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  • Progress M 20 on Nov 16 the Expedition 15 crew of Afanas ev Usachyov and Polyakov will be launched aboard Soyuz TM 18 I haven t heard yet about whether Progress M 17 which was previously docked to the complex has come down or not Thanks to Vladimir Agapov and Sergey Voevodin for keeping me up to date If anyone is in contact with Sergey please let him know that all my email to him is bouncing Obituary Sergey Vozovikov 1958 1993 Major Sergey Yurievich Vozovikov a member of the VVS TsPK Russian Air Force cosmonaut training center cosmonaut detachment since 1990 was drowned during emergency landing training in the Black Sea on July 11 Vozovikov who was born in Alma Ata Kazakhstan on 1958 Apr 17 had not yet flown in space Launches Kosmos 2261 was launched on Aug 10 It is an early warning satellite in the Oko Eye series built by NPO Lavochkin who also build the planetary probes Meanwhile the Resurs T mapping mission Kosmos 2260 landed after a standard 14 day flight Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jul 1 1433 Soyuz TM 17 Soyuz 2 Baykonur Spaceship 43A Jul 8 0715 Kosmos 2258 Tsiklon M Baykonur EORSAT 44A Jul 14 1640 Kosmos 2259 Soyuz Plesetsk Recon 45A Jul 19 2204 DSCS III Atlas AC 104 Canaveral Comsat 46A Jul 22 0845 Kosmos 2260 Soyuz Plesetsk Remote sens 47A Jul 22 2258 Hispasat 1B Ariane 44L Kourou Comsat 48A Insat 2B Comsat 48B Aug 2 1959 Adv NOSS 3 Titan 403 Vandenberg Recon FTO Aug 4 0052 Molniya 3 Molniya Plesetsk Comsat 49A Aug 8 1002 NOAA 13 Atlas 34E Vandenberg Weather 50A Aug 10 1500 Kosmos 2261 Molniya Plesetsk Early Warn 51A Aug 10 2224 Progress M 19 Soyuz Baykonur Cargo 52A

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  • and that MO will switch back to its low gain omnidirectional antenna in a few days and restore contact with Earth But right now things do not look very encouraging although NASA are maintaining that MO will likely get into orbit OK Galileo is approaching encounter with minor planet 243 Ida Flyby will be on Aug 28 at 1622 UT This is Galileo s second and last minor planet encounter The first was with 951 Gaspra Unfortunately there are no plans for a flyby with the newly named 4589 The experimental reusable suborbital McDonnell Douglas DC X rocket made its first test flight on Aug 19 to an altitude of about 50 m Takeoff and landing were at the White Sands Missile Range On Aug 21 the same day as the Mars Observer failure the newly launched NOAA 13 satellite stopped transmitting NOAA 13 had been turned over to NOAA for checkout on Aug 12 It looks like the solar arrays stopped talking to the batteries and the satellite lost power The Hipparcos satellite was turned off this week it stopped returning science data in June The satellite gathered data for the best catalog yet of star positions and motions which will form a basic astronomical dataset for decades to come The catalog won t be ready for a few years Hipparcos got off to a rocky start in 1989 when an apogee motor failure left it in transfer orbit but heroic software rewrites allowed the mission to get its data Launches Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jul 1 1433 Soyuz TM 17 Soyuz 2 Baykonur Spaceship 43A Jul 8 0715 Kosmos 2258 Tsiklon M Baykonur EORSAT 44A Jul 14 1640 Kosmos 2259 Soyuz Plesetsk Recon 45A Jul 19 2204 DSCS III Atlas AC 104 Canaveral Comsat

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  • month after its undocking from the station in a test of the longevity of its onboard systems Other Missions Mars Observer remains silent probably in solar orbit as it now seems unlikely that the MOI burn happened The Galileo probe flew 2400 km from minor planet 243 Ida at 1622 UTC on Aug 28 To add to the loss in recent weeks of Mars Observer NOAA 13 Hipparcos and the Titan 4 I omitted to report on the loss of ESA s Olympus comsat The satellite lost attitude control during the Perseid shower It was later recovered but had used up so much fuel it had to be moved out of geostationary orbit and turned off Also the Alexis satellite went silent again in August but thank goodness they now have it back and returning data phew Launches Two successful US expendable launches happened recently McDonnell Douglas launched a Delta 2 with another Navstar navigation satellite for the USAF and General Dynamics launched an Atlas I Centaur with a Hughes HS 601 communications satellite UHF Follow On for the US Navy The first UHF Follow On UFO satellite was left in the wrong orbit earlier in the year the last two successful Atlas launches are a hopeful sign for General Dynamics after a less than ideal launch record in recent years Delta 2 s launch record remains perfect A Ukranian built Tsiklon launch vehicle was launched from the Russian Plesetsk spaceport on Aug 31 The rocket s main payload was a Meteor 2 weather satellite built by VNII Elektromekhaniki Aboard as a piggyback payload is the Temisat Telespazio Micro Satellite built by the German company Kayser Threde for the Italian company Telespazio The 30 kg microsatellite will relay environmental data from field sites Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL

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  • in orbit aboard the Mir complex Launches Kosmos 2262 launched on Sep 7 appears from its orbit to be the fifth in a new series of imaging satellites which fly two month long missions After a day in a 172 x 290 km x 65 degree parking orbit the satellite moved to an operational orbit of 207 x 323 km x 65 degrees Previous satellites in the series which have flown one a year since 1989 were Kosmos 2031 2101 2163 and 2225 Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Aug 24 1050 Resurs F1 Soyuz Plesetsk Remote s 53A Aug 30 1238 Navstar GPS 35 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Navigation 54A Aug 31 0450 Meteor 2 Tsiklon Plesetsk Weather 55A Temisat 55C Sep 3 1117 UHF F2 Atlas I AC 75 Canaveral LC36 Comsat 56A Sep 7 1330 Kosmos 2262 Soyuz Baykonur Recon 57A Sep 12 1145 Discovery Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 58A Sep 12 2113 ACTS TOS Discovery LEO Comsat 58B Sep 13 1506 ORFEUS SPAS Discovery LEO Astronomy 58C Reentries Aug 5 Kosmos 2260 Landed Aug 18 Molniya 3 22 Reentered Aug 28 Meteor Priroda 77 57A Reentered Current Shuttle Processing Status Orbiters Location Mission OV 102 Columbia VAB Bay 3 STS 58 OV 103 Discovery LEO STS 51 OV 104 Atlantis Palmdale OMDP OV 105 Endeavour OPF Bay 1 STS 61 ML SRB ET OV stacks ML1 RSRM 34 ET 57 OV 102 VAB Bay 3 STS 58 ML2 RSRM 23 VAB Bay 1 STS 61 ML3 Refurb STS 51 Shuttle Processing Explanation or what are all these acronyms anyway The Shuttle consists of an Orbiter OV an expendable External Tank ET and a reusable pair of Redesigned Solid Rocket Motors RSRM also knownas SRBs Solid Rocket Boosters The OV is prepared for flight in

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  • for Oct 14 Mir The Expedition 14 crew of Vasiliy Tsibliev and Aleksandr Serebrov continue in orbit aboard the Mir complex They made two spacewalks in the past week one of which overlapped with the Discovery EVA More details next week I hope Launches Kosmos 2263 launched into a 848 x 854 km x 71 0 deg orbit is a heavy signals intelligence satellite Other satellites in the same series include Kosmos 2219 2227 and 2237 The program had three consecutive launch failures in 1990 1992 but the last 4 launches have been successful Zenit has had 21 launches with 5 failures since the first suborbital test flight in 1985 Kosmos 2264 launched into a 402 x 418 km x 65 0 deg orbit is an electronic intelligence ocean reconnaissance satellite or EORSAT It carries a low thrust engine to maintain precise separation with other EORSATs and uses radio interferometry to locate transmissions from ships The Tsiklon M launch vehicle uses a modified R 36M ICBM known as SS 9 in the West The ACTS communications satellite is drifting in the geostationary ring towards its scheduled position of 100 deg West Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Aug 24 1045 Resurs F1 Soyuz Plesetsk Remote s 53A Aug 30 1238 Navstar GPS 35 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Navigation 54A Aug 31 0440 Meteor 2 Tsiklon Plesetsk LC32 Weather 55A Aug 31 1520 Temisat Meteor 2 LEO 55C Sep 3 1117 UHF F2 Atlas I AC 75 Canaveral LC36 Comsat 56A Sep 7 1325 Kosmos 2262 Soyuz Baykonur Recon 57A Sep 12 1145 Discovery Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 58A Sep 12 2113 ACTS TOS Discovery LEO Comsat 58B Sep 13 1506 ORFEUS SPAS Discovery LEO Astronomy 58C Sep 16 0736 Kosmos 2263 Zenit Baykonur LC45 SIGINT 59A Sep 17

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  • the vehicle ended up pointing the wrong way The IRS 1E payload ended in the ocean it was a remote sensing satellite built from the IRS 1 engineering model With the failure of two out of three ASLV launches with Streched Rohini SROSS satellites ISRO now has three out of the last four orbital attempts in the drink However considering that these attempts were all tests of new launch vehicles this isn t quite as bad as it sounds and hopefully the second PSLV launch scheduled for next year will be successful ISRO s launch site is the Sriharikota Range SHAR Indian IRS remote sensing program Satellite Launch Date Launch Vehicle Site Orbit IRS 1 1988 Mar 17 8A92M Vostok Baykonur 870x914 km x 99 0 deg IRS 1B 1991 Aug 29 8A92M Vostok Baykonur 862x918 km x 99 2 deg IRS 1E 1993 Sep 20 PSLV 1 SHAR Indian launch vehicle record Satellite Launch Date Launch Vehicle Site Orbit Rohini RS 1 1979 Aug 10 SLV 3 01 SHAR Rohini RS 1 1980 Jul 18 SLV 3 02 SHAR 305x919 km x 44 7 deg Rohini RS D 1 1981 May 31 SLV 3 03 SHAR 186x416 km x 46 3 deg Rohini RS D 2 1983 Apr 17 SLV 3 04 SHAR 388x852 km x 46 6 deg SROSS 1 1987 Mar 24 ASLV 01 SHAR SROSS 2 1988 Jul 12 ASLV 02 SHAR SROSS 3 1992 May 20 ASLV 03 SHAR 246x396 km x 46 0 deg IRS 1E 1993 Sep 20 PSLV 01 SHAR Meanwhile the Ariane 4 had another successful launch in its 40 configuration on Sep 26 chalking up 30 successes out of 31 launches compared with rival McDonnell Douglas Delta s 36 out of 36 The Ariane s main payload was the 1900 kg SPOT 3 remote sensing satellite Also on board was a passive 48 kg spherical geodetic satellite Stella and an ASAP package Ariane Structure for Auxiliary Payloads Stella was built by the French space agency CNES but apparently will be used by a German agency can anyone confirm this The Ariane ASAP deployed five microsatellites First is Uribyol 2 built by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology for SATREC Korea it carries CCD cameras store forward communication equipment and a radiation detector The spacecraft is based on the British Uosat bus developed by the University of Surrey s Surrey Satellite Technology Labs SSTL POSAT 1 is the first Portuguese satellite Also using the 50 kg Uosat bus it was built by SSTL in collaboration with engineers from the Portuguese national engineering lab LNETI It carries an earth imaging camera a GPS receiver and a digital signal processing experiment Healthsat 1 a Uosat bus built by SSTL for the American company SatelLife will be used as a packet radio satellite to link up doctors in Africa The last two satellites are even smaller using the 12 kg bus developed by a US company Interferometrics Interferometrics Eyesat A carries a

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  • 788x804 km x 98 7 deg AMSAT LU Argentina IO 26 ITAMSAT 1993 Sep 26 793x805 km x 98 7 deg ARI ITAMSAT Italia AO 27 Eyesat AMRAD 1993 Sep 26 793x805 km x 98 7 deg Interferometrics AMRAD Va According to John Macagliane s SpaceNews several of the SPOT 3 piggyback satellites have also received OSCAR numbers Eyesat carries an AMRAD amateur radio package which is AMRAD OSCAR 27 Uribyol 2 is KITSAT OSCAR 25 and ITAMSAT OSCAR 26 and POSAT OSCAR 28 round out the quartet POSAT s OSCAR number is still provisional OSCAR 24 has been reserved for the ARSENE satellite in case it decides to join the OSCAR system The Stella geodetic satellite is a copy of Starlette a small satellite launched as primary payload on the first Diamant B P 4 test flight in 1975 They are roughly speaking French versions of the Lageos satellite with laser retroreflectors to allow precise determination of the position of the satellite from the ground or really of the position of the ground relative to the satellite The Stella and Starlette satellites are owned by the French space agency CNES Centre National d Etudes Spatiales and continue a French involvement in space geodesy which began early in their space program French geodetic satellites Name Launch Vehicle Launch Date Initial Orbit Diapason Diamant A 1966 Feb 17 499x 2738 km x 34 0 deg Diademe 1 Diamant A 1967 Feb 8 569x 1350 km x 40 0 deg Diademe 2 Diamant A 1967 Feb 15 591x 1881 km x 39 5 deg Peole Diamant B 1970 Dec 12 517x 747 km x 15 0 deg Starlette Diamant B P 4 1975 Feb 6 806x1108 km x 49 8 deg Stella Ariane 40 1993 Sep 26 797x 805 km x 98

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  • bus while the last three have used the Multimission Spacecraft MMS bus first used for Solar Max Landsat program ERTS 1 1972 Jul 23 903x921 km x 99 deg Landsat 2 1975 Jan 22 907x918 km x 99 deg Landsat 3 1978 Mar 5 900x918 km x 99 deg Landsat 4 1982 Jul 16 683x700 km x 98 deg Landsat 5 1984 Mar 1 699x700 km x 98 deg Landsat 6 1993 Oct 5 0x724 km x 98 deg Unclassified MMS buses Solar Max 1980 Feb 14 566x569 km x 29 deg Landsat 4 1982 Jul 16 683x700 km x 98 deg Landsat 5 1984 Mar 1 699x700 km x 98 deg UARS 1991 Sep 12 574x581 km x 57 deg EUVE 1992 Jun 9 514x528 km x 28 deg TOPEX Poseidon 1992 Aug 10 1331x1343 km x 66 deg Landsat 6 1993 Oct 5 0x724 km x 98 deg The Star 37 motor has a long and illustrious history descending from the retro rockets used to land the Surveyor probes on the Moon in the 1960s The 37XF was used as an apogee motor on Intelsat V and the new 37XFP version was used successfully on the Satcom K1 and K2 Astra 1A and ACTS satellites A recoverable satellite was launched from Jiuquan space center in the Gobi desert on Oct 8 The Chinese FSW 1 Fanhui Shi Weixing satellite was placed in a 207 x 295 km orbit inclined 57 degrees to the equator The Galileo probe made a TCM Trajectory Correction Maneuver last week in five daily segments from Oct 4 to Oct 8 The reboost of the Compton Observatory s orbit is proceeding after the first two burns the orbit had been raised from 337 km to 355 km the original orbit was 452 km high

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