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  • launched on Dec 18 as reported last time It is part of the APEX program to study the magnetosphere It released a small subsatellite Magion 3 Magion 3 was built by the Czech and Slovak Republic A Russian Raduga communications satellite was launched from Baykonur in Kazakhstan by a Proton launch vehicle on Dec 19 The satellite is in stationary orbit A Chinese DFH 3 communications satellite was launched from

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  • into stationary orbit from there Results from the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory CGRO presented at the Atlanta AAS meeting indicate that among the brightest 100 MeV gamma ray sources in the sky are three flat spectrum radio quasars at redshifts of order one there doesn t seem to be anything particulary special about the three quasars 4C 38 41 PKS 0528 134 and PKS 0208 512 at other wavebands and

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  • 11 launched from the Kazakh spaceport Baykonur on Jan 25 docked with Mir on Jan 27 Mir crew Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov will return to Earth in March when they will be replaced by the Soyuz TM 14 crew The Kosmos 2171 recon satellite reentered on Jan 17 after a standard 58 day mission It was replaced by Kosmos 2175 launched on Jan 21 by Soyuz from the Russian

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  • the PVO Soviet Air Defense Command I understand they form part of the strategic assets which according to Rossiya will be part of the Commonwealth combined command Three GLONASS navigation satellites Kosmos 2177 to Kosmos 2179 were launched from Baykonur in Kazakhstan by a Russian Proton rocket on Jan 30 They are the Russian equivalent of the Navstar satellites Kosmos 2174 a mapping survey satellite landed on Jan 30 after a 44 day misson The only imaging satellites Russia has left in orbit are Kosmos 2175 launched last month on a two month mission and Kosmos 2152 launched in July last year The latter satellite is of a type which has demonstrated 260 day lifetimes so it could stay in orbit until April The old Vostok based two week imaging missions seem finally to have been phased out in the middle of last year all imaging missions since then have been of the more advanced type introduced in 1975 which last over a month in orbit All seven DARPA Microsats launched by Pegasus last year reentered between Jan 23 and Jan 26 Also down on Jan 19 is Kosmos 604 an electronic intelligence satellite launched in 1973 Launches in January

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  • being refurbished in California With the return of Discovery to the Cape on Feb 16 all four orbiters are at KSC Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov remain in orbit aboard the Mir complex According to the latest Spacewarn Bulletin the VBS reentry capsule from Progress M 11 was successfully recovered The USAF s DSCS III F 5 comsat was launched on Feb 11 by the second Atlas II Centaur AC101 from complex 36A at Cape Canaveral The DSCS III satellites are built by GE Astro Space previous ones were put into stationary orbit by IUS upper stages two at a time From now on they will be orbited one at a time with Atlas Centaur This requires an extra apogee kick stage the IABS or Integrated Apogee Boost Motor also provided by GE The DSCS satellites use X band frequencies 8 7 GHz DSCS III launch history Launch date Vehicle Int l designation DSCS III F 1 1982 Oct 30 Titan 34D 1 IUS 1982 106B DSCS III F 2 USA 11 1985 Oct 3 STS 28 51 J IUS 1985 92B DSCS III F 3 USA 12 1985 Oct 3 STS 28 51 J IUS 1985 92C DSCS III F 4 USA 44 1989 Sep 4 Titan 34D 2 Transtage 1989 69B DSCS III F 5 USA 78 1992 Feb 11 Atlas Centaur AC 101 IABS 1992 06A A two stage version of Japan s Thor based H I launch vehicle was launched on Feb 12 at 0150 from Tanegashima Space Center It placed into orbit the NASDA satellite Fuyo 1 formerly Earth Resources Satellite ERS 1 It carries a synthetic aperture radar and visible light imagers The NASDA ERS 1 is not to be confused with ESA s ERS 1 or with the USAF ERS lightsat program of

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  • The GPS navigation satellites are used for both military and civilian position finding The Japanese Hiten space probe was inserted into lunar orbit on Feb 15 after two years of experiments in the Earth Moon system Kosmos 2180 was launched on 17 Feb around 2200 UT by the VS SNG Unified Forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States from the Russian spaceport of Plesetsk It is a navy navigation satellite

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  • processed for mission STS 50 the first Extended Duration Orbiter mission Discovery is undergoing modifications and will next fly in October Mir crew Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov made a 4h spacewalk on Feb 20 for external experiment retreival and routine maintenance Launch of Soyuz TM 14 is due on Mar 17 An Ariane 44L orbited two satellites on Feb 26 Superbird B2 is a communications satellite belonging to Space Communications Corp of Japan Arabsat 1C is an Arab League comsat A Molniya communications spacecraft was launched on Mar 4 It is probably owned by the Russian Ministry of Communications Information and Space Ministerstva po svyazi informatike i kosmosu The first Indian satellite Aryabhata reentered on Feb 11 A Meteor Priroda earth resources satellite reentered on Mar 1 after 12 years in orbit The Russian Gamma 1 gamma ray astronomy satellite reentered on Feb 28 after only 2 years in orbit the main experiment on board was reportedly a failure Kosmos 2075 a military satellite reentered on Feb 20 Current STS status Orbiters Location Mission OV 102 Columbia OPF Bay 3 STS 50 OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 2 Mod OV 104 Atlantis LC39A STS 45 OV 105 Endeavour VAB

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  • Mir s front port on Mar 13 and was deorbited over the Pacific the same day Mir crew Aleksandr Volkov and Sergey Krikalyov undocked from the Kvant rear port on Mar 14 in Soyuz TM 13 and redocked about an hour later at the Mir front port On Mar 17 at 0854 UTC a Soyuz launch vehicle left Baykonur carrying NPO Energiya s Soyuz TM 14 spaceship into orbit Crew are Aleksandr Viktorenko and Aleksandr Kaleri of Russia and Klaus Dietrich Flade of Germany They docked at the Kvant rear port at 1233 UTC on Mar 19 On Mar 25 Volkov Krikalyov and Flade undocked from the front port in Soyuz TM 13 and landed in Kazakhstan at 0851 UTC on Mar 25 This leaves Viktorenko and Kaleri aboard the Mir Kvant Kvant 2 Kristall Soyuz TM 14 complex Krikalyov s flight was the third longest ever at 311 days 20 hours 1 min and he and Volkov hold second and fourth place in the cumulative spaceflight experience rankings Musa Manarov has 541 days Krikalyov has 463 days Yuri Romanenko has 430 days and Volkov has 391 days Biographical details of the new and old crews Viktorenko Aleksandr Stepanovich Birth 1947 Mar 29 in Kazakhstan Rank Polkovnik VVS Col in Air Force Selected as Air Force cosmonaut 1978 Backup Komandir Soyuz T 14 1985 Backup Komandir Soyuz T 15 1986 Komandir Soyuz TM 3 Mir 1987 Backup Komandir Soyuz TM 7 1988 Komandir Soyuz TM 8 Mir 1989 1990 Backup Komandir Soyuz TM 13 1991 Komandir Soyuz TM 14 Mir 1992 Total spaceflight hours 4389 09 at Mar 17 0 3 rendezvous dockings EVA hours 17 36 in 5 EVAs Kaleri Aleksandr Yurievich Birth 1956 May 13 in Latviju Latvia Selected as NPO Energiya cosmonaut 1985 Backup Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 4 1987 Trained as Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 7 but grounded 1988 Backup Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 12 1991 Trained as Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 13 but replaced by Kazakh 1991 Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 14 Mir 1992 Total spaceflight hours 207 06 at Mar 26 0 Volkov Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Birth 1948 Apr 27 in Ukraine Rank Polkovnik VVS Col in Air Force Selected as Air Force cosmonaut 1976 Kosmonavt issledovatel Soyuz T 14 Salyut 7 1985 Backup Komandir Soyuz TM 4 1987 Komandir Soyuz TM 7 Mir 1988 1989 Backup Komandir Soyuz TM 12 1991 Komandir Soyuz TM 13 Mir 1991 1992 Total spaceflight hours 9395 54 2 rendezvous 4 dockings EVA hours 10 10 in 2 EVAs Krikalyov Sergey Konstantinovich Birth 1958 Aug 27 in Rossiya Russia Selected as NPO Energiya cosmonaut 1985 Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 7 Mir 1988 1989 Backup Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 11 1990 Bortinzhener Soyuz TM 12 Mir 1991 1992 Total spaceflight hours 11119 11 EVA hours 36 30 in 7 EVAs Flade Klaus Dietrich Birth 1953 in Deutschland Germany Selected as DLR astronaut candidate 1990 Kosmonavt issledovatel Soyuz TM 14 Mir 1992 Total spaceflight hours 191 57 More bio details would be welcome if anyone knows them Biographical

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