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  • Valeriy Polyakov Transport ship Soyuz TM 18 remains docked to Mir port The robot cargo ship Progress M 21 undocked from the station at 0118 UT Mar 23 and was deorbited at 0423 UT Mar 23 Progress M 22 docked at the vacant port at 0639 UT Mar 24 Launches It has been confirmed that the SEDS 2 tether was broken by an impact on Mar 15 The SEDS 2 end mass subsatellite and about half the tether reentered within a few orbits About 11 km of tether remains attached to the Delta rocket Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Feb 18 0756 Raduga Proton DM2 Baykonur LC81 Comsat 12A Feb 19 2345 Galaxy IR Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Comsat 13A Mar 2 0324 Koronas I Tsiklon Plesetsk LC32 Solar phys 14A Mar 4 1353 Columbia Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 15A Mar 10 0340 Navstar GPS 36 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Navsat 16A SEDS 2 16B Mar 13 2232 P90 5 Taurus Vandenberg Technology 17A DARPASAT Technology 17B Mar 17 1630 Kosmos 2274 Soyuz U Plesetsk LC43 Recon 18A Mar 22 0454 Progress M 22 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 19A Reentries Feb 11 Discovery Landed at KSC

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  • Specialist Richard Clifford flew on STS 53 so is not a rookie as I claimed The Astro 2 mission has been delayed from Dec 1994 to Jan 1995 and switched to a different orbiter as Columbia is to be sent for its next maintainance period several months early Mir The flight of the EO 15 crew continues aboard Mir Soyuz TM 18 originally docked with the TsM E Kvant module on Jan 10 but on Jan 21 it redocked with the PkhO section docking port on the main Mir module source Novosti Kosmonavtiki Progress M 21 and now Progress M 22 therefore used the TsM E port The current station configuration is therefore Mir base block DOS 17KS 12701 Kvant TsM E 37Ke 010 docked at Mir AO rear port Kvant 2 TsM D 77KSD 17101 docked at Mir PkhO side port Kristall TsM T 77KST 17201 docked at Mir PkhO side port Soyuz TM 18 7K STM 11F732 67 docked at Mir PkhO front port Progress M 22 7K TGM 11F615A55 222 docked at TsM E rear port 7K is the official internal program name for the Soyuz program TsM means specialized module DOS is an abbreviation for long term orbital station Space Probes Magellan lowered its orbit around Venus with orbit trim maneuvers on Mar 10 to lower periapsis resulting in a 184 x 530 km orbit More burns were made on Apr 4 and Apr 5 and further trims are due Apr 11 and Apr 12 The target orbit is 220 x 390 km Clementine 1 made orbit trim burns on Mar 25 and Mar 26 to change the latitude of its perilune from 30 deg S to 30 deg N improving mapping coverage of the northern hemisphere Clementine will depart lunar orbit in May Recent Launches

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  • Uragan satellites form part of the GLONASS system which is the Russian analog of the Navstar Global Positioning System The first of a new series of GOES NEXT weather satellites was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Apr 13 The Atlas Centaur AC 73 launch vehicle successfully delivered GOES I GOES 8 after launch to a geostationary transfer orbit A liquid apogee motor probably a Marquardt R4D does anyone know for sure will be used to circularize the orbit The first burn of the motor on Apr 15 was cut short early after unexpectedly high temperatures leaving it in a 988 x 42653 km x 23 6 deg transfer orbit further orbit raising burns are expected soon The GOES NEXT series of satellites are being built by Space Systems Loral formerly Ford Aerospace formerly Aeronutronic Ford there were a lot of problems developing GOES I s sensors and the satellite is way late and over the originally planned budget GOES pronounced as in how goes it stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite do not confuse GOES with GEOS a frequent mispelling there have been two series of GEOS satellites one by NASA and one by ESA but they have nothing to do with GOES GOES satellites are operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA and originated as NASA s SMS Synchronous Meteorological Satellite project The GOES class satellites launched to date are as follows Pre launch name Post launch Launch Date Manufacturer Int l Desig SMS A SMS 1 1974 May 17 Ford 1974 33A SMS B SMS 2 1975 Feb 6 Ford 1975 11A SMS C GOES A GOES 1 1975 Oct 16 Ford 1975 100A GOES B GOES 2 1977 Jun 16 Ford 1977 48A GOES C GOES 3 1978 Jun 16 Ford 1978

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  • of Defense Kosmos 2278 is a heavy electronic intelligence satellite which was placed in an 800 km high orbit at an inclination of 71 degrees The launch used a large Zenit booster both satellite and booster were made by NPO Yuzhnoe of the Ukraine and the launch was from the Baykonur spaceport in Kazakhstan Kosmos 2279 is a navigation satellite in the Parus sail series built by NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki The Parus satellites are analogous to the US Navy Transit spacecraft and are placed in 1000 km high orbits at an inclination of 83 degrees Kosmos 2279 replaces Kosmos 2180 launched in 1992 The first Parus spacecraft was Kosmos 700 launched in 1974 A more advanced version with civilian applications called Tsikada is also launched into similar orbits Kosmos 2280 is an advanced imaging reconnaissance satellite probably an improved variant of the Yantar series It was launched into a 187 x 264 km orbit with an inclination of 70 degrees it is expected to manoeuvre to a more circular orbit within one day and remain operational for six months to a year Maxim Tarasenko communicates an amplification to my report on the GLONASS Uragan satellites NPO Prikladnoi mekhaniki of Krasnoyarsk 26 is a lead contractor for the WHOLE Glonass system Uragan satellites are DESIGNED JOINTLY by NPO PM and AKO Polyot of Omsk AKO is for AeroSpace Association AeroKosmicheskoye Ob edineniye MANUFACTURING of the satellites is performed by AKO Polyot Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Mar 2 0324 Koronas I Tsiklon Plesetsk LC32 Solar phys 14A Mar 4 1353 Columbia Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 15A Mar 10 0340 Navstar GPS 36 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Navsat 16A SEDS 2 16B Mar 13 2232 P90 5 Taurus Vandenberg Technology 17A DARPASAT Technology 17B Mar 17

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  • spaceflight has now accumulated almost a year in space and is currently tenth in the all time cumulative space experience rankings Launch of the Progress M 23 robot cargo ship is scheduled for no earlier than May 18 X 15 Advertisement the Spring 1994 issue of the space history magazine Quest will contain a set of articles on the X 15 rocketplane including one by the present author which contains the first ever complete listing of X 15 flights You might also want to check out the March issue of Journal of the British Interplanetary Society which has a neat article on the White Sands rocket base by Joel Powell and a dry and dull history of the Scout launch vehicle by myself LAUNCHES Michael Fennell reports that the SEDS 2 Delta stage is still in orbit with reentry expected around May 6 Part of the tether is still attached Launch of Titan Centaur TC 10 is expected from LC41 at Cape Canaveral on May 3 The first Titan Centaur launch TC 12 was successfully carried out on Feb 7 TC numbers courtesy General Dynamics public affairs Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Mar 2 0324 Koronas I Tsiklon Plesetsk LC32 Solar phys 14A Mar 4 1353 Columbia Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 15A Mar 10 0340 Navstar GPS 36 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Navsat 16A SEDS 2 deployer 16B SEDS 2 end mass Mar 13 2232 P90 5 Taurus Vandenberg Technology 17A DARPASAT Technology 17B Mar 17 1630 Kosmos 2274 Soyuz U Plesetsk LC43 Recon 18A Mar 22 0454 Progress M 22 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 19A Apr 9 1105 Endeavour Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 20A Space Radar Lab Apr 11 0749 Kosmos 2275 Proton DM2 Baykonur LC81 Navigation 21A Kosmos 2276 Navigation

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  • core stages 1 and 2 fell in the Atlantic Ocean and the first Centaur burn placed the Centaur and its payload into a parking orbit inclined at 57 deg estimated Observations from Europe of a bright comet like object over the US suggest that the Centaur made a second burn in the southern hemisphere to a highly elliptical orbit with apogee in the northern hemisphere A third burn may have been made to change the orbital inclination about 3 5 hours after launch The Centaur then vented its excess propellants giving rise to the comet The best guess so far at the resulting orbit based on observations from Italy and the Czech Republic is a 12 hr period orbit around 64 degrees a solution by Joel Runes gives 1323 x 39035 km x 64 4 deg with TLEs as follows 1 23098E 94026B 94123 83406471 00000000 00000 0 00000 0 0 52 2 23098 64 4000 14 6349 7100000 266 5000 93 5000 2 00600000 29 Work by Mike McCants gives similar estimates the eccentricity is rather uncertain The object may be visible in binoculars to observers in the US around 03h UTC tonight The payload USA 103 is probably a signals intelligence satellite the third in a series which is a followon to the National Security Agency s JUMPSEAT electronic monitoring series The first two payloads in the series were deployed by the Shuttle and used an unknown upper stage possibly an Orbus 7S solid motor to enter their 12 hour orbits Advanced JUMPSEAT spacecraft Flight Payload Launch Date Initial Orbit Final Orbit Int l Designation STS 28R USA 40 1989 Aug 8 401 x 502 x 57 1989 61B STS 53 USA 89 1992 Dec 2 364 x 380 x 57 1992 86B TC 10 USA 103 1994 May 3 250 x 600 x 57 1300 x39000 x64 4 1994 26A The final launch of the Scout rocket took place at 0247 UTC on May 9 It placed the MSTI 2 Miniature Seeker Technology Integration satellite in orbit for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization The orbit is 360 x 461 km x 96 8 deg Vehicle S218C was a Scout G 1 variant consisting of an Algol 3A first stage a Castor 2 second stage an Antares 3 third stage and a Thiokol Star 20 fourth stage The launch took place from Space Launch Complex 5 at Vandenberg Air Force Base which was originally Launch Complex D of Point Arguello Naval Missile Facility when it saw its first Scout launch in 1962 S218C was the 125th launch of an Algol based Scout including six launches of the USAF Blue Scout version there were also 22 launches of a variant called Blue Scout Junior which omitted the first stage Scout s first test flight was on Apr 18 1960 the first successful orbital launch on 16 Feb 1961 Explorer IX Among Scout s famous payloads were Transit VA 3 the first successful gravity gradient stabilized satellite San Marco 1

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  • STEP 2 satellite was aborted just before launch last week Problems were noticed in the Pegasus booster as the B 52 carrier aircraft was flying above the Point Arguello Warning Area launch site over the Pacific The B 52 returned to Edwards AFB with the Pegasus still attached I don t know if a new launch date has yet been set STEP 2 carries SIDEX a signal indentification experiment The ALEXIS EUV astronomy satellite was launched on a Pegasus flight last year Damage during launch meant that controllers didn t know which way the satellite was pointing The Los Alamos science team and the Aero Astro Inc manufacturers have now come up with a way to determine the satellite s orientation which has enabled them to make the first useful sky picture from the satellite s data The picture shows the Moon and the soft x ray source HZ 43 HZ 43 is a white dwarf star from the Humason Zwicky catalog and was the first EUV galactic source identified during the Apollo Soyuz misison in 1975 The new picture means that there s a very good chance the rest of the data obtained by Alexis over the last year will eventually be usable Information Wanted Trivia question of the week can anyone find out for me what solid motor was used to raise the orbit of the German IRM satellite launched in 1984 as part of the AMPTE project Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Mar 22 0454 Progress M 22 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 19A Apr 9 1105 Endeavour Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 20A Space Radar Lab Apr 11 0749 Kosmos 2275 Proton DM2 Baykonur LC81 Navigation 21A Kosmos 2276 Navigation 21B Kosmos 2277 Navigation 21C Apr 13 0604 GOES 8

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  • This Pegasus was the fifth of the winged boosters to be launched all have reached orbit although the second one was only partially successful Another Gorizont communications satellite for the US company Rimsat of Ft Wayne Indiana was orbited on May 19 by Proton from Baykonur It will be placed over Eastern Asia at 142 5 deg E The spacecraft is probably owned by AO Informkosmos a Russian company in which Rimsat is a major holder it is leased by Rimsat The satellite built by NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki of Krasnoyarsk has both C and Ku band transponders The first Rimsat Gorizont was launched in November 1993 The first Soviet Gorizont satellite was launched in 1978 the series is soon to be replaced by an improved spacecraft called Express Information Wanted This week s JSR Irregulars Gold Medal goes to Bart de Pontieu MPE Kelly Beatty Sky Tel and Mark Shaffer BAe for giving me info on the IRM kick motor The AMPTE Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Explorers launch was a complicated one three spacecraft were placed in geostationary transfer orbit by a three stage Delta rocket The Johns Hopkins APL built CCE satellite separated and fired its Star 13 rocket to move to a lower inclination orbit The IRM satellite built by the German Max Planck MPE group then fired its Hercules BE 3 motor to raise its apogee to more than 100 000 km Finally the British UKS satellite separated from IRM UKS didn t have propulsion of its own The IRM satellite created three artifical comets by releasing lithium and barium into the magnetosphere The BE 3 Alcyone rocket has an interesting history it was originally the retro rocket used to try and land the Block II Ranger probes on the Moon in 1962 It was used on the Vela satellites as an apogee motor as the third stage of the Redstone SPARTA rocket used to launch Australia s first satellite WRESAT in 1967 and as the fifth stage of the Scout E 1 launch vehicle used only once in 1974 to launch the Hawkeye satellite This comes to a total of 27 flights that I am aware of any more examples gratefully received That question was so successful I m going to try another fishing expedition Does anyone have any information on the Redstone rockets launched in 1966 1967 from San Nicolas Island CA as part of the US Army s Project Defender I know there was at least one launch in Nov 1966 The Redstone was the rocket that launched Alan Shepard and I have partial details on all its flights except for these Defender launches Even the History Office at Redstone Arsenal had no record of them Anyone with details on the launches from Fort Wingate please get in touch too as my info on these is pretty sketchy I have records of 101 Redstone launches in all so far Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Mar 22 0454 Progress

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