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  • at the front Mir port at 0739UT on Oct 4 Crew Volkov Aubakirov and Viehbock joined Artsebarskiy and Krikalyov Late on Oct 9 Artsebarskiy Aubakirov and Viehbock transferred to Soyuz TM 12 and undocked from the rear Kvant port landing in Kazakhstan at 0412 UT on Oct 10 At 0001UT on Oct 15 Volkov and Krikalyov undocked from the front port in Soyuz TM 13 and flew around the station to inspect it docking at the rear Kvant port at 0145 UT to test its new docking antenna The robot cargo ship Progress M 10 was launched around 0010UT on Oct 17 and docked with Mir presumably on the front port on about Oct 20 or so When Krikalyov lands in Soyuz TM 13 around Mar 24 or so next year he has a chance of beating Yuriy Romanenko by a few hours for second place in the cumulative space experience rankings Musa Manarov holds the record at 540 days while Romanenko has 430 days A Foton commercial materials processing satellite was launched on Oct 4 from Plesetsk in Russia It will stay in orbit for a few weeks and be recovered in Kazakhstan It is based on the Vostok spaceship bus Kosmos 2163 an imaging military intelligence satellite was launched from Baykonur in Kazakhstan on Oct 9 by a Soyuz rocket Kosmos 2164 was launched by the small R 14 Kosmos rocket from Plesetsk on Oct 10 It is a rare type of military satellite probably for electronic monitoring of some kind Only four have been launched over a 17 year period two have reentered The launch dates and orbits of the four satellites are listed below JCM ID Name Launch Reentry Orb km x km x deg MMB1 Kosmos 687 1974 Oct 11 1978 286x698x74 MMB2 Kosmos 822

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  • stuff explain to an ignorant civilian what a Chief Warrant Officer 3 is and how it relates to the ranks other military astronauts have like Major Captain etc The Mir Kvant Sofora Kvant 2 Kristall Soyuz TM 13 Progress M 10 complex continues in orbit with crew Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov The robot cargo ship Progress M 10 docked with Mir on Oct 21 This is a longer interval than normal between launch and docking and may indicate continuing problems with the rendezvous antenna According to the weekly listing issued by NASA Goddard satellite 21225 the Compton Observatory GRO reentered on Oct 12 However the folks down the hall assure me they re still getting data from it so we can safely assume the report is a typo Remember never believe anything you read even from an official source Meanwhile the USAF NASA Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite CRRES has apparently failed in orbit The chemical release part of the mission was complete but more data on the space radiation environment had been hoped for The Foton materials processing spacecraft landed in Kazakhstan on Oct 20 after 16 days in orbit A geostationary satellite was launched by Proton

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  • Oct 19 Orbit of the complex on Nov 1 was 391x398 km inclined 51 6 deg A Gorizont comsat was launched on Oct 23 by a UR 500K Proton rocket with a Blok DM upper stage The comsat is probably the last of a series of three belonging to the Russian Republic By Nov 4 it was on station at 80 deg E The last Intelsat VI satellite Intelsat VI F 1 was launched by Ariane on Oct 29 Its R4D liquid apogee motor was fired in several burns on Oct 31 as it began the climb to stationary orbit Until a few years ago most geostationary comsats used solid motors to circularize the orbit in a single burn with small stationkeeping thrusters to move the craft to the desired longitude but the latest comsats mostly use liquid engines to slowly raise the perigee of the transfer orbit in a series of burns Erratum Mike McCants points out to me that Kosmos 1868 mentioned by me a couple of weeks ago reentered in Mar 1989 Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia Palmdale OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 3 OV 104 Atlantis LC39A OV 105 Endeavour OPF Bay 1 ML

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  • Sergey Krikalyov A Titan IV was launched from Vandenberg at 0707 UT on Nov 8 It placed a classified satellite in orbit probably a Lacrosse radar imaging satellite Six small communications relay satellites Kosmos 2165 to Kosmos 2170 were launched aboard a single Tsiklon rocket on Nov 12 The Japanese Ginga x ray astronomy satellite reentered on Nov 1 Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia Palmdale OV 103 Discovery

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  • 2156 spy satellite reentered on Nov 17 after a standard 59 day mission SDIO s LOSAT X satellite reentered on Nov 15 It operated for only 9 days after launch on Jul 4 Asteroid 1991 VG discovered earlier this month in a solar orbit similar to that of the Earth is probably not a terrestrial spacecraft as originally thought Orbit analysis by Brian Marsden based on new observations by Jim Scotti shows that the only close pass to Earth during the space age was in Dec 1974 at a distance of at least 0 08AU too far to be a space probe The only plausible candidate in Dec 1974 was the Centaur TC 2 rocket stage but Don Lesney of General Dynamics reports that although TC 2 did indeed enter a heliocentric orbit with about the right parameters three hours later its engine was reignited in a test burn which rebound it to the Earth with an orbital period of 3 days It thus became the first and so far only object to reenter Earth orbit from solar orbit As for 1991 VG speculation is now centering on natural explanations such as escaped Earth Trojans Current STS status Orbiters OV

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  • 13 Progress M 10 complex continues in orbit with crew Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov The crew will be replaced in March of 1992 barring further political upheavals By that time both will be among the four humans with the most flight experience in space the others are Manarov and Romanenko So far Krikalyov has 196 days on this mission and 316 days total Volkov has 59 days on this mission and 276 days total 1991 78A launched Nov 20 by Soyuz from Plesetsk is Kosmos 2171 It is an imaging spy satellite with a two month lifetime It is built by the KB Foton in Samara Russia I have no data yet on 1991 79A it may be a classified satellite If so it is probably an advanced signals intelligence satellite of a type launched once a year by refurbished Titan II missiles since all other launch pads used by classified US satellites are accounted for 1991 80A was Atlantis and 1991 80B is the DSP F16 satellite Here is the complete list of DSP early warning satellites They were all built by TRW and share the same basic design of a Schmidt telescope with a solid state IR array detector There have been three generations of the spacecraft DSP F1 was a partial launch failure and DSP F7 failed on reaching stationary orbit DSP Block 1 DSP F1 1970 Nov 6 1970 93A DSP F2 1971 May 5 1971 39A DSP F3 1972 Mar 1 1972 10A DSP F4 1973 Jun 12 1973 40A DSP Block 2 DSP F7 1975 Dec 14 1975 118A DSP F8 1976 Jun 26 1976 59A DSP F9 1977 Feb 6 1977 07A DSP F10 1979 Jun 10 1979 53A DSP F11 1981 Mar 16 1981 25A DSP F13 1982 Mar 6 1982

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  • of the refurbished Atlas 53E booster at 1323UT on Nov 28 from Vandenberg This was the 500th Atlas launch since the first attempt in 1957 Payload for the Atlas was the USAF weather satellite DMSP Block 5D 2 F 11 with an integrated Star 37S solid upper stage used to place the satellite in polar orbit The Mir Kvant Sofora Kvant 2 Kristall Soyuz TM 13 Progress M 10 complex continues in orbit with crew Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov I goofed on 1991 79A it is actually a Russian geostationary satellite Kosmos 2172 I don t know why no data on it was released initially It was launched around 1300UT on Nov 22 from Kosmodrom Baykonur by a Proton launch vehicle The third stage of the UR 500K stack placed the payload and fourth stage in a 191x204 km orbit inclined 51 6 deg to the equator After less than one orbit the Blok DM fourth stage ignited and placed the combination in a 200x36300 km transfer orbit inclined 47 degrees At apogee the fourth stage ignited for a second time to circularise the orbit and separated from the payload into a supersynchronous 36219x36292 km orbit inclined 1 4

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  • Soyuz TM 13 Progress M 10 complex continues in orbit with crew Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov The Inmarsat II F 3 and Telecom IIA satellites were launched by Ariane 44L on Dec 16 Both satellites use the Matra British Aerospace Eurostar bus and will be placed in geostationary orbits using liquid rocket motors Marquardt R 4D 12s not MBB S400 s as I claimed in an earlier posting on board the satellites 1991 saw a record 8 launches for the Ariane rocket Kosmos 2174 was launched into low orbit on Dec 17 by Soyuz rocket from the Kazakh spaceport of Baykonur It is probably a mapping satellite A Ukrainian built Tsiklon rocket was launched from the Russian Plesetsk spaceport on Dec 18 and placed a satellite in a 400x3000 km orbit An intermediate elliptical orbit of this type is unusual for Soviet launches and the satellite is probably a space science mission under the APEX program The Soviet Geodesy and Cartography Agency mapping satellite Kosmos 2163 returned to Earth after a 60 day mission on Dec 7 The Indian remote sensing satellite Bhaskara 2 reentered on Nov 30 Current STS status Orbiters OV 102 Columbia Palmdale OV 103 Discovery

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