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  • first used for a docking in 1975 when it was carried on Soyuz 19 and Apollo Docking Module 2 the Apollo CSM 111 spaceship attached itself to the Docking Module using the traditional probe drogue system Despite the intention that it would replace the old system it has not been used for 17 years since the Soyuz continued to use the old system and the only American spaceships to have carried out a docking in that period are the Manned Maneuvering Units MMU 2 and 3 which used the probe drogue system However the Kristall module launched in May 1990 and attached to the Mir complex carries the APAS system with the intention that it be used for dockings with the Buran space shuttle On Jan 26 Manakov and Polishchuk successfully carried out a manual docking with the Kristall module APAS port This means there are now three active ports on the complex the Mir front port occupied by Soyuz TM 15 since Jul 1992 the Kvant rear port occupied by Progress M 15 since Oct 1992 and the Kristall APAS port Radio Moscow reports that an unpiloted flight of the second Buran orbiter is still nominally scheduled for the spring of 1994 the orbiter would carry out an automatic docking with the Kristall module after which a crew would enter it and possibly carry out a test flight in it However it is clear that funding for this mission has not been approved and I remain doubtful that it will occur Meanwhile NASA orbiter OV 104 Atlantis is at the Rockwell plant in Palmdale California being reconfigured to accept a docking module which would allow it to link up with the Kristall module port in 1995 as part of a mission of an American astronaut aboard the Mir station

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  • Soyuz TM 15 on Feb 1 and landed the same day in Kazakhstan after six months in space The Soyuz TM 16 crew Manakov and Polishchuk remain in orbit aboard the station The Progress TM 15 cargo ferry will undock soon to perform the Znamya solar sail experiment Launches Kosmos 2232 is a missile early warning satellite It was launched from Plesetsk on Jan 26 Probably built by NPO PM of Krasnoyarsk the satellite is operated by the Russian Air Defense Forces Voyska PVO It is in an elliptical 63 degree 12 hour orbit Large numbers of debris fragments have been detected in orbit associated with the Kosmos 2227 satellite launched on Dec 25 Either the satellite or more likely its Zenit upper stage rocket has disintegrated Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jan 12 1100 Kosmos 2230 Kosmos R 14 Plesetsk Navsat 01A Jan 13 0155 Molniya 1 Molniya Plesetsk Comsat 02A Jan 13 1359 Endeavour STS 54 Kennedy Spaceship 03A Jan 13 2012 TDRS 6 IUS STS 54 LEO Comsat 03B Jan 19 1455 Kosmos 2231 Soyuz Plesetsk Recon 04A Jan 24 0557 Soyuz TM 16 Soyuz Baykonur Spaceship 05A Jan 26 1425 Kosmos 2232 Molniya

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  • orbit at 20000 km and change the inclination to 55 degrees The satellite has been given the designation USA 88 I note that the classified satellite deployed by Discovery in December has still not been given either a USA number or a NORAD Space Command permanent satellite catalog number This is the first time that any US payload has been omitted from the official satellite catalog and seems a particularly pathetic attempt at pretending it doesn t exist given that the object was observed by amateurs at sites across the world The omission is further confirmation that the spacecraft has a signals intelligence mission since historically these satellites are treated with the most secrecy It will be interesting to see whether the US will include the satellite in its next list of launchings submitted to the United Nations under the Convention on Registration of Space Objects Only satellite USA 72 has so far been omitted from these listings entirely although other classified payloads have been listed with erroneous or misleading orbital information Orbital Sciences Corp s third Pegasus launch was a success NASA s NB 52 S N 008 flew from Edwards AFB to Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying the Pegasus F3 launch vehicle nicknamed Santos Dumont On Feb 9 the NB 52 took off from the SLF Shuttle Landing Facility RW05 33 at Kennedy at around 1320 UTC and flew until it was 130 km off the coast at 13 km altitude The Pegasus was dropped at 1430 UTC and its Hercules Orion 50S first stage motor ignited 5 seconds later All three stages worked well and Pegasus placed its Orion 38 third stage and the 110 kg Brazilian SCD 1 satellite in a 750 x 770 km x 25 0 deg orbit The Satelite de Coleta de

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  • Feb 20 The three stage Mu 3S 2 launch vehicle placed Asuka formerly known as ASTRO D into a 515 x 606 km x 31 1 deg orbit which should give a good lifetime for the mission and reasonable radiation background Asuka is Japan s first X ray imaging telescope its previous X ray satellites have carried x ray detectors without focussing optics It carries CCD detectors and an imaging proportional counter The spacecraft is sensitive to the 0 5 12 keV energy range this can be compared to the soft 0 1 2 4 keV X rays observed by ROSAT the other main x ray satellite currently in orbit The Asuka telescope has a 30 arcmin field of view and 2 arcmin spatial resolution Before the telescope enters operation it must be extended from its present folded configuration Asuka is the 22nd satellite successfully launched by ISAS Kosmos 2233 launched on Feb 9 from Plesetsk is a 150 MHz doppler navigation satellite Kosmos 2234 2235 and 2236 launched by Proton on Feb 17 from Baykonur are GLONASS atomic clock navigation satellites The Orbcomm OXP 1 Capabilities Demonstration Satellite was carried into orbit piggyback on the SCD 1 Pegasus flight on Feb 9 Orbcomm is a satellite communications company which is a subsidiary of Orbital Sciences the company which builds the Pegasus Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Feb 3 0255 Navstar GPS 22 Delta Canaveral Navsat 07A Feb 4 Znamya Prog M15 LEO R D 1986 17GZ Feb 9 0250 Kosmos 2233 Kosmos R 14 Plesetsk Navsat 08A Feb 9 1430 SCD 1 NB52 Pegasus F3 Kennedy Comsat 09B Orbcomm OXP 1 Comsat 09A Feb 17 2025 Kosmos 2234 Proton Blok DM Baykonur Navsat 10A Kosmos 2235 Navsat 10B Kosmos 2236 Navsat 10C Feb 20 0220 Asuka

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  • is essential for mission success Note that the name Asuka is pronounced the u is almost completely swallowed Because of confusion by English speaking journalists over the pronounciation ISAS has invented a new name for use by Westerners ASCA Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics However JSR will continue to use the name Asuka which I consider to be more correct The Kosmos 2183 spy satellite was deorbited on Feb 16 after 314 days in orbit The 16th of this advanced series Kosmos 2223 was launched in December to replace it Kosmos 2225 4th in a series of advanced mapping satellites was deorbited after 58 days on Feb 18 There may have been an explosion during the deorbit burn as several fragments appeared in eccentric orbits at the time of the deorbit The classified signals intelligence satellite launched by Discovery in December finally entered the NORAD catalog around Feb 18 although its orbital elements are still classified It has been assigned the name USA 89 and the catalog number 22518 there is also a final stage rocket with number 22519 Cataloging of a final stage rocket 75 80 days after launch parallels the behaviour of USA 40 launched from Columbia in Aug 1989 which stayed in a low orbit for 114 days before firing and separating from its final stage rocket probably moving to a highly elliptical 12 hour orbit The satellite may carry out a high resolution survey of radio emitters e g radars in low orbit before moving to an orbit from which it can carry long term monitoring Launches Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Feb 3 0255 Navstar GPS 22 Delta Canaveral Navsat 07A Feb 4 Znamya Prog M15 LEO R D 1986 17GZ Feb 9 0250 Kosmos 2233 Kosmos R 14 Plesetsk Navsat

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  • preparation for STS 56 now scheduled for April 7 Rollout of STS 56 to pad B was due on Mar 15 The Asuka spacecraft has successfully extended its optical bench Meanwhile the call for observing proposals for the repaired Hubble Space Telescope has been issued The repair mission is scheduled for December For the first time in 10 years a backup NASA astronaut is being assigned to the mission Greg Harbaugh will serve as backup to EVA astronauts Musgrave Akers Hoffman and Thornton in case one of them is unable to fly The decision reflects the extensive training required for the mission NASA used to have full backup crews for every mission After the first four Shuttle flights it was felt that there would be enough Shuttle crews in training that crew members could be replaced by someone from another crew and that the training specific to a particular mission didn t take that long For Spacelab missions the non NASA astronaut payload specialists have continued to have backups Current Shuttle Processing Status Orbiters Location Mission OV 102 Columbia LC39A STS 55 OV 103 Discovery VAB Bay 1 STS 56 OV 104 Atlantis Palmdale OMDP OV 105 Endeavour OPF Bay

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  • seconds before scheduled liftoff This is the first abort since the Challenger accident Space Shuttle Aborts after T 31s 1984 Jun 26 41 D RSLS abort at T 6s 1985 Jul 12 51 F RSLS abort at T 3s 1985 Jul 29 51 F ATO abort at T 345s 1985 Dec 18 61 C RSLS abort at T 14s 1986 Jan 28 51 L Contingency abort at T 72s 1993 Mar 22 55 RSLS abort at T 3s RSLS Redundant Something Launch Sequencer ATO Abort To Orbit ends up in low orbit Meanwhile Discovery STS 56 is now on pad 39B The stack for STS 57 has been moved to Bay 1 of the VAB while Bay 3 undergoes refurbishment Dr Linda Godwin has been appointed Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office the first time a woman has held such a senior position in the NASA Astronaut Office Godwin flew on mission STS 37 in 1991 Asuka has made its first observations of an astronomical source using the GSIS detector The advanced CCD detectors have not yet been tested Mars Observer completed its third trajectory correction maneuver TCM on Mar 18 Current Shuttle Processing Status Orbiters Location Mission OV 102

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  • 12 missile known by NATO as SS 13 Both missiles were developed by the Nadiradize design bureau This is the first time in many years that a Soviet military missile has been converted for space use previous cases were the Korolev R 7 1957 became Vostok Soyuz launcher the Yangel R 12 1962 became original Kosmos launcher the Yangel R 14 1964 became current Kosmos launcher and the Yangel R 36 1966 used for military space projects civilian modification Tsiklon introduced in 1977 The other Soviet launch vehicles UR 500 Proton N 1 Energiya Zenit were developed directly for space use Atlas Failure General Dynamics Atlas Centaur AC 74 was launched at 2138 UTC on Mar 25 The Atlas lost some power during the booster burn and the Centaur had to burn longer to make up and get into parking orbit As a result the second Centaur burn to transfer orbit ran out of fuel during the burn The Hughes UHF Follow On UFO F1 satellite was left in a 219 x 9158 km x 27 3 deg orbit The UFO F1 satellite is an HS 601 comsat built by Hughes and currently owned by Hughes It was to be delivered on orbit to the US Navy to replace the Fltsatcom series of UHF communications satellites hence the name This is the third failure of the Atlas I class rocket in the last 4 launches however the Atlas II class rocket has not had any failures Russian Launches A geostationary satellite was launched by Proton from Baykonur on Mar 25 It hasn t reached its final position yet and I don t know what kind of satellite it is the name Gorizont in the table below is just a guess A signals intelligence satellite was launched by Zenit from Baykonur

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