2101 Saudi Geosat 1 ) Ariane 5ECA Kourou ELA3 Comms 07A S44034 242 x 35770 x 3.0
GSAT-31 ) Comms 07B S44035 245 x 35841 x 3.0
Feb 9 0000 Quantum Radar 1 ) Cygnus NG10,LEO Tech 18092C S44041 455 x 459 x 51.6
Quantum Radar 2 ) Tech 18092D S44042 457 x 457 x 51.6
Feb 13 1200 MySat-1 ) Cygnus NG10,LEO Tech 18092E S44044? 455 x 471 x 51.6
CHEFSAT-2 ) Tech 18092F S44045? 455 x 471 x 51.6
Feb 13 2245 Kicksat-2 Cygnus NG10,LEO Tech 18092G S44046 297 x 306 x 51.6
Feb 21 1647 EgyptSat-A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat Baykonur LC31 Imaging 08A S44047 652 x 656 x 98.0 0950LT SSO
Feb 22 0145 Nusantara Satu ) Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Comms 09A S44048 35779 x 35791 x 0.1
Beresheet ) Lunar probe 09B S44049 242 x 68845 x 27.6
Feb 27 2137 OneWeb-0006 ) Soyuz ST-B/Fregat CSG ELS Comms 10E S44061 984 x 1007 x 87.8
OneWeb-0007 ) Comms 10D S44060 984 x 1007 x 87.8
OneWeb-0008 ) Comms 10C S44059 985 x 1009 x 87.8
OneWeb-0010 ) Comms 10B S44058 986 x 1010 x 87.8
OneWeb-0011 ) Comms 10F S44062 987 x 1005 x 87.8
OneWeb-0012 ) Comms 10A S44057 985 x 1010 x 87.8
Mar 2 0749 Crew Dragon DM-1 Falcon 9 Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 11A S44063 235 x 351 x 51.6
Mar 4 1800? S5 Nus.Satu, GEO Imaging 09D? S44065? 36043 x 36055 x 1.0
Mar 9 1628 Zhongxing 6C Chang Zheng 3B Xichang LC3 Comms 12A S44067 181 x 40603 x 24.6
Mar 14 1914 Soyuz MS-12 Soyuz-FG Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 13A S44069 406 x 411 x 51.6 Docked ISS
Mar 16 0026 WGS 10 Delta 4M+(5,4) Canaveral SLC37B Comms 14A S44071 462 x 44261 x 27.0
Mar 19 0340 Sprite (00,01) ] Kicksat-2, LEO Tech 18092H 251 x 261 x 51.6
Sprite (02,03) ] Tech 18092J 251 x 261 x 51.6
.... ] [104 satellites]
Sprite (206,207)] Tech 18092DQ 251 x 261 x 51.6
Mar 22 0150 PRISMA Vega CSG ELV Imaging 15A S44072 617 x 620 x 97.9 1030LT SSO
Mar 27 0939? Linqgue 1A OS-M1 Jiuquan Tech F03 F01537 -6300?x 10?x 98?
Mar 28 2327 R3D2 Electron Mahia Tech 16A S44073 421 x 438 x 39.5
Mar 31 1551 TianLian 2-01 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang Comms 17A S44076 200 x 35817 x 27.1
Apr 1 0357 EMISAT ) PSLV-QL Satish Dhawan SLP Sigint 18A S44078 736 x 758 x 98.4 0930LT SSO
BlueWalker 1 ) IoT Comms 18AD S44105 434 x 515 x 97.5
M6P ) IoT Comms 18AF S44109 434 x 515 x 97.5
Astrocast-0.2 ) IoT Comms 18F S44083 494 x 510 x 97.5
Danu Pathfinder 1 ) AIS Comms 18AB S44103 490 x 507 x 97.5
Lemur-2-JohanLoran ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18G S44084 494 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Beaudacious ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18H S44085 493 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Elham ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18J S44086 493 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Victor-Andrew) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18K S44087 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-1/ Dove 2218) Imaging 18B S44079 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-2/ Dove 2201) Imaging 18C S44080 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-3/ Dove 2206) Imaging 18D S44081 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-4/ Dove 2220) Imaging 18E S44082 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-5/ Dove 2227) Imaging 18T S44095 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-6/ Dove 220b) Imaging 18S S44094 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-7/ Dove 222d) Imaging 18R S44093 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-8/ Dove 2213) Imaging 18Q S44092 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-9/ Dove 2224) Imaging 18W S44098 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-10/Dove 2205) Imaging 18V S44097 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-11/Dove 2223) Imaging 18U S44096 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-12/Dove 2209) Imaging 18AE S44108 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-13/Dove 220c) Imaging 18AA S44102 492 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-14/Dove 222c) Imaging 18Z S44101 492 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-15/Dove 2207) Imaging 18Y S44100 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-16/Dove 222b) Imaging 18X S44099 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-17/Dove 2212) Imaging 18L S44088 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-18/Dove 2215) Imaging 18M S44089 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-19/Dove 2235) Imaging 18N S44090 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-20/Dove 2232) Imaging 18P S44091 493 x 510 x 97.5
AISAT-1/PSLV-C45-PS4 Tech/Comms 18AC S44104 435 x 515 x 97.5
Apr 4 1101 Progress MS-11 Soyuz-2-1A Baykonur LC31 Cargo 19A S44110 407 x 411 x 51.6
Apr 4 1703 O3b FM17 ) Soyuz ST-B/Fregat CSG ELS Comms 20A S44112 7809 x 7839 x 0.0
O3b FM18 ) Comms 20B S44113 7818 x 7839 x 0.0
O3b FM19 ) Comms 20C S44114 7830 x 7840 x 0.0
O3b FM20 ) Comms 20D S44115 7839 x 7841 x 0.0
Apr 5 0156 SCI Hayabusa-2, Ryugu space Weapon 14076 D00957 Ryugu impact
Apr 5 0214 DCAM-3 Hayabusa-2, Ryugu space Imaging 14076 D00958 Ryugu space

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
-----------------------------------


Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target

Feb 6 0701 Mk 21 RV/FTU-1 Minuteman 3 Vandenberg Test 1300? Pacific Ocean
Feb 6 0831 Yars RV Yars Plesetsk Test 1300? Kura
Feb 22 1654 VSS Unity VF-01 Spaceship Two Kelso Valley Test 89.9 Mojave
Mar 11 0920 REXUS 25 Imp. Orion Kiruna Micrograv 82 ESRANGE
Mar 19 0940 REXUS 26 Imp. Orion Kiruna Micrograv 80 ESRANGE
Mar 25 1720? FTG-11 Target ICBM-T2? Kwajalein Target 1000? Pacific Ocean
Mar 25 1730? FTG-11 KV 1 GBI Vandenberg LF23? Interceptor 1000? Intercept
Mar 25 1730? FTG-11 KV 2 GBI Vandenberg LF05? Interceptor 1000? Intercept
Mar 27 0540 Mission Shakhti PDV-II Kalam Island ASAT 270? Intercept
Apr 5 2214 AZURE 1 Black Brant XIA Andoya Auroral 320 Norwegian Sea
Apr 5 2214 AZURE 2 Black Brant XIA Andoya Auroral 320 Norwegian Sea
 
11.5.2019 - 17:59 - 


Jonathan's Space Report
No. 764 2019 Apr 30 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
---------------------------

Correction to previous description of battery work: the new-but-failed battery
that was removed on Apr 3 was the one in channel 4A3 slot 5, not the one in slot 3.
On Apr 5 the SPDM moved NiH battery 0072 from AP005 on P4 IEA 4A slot 6 to slot 5.

On Apr 8 McClain and St-Jacques performed spacewalk EVA 54. The airlock was
depressurized by about 1125 UTC with hatch open at 1126 and the suits on battery
power at 1131. At 1229 the adapter plate removed from 4A slot 6 and placed on
top of the plate in slot 2 at 1240 UTC. This opens up slot 6 for one of the old
batteries.

The spacewalkers then carried out cabling to provide external wireless support and
backup power to Canadarm-2. The airlock was repressurized at 1800 UTC.

On Apr 11 the SPDM moved NiH battery 0069 from EP7 slot Y to the newly empty
slot 6 on P4 4A. Then, battery 0070 was moved from the Dextre EOTP to slot Y.

So the 4A side has the following right now:
Slot 1 Li-ion 15? Slot 2 Adapter 07 + Adapter 05
Slot 3 Li-ion 17? Slot 4 Adapter 06 + NiH 0071
Slot 5 NiH 0072 Slot 6 NiH 0069

On Apr 17 the 10th Antares rocket took off from the Mid-Atlantic
Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, placing Cygnus NG-11 (the S.S.
Roger Chaffee) in low orbit at 2053 UTC and separating from the payload
at 2055 UTC. The Chaffee reached the ISS on Apr 19, with SSRMS
grapple at 0928 UTC and berthing on Unity nadir at about 1130 UTC.

The NG-11 mission carries a large number of nanosatellites hosted on a
variety of dispenser systems.

Four Planetary Systems Corp. CSD 3U deployers were attached to the
Antares second stage, and ejected their payloads, SASSI2 and 12
ThinSats, at 2059 UTC Apr 17. Unusually, the payloads were not
cataloged by US space tracking, and were expected to have reentered by
around Apr 24.


SASSI-2 (Student Aerothermal Spectrometer Satellite of Illinois and Indiana,
correctly written as SASSI-superscript-2) is a 3U cubesat from the University
of Illinois to study the diffuse bow shock of a satellite in low orbit.

The ThinSats are a new design from NearSpaceLaunch for the Virginia Commercial
Space Flight Authority and carry student experiments. Twelve Thinsats were
deployed. Each is made of a number of Thinsat cases 0.01 x 0.11 x 0.11m in size
connected by solar panel ribbons 0.30m long 0.05m wide. The satellites are
launched folded up and deploy after ejection in an accordion-like fashion.
The twelve satellites include:
Three Thinsat 3T (1B,1G,1K), consisting of three Thinsat cases connected by two ribbons.
Overall mass 1 kg, size 0.01 x 0.1 x 1.3m.

Six Thinsat 6T (1C,1D,1F,1H,1J,1L), consisting of six Thinsat cases connect by five ribbons.
Overall mass 2 kg, size 0.01 x 0.1 x 2.7m

Three Thinsat D+4T (1A, 1E, 1I), consisting of five Thinsat cases (one of them a double-width
0.03 x 0.11 x 0.11m case) connected by 4 ribbons. Overall mass 2 kg, size (0.01-0.03) x 0.1 x 2.2m.

The JAXA J-SSOD No. 11 dispenser will be delivered to the Kibo module for later deployment.
It contains three 1U cubesats developed by Kyushu Tech students:
Uguisu, for Kyushu Tech
Raavana-1, for the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka;
Nepalisat-1, for the Nepal Academy of Space Technology, Kathmandu.

The Nanoracks NRCSD-16 payload will also be delivered to the Kibo module for later deployment.
It includes:
Aeternitas (1U, Old Dominion University, Virginia);
Libertas (1U, University of Virginia);
Ceres (1U, Virginia Polytechnic);
KRAKsat (1U, Kraksat team and Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza, Krakow, Poland) with
a ferrofluid attitude control system experiment.
Swiatowid (2U, SatRevolution, Wroclaw, Poland), with a 4m res Earth imager.
IOD-1 GEMS, Orbital Microsystems (Boulder, Colorado and Harwell, UK; 3U from ClydeSpace),
with a passive microwave weather sensor.
EntrySat (2U from Institut superieur de l'aeronautique et de l'espace, Toulouse), to study
the atmospheric reentry environment.

The Nanoracks NRCSD-E mission 7 is attached to the Chaffee's service module.
Its payloads are:
Aerocube-10a, a 1.5U cubesat from the Aerospace Corp containing
29 small subsatellites (AC-10a Probe 01 to 29), each 0.016 kg and 0.1m in diameter,
which will be ejected to serve as radar targets to study atmospheric density.
AC-10a also has an optical beacon to serve as a target for AC-10b.

Aerocube-10b, a 1.5U cubesat with a steam thruster, to carry out proximity
manuevering near AC-10a.

Seeker, a 3U cubesat from NASA JSC to serve as an inspector satellite maneuvering
in the vicinity of the Chaffee.

Kenobi, a 3U cubesat from NASA JSC which will remain attached to the NRCSD-E and
will relay data from Seeker.

Finally, the SEOPS LLC Slingshot system will be attached to the Chaffee before it
departs ISS, and will deploy further cubesats whose identities have not yet been
revealed. These cubesats will be delivered to ISS on the next Dragon.


PSLV
-----

It has now been confirmed that the two NanoAvionics cubesats M6P and
BlueWalker-1 were ejected into the wrong orbit (435 x 514 km instead of
493 x 510 km), probably due to a deployment hang-up delaying the
ejection until after the final PSLV-PS4 burn.

Arabsat 6A
-----------

The Arabsat 6A communications satellite was launched by the first operational
Falcon Heavy on Apr 11. The two side cores landed back at Cape Canaveral
and the center core landed downrange on the OCISLY droneship. The second
stage carried on to parking orbit and then after a second burn
to highly elliptical supersynchronous transfer orbit of 324 x 90078 km x 23.0 deg
By Apr 26 the satellite was in a 36074 x 89938 km x 1.3 deg, ready to lower
apogee to GEO.

During the voyage back to port the core stage toppled over onto the deck
of the OCISLY and was partly destroyed.



B'reshit
--------

The SpaceIL lunar lander made several orbit circularization burns from Apr 4 to Apr 10.
On Apr 6 apogee was lowered from 10000 km to 750 km; on Apr 8 at 0548 UTC
the orbit was reduced to 211 x 467 km, and on Apr 10 about 1700 UTC to 16 x 200 km.
On Apr 11 at 1912 UTC B'reshit began its landing burn, but after failure
of an IMU the main engine cut off. It was restarted too late to save the landing,
with impact (possibly near 18E 32N) at 1923 UTC Apr 11.

Beidou
------

China launched a new Beidou 3 satellite on Apr 20 to geostationary transfer orbit.
It reportedly was planned to enter an inclined GEO at 55 degrees, with apogee
burn apparently on Apr 21, but as of Apr 30 the satellite had not been tracked
in its new orbit.

Tianhui-2 Group 1
-----------------

On Apr 29 China launched two new mapping satellites, Tianhui-2 01 zu 01
xing and Tianhui-2 01 zu 02 xing, into a 0600 local time descending node
sun-synchronous orbit. The vehicle was launched at 2252 UTC and entered
orbit around 2305 UTC; After payload separation the third stage made a
perigee-lowering burn at 2311 UTC.

Hammaguir
---------

From 1952 to 1967, France's main space launch site was the CIEES (Centre
Interarmees d'Essais d'Engins Speciaux) B2 site at Hammaguir, Algeria.
(The older CIEES B0 and CIEES B1 were at Colomb-Bechar to the northeast,
and were used for small military missile tests). Until 2015, as far as I
can tell, no map of the CIEES B2 had been publicly available. The French
space agency CNES then released a 1965 map for the 2015 celebrations of
the anniversary of the first French satellite launch. Thanks to this,
which I just became aware of (courtesy of @syncloss on twitter), it is
now possible to identify the locations of the launch pads at CIEES B2.

Launch area Rockets

Blandine 30.8591N 3.0850W Veronique, Vesta
Bacchus 30.8497N 3.0691W Centaure, Dragon, Belier, Antares
Brigitte (Agate pad) 30.7782N 3.0566W Agate, Topaze, Rubis
Brigitte (Diamant pad) 30.7782N 3.0539W Emeraude, Saphir, Diamant
Beatrice 30.7986N 3.0154W Cora




Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes

Apr 1 0357 EMISAT ) PSLV-QL Satish Dhawan SLP Sigint 18A S44078 736 x 758 x 98.4 0930LT SSO
BlueWalker 1 ) IoT Comms 18AD S44105 434 x 515 x 97.5
M6P ) IoT Comms 18AF S44109 434 x 515 x 97.5
Astrocast-0.2 ) IoT Comms 18F S44083 494 x 510 x 97.5
Danu Pathfinder 1 ) AIS Comms 18AB S44103 490 x 507 x 97.5
Lemur-2-JohanLoran ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18G S44084 494 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Beaudacious ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18H S44085 493 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Elham ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18J S44086 493 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Victor-Andrew) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18K S44087 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-1/ Dove 2218) Imaging 18B S44079 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-2/ Dove 2201) Imaging 18C S44080 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-3/ Dove 2206) Imaging 18D S44081 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-4/ Dove 2220) Imaging 18E S44082 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-5/ Dove 2227) Imaging 18T S44095 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-6/ Dove 220b) Imaging 18S S44094 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-7/ Dove 222d) Imaging 18R S44093 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-8/ Dove 2213) Imaging 18Q S44092 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-9/ Dove 2224) Imaging 18W S44098 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-10/Dove 2205) Imaging 18V S44097 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-11/Dove 2223) Imaging 18U S44096 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-12/Dove 2209) Imaging 18AE S44108 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-13/Dove 220c) Imaging 18AA S44102 492 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-14/Dove 222c) Imaging 18Z S44101 492 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-15/Dove 2207) Imaging 18Y S44100 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-16/Dove 222b) Imaging 18X S44099 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-17/Dove 2212) Imaging 18L S44088 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-18/Dove 2215) Imaging 18M S44089 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-19/Dove 2235) Imaging 18N S44090 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-20/Dove 2232) Imaging 18P S44091 493 x 510 x 97.5
AISAT-1/PSLV-C45-PS4 Tech/Comms 18AC S44104 435 x 515 x 97.5
Apr 4 1101 Progress MS-11 Soyuz-2-1A Baykonur LC31 Cargo 19A S44110 407 x 411 x 51.6
Apr 4 1703 O3b FM17 ) Soyuz ST-B/Fregat CSG ELS Comms 20A S44112 7809 x 7839 x 0.0
O3b FM18 ) Comms 20B S44113 7818 x 7839 x 0.0
O3b FM19 ) Comms 20C S44114 7830 x 7840 x 0.0
O3b FM20 ) Comms 20D S44115 7839 x 7841 x 0.0
Apr 5 0156 SCI Hayabusa-2, Ryugu space Weapon 14076 D00957 Ryugu impact
Apr 5 0214 DCAM-3 Hayabusa-2, Ryugu space Imaging 14076 D00958 Ryugu space
Apr 11 2235 Arabsat 6A Falcon Heavy Kennedy LC39A Comms 21A S44186 320 x89807 x 23.0
Apr 17 2046 S.S. Roger Chaffee ) Antares 230 MARS LA0B Cargo 22A S44188 285 x 380 x 51.6
SASSI-2 ) Science 22C? A09407 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1A ) Tech 22D? A09408 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1B ) Tech 22E? A09409 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1C ) Tech 22F? A09410 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1D ) Tech 22G? A09411 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1E ) Tech 22H? A09412 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1F ) Tech 22J? A09413 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1G ) Tech 22K? A09414 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1H ) Tech 22L? A09415 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1I ) Tech 22M? A09416 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1J ) Tech 22N? A09417 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1K ) Tech 22P? A09418 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1L ) Tech 22Q? A09419 201 x 291 x 51.6
Apr 20 1441 Beidou DW44 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang Navigation 23A S44205 193 x35788 x 28.5
Apr 29 2252 Tianhui-2 01 zu 01 xing ) Chang Zheng 4B Taiyuan Imaging 24A S44207 506 x 517 x 97.4 0600LT SSO
Tianhui-2 01 zu 02 xing ) Imaging 24B S44208 506 x 517 x 97.4 0600LT SSO

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target

Apr 5 2214 AZURE 1 Black Brant XIA Andoya Auroral 320 Norwegian Sea
Apr 5 2216 AZURE 2 Black Brant XIA Andoya Auroral 320 Norwegian Sea
Apr 11 1651 CLASP 2 Black Brant IX White Sands Solar UV 274 White Sands

 
08.7.2019 - 09:28 - 


Jonathan's Space Report
No. 765 2019 Jun 2 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
---------------------------

On May 1-2 the Canadarm-2 and Dextre arms were used to replace a failed Main Bus Switching
Unit on the ISS S0 truss. The failed MBSU supported the channel 3 solar arrays.
It was exchanged with an MBSU on External Stowage Platform 2. This replacement unit was originally
the channel 2 MBSU, which failed in 2017, was brought inside ISS, repaired, and replaced on ESP-2.
There are 7 MBSUs on ISS:

Launch order Launch year Current role
MBSU 1 2002 Failed, on ELC-2 since 2013
MBSU 2 2002 Active as MBSU-3 since 2019
MBSU 3 2002 Failed, on ESP-2 since 2019
MBSU 4 2002 Active as MBSU-4 since 2002
MBSU 5 2005 Active as MBSU-2 since 2017
MBSU 6 2007 Active as MBSU-1 since 2012
MBSU 7 2013 Spare on ESP-2 since 2013


On May 4 SpaceX launched Dragon CRS-17 towards the Station. The CRS-17 trunk carries
OCO-3, a carbon measuring experiment, and STP-H6, with a set of USAF Space Test Program
experiments. STP-H6's experiments include XCOM, an X-ray transmitter which will carry
out communications experiments using the ISS NICER X-ray observatory as a receiver -
giving a whole different meaning to "X-band".

Dragon arrived at ISS on May 6, with SSRMS grapple at 1101 UTC and
berthing on Harmony nadir at 1422 UTC. On May 10-11 OCO-3 was installed
on site EFU3 of the Kibo Exposed Facility, and STP-H6 was installed on
site 3 of Express Logistics Carrier ELC-3. The CATS experiment, launched
in 2015, was removed from the Kibo EF and installed in Dragon's trunk
for disposal; the SCAN testbed, launched in 2012, was similarly removed
from the ELC-3 and stowed in the trunk.

A failed BCDU (battery charge-discharge unit), launched in 2006, was removed from
the P4 truss on Apr 3 and placed on ELC-1; on May 16 it was brought inside the Kibo
airlock.

On May 29 astronauts Ovchinin and Kononenko made a spacewalk, VKD-46, from the
Pirs module, using spacesuits Orlan MKS-4 and MKS-5. For this spacewalk, to celebrate
the 85th birthday of the first spacewalker on May 30, they wore backpacks decorated
with the slogans "Leonov Number 1" and "Happy Birthday Aleksey Arkhipovich" (in Russian,
of course).

They depressurized the airlock at about 1530 UTC and opened the hatch at 1542 UTC.
They installed a commemorative portrait of Leonov on the EVA ladder, retrieved
a decontamination towel left tied to a handrail by Yuriy Lonchakov in Dec 2008;
retrieved a thermal sensor boom, 'Test' exposure cassettes, the IMPAKT experiment
and Vinoslivost' panels, cleaned windows on the airlock module,
and disassembled the Obstanovka experiment. Two Obstanovka experiment boxes
and two mounting booms were jettisoned between 1945 and 2101 UTC.
The hatch was closed at 2143 UTC and the airlock was repressurized at 2148 UTC.

Electron
--------

On May 5 Rocket Lab launched Electron mission 6, nicknamed 'That's A Funny Looking Cactus'.
The payload was USAF Space Test Program mission STP-27RD, consisting of the 150 kg
Harbinger satellite and two cubesats.

Harbinger is a small imaging radar satellite built by York Space Systems (Denver)
and will carry out a mission for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

SPARC-1 (Space Plug-and-Play Architecture Cubesat) is a 6U mission from
the USAF Research Lab and the Swedish defense agency FMV, testing
advanced computing hardware in space.

The Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment (Falcon-ODE) 1U cubesat from the USAF Academy, will release
2cm and 4cm steel spheres to act as tracking targets.


Beidou DW45
-----------

The 45th Beidou satellite was Beidou-2 G8, a replenishment satellite for the older Beidou phase 2
system. It was launched to geotransfer orbit on May 17.

RISAT-2B
--------

India's RISAT-2B radar imaging satellite was launched on May 22. It replaces the Israeli-built
RISAT-2, launched in 2009. Mass of RISAT-2B is 615 kg.

Yaogan-33
---------

The launch of China's Yaogan-33 radar satellite on May 23 was a failure.
The third stage burn was not performed successfully and the vehicle did
not reach orbit.


Starlink
--------

SpaceX launched its first batch of 60 Starlink Ku-band internet
satellites on May 24. The Falcon 9 rocket placed the satellites in a
434 x 442 km x 53.0 deg. Each one is about 200-250 kg (the press kit
says 227 kg, but this is suspiciously close to the metric equivalent of
500 pounds, so it's possible they really mean 500+-50 lb = 227 +- 23
kg). The satellites are a flat panel with krypton-propellant electric
thrusters and a single deployable solar panel.

Observers in Europe saw the satellites as a spectacular string of mag 2
to 3 objects a few hours after launch. As of May 30 it appears the
satellites are mostly in the mag 4 to 7 range with frequent flares to
mag 2 and occasional brighter flares, depending on illumination
conditions and satellite orientation. (For the nonastronomers:
bigger mag is fainter, mag 1 = brightest stars in the sky and
mag 6 = barely naked-eye visible at a dark site).

The brightness of the satellites has raised concerns in the astronomical
community - a full constellation of many thousand satellites could
interfere with observations and, if they are brighter than mag 5 or so,
might dominate the naked-eye night sky in dark locations. However, it is
likely to take some weeks before we really understand how much of the
time the satellites are bright and whether it's a real problem. SpaceX
have now stated that they will look at ways to reduce the reflectivity
of later satellites.

In the meantime, the 60 satellites launched so far are fascinating to
watch, if you live somewhere less cloudy than Boston has been lately.

SpaceX report that 56 of the 60 satellites are working as expected,
and 4 have some problems but are in communication with the ground.
In addtion, there are a further 4 debris objects which tumble with
large observed brightness variations


Glonass
-------

Glonass-M No. 58 (Uragan-M No. 758) was launched on May 27, replenishing
the Russian navigation system. It will probably get the official cover name Kosmos-2534.

Yamal-601
---------

Yamal-601, a communications satellite for the Russian company Gazprom Space Systems built
by ISS Reshetnev, was launched on May 30 by a Proton from Baykonur into geotransfer
orbit.


Hayabusa-2
----------

Hayabusa-2 ejected a second small `target marker' onto the surface of Ryugu
at about 0219 UTC May 30, during another descent to about 10 metres above
the asteroid.

WGS 10
------

The USAF Wideband Global Satcom 10 satellite, launched on Mar 16 to a mildly
supersynchronous 462 x 44260 km x 27.0 deg transfer orbit, is using an unusual ascent
path to GEO. By Mar 26 its orbit was near-synchronous and equatorial but elliptical,
25876 x 45130 km x 0.2 deg. Since then it has slowly circularized and by May 30
its orbit was 34716 x 36850 km. This is in contrast to the usual practice of getting
one end of the ellipse to the GEO height quickly and only then adjusting the other.
The WGS 10 strategy may allow comms with a single ground station more quickly.

SSO-A
-----

Three more SSO-A cubesats have been identified: objects J, U and W are SPAWAR-CAL-O,
SPAWAR-CAL-R, and SPAWAR-CAL-OR. They are 1U cubesats for the US Navy Space and
Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) used for calibration of space tracking systems
and carry optical and radar reflectors.


Erratum
-------

IOD-1 GEMS is owned by Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd., although
built by Orbital Microsystems and ClydeSpace. Catapult has a ground
station at Goonhilly in Cornwall, site of the first transatlantic satcom
link.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes

Apr 1 0357 EMISAT ) PSLV-QL Satish Dhawan SLP Sigint 18A S44078 736 x 758 x 98.4 0930LT SSO
BlueWalker 1 ) IoT Comms 18AD S44105 434 x 515 x 97.5
M6P ) IoT Comms 18AF S44109 434 x 515 x 97.5
Astrocast-0.2 ) IoT Comms 18F S44083 494 x 510 x 97.5
Danu Pathfinder 1 ) AIS Comms 18AB S44103 490 x 507 x 97.5
Lemur-2-JohanLoran ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18G S44084 494 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Beaudacious ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18H S44085 493 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Elham ) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18J S44086 493 x 510 x 97.5
Lemur-2-Victor-Andrew) AIS/ADS-B/Met 18K S44087 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-1/ Dove 2218) Imaging 18B S44079 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-2/ Dove 2201) Imaging 18C S44080 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-3/ Dove 2206) Imaging 18D S44081 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-4/ Dove 2220) Imaging 18E S44082 494 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-5/ Dove 2227) Imaging 18T S44095 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-6/ Dove 220b) Imaging 18S S44094 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-7/ Dove 222d) Imaging 18R S44093 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-8/ Dove 2213) Imaging 18Q S44092 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-9/ Dove 2224) Imaging 18W S44098 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-10/Dove 2205) Imaging 18V S44097 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-11/Dove 2223) Imaging 18U S44096 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-12/Dove 2209) Imaging 18AE S44108 494 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-13/Dove 220c) Imaging 18AA S44102 492 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-14/Dove 222c) Imaging 18Z S44101 492 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-15/Dove 2207) Imaging 18Y S44100 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-16/Dove 222b) Imaging 18X S44099 493 x 507 x 97.5
Flock 4a-17/Dove 2212) Imaging 18L S44088 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-18/Dove 2215) Imaging 18M S44089 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-19/Dove 2235) Imaging 18N S44090 493 x 510 x 97.5
Flock 4a-20/Dove 2232) Imaging 18P S44091 493 x 510 x 97.5
AISAT-1/PSLV-C45-PS4 Tech/Comms 18AC S44104 435 x 515 x 97.5
Apr 4 1101 Progress MS-11 Soyuz-2-1A Baykonur LC31 Cargo 19A S44110 407 x 411 x 51.6
Apr 4 1703 O3b FM17 ) Soyuz ST-B/Fregat CSG ELS Comms 20A S44112 7809 x 7839 x 0.0
O3b FM18 ) Comms 20B S44113 7818 x 7839 x 0.0
O3b FM19 ) Comms 20C S44114 7830 x 7840 x 0.0
O3b FM20 ) Comms 20D S44115 7839 x 7841 x 0.0
Apr 5 0156 SCI Hayabusa-2, Ryugu space Weapon 14076 D00957 Ryugu impact
Apr 5 0214 DCAM-3 Hayabusa-2, Ryugu space Imaging 14076 D00958 Ryugu space
Apr 11 2235 Arabsat 6A Falcon Heavy Kennedy LC39A Comms 21A S44186 320 x89807 x 23.0
Apr 17 2046 S.S. Roger Chaffee ) Antares 230 MARS LA0B Cargo 22A S44188 285 x 380 x 51.6
SASSI-2 ) Science 22C? A09407 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1A ) Tech 22D? A09408 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1B ) Tech 22E? A09409 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1C ) Tech 22F? A09410 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1D ) Tech 22G? A09411 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1E ) Tech 22H? A09412 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1F ) Tech 22J? A09413 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1G ) Tech 22K? A09414 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1H ) Tech 22L? A09415 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1I ) Tech 22M? A09416 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1J ) Tech 22N? A09417 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1K ) Tech 22P? A09418 201 x 291 x 51.6
ThinSat 1L ) Tech 22Q? A09419 201 x 291 x 51.6
Apr 20 1441 Beidou DW44 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang Navigation 23A S44205 193 x35788 x 28.5
Apr 29 2252 Tianhui-2 01 zu 01 xing ) Chang Zheng 4B Taiyuan Imaging 24A S44207 506 x 517 x 97.4 0600LT SSO
Tianhui-2 01 zu 02 xing ) Imaging 24B S44208 506 x 517 x 97.4 0600LT SSO
May 4 0648 Dragon CRS-17 Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Cargo 25A S44222 204 x 382 x 51.6
May 5 0600 Harbinger ) Electron Mahia LC1 Radar 26E S44229 484 x 512 x 40.0
SPARC-1 ) Tech 26B S44226 493 x 511 x 40.0
AFOTEC-1 ) Cal 26A S44225 496 x 511 x 40.0
May 17 1548 Beidou DW45 Chang Zheng 3C Xichang LC2 Navigation 27A S44231 198 x35743 x 19.4
May 22 0000 RISAT-2B PSLV-CA Satish Dhawan FLP Radar 28A S44233 550 x 558 x 37.0
May 22 2249 Yaogan 33 Chang Zheng 4C Taiyuan Radar F04 F01439 -6000?x 500?x 97.8?
May 24 0230 Starlink 01 ) Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Comms 29A S44235 434 x 443 x 53.0
Starlink 02 ) Comms .
... ) .
Starlink 60 ) Comms 29BM S44294 450 x 453 x 53.0
May 27 0623 Glonass-M No 58 Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Plesetsk LC43/4 Navigation 30A S44299 19128 x19156 x 64.8
May 30 1742 Yamal-601 Proton-M/Briz-M Baykonur Comms 31A S44307 6423 x35712 x 17.8

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
-----------------------------------

Sandia National Labs launched two Terrier Malemute rockets with technology payloads in April,
according to T. Rummler from Sandia.

The Trident II test on May 9 sent its reentry vehicles into the South Atlantic Ocean off the
coast of Namibia.

The University of Southern California's student rocket group RPL flew a rocket called Traveler IV
to 103 km on Apr 21, a record apogee for a student built rocket.


Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target

Apr 5 2214 AZURE 1 Black Brant XIA Andoya Auroral 320 Norwegian Sea
Apr 5 2216 AZURE 2 Black Brant XIA Andoya Auroral 320 Norwegian Sea
Apr 11 1651 CLASP 2 Black Brant IX White Sands Solar UV 274 White Sands
Apr 21 Traveler IV Traveler Spaceport America Test 103 Spaceport America
Apr 23 HOT SHOT 2 Terrier Malemute Kauai Tech 320? Pacific
Apr 24 HOT SHOT 3 Terrier Malemute Kauai Tech 320? Pacific
May 1 0942 GT230GM Minuteman III Vandenberg LF10 Op Test 1300? Kwajalein
May 2 1334? New Shepard NS-12 New Shepard West Texas Test 105 West Texas
May 3 2045 Momo TF-3 Momo Taiki Test 118 Pacific Ocean
May 9 0740 GT229GM Minuteman III Vandenberg LF09 Op Test 1300? Kwajalein
May 9 DASO-29 Trident II D-5 USS Rhode Island, ETR Op Test 1000? S Atlantic
May 10 SM-3 KV SM-3-IB USS Roosevelt, Hebrides Test 150? Atlantic
May 23 Shaheen II RV Shaheen II Somniani? Op Test 300? Arabian Sea

 
08.7.2019 - 09:29 - 


Jonathan's Space Report
No. 766 2019 Jul 7 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
---------------------------

Cargo ship Dragon CRS-17 returned to Earth on Jun 3. The 9-tonne CRS-17
was unberthed from the Harmony module at 1235 UTC, released by
Canadarm-2 at 1601 UTC, and fired its engines to deorbit at about 2056
UTC. The trunk, containing the old CATS and SCAN experiments, was
jettisoned and destroyed on reentry about 2120 UTC. Capsule C113 landed
in the Pacific at about 121W 32N at roughly 2150 UTC.

Cargo ship Progress MS-10 undocked from the Zvezda module at 0840 UTC
Jun 4. After a deorbit burn at 1146 UTC, it reentered the atmosphere and
fragments fell in the Pacific east of New Zealand at 1229 UTC.

Cygnus CRS-11 remains berthed at Unity nadir, and Progress MS-11 is docked
to Pirs.

On Jun 13-15 the Dextre arm was used to relocate several spares on the external pallets:
LDU spare ESP-3 Site 4 to ESP-3 Site 3
CMG spare ELC-2 Site 5 to ESP-3 Site 4
BCDU spare ESP-3 Site 6 to ELC-1 Site 4
BCDU FSE ELC-1 Site 4 to ESP-3 Site 6

On Jun 17 four cubesats were deployed from the J-SSOD-11 dispensers on
the end of the Kibo module's JRMS robot arm. The three 1U BIRDS-3
satellites were Uguisu, for Kyushu Inst. of Technology; NepaliSat-1 for
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (Kathmandu); and Raavana-1 for
the Arthur C. Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies (Colombo/Moratuwa,
Sri Lanka). The fourth cubesat, of 3U size, is SpooQy-1, for the
National University of Singapore, with an experiment to transmit
entangled photon pairs to an optical ground station.

At 2352 UTC on Jun 24 astronauts Konononeko, McClain and Saint-Jacques undocked from the Poisk
module in Soyuz MS-11. The ship landed in Kazakhstan at 0247 UTC Jun 25.

The undocking of Soyuz MS-11 marked the start of Expedition 60 under the command
of Aleksey Ovchinin.

On Jun 27 the Dextre robot arm was used to remove the Kaber deployer from the Kibo module airlock
and deploy DARPA's RED-EYE microsatellite, launched to ISS aboard Dragon CRS-17.

On Jul 3 the Kibo RMS extracted the NanoRacks NRCSD-16 payload from the Kibo airlock.
7 cubesats (described in JSR764) were deployed from NRCSD-16.


CZ-11H
------

China carried out its first sea-launched orbital attempt on Jun 5. A CZ-11H
(ocean version of the Chang Zheng 11) was launched from a barge in the Hwang Hai (Yellow Sea)
at 121.19E 34.90N. It carried seven satellites to a 560 x 585 km x 45.0 deg orbit.
The fourth stage and one other object were cataloged in a 270 x 634 km x 44.9 deg
orbit.

The payloads are:
Jilin-1 Gaofen 03A, for Changguang Sat Tech Co. of Jilin province;
Bufeng-1A and 1B, formation flying sats from CAST/Beijing for remote sensing of wind velocities.
Tianxiang 1 and 2 (also called Zhongdian Wangtong 1A and 1B), 65 kg satellites for the China
Electronic Technology Group,
to test Ka-band intersatellite links and a space-based router. Also carrying multispectral camera and ADS-B.
Xiaoxiang-1-04, from Tianyi Research Inst., has a 7-metre-resolution RGB camera and a deorbit sail.
Tianqi-3 (also called Xingzhi Jiaoyu 1) built by Guodian Gaokeji for the Tao Zhixing Education Foundation,
has a camera and an IoT relay payload.

As usual China and the US military space tracking team are not communicating, so we don't
know which tracked object (catalog number) corresponds to which satellite.

RCM
---

Canada's Radarsat Constellation Mission was launched on Jun 12. A Falcon
9 took off from a foggy Vandenberg and flew to sun-synchronous orbit.
The first stage landed back at Vandenberg's Landing Zone 4 while the
second stage deployed the three RCM satellites. RCM uses the Magellan
Aerospace MAC-200 bus previously used for the Cassiope mission; the
satellites have a wet mass of 1450 kg each and carry a 7-meter-long
C-band synthetic aperture radar. The SAR has a maximum resolution of 3m
with a 20 km swath, but can also operate in lower resolution modes down
to 100m resolution/500 km swath. Radarsat 1 operated from 1995 to 2013;
Radarsat 2 was launched in 2007 and will be replaced by the new trio.

Ariane 5
--------

Arianespace launched mission VA248, launcher L5107, on Jun 20.
It carried two communication satellite payloads to geotransfer orbit.
Eutelsat 7C for Eutelsat S.A. is a Maxar 1300 satellite with an
all-electric xenon propulsion system and a Ku-band broadcast payload.
T-16 for AT&T is an Airbus Eurostar 3000LX Hybrid of 6330 kg launch mass
and a Ku/Ka-band communications payload. T-16 was originally going to be
DirectTV-16 before DirecTV was absorbed into AT&T.

By Jul 3 T-16 was in geostationary orbit at 134.8W.

By Jul 3 E7C had begun slow orbit raising and was in a 1409 x 37079 km x 6.0 deg
orbit.

Beidou
------

On Jun 24 China's CALT launched Chang Zheng 3B no. Y60 with the No. 46
Beidou Navigation Satellite into geotransfer orbit. The payload is
made an apogee burn to a 55 degree inclined synchronous
orbit sometime prior to Jul 5, and is now in a 35730 x 35831 km x 55.0 deg
drift orbit.


STP-2
-----

SpaceX's third Falcon Heavy was launched at 0630 UTC on Jun 25 with the US Air Force Space Test Program's STP-2
paylaod cluster. The side boosters landed at Cape Canaveral's LZ1 and LZ2; the core stage nearly
landed 1240 km downrange on the OCISLY but just missed the ship. Musk reported that the hot, fast reentry
breached the engine bay and the center engine's thrust vector control failed, causing the stage to divert.
Even further downrange, one fairing half was recovered, landing in the net carried by the ship Ms. Tree.

Stage 2 entered a 305 x 850 km x 28.5 km orbit at 0638 UTC and deployed a series of payloads:

0642 UTC OCULUS-ASR for Michigan Tech, a 70 kg satellite with space surveillance calibration experiments.
0649 UTC PPOD-1 deployed the TEPCE 1/2 cubesat, two 1.5U cubesats with a 1 km tether.
0654 UTC PPOD-2 deployed Falconsat-7, a USAF Academy 3U cubesat with an experimental membrane-optic solar telescope
0658 UTC PPOD-3 deployed ARMADILLO, a U. Texas 3U cubesat to study the LEO dust environment
0701 UTC PPOD-4 deployed PSAT-2 and BRICSAT-2, US Naval Academy 1.5U amateur radio cubesats. BRICSAT (Ballistically
Reinforced Cubesat) also has an electric thruster experiment. PSAT-1 and BRICSAT-1 were launched in 2015, but
BRICSAT-1failed.
0703 UTC PPOD-5 deployed a 1.5U cubesat for US Special Operations Command, probably Prometheus-2.5.
A dummy model of a second Prometheus was also in the deployer, replacing a satellite that was
transferred to another launch.
0709 UTC PPOD-6 deployed the 3U E-TBEX A Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment, a 3U cubesat with tri-frequency
ionospheric beacons to study ionospheric waves with high time resolution. The mission is lead by SRI
and sponsored by NASA.
0713 UTC PPOD-7 deployed E-TBEX B.
0720 UTC PPOD-8 deployed Cal Poly's 2U CP9/LEO and Merritt Island High School's 1U Stangsat, which studied the
launch vehicle and ejection environment.

At 0742 UTC the Falcon Heavy Stage 2 fired its engine to move to a 710 x 724 km x 24.0 deg orbit.
A series of small satellites were ejected in this second orbit.
0749 UTC the 70 kg PROX-1 satellite from Georgia Tech was deployed. This satellite contains the Planetary Society's
LightSail-2 solar sail cubesat which will be ejected and deployed in the coming weeks.
0752 UTC came the 83 kg NPSAT1 for the Naval Postgraduate School. NPSAT1 carries ionospheric and technology experiments.
0754 UTC came the circa-100 kg-class OTB (Orbital Test Bed) for General Atomics (formerly SST-US). It carries
the JPL Deep Space Atomic Clock and the Celestis Heritage capsule with the cremated remains of 152
people (including astronaut W. Pogue and SF author Jayge Carr).
0757 UTC GPIM, NASA-MSFC's Green Propellant Infusion Mission, was deployed. GPIM uses a Ball BCP-100 bus and
has a mass of about 180 kg. It uses AF-M315E hydroxyl ammonium nitrate (NH3OHNO3) propellant proposed
as a less toxic alternative to hydrazine.
0801, 0804, 0806, 0809, 0813 and 0816 UTC, the six COSMIC-2 satellites were deployed in the order
COSMIC 2-5, 2-6, 2-2, 2-4, 2-1, 2-3. The NOAA/NASA/Taiwan NSPO satellites carry a GPS-RO meteorology
payload. They are successors to the six similar COSMIC-1 (FORMOSAT-3) satellites launched in April 2006.

At 0837 UTC Stage 2 made a further burn to reach an approximately 700 x 6000 km x 42.1 deg orbit. Delta-V
of the burn was about 2700 m/s.
At 0957 UTC the fourth Stage 2 burn, over the equator at 140E, put the vehicle in a 6000 x 12000 km x 42.1 deg orbit
with a delta-V of about 1360 m/s.
At 1004 UTC the 668 kg DSX satellite was deployed. The USAF STP payload carries space weather and technology experiments.
After this, at around 1515 UTC, the 2nd stage reached perigee and underwent `passivation' (jettison
of remaining propellants and safing of batteries).
LightSail-2 was ejected from PROX-1 at 0749 UTC on Jul 2.


Electron 7
----------

RocketLab launched its 7th Electron mission on Jun 29, placing the BlackSky Global 3 satellite
and at least 5 cubesat payloads in a 45 degree orbit. The payloads include two SpaceBee
satellites from Swarm Tech, two Prometheus cubesats for US Special Operations Command,
and ACRUX 1 for the Melbourne Space Program, a group of Australian students. An unidentified
payload was also aboard.


Meteor-M 2-2
-----------

Russia's Meteor-M No. 2-2 weather satellite was launched on Jul 5 by a Soyuz/Fregat from Vostochniy.
The Fregat stage deployed the 2900 kg Meteor in an 820 km orbit and then made two burns to enter a lower 580 km
orbit to release a batch of small satellites:

ICEYE-X3 and ICEYE-X4, radar satellites for Finland's ICEYE, probably about 80 kg eahc.
CarboNIX, a test satellite for EXOLAUNCH (formerly ECM) of Berlin, 30 kg.
(CarboNIX is also the low-shock separaton system provided by EXOLAUNCH, but Gunter Krebs reports it
as a satellite payload as well)
DoT-1, a 20 kg technology demonstrator from Surrey Satellite
El Camino Real, a test of a water-plasma thruster for Momentus Space of Santa Clara, California in
a 16U Astro Digital cubesat, probably about 20 kg.
NSLSat-1, a 6U ClydeSpace cubesat for NSL Comms of Tel Aviv (not to be confused with the NSL that
is the Indiana-based NearSpaceLaunch).
SEAM-2.0, a 3U cubesat for KTH (Sweden) to study VLF/ELF ionospheric waves and auroral currents
SONATE, a 3U cubesat from Wurzburg Univ. with technology payloads
JAISAT-1, a 3U cubesat for the 'Smakhm withyu smakhr len haeng prathesthiy' (Radio Amateur Society
of Thailand), built by German Orbital Systems.
EXOCONNECT and LightSat, two DStar-One communications 3U cubesats from German Orbital Systems.
Ecuador-UTE, a 3U cubesat from UTE (Quito) in collaboration with YuZGU (Kursk).
Lucky-7, a 1U test satellite from SkyFox Labs of Prague
MOVE-IIb, a 1U test satellite from Tech. U of Munich.
MTCube, also called ROBUSTA 1c, a 1U cubesat from the U. Montepellier 2, France.
Koit (TTU101), a 1U cubesat from TTU, Tallinn, Estonia. (Koit means dawn; a sister cubesat
awaiting launch is called Hamarik, meaning twilight.)
BEESAT-9, a 1U cubesat from TUB, Berlin with a technology experiment.
BEESAT-10, 11, 12, 13 are a set of four 0.25U cubesats from TUB to test intersatellite
communication and formation flying.
AmGU-1 is a 3U test satellite from Amur State University (Blagoveshchensk) and Moscow State University (MGU).
Sokrat is a 3U satellite from MGU.
VDNKh-80 is a 3U satellite built by MGU for the VDNKh exhibition center in Moscow.
8 SpireGlobal Lemur-2 satellites; one is LEMR2126 MORAG, but the others have not been publicly named yet.

Orbituary
---------

At 0616 UTC Jul 3 the CZ-3B Y56 third stage (SSN 43921) from the Jan
2019 launch of ZX-2D reentered and broke up over southern Florida
causing widespread meteor reports.


Note
-----

Rico Nizzo reports their translation of JSR into French, available at https://subbed.org/jsr


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes

May 4 0648 Dragon CRS-17 Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Cargo 25A S44222 204 x 382 x 51.6
May 5 0600 Harbinger ) Electron Mahia LC1 Radar 26E S44229 484 x 512 x 40.0
SPARC-1 ) Tech 26B S44226 493 x 511 x 40.0
AFOTEC-1 ) Cal 26A S44225 496 x 511 x 40.0
May 17 1548 Beidou DW45 Chang Zheng 3C Xichang LC2 Navigation 27A S44231 198 x35743 x 19.4
May 22 0000 RISAT-2B PSLV-CA Satish Dhawan FLP Radar 28A S44233 550 x 558 x 37.0
May 22 2249 Yaogan 33 Chang Zheng 4C Taiyuan Radar F04 F01439 -6000?x 500?x 97.8?
May 24 0230 Starlink 01 ) Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Comms 29A S44235 434 x 443 x 53.0
Starlink 02 ) Comms .
... ) .
Starlink 60 ) Comms 29BM S44294 450 x 453 x 53.0
May 27 0623 Glonass-M No 58 Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Plesetsk LC43/4 Navigation 30A S44299 19128 x19156 x 64.8
May 30 1742 Yamal-601 Proton-M/Briz-M Baykonur Comms 31A S44307 6749 x35716 x 17.1
Jun 5 0406 Jilin-1 GaoFen 03A ) Chang Zheng 11H Barge, Yellow Sea Imaging 32 S44310 558 x 576 x 45.0
Tianqi-3 ) Comms 32 S44311 556 x 576 x 45.0
Xiaoxiang-1 04 xing ) Imaging 32 S44312 557 x 575 x 45.0
Bufeng-1A ) Meteo 32 S44313 555 x 576 x 45.0
Bufeng-1B ) Meteo 32 S44314 555 x 576 x 45.0
Tianxiang 1 ) Tech 32 S44315 552 x 576 x 45.0
Tianxiang 2 ) Tech 32 S44316 556 x 576 x 45.0
Jun 12 1417 RCM-1 ) Falcon 9 Vandenberg SLC4E Radar 33A S44322 584 x 604 x 97.8 0600LT SSO
RCM-2 ) Radar 33B S44323 584 x 604 x 97.8 0600LT SSO
RCM-3 ) Radar 33C S44324 584 x 604 x 97.8 0600LT SSO
Jun 17 1015 Uguisu ) ISS, LEO Tech 9867QG S44331 405 x 417 x 51.6
Raavana-1 ) Tech 9867QF S44330 405 x 417 x 51.6
NepaliSat-1 ) Tech 9867QE S44329 405 x 417 x 51.6
Jun 17 1020 SpooQy-1 ISS, LEO Tech 9867QH S44332 405 x 417 x 51.6
Jun 20 2143 T-16 ) Ariane 5 Kourou ELA3 Comms 34A S44333 255 x35737 x 6.0
Eutelsat 7C ) Comms 34B S44334 251 x35714 x 6.0
Jun 24 1809 Beidou DW46 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang LC3 Nav 35A S44337 200 x35822 x 28.6
Jun 25 0630 OCULUS-ASR ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
TEPCE 1 ) Falcon Heavy Kennedy LC39A Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
TEPCE 2 ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
DOTSI/Falconsat-7 ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
ARMADILLO ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
PSAT-2 ) Comms 36U S44357 305 x 858 x 28.5
BRICSAT-2 ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
Prometheus-2.5? ) Comms 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
Prometheus Mass Sim ) Inert 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
E-TBEx A ) Science 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
E-TBEx B ) Science 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
LEO-CP9 ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
StangSat ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
PROX-1 ) Tech 36A? S44339 710 x 724 x 24.0
NPSAT-1 ) Science 36B S44340 710 x 724 x 24.0
OTB ) Tech/Burial 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
GPIM ) Tech 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-1 ) Meteo 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-2 ) Meteo 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-3 ) Meteo 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-4 ) Meteo 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-5 ) Meteo 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-6 ) Meteo 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
DSX ) Science 36F 5994 x12012 x 42.2
Jun 27 2005 RED-EYE ISS, LEO Tech 9867QJ S44364 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jun 29 0430 BlackSky Global 3 ) Electron Mahia LC1 Imaging 37A S44365 452 x 460 x 45.0
SpaceBEE 8 ) Comms 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
SpaceBEE 9 ) Comms 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
ACRUX 1 ) Tech 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
Prometheus 2.6? ) Comms 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
Prometheus 2.7? ) Comms 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
UNIDENTIFIED PAYLOAD) UNK 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
Jul 2 0749 LightSail-2 PROX-1, LEO Tech 36 710 x 724 x 24.0
Jul 3 1015 IOD-1 GEMS ISS, LEO Tech 9867QK S44385 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 3 1150 KrakSat ) ISS, LEO Tech 9867 408 x 418 x 51.6
Swiatowid ) Tech 9867 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 3 1450 VCC-A Aeternitas) ISS, LEO Tech 9867 408 x 418 x 51.6
VCC-B Libertas ) Tech 9867 408 x 418 x 51.6
VCC-C Ceres ) Tech 9867 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 3 1625 EntrySat ISS, LEO Tech 9867 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 5 0541 Meteor-M No. 2-2 ) Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Vostochniy Weather 38A S44387 812 x 816 x 98.7
ICEYE-X3 ) Radar 38B? S44388 574 x 595 x 97.7
ICEYE-X4 ) Radar 38C? S44389 574 x 595 x 97.7
CarboNIX ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
DoT-1 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
El Camino Real ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
NSLSat-1 ) Tech/Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
SEAM 2.0 ) Science 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
SONATE ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
JAISAT 1 ) Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
EXOCONNECT ) Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
LightSat ) Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Ecuador-UTE ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lucky-7 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
MOVE-IIb ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
MTCube ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Koit TTU101 ) Imaging 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 9 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 10 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 11 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 12 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 13 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2 ) Met/AIS 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
AmGU 1 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Sokrat ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
VDNKh-80 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7


Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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The launch of the DLR/SSC ATEK/MAPHEUS-8 from ESRANGE (Kiruna, Sweden) in June reportedly saw the introduction
of a new sounding rocket, the Improved Malemute/VS-30 (I haven't fully confirmed this yet, other sources
say it was just an ordinary VSB-30).


Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target

May 1 0942 GT230GM Minuteman III Vandenberg LF10 Op Test 1300? Kwajalein
May 2 1334? New Shepard NS-12 New Shepard West Texas Test 105 West Texas
May 3 2045 Momo TF-3 Momo Taiki Test 118 Pacific Ocean
May 9 0740 GT229GM Minuteman III Vandenberg LF09 Op Test 1300? Kwajalein
May 9 DASO-29 Trident II D-5 USS Rhode Island, ETR Op Test 1000? S Atlantic
May 10 SM-3 KV SM-3-IB USS Roosevelt, Hebrides Test 150? Atlantic
May 23 Shaheen II RV Shaheen II Somniani? Op Test 300? Arabian Sea
Jun 1 2015? RV JL-3? Submarine,Bohai Sea Test 1000? Taklamakan Desert
Jun 13 0221 ATEK/MAPHEUS 8 IM/VS-30 ESRANGE Microgravity 240 ESRANGE
Jun 19 1128 TooWINDY 1 Black Brant IX Kwajalein Ionosphere 373 Pacific
Jun 19 1133 TooWINDY 2 Black Brant IX Kwajalein Ionosphere 412 Pacific
Jun 20 0938 NASA 41.126UO Terrier Imp.Orion Wallops Island Education 117 Atlantic
Jun 24 0652 MASER 14 VSB-30 ESRANGE Microgravity 260 ESRANGE
 
04.8.2019 - 12:16 - 
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No. 767 2019 Aug 2 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 60 continues. Soyuz MS-13 was launched on Jul 20 and docked with the Zvezda module 6h 19 min
after launch. Crew were Aleksandr Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Drew Morgan. They joined
Aleksey Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Christina Koch aboard the ISS.

Cargo ship Dragon CRS-18 was launched on Jul 25. The Falcon 9 stage 1 landed back at Cape Canaveral's LZ1.
Dragon was grappled by the Canadarm-2 at 1311 UTC Jul 27 and berthed on the Harmony nadir port by 1601 UTC
Jul 27.

Cargo ship Progress MS-11 undocked from the Pirs module at 1043 UTC Jul 29 and was deorbited
over the Pacific, with deorbit burn at 1350 UTC and atmosphere entry at 1423 UTC. Progress MS-12
was launched on Jul 31 and docked with Pirs after a 3h 18m flight, the fastest trip to date from Earth
to ISS.


Soyuz-2-1v
-----------

On Jul 10 Russia launched a Soyuz-2-1v (light Soyuz with no strapon
boosters) from Plesetsk. The Volga third stage placed 4 Russian Defense
Ministry satellites in a 620 km sun-sync orbit and then maneuvered to a
lower 475 x 510 km disposal orbit. At least one of the satellites is
thought to be similar to the Kosmos-2519 (possible Nivelir-L) payload
launched two years ago and used for rendezvous experiments.

Vega
----

Flight VV15 of Europe's Vega launch vehicle was the rocket's first failure.
Problems developed about 2 min 15s into flight during the second stage burn
and the rocket fell into the Atlantic. The payload was Falcon Eye 1,
a French-built spy satellite for the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.

SRG
---

On Jul 13 Russia's Spectrum-Rontgen-Gamma X-ray observatory was launched
by Proton/DM-03 from Baykonur, after a 30 year development process. In
its current form, SRG carries the Russian ART X-ray telescope and the
European eROSITA X-ray telescope. eROSITA will carry out a sky survey in
the relatively unexplored 2-10 keV energy band. The spacecraft is on its
way to the Sun-Earth Lagrange 2 point.

Chandrayaan-2
-------------

ISRO launched a GSLV-3 on Jul 22, putting the Chandrayaan-2 lunar probe in geotransfer orbit.
The probe will use its own engine to raise its orbit and reach the Moon. The Vikram lander
will then deliver the Pragyan rover to the lunar surface.

By Aug 2, Chandrayaan-2 had raised its orbit to 277 x 89472 km.


SQX-1
-----

On Jul 25 the first launch of the orbital version of the Shuang Quxian-1
(Hyperbola-1) rocket was a success. It placed a Beijing Inst of
Technology amateur radio satellite and another payload in orbit, as well
as several experiments attached to the liquid-propellant 4th stage. The
second payload, believed to be an inflatable air density experiment from
Aerospace Science and Tech. Space Eng. Dvpt. Co Ltd of Beijing, and the
fourth stage are believed to have reentered within 24 hours and no
orbital data for them was released by US tracking.

The Shang Quxian-1 rocket was developed by the Beijing xingji rongyao
kongjian keji YG (Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Tech Co. Ltd., also
known as iSpace). This represents the first successful orbital launch by
a commercially-developed and operated Chinese rocket.

YG-30
-----

The three Yaogan-30 group 05 satellites were launched on Jul 26 from Xichang.
The CZ-2C first stage was modified to use grid fins, which helped it steer its trajectory
to a relatively precise impact location.

Meridian-M
----------

The first upgraded Meridian-M military communications satellite, No.
18L, was launched on Jul 30. It will supplement the original Meridian
satellites Nos. 11-17L.


Hayabusa-2
----------

Hayabusa-2 made its second sampling touch-and-go on the surface of Ryugu at 0106UTC Jul 11.

Note
----

Many of the payloads from the 2019-032, 2019-036 and 2019-038 launches remain unassociated with specific
tracked objects.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes

Jun 5 0406 Jilin-1 GaoFen 03A ) Chang Zheng 11H Barge, Yellow Sea Imaging 32 S44310 558 x 576 x 45.0
Tianqi-3 ) Comms 32 S44311 556 x 576 x 45.0
Xiaoxiang-1 04 xing ) Imaging 32 S44312 557 x 575 x 45.0
Bufeng-1A ) Meteo 32 S44313 555 x 576 x 45.0
Bufeng-1B ) Meteo 32 S44314 555 x 576 x 45.0
Tianxiang 1 ) Tech 32 S44315 552 x 576 x 45.0
Tianxiang 2 ) Tech 32 S44316 556 x 576 x 45.0
Jun 12 1417 RCM-1 ) Falcon 9 Vandenberg SLC4E Radar 33A S44322 584 x 604 x 97.8 0600LT SSO
RCM-2 ) Radar 33B S44323 584 x 604 x 97.8 0600LT SSO
RCM-3 ) Radar 33C S44324 584 x 604 x 97.8 0600LT SSO
Jun 17 1015 Uguisu ) ISS, LEO Tech 9867QG S44331 405 x 417 x 51.6
Raavana-1 ) Tech 9867QF S44330 405 x 417 x 51.6
NepaliSat-1 ) Tech 9867QE S44329 405 x 417 x 51.6
Jun 17 1020 SpooQy-1 ISS, LEO Tech 9867QH S44332 405 x 417 x 51.6
Jun 20 2143 T-16 ) Ariane 5 Kourou ELA3 Comms 34A S44333 255 x35737 x 6.0
Eutelsat 7C ) Comms 34B S44334 251 x35714 x 6.0
Jun 24 1809 Beidou DW46 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang LC3 Nav 35A S44337 200 x35822 x 28.6
Jun 25 0630 OCULUS-ASR ) Tech 36T S44356 305 x 858 x 28.5
TEPCE 1 ) Falcon Heavy Kennedy LC39A Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
TEPCE 2 ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
DOTSI/Falconsat-7 ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
ARMADILLO ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
PSAT-2 ) Comms 36U S44357 305 x 858 x 28.5
BRICSAT-2 ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
Prometheus-2.6 ) Comms 36AB S44386 305 x 858 x 28.5
Prometheus Mass Sim ) Inert 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
E-TBEx A ) Science 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
E-TBEx B ) Science 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
LEO-CP9 ) Tech 36X S44360 305 x 858 x 28.5
StangSat ) Tech 36 305 x 858 x 28.5
PROX-1 ) Tech 36A S44339 710 x 724 x 24.0
NPSAT-1 ) Science 36B S44340 710 x 724 x 24.0
OTB ) Tech/Burial 36C S44341 710 x 724 x 24.0
GPIM ) Tech 36D S44342 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-1 ) Meteo 36L S44349 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-2 ) Meteo 36N S44351 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-3 ) Meteo 36E S44343 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-4 ) Meteo 36M S44350 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-5 ) Meteo 36V S44358 710 x 724 x 24.0
COSMIC 2-6 ) Meteo 36Q S44353 710 x 724 x 24.0
DSX ) Science 36F 5994 x12012 x 42.2
Jun 27 2005 RED-EYE ISS, LEO Tech 9867QJ S44364 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jun 29 0430 BlackSky Global 3 ) Electron Mahia LC1 Imaging 37C S44367 452 x 460 x 45.0
SpaceBEE 8 ) Comms 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
SpaceBEE 9 ) Comms 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
ACRUX 1 ) Tech 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
Prometheus 2.7 ) Comms 37K S44374 452 x 460 x 45.0
Prometheus 2.9 ) Comms 37B S44366 452 x 460 x 45.0
UNIDENTIFIED PAYLOAD) UNK 37 452 x 460 x 45.0
Jul 1? Oculus-ASR Sphere 1 Oculus-ASR,LEO Cal 36AA S44376 306 x 796 x 28.5
Jul 2 0749 LightSail-2 PROX-1, LEO Tech 36AC S44420 710 x 724 x 24.0
Jul 3 1015 IOD-1 GEMS ISS, LEO Tech 9867QK S44385 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 3 1150 KrakSat ) ISS, LEO Tech 9867QL S44426 408 x 418 x 51.6
Swiatowid ) Tech 9867QM S44427 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 3 1450 VCC-A Aeternitas) ISS, LEO Tech 9867QN S44428 408 x 418 x 51.6
VCC-B Libertas ) Tech 9867QR S44431 408 x 418 x 51.6
VCC-C Ceres ) Tech 9867QQ S44430 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 3 1625 EntrySat ISS, LEO Tech 9867QP S44429 408 x 418 x 51.6
Jul 5 0541 Meteor-M No. 2-2 ) Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Vostochniy Weather 38A S44387 812 x 816 x 98.7
ICEYE-X4 ) Radar 38D S44390 574 x 595 x 97.7
ICEYE-X5 ) Radar 38C S44389 574 x 595 x 97.7
CarboNIX ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
DoT-1 ) Tech 38P S44399 574 x 595 x 97.7
El Camino Real ) Tech 38Y S44408 574 x 595 x 97.7
NSLSat-1 ) Tech/Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
SEAM 2.0 ) Science 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
SONATE ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
JAISAT 1 ) Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
EXOCONNECT ) Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
LightSat ) Comm 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Ecuador-UTE ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lucky-7 ) Tech 38W S44406 574 x 595 x 97.7
MOVE-IIb ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
MTCube ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Koit TTU101 ) Imaging 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 9 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 10 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 11 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 12 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
BEESAT 13 ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-Morag ) Met/AIS 38T S44403 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-Wanli ) Met/AIS 38S S44402 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-Yndrd ) Met/AIS 38U S44404 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-EJatta ) Met/AIS 38Z S44409 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-LillyJo ) Met/AIS 38L S44396 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-DustInTheWind ) Met/AIS 38V S44405 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-Alex-Maddy ) Met/AIS 38X S44407 574 x 595 x 97.7
Lemur-2-GregRobinson ) Met/AIS 38AB S44411 574 x 595 x 97.7
AmGU 1 ) Tech 38J S44394 574 x 595 x 97.7
Sokrat ) Tech 38 574 x 595 x 97.7
VDNKh-80 ) Tech 38G S44392 574 x 595 x 97.7
Jul 10 1714 Kosmos-2535 ) Soyuz 2-1V Plesetsk LC43/4 Tech 39A S44421 611 x 622 x 97.9
Kosmos-2536 ) Tech 39B S44422 611 x 622 x 97.9
Kosmos-2537 ) Tech 39C S44423 611 x 622 x 97.9
Kosmos-2538 ) Tech 39D S44424 611 x 622 x 97.9
Jul 11 0153 FalconEye 1 Vega CSG ZLV Imaging F05 -6175? x 75?x 98.5?
Jul 12 1230 Spektr-RG Proton-M/DM-03 Baykonur LC81/24 Astronomy 40A 500 x1240000 x 51.6
Jul 20 1628 Soyuz MS-13 Soyuz-FG Baykonur LC1/5 Spaceship 41A S44437 200 x 211 x 51.6
Jul 22 0913 Chandrayaan 2 GSLV-3 Satish Dhawan Lunar 42A S44441 133 x45171 x 21.4
Jul 25 0500 CAS-7B ) Shuang Quxian 1 Jiuquan Comms 43 S44443 280 x 299 x 42.7
Hangtian KKG Fazhang sat) Tech 43
Jul 25 2201 Dragon CRS-18 Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Cargo 44A S44446 203 x 386 x 51.6
Jul 26 0357 Yaogan-30 05 zu 01 xing ) Chang Zheng 2C Xichang Sigint 45A S44449 590 x 605 x 35.0
Yaogan-30 05 zu 02 xing ) Sigint 45B S44450 590 x 605 x 35.0
Yaogan-30 05 zu 03 xing ) Sigint 45C S44451 590 x 605 x 35.0
Jul 30 0557 Meridian-M No. 18L Soyuz-2-1A/Fregat Plesetsk LC43/4 Comms 46A S44453 985 x39734 x 62.8
Jul 31 1210 Progress MS-12 Soyuz-2-1A Baykonur LC31 Cargo 47A S44455 185 x 218 x 51.6

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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The FTA-01 exercise saw three US Missile Defense Agency medium range
targets of undisclosed type launched from an undisclosed location on
undisclosed dates in July, all intercepted by Israeli Arrow 3
interceptors launched from Kodiak, Alaska. Dates, target types and
target launch location shown below are speculative.


Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target

Jun 1 2015? RV JL-3? Submarine,Bohai Sea Test 1000? Taklamakan Desert
Jun 13 0221 ATEK/MAPHEUS 8 IM/VS-30 ESRANGE Microgravity 240 ESRANGE
Jun 19 1128 TooWINDY 1 Black Brant IX Kwajalein Ionosphere 373 Pacific
Jun 19 1133 TooWINDY 2 Black Brant IX Kwajalein Ionosphere 412 Pacific
Jun 20 0938 NASA 41.126UO Terrier Imp.Orion Wallops Island Education 117 Atlantic
Jun 24 0652 MASER 14 VSB-30 ESRANGE Microgravity 260 ESRANGE
Jul 15? MRBM Target eMRBM? C-17, Kauai? Target 300? Alaska
Jul 15? Arrow 3 KV Arrow 3 Kodiak Interceptor 100? Intercept MRBM
Jul 24 Shahab RV Shahab 3 Iran Test 250? Iran?
Jul 26 Topol-E RV Topol' Kapustin Yar Reentry test 1000? Sary Shagan
Jul 22? MRBM Target eMRBM? C-17, Kauai? Target 300? Alaska
Jul 22? Arrow 3 KV Arrow 3 Kodiak Interceptor 100? Intercept MRBM
Jul 27? MRBM Target eMRBM? C-17, Kauai? Target 300? Alaska
Jul 27? Arrow 3 KV Arrow 3 Kodiak Interceptor 100? Intercept MRBM
 
05.9.2019 - 09:33 - 
Jonathan's Space Report
No. 768 2019 Aug 22 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 60 continues.

On Aug 6, the Canadarm-2 unberthed the S.S. Roger Chaffee (Cygnus NG-11)
from the Unity module at 1330 UTC and released it into orbit at 1615
UTC.

On Aug 7 at 1300 UTC, cubesats Aerocube-10a and Aerocube-10b were
deployed from the Nanoracks NRCSD-E deployer on Cygnus. The satellites
are nicknamed JimSat and DougSat respectively.

Sometime probably on Aug 7 the Hypergiant
SEOPS/Spaceflight Inc Slingshot deployer was also used to deploy four
cubesats: RTFSat (3U), from Northwest Nazarene University, NARSScube-2
(1U) from Egypt, Quantum Radar 3 (3U) from Hypergiant, and the
DARPA/Hypergiant ORCA 6U cubesat to test an intersatellite radio link.
Unfortunately the deployment time has not been made public.

On Aug 19 the Dextre arm unberthed the IDA-3 docking adapter from Dragon
CRS-18's trunk. On Aug 21 at about 1100 UTC Dextre soft docked IDA-3 to
the PMA-3 docking port. Then, at 1219 UTC, the Quest airlock was
depressurised and astronauts Hague and Morgan began spacewalk ISS
EVA-55, with spacesuits 3006 and 3008 and SAFER backpack units 18 and 13
respectively. The hatch was open at 1226 UTC and the astronauts went to
battery power a minute later. They connected cables to IDA-3 and
activated it; IDA-3 was firmlymated to PMA3 between 1443 and 1500 UTC.
At 1614 UTC Dextre released the IDA and at 1641 UTC the astronauts
removed its thermal cover (which was stuffed in a bag and returned to
the airlock). Two `hemi reflectors' were installed and after some final
connections the astronauts returned to the Quest airlock, with hatch
close at 1855 UTC and repressurization at 1859 UTC.

The PMA-3 port with its APAS adapter was designed for Shuttle dockings;
the IDA-3 converts it to be suitable for Crew Dragon and Starliner dockings.


On Aug 22 Roskosmos launched Soyuz MS-14 on a Soyuz-2-1a rocket. This
was the first launch of the comnbination and tested the interaction of
the modern rocket's digital control system with the old-fashioned Soyuz
spaceship's abort system. Soyuz MS-14 was launched without a crew,
but a humanoid robot Skybot F-850 'Fyodor' takes up one of the seats.
Soyuz MS-14 also carries 658 kg of cargo for ISS.


Blagovest
----------

On Aug 5 Russia launched a Proton-M with the Blagovest No. 14L military communications
satellite. The Briz-M upper stage delivered it to geosynchronous orbit. On Aug 20
it was drifting west over the Indian Ocean.

Ariane
------

Arianespace flew an Ariane 5 on Aug 6 placing the EDRS-C and Intelsat
IS-39 comms satellites in geotransfer orbit. By Aug 20 both satellites
were in near-GEO drift orbits. EDRS-C (European Data Relay Satellite),
to be located at 31E, has a laser communications payload. It also
carries a secondary Ka-band payload, Hylas 3, for Avanti Communications.
IS-39 will replace Intelsat 901 over the Indian Ocean.

Amos 17
-------

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 on Aug 6. No attempt was made to recover the
B1047 first stage, which was on its third flight. The second stage
placed the AMOS 17 communications satellite in geotransfer orbit. AMOS
17 is a Boeing 702MP satellite for Israel's Spacecom. By Aug 19 it was
on station in GEO at 13.8E.

AEHF-5
------

ULA's Atlas V flight AV-083, using the powerful 551 model, was launched
on Aug 8. Centaur AV-083 made three burns to a high perigee GTO to drop
off the strategic US military communications satellite AEHF 5. After the
second burn, a 12U cubesat called TDO was ejected into geotransfer
orbit. TDO, for the USAF Space and Missile Command, tests satellite and
space debris tracking technologies.

By Aug 21, AEHF 5 was in a 24870 x 35300 km orbit.

Jielong-1
---------

The Changzheng Houjian YG (China Long March Rocket Co), a
commercialization subsidiary of the government CALT launch vehicle
manufacturer, carried out its first orbital launch on Aug 17. The
Jielong-1 (Smart Dragon 1) four-stage solid rocket put three satellites
in sun-synchronous orbit.

Qiancheng-1 01 xing is an imaging satellite for Qiancheng Exploration Tech Co (Beijing).
Xingshidai-5 is a test satellite for Guoxing Aerospace (Chengdu), using a Weina MN10 bus.
Tianqi-2 is a satellite for Guodian Gaokeji (Beijing) for IoT data relay.


Zhongxing-18
------------

The Zhongxing-18 (Chinasat-18) C/Ku/Ka-band communications sat, using
the enhanced DFH-4E bus, was launched by CZ-3B S/N Y58 on Aug 19 to
geotransfer orbit. However, it was announced that the payload was
malfunctioning following its separation from the upper stage.

Electron 8
----------

The 8th Rocket Lab Electron launch from New Zealand placed the BlackSky Global 4
imaging satellite in orbit together with three 6U cubesats: the signals
intelligence (spectrum monitoring) BRO-ONE for the Breton company Unseen
Labs and two Pearl White technology cubesats for USAF Space Command.
On this flight, the kick stage does not appear to have been cataloged
and may have been deorbited. Although RocketLab videos describing Electron
tout its ability to deorbit and not leave junk around, most and possibly
all of the previous Electron flights have actually left their kick stages up.


Flight Kick stage Current orbit
----------- ---------------- -----------------------
Electron 1 Failed to orbit -
Electron 2 43164 2018-010B 488 x 529 km x 82.9 deg
Electron 3 43692 2018-088C 495 x 516 km x 85.0 deg
Electron 4 43851/53? 2018-104C/F? Unclear (more unid track objects than missing payloads)
Electron 5 44074 2019-016B 410 x 428 km x 39.5 deg
Electron 6 44427 2019-026C 494 x 510 km x 40.0 deg
Electron 7 44365/68? 2019-037A/D? Unclear (more unid track objects than missing payloads)
Electron 8 Deorbited? Number of unid tracked objects same as number of payloads


GPS
---

The second GPS Block III satellite, nicknamed Magellan, was launched on
Aug 22 aboard a Delta 4 from Cape Canaveral. The Delta 4 second stage
deorbited itself south of South Africa at the end of its first orbit.

Chandrayaan-2
-------------

Chandrayaan-2 made its translunar injection burn at 2051 UTC Aug 13,
raising apogee to 408,000 km. Lunar orbit insertion occurred around 0330
UTC Aug 20 into a 114 x 18072 km x 87.8 deg orbit.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes

Jul 11 0153 FalconEye 1 Vega CSG ZLV Imaging F05 -6175? x 75?x 98.5?
Jul 12 1230 Spektr-RG Proton-M/DM-03 Baykonur LC81/24 Astronomy 40A 500 x1240000 x 51.6
Jul 20 1628 Soyuz MS-13 Soyuz-FG Baykonur LC1/5 Spaceship 41A S44437 200 x 211 x 51.6
Jul 22 0913 Chandrayaan 2 GSLV-3 Satish Dhawan Lunar 42A S44441 133 x 45171 x 21.4
Jul 25 0500 CAS-7B ) Shuang Quxian 1 Jiuquan Comms 43 S44443 280 x 299 x 42.7
Hangtian KKG Fazhang sat) Tech 43
Jul 25 2201 Dragon CRS-18 Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Cargo 44A S44446 203 x 386 x 51.6
Jul 26 0357 Yaogan-30 05 zu 01 xing ) Chang Zheng 2C Xichang Sigint 45A S44449 590 x 605 x 35.0
Yaogan-30 05 zu 02 xing ) Sigint 45B S44450 590 x 605 x 35.0
Yaogan-30 05 zu 03 xing ) Sigint 45C S44451 590 x 605 x 35.0
Jul 30 0557 Meridian-M No. 18L Soyuz-2-1A/Fregat Plesetsk LC43/4 Comms 46A S44453 985 x 39734 x 62.8
Jul 31 1210 Progress MS-12 Soyuz-2-1A Baykonur LC31 Cargo 47A S44455 185 x 218 x 51.6
Aug 5 2156 Kosmos-2539 Proton/Briz-M Baykonur LC81/24 Comms 48A S44457 35673 x 35851 x 0.0
Aug 6 1930 EDRS C ) Ariane 5 ECA Kourou ELA3 Comms 49A S44475? 217 x 35528 x 4.5
Intelsat IS-39 ) Comms 49B S44476? 231 x 35801 x 4.5
Aug 6 2323 AMOS 17 Falcon 9 Canaveral SLC40 Comms 50A S44479 215 x 35733 x 26.0
Aug 6 or 7? RTFSat ) Chaffee, LEO Tech 22G S44417 470 x 485 x 51.6
Quantum Radar 3 ) Tech 22F S44416 470 x 485 x 51.6
NARSScube-2 ) Tech 22H S44418 470 x 485 x 51.6
ORCA ) Tech 22E S44415 470 x 485 x 51.6
Aug 7 1300 Aerocube-10a ) Chaffee, LEO Tech 22D S44485 471 x 485 x 51.7
Aerocube-10b ) Tech 22C S44484 469 x 481 x 51.7
Aug 8 1013 AEHF 5 ) Atlas V 551 Canaveral SLC41 Comms 51A S44481 14366 x 35286 x 10.0
TDO ) Sp.Surv. 51B S44482 207 x 35259 x 26.4
Aug 17 0411 Qiancheng-1 01 ) Jielong-1 Jiuquan Imaging 52A S44486 532 x 559 x 97.6
Xingshidai-5 ) Tech 52 S44487? 529 x 559 x 97.6
Tianqi-2 ) Comms 52 S44488? 529 x 560 x 97.6
Aug 19 1203 Zhongxing-18 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang Comms 53A S44493 228 x 35879 x 28.4
Aug 19 1212 BlackSky Global 4) Electron Mahia Imaging 54 S44496? 531 x 558 x 45.0
Pearl White 1 ) Tech 54 S44497? 531 x 558 x 45.0
Pearl White 2 ) Tech 54 S44498? 531 x 558 x 45.0
BRO-ONE ) Sigint 54 S44499? 531 x 558 x 45.0
Aug 22 0338 Soyuz MS-14 Soyuz-2-1a Baykonur LC31 Spaceship 55A S44504 194 x 226 x 51.6
Aug 22 1306 GPS III SV02 Delta 4M+(4,2) Canaveral SLC37B Navigation 56A S44506 1199 x 20177 x 55.0

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
-----------------------------------


Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target

Jul 15? MRBM Target eMRBM? C-17, Kauai? Target 300? Alaska
Jul 15? Arrow 3 KV Arrow 3 Kodiak Interceptor 100? Intercept MRBM
Jul 24 Shahab RV Shahab 3 Iran Test 250? Iran?
Jul 26 Topol-E RV Topol' Kapustin Yar Reentry test 1000? Sary Shagan
Jul 22? MRBM Target eMRBM? C-17, Kauai? Target 300? Alaska
Jul 22? Arrow 3 KV Arrow 3 Kodiak Interceptor 100? Intercept MRBM
Jul 27? MRBM Target eMRBM? C-17, Kauai? Target 300? Alaska
Jul 27? Arrow 3 KV Arrow 3 Kodiak Interceptor 100? Intercept MRBM
Aug 1? Warhead Burkan-3 Yemen Weapon 300? Dammam, S. Arabia
Aug 7 1510? RV DF-31/41? Taiyuan Test 1000? Xinjiang
Aug 11 0607 SISTINE Black Brant IX White Sands UV Astronomy 259 White Sands
Aug 12 0944 RockSat-X 9 Terrier Imp.Mal. Wallops Island Education 154 Atlantic
 
20.10.2019 - 08:27 - 
THE DEEP SPACE CATALOG V1.0 umelých objektov v vzdialenosti > 150 000 km od Zeme
https://planet4589.org/space/deepcat/index.html
autor
Jonathan C. McDowell

Štatistika katalógu
1023 položiek v pôvodnom vydaní katalógu obsahuje 908 voľne lietajúcich objektov a 115 pripojených objektov.

Distribution of free-flying deep space objects in catalog.
Body In orbit Down Lost
Deep Earth 46 83 14
Earth Return 9 47 49
Moon 16 139
Sun-Earth L1/L2 5
Sun 311
Mercury 0 1
Venus 7 57
Mars 20 64
Jupiter 1 4
Saturn 1 1
Titan 0 8
Asteroids,Comets 7 12

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