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  • the Galileo probe into a Venus transfer orbit Viktorenko and Serebrov continue to work on the Soyuz TM 8 Mir Progress M complex The D module launch has been delayed The fourth Block II Navstar GPS satellite was launched by Delta 6925 from Canaveral on Oct 21 The Czechoslovak Magion 2 satellite was released from the IK 24 magnetospheric research satellite on Oct 3 Kosmos 2047 launched on Oct 3

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  • 29 The first Intelsat VI communications satellite was launched by Ariane on Oct 27 A Meteor 3 weather satellite was launched for the Soviet Hydrometeorological Service on Oct 24 The defunct Kosmos 156 weather satellite reentered on Oct 23 after

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  • the radiation vary with wavelength Is there an extra source of background radiation in the submillimetre wavelength range The DIRBE experiment will study the amount of radiation at somewhat shorter infrared wavelengths mapping the distribution of dust in our Galaxy and possibly from galaxies at high redshift The Granat X ray astrophysical observatory was launched by Proton from Baykonur on Dec 2 it carries Soviet and French x ray and gamma ray telescopes November also saw the flight of Discovery on the STS 33 mission which deployed a payload in a low 28 degree orbit on Nov 23 The payload was probably a Mentor alias Magnum signals intelligence satellite for the National Security Agency boosted to geostationary orbit with an IUS upper stage On November 26 the Kvant 2 space station module was put in orbit The module is due to dock with the Mir station and carries an EVA airlock and EVA manoeuvring unit One of two solar arrays failed to deploy initially but has now been fully extended The first attempt to dock with Mir failed on Dec 2 and another attempt is due this week Kosmos 2049 launched Nov 17 is an advanced reconnaissance satellite Kosmos 2050

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  • tethered test flights were carried out on Feb 1 and 5 Progress M 2 undocked from Port 2 on Feb 9 and was deorbited over the Pacific Solov yov and Balandin were launched in Soyuz TM 9 on Feb 11 and docked at Kvant Port 2 on Feb 13 Viktorenko and Serebrov handed over command of the complex and prepared to return to Soyuz TM 8 TM 8 undocked from Port 1 and landed in the Arkalyk recovery zone on Feb 19 Solov yov and Balandin flew Soyuz TM 9 round from Kvant Port 2 to Mir Port 1 a few days later Progress M 3 was launched on Feb 28 and docked at Kvant Port 2 on Mar 3 Sometime in late March Progress M 3 will undock and the crew will move Soyuz TM 9 back from Port 1 to Kvant Port 2 The Kristall module will then be launched and will dock at Port 1 and then be rotated to occupy Port 4 Progress M 4 will then follow it may dock at either Port 1 or K Port 2 depending on whether the crew move Soyuz TM 9 yet again The LACE and RME satellites launched by Delta 6920 on Feb 14 are SDIO payloads to study the effects of ground based lasers USAF Block II NavStar GPS satellites were launched by Delta 6925 on Dec 11 and Jan 24 The first commercial Titan 3 launch ocurred 7 minutes into the new year GMT with the launch of the UK Ministry of Defense s Skynet 4A comsat and a commercial Japanese comsat JCSAT 2 belonging to Japan Communications Satellite Corp The French SPOT 2 remote sensing satellite was launched on Jan 22 by Ariane V35 into polar orbit Six microsat amateur radio satellites were launched along with SPOT the University of Surrey s UoSAT 3 and UoSAT 4 AMSAT North America AMSAT NA s PACSAT AMSAT NA and Weber State College s WEBERSAT AMSAT NA and AMSAT Brazil s DOVE Digital Orbiting Voice Encoder and AMSAT LU s LUSAT I don t know what LU stands for Anyone who can enlighten me please do so The loss of Ariane V36 on Feb 22 resulted in the destruction of two Japanese commerical comsats Superbird B belonged to Japan Space Communications Corp do not confuse with JCSAT and GE Astro Space s BS 2X had been ordered by NHK television as an interim supplement to NASDA s BS 2 satellites An as yet unknown malfunction in the Ariane 1st stage caused one main engine to partially fail seconds after launch and two minutes later the vehicle exploded The Japanese ISAS space agency launched the MUSES A space probe on Jan 24 The probe is a technology test which will fly past the Moon and attempt to insert a subsatellite in lunar orbit The other Japanese space agency NASDA launched a marine observation satellite Momo 2 on Feb 7 with the H I vehicle Two small payloads were orbited

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  • be launched went into space aboard a Martin Marietta Commercial Titan III on Mar 14 The satellite failed to separate from the Titan final stage and was finally separated from its Orbus 21S perigee kick motor leaving it stranded in low orbit with only its stationkeeping engine available for propulsion INTELSAT is an intergovernmental organization for international telecommunications of the 44 satellites it has launched since 1965 it has lost 9 in launch accidents Another USAF Navstar GPS Block II navigation satellite was launched by McDonnell Douglas Delta 6925 from Canaveral on Mar 26 Kosmos 2060 a Soviet Naval Intelligence satellite for detecting radio emissions from ships was launched from Baykonur on Mar 14 Kosmos 2061 a Soviet Navy navigation satellite was launched from Plesetsk on March 20 Kosmos 2062 was launched on March 22 c 1990 Jonathan McDowell r 18 Hiten flew past the Moon at 14000 km and remains in orbit around the Earth Moon system Intelsat VI F 1 the second Intelsat VI satellite to be launched went into space aboard a Martin Marietta Commercial Titan III on Mar 14 The satellite failed to separate from the Titan final stage and was finally separated from its Orbus 21S perigee kick motor leaving it stranded in low orbit with only its stationkeeping engine available for propulsion The satellite s orbit has been raised to a several hundred km parking orbit using the stationkeeping engine while the Titan Orbus has reentered INTELSAT is an intergovernmental organization for international telecommunications of the 44 satellites it has launched since 1965 it has lost 9 in launch accidents Another USAF Navstar GPS Block II navigation satellite SVN 20 was launched by McDonnell Douglas Delta 6925 from Canaveral on Mar 26 Ofek 2 Offeq 2 comments on alternative transliterations and original Hebrew spelling

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  • in space for 58 days The Pegasus winged rocket made its first flight on Apr 5 launched by the NASA NB 52 over the Pacific Ocean NASA s Pegsat satellite was successfully placed in orbit together with the second DARPA Global Low Orbiting Message Relay satellite Remember Westar VI Challenger deployed it in Feb 1984 the Pam D upper stage failed and left it in low orbit Discovery retrieved it

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  • the islands of the Indonesian archipelago It is a Hughes HS 376 class comsat and is the third Palapa B to reach stationary orbit Palapa was owner by the insurers after recovery and then sold to Sattel Inc which later sold it back to the Indonesians If anyone can shed light on the complicated ownership history of Westar please let me know Three small DoD research satellites were launched by an Atlas E from Vandenberg on Apr 11 The Atlas carried an Altair III upper stage left over from the Scout program Reports that the vehicle was an Atlas Scout are rather an overstatement the Altair is the fourth stage of the Scout vehicle The three satellites are Polar Orbiting Geomagnetic Survey Transceiver Experiment and Selective Communications Experiment The first will map the Earth s magnetic field while the other two will study radio communications through the ionosphere NASA s Pegsat released its first barium canister on Apr 15 The barium spreads along the magnetic field lines allowing the field to be traced The Kosmos 2062 recon satellite landed on Apr 5 Eight small Soviet Navy communications relays Kosmos 2064 to Kosmos 2071 were launched on a single Kosmos rocket on Apr 6 This is the 43rd launch of this type since the program began in 1970 A new program began in 1985 with 6 satellites at a time launched on the newer Tsiklon vehicle and this may eventually supersede the 8 satellite program Kosmos 2072 was launched on Apr 13 No details yet Glavkosmos launched a Foton materials processing satellite on a two week mission on Apr 11 This is the seventh launch of a Foton the 3rd to be officially named and carries a French experiment among its payload The Foton uses a Vostok spacecraft bus and carries

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  • 22 Its cargo is the Astro 1 Spacelab payload and the BBXRT x ray telescope Launch is due for May 16 Anatoli Solov yov Komandir and Aleksandr Balandin Bortinzhener continue in orbit aboard the Mir complex The Soyuz TM 9 transport and the Progress M 3 freighter are currently at the station Solov yov and Balandin have been in space for 72 days Kosmos 2072 was launched on Apr 13

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