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  • Kosmos 2137 was launched on Mar 19 by a Kosmos R 14 rocket into a 449x494 km orbit inclined 65 8 degrees This orbit marks it as one of a rare class of small spacecraft believed to be doing radar calibration or surveillance work it is the fourth in a series launched from 1979 onwards MLF1 Kosmos 1146 1979 Dec 5 444x494x65 9 MLF2 Kosmos 1427 1982 Dec 29 445x499x65 8 MLF3 Kosmos 1615 1984 Dec 22 453x512x65 8 MLF4 Kosmos 2137 1991 Mar 19 449x494x65 8 Kosmos 2138 was launched on Mar 26 by Soyuz from Plesetsk It is a recon satellite carrying a number of film return capsules and will stay in orbit for 2 months A Nadezhda navigation search and rescue satellite was launched by Kosmos R 14 on Mar 12 The Kospas search and rescue transponder is similar to ones carried on US NOAA weather satellites Nadezhda satellites launched to date NE9 Kosmos 1383 1982 Jun 29 Kospas 991x1029x83 NE10 Kosmos 1447 1983 Mar 24 Kospas 961x1015x83 NE13 Kosmos 1574 1984 Jun 21 Kospas 971x1010x83 NE19 Nadezhda 1989 Jul 4 Kospas 960x1013x83 NE20 Nadezhda 1990 Feb 27 Kospas 938x1003x83 NE22 Nadezhda 1991 Mar 12 Kospas 958x1017x83 The 40 th Molniya 3 C band comsat was launched from Plesetsk on Mar 22 The Molniya launch vehicle is a Soyuz booster with an extra Blok L fourth stage Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia OPF Bay 1 OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 2 OV 104 Atlantis LC39B ML ET SRB stacks ML1 STS 37 ET OV 104 LC39B ML2 STS 39 ET VAB Bay 1 ML3 STS 40 VAB Bay 3 10 years ago 22 30 Mar 1981 Soyuz 39 carried out a week long mission to the Salyut 6 space station Commander was Vladimir Dzhanibekov and

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  • got to the site although there was low cloud over the landing strip We were able to follow the launch for about 4 minutes well after SRB sep it became a bright pinpoint of light going off into the distance It was actually a lot quieter than I expected but visually overwhelming Worth the 730 mile drive from Huntsville The day before I drove to Patrick AFB a few miles south and saw the astronaut T 38 s lined up on the tarmac GRO was deployed on Apr 7 after a contingency EVA was performed by astronauts Ross and Apt to free the spacecraft s main antenna Another EVA is due today Launch of STS 39 Discovery and the AFP 675 payload from LC39A is due for late April Viktor Afanas ev and Musa Manarov continue in orbit aboard the Mir Kvant Kvant 2 Kristall Soyuz TM 11 Progress M 7 complex The Anik E2 hybrid C band Ku band comsat was launched by Ariane on Apr 4 for the Telesat Canada Corp Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia OPF Bay 1 OV 103 Discovery LC39A OV 104 Atlantis Earth orbit ML ET SRB stacks ML1 ML2 STS 39 ET OV 103 LC39A ML3 STS 40 VAB Bay 3 10 years ago 12 Apr 1981 Space Shuttle OV 102 Columbia was launched on mission STS 1 the first space shuttle flight Crew were John Young and Robert Crippen STS 1 was the first orbital flight by a winged piloted spaceship the first spacecraft to return from orbit to land on a runway the first flight test of the reuseable thermal tiles the first piloted vehicle to make substantial aerodynamic maneuvers at velocities in excess of Mach 8 and the first piloted spaceship to be launched with the help of

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  • satellites Kosmos 2139 Kosmos 2140 and Kosmos 2141 on Apr 4 The ASC 2 television relay satellite was launched on Apr 12 by a Delta 7925 The ASC satellites were originally planned by American Satellite Corp Amersat The company was bought by Continental Telecommunications Inc Contel before the first one was launched and became Contel ASC ASC 1 was launched on 27 Aug 1985 by a PAM D rocket from the spaceship Discovery In Mar 1991 General Telephone and Electronics GTE merged with Contel and Contel ASC is being merged with the GTE Spacenet Corp After on orbit checkout by Contel ASC the new ASC 2 satellite will be renamed Spacenet 4 GTE already has two fleets of satellites Gstar and Spacenet Gstar was its original fleet the Spacenet satellites were built by Southern Pacific Communications SPC SPC was bought up by GTE before the first Spacenet was launched The full GTE fleet is Satellite Bands Launch Date Vehicle Status Spacenet F1 C Ku 1984 May 23 Ariane V9 In GEO Spacenet F2 C Ku 1984 Nov 10 Ariane V11 In GEO Gstar 1 Ku 1985 May 8 Ariane V13 In GEO ASC 1 C Ku 1985 Aug 27 STS 51 I In GEO Spacenet F3 C Ku 1985 Sep 12 Ariane V15 Destroyed on launch Gstar 2 Ku 1985 Mar 28 Ariane V17 In GEO Spacenet F3R C Ku 1988 Mar 11 Ariane V21 In GEO Gstar 3 Ku 1988 Sep 8 Ariane V25 In GEO Gstar 4 Ku 1990 Nov 20 Ariane V40 In GEO Spacenet F4 ASC2 C Ku 1991 Apr 12 Delta 204 Just launched Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia OPF Bay 1 OV 103 Discovery LC39A OV 104 Atlantis EAFB ML ET SRB stacks ML1 ML2 STS 39 ET OV 103 LC39A ML3

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  • Corp BS 3H a replacement for the BS 2X spacecraft which fell in the Atlantic due to an Ariane failure and was in turn a replacement for BS 2 spacecraft in orbit which have been suffering equipment failures The Atlas was successful but one of the two RL 10 engines on the upper Centaur AC 70 stage failed to ignite This is the first Centaur failure since AC 62 in Jun 1984 The Centaur and payload were destroyed by the range safety officer A navigation satellite probably Kosmos 2142 was launched by Kosmos R 14 rocket on Apr 16 Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia OPF Bay 1 OV 103 Discovery LC39A OV 104 Atlantis OPF Bay 2 ML ET SRB stacks ML1 ML2 STS 39 ET OV 103 LC39A ML3 STS 40 ET VAB Bay 3 10 years ago 25 Apr 1981 The Kosmos 1267 spaceship was launched from Baykonur Kosmos 1267 consisted of two spacecraft a prototype Salyut module of the Kvant 2 Kristall type now docked to Mir and a prototype piloted spaceship with room for two cosmonauts it was cancelled before being used with a crew the reusable spaceship capsule was on its second flight the first flight being Kosmos 929 in 1977 The capsule separated and was recovered after 29 days in space the next month the Salyut module docked with the Salyut 6 space station It remained attached to the station until their combined reentry in July 1982 20 years ago 24 Apr 1971 The Soyuz 10 spaceship with three crewmembers docked with the Salyut laboratory after launch late on Apr 22 The cosmonauts were unable to attain a tight docking seal and had to undock and return to Earth without opening the hatch 30 years ago 25 Apr 1961 The Mercury Atlas

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  • Manarov continue in orbit aboard the Mir Kvant Kvant 2 Kristall Soyuz TM 11 Progress M 7 complex Launch of Soyuz TM 12 is due for May 18 with the replacement long stay crew of Anatoliy Artesbarskiy and Sergey Krikalyov Soyuz TM 12 will also carry as a passenger the British Project Juno cosmonaut Helen Sharman who will return with Afanas ev and Manarov in Soyuz TM 11 Kosmos 2142 a navigation satellite was launched by Kosmos R 14 from Plesetsk on Apr 16 into a 1000 km orbit The fourth Meteor 3 weather satellite was launched by Tsiklon from Plesetsk on Apr 24 into a 1200 km orbit Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia LC39B OV 103 Discovery Earth orbit OV 104 Atlantis OPF Bay 2 OV 105 Endeavour Palmdale ML ET SRB stacks ML1 ML2 ML3 STS 40 ET OV 102 LC39B 20 years ago 5 May 1971 DSP F2 was launched by Titan 3C from Cape Kennedy It was the first successful craft in the DSP early warning satellite system which watches for missile launches from stationary orbit DSP F2 was stationed over the Indian Ocean 30 years ago 5 May 1961 The Mercury spaceship Freedom

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  • which is financed by the Moskva Narodniy Bank and has no connection with the British government The Progress M 7 cargo craft undocked and reentered on May 7 The NOAA 12 weather satellite was launched into polar orbit from Vandenberg by an Atlas E launch vehicle with a Star 37S upper stage on May 14 The NOAA satellites are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which also operates the network of GOES satellites in geostationary orbit Six Soviet spacecraft Kosmos 2143 to Kosmos 2148 were launched on May 16 into a 1400 km orbit by a three stage Tsiklon rocket They are small store dump communications satellites the military version of the Gonets satellites recently offered for commercial use by the NPO PM company Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia LC39B OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 1 OV 104 Atlantis OPF Bay 2 OV 105 Endeavour VAB Bay 2 ML ET SRB stacks ML1 STS 43 VAB Bay 1 ML2 ML3 STS 40 ET OV 102 LC39B 10 years ago 14 22 May 1981 The Soyuz 40 mission carried Soviet cosmonaut Yuriy Romanenko and Rumanian cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu on a visit to the Salyut 6 space station

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  • cargo craft carrying supplies and fuel for the station was launched from Baykonur on May 30 Musa Manarov landed with 540 days 22 hours and 31 minutes spaceflight time accrued over two missions to Mir beating Yuriy Romanenko s record for cumulative spaceflight time by over 100 days and the US record by over a factor of six The 10th Resurs F remote sensing satellite was launched on May 21 from Plesetsk It carries an MK4 multispectral camera and is based on the Vostok spacecraft Kosmos 2149 was launched on May 24 from Plesetsk It is an imaging recon satellite and will remain in orbit for 2 months It replaced Kosmos 2138 which was deorbited on May 24 after 59 days in space Aurora 2 a communications satellite for GE Alascom was launched by a Delta 7925 on May 29 The GE 3000 class C band comsat will replace the Aurora 1 which was launched in 1982 TIP 2 a US Navy experimental navigation satellite reentered on May 26 It was launched in 1975 Kosmos 151 an electronic intelligence satellite launched in 1967 reentered on May 6 Delta 111 the second stage of the launch vehicle which orbited Nimbus 6 in 1975 exploded into hundreds of fragments about May 14 The Delta stages of that era had a habit of exploding years after launch due to the detonation of left over propellants More recent Delta launches have burned up all their propellants to avoid this problem Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia Earth orbit OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 1 OV 104 Atlantis OPF Bay 2 OV 105 Endeavour VAB Bay 2 ML ET SRB stacks ML1 STS 43 VAB Bay 1 ML2 ML3 STS 40 ET OV 102 LC39B 10 years ago 31 May 1981 The Indian Space

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  • the Mir Kvant Kvant 2 Kristall Soyuz TM 12 Progress M 8 complex An Okean oceanographic remote sensing satellite built by NPO Yuzhnoye was launched on Jun 4 by Tsiklon from Plesetsk Correction the date of the Delta 111 explosion was May 1 according to calculations by Mike McCants Also the deployment of the classified USA 70 satellite international designation 1991 31C from the STS 39 mission is now confirmed Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia EAFB RW22 OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 1 OV 104 Atlantis OPF Bay 2 OV 105 Endeavour VAB Bay 2 ML ET SRB stacks ML1 STS 43 ET VAB Bay 1 ML2 ML3 VAB Bay 3 10 years ago 4 Jun 1981 The Kosmos 1275 navigation satellite was launched On 1981 Jul 24 it disintegrated into many pieces possibly as a result of colliding with another space object 20 years ago 6 Jun 1971 The first space station mission with cosmonauts Georgiy Dobrovol skiy Vladislav Volkov and Viktor Patsaev launched in Soyuz 11 to dock with the Salyut space lab and spend 22 days aboard Just prior to reentry on 29 June a valve on the Soyuz 11 accidentally failed open venting the

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