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  • It carries 28 C band transponders for the Telebras television organization and reportedly a single military X band transponder Turksat 1B should become Turkey s first successful comsat Turksat 1A was lost in an Ariane launch failure earlier this year Turksat will be delivered to the Turkish Ministry of Posts and Communications once it reaches its final orbit It has 16 55W Ku band transponders Kosmos 2286 launched on Aug 5 is a missile early warning satellite in the Oko Eye series It carries a large telescope to detect ballistic missile launches The spacecraft and upper stage were placed in low earth orbit at an inclination of 62 8 deg to the equator the upper stage then ignited to place the Oko in a high elliptical orbit with a 12 hour orbital period The Oko s on board engine refines the orbit to be exactly semi synchronous with alternate passes over the same longitude Kosmos 2287 Kosmos 2288 Kosmos 2289 launched on Aug 11 are Uragan class GLONASS navigation satellites the Russian equivalent of the Navstar Global Positioning System They operate in orbits at an altitude of 19000 km Note The intended apogee for APEX was in fact 2500 km very close to the acheived 2551 km not 2000 km as I stated in JSR206 Congratulations to Orbital Sciences on a successful mission Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jul 1 1224 Soyuz TM 19 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 36A Jul 3 0800 FSW 2 Chang Zheng 2 Jiuquan Remote sens 37A Jul 6 2358 Kosmos 2282 Proton DM2 Baykonur LC81 EarlyWarn 38A Jul 8 1643 Columbia Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 39A Spacelab IML 2 Jul 8 2305 PAS 2 Ariane 44L Kourou ELA2 Comsat 40A BS 3N Comsat 40B Jul 14 0513

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  • the next issue The second H II launch vehicle TF 2 successfully orbited its Kiku 6 Engineering Test Satellite VI payload on Aug 28 The H II is the Japanese NASDA agency s heavy lift launch vehicle Kiku 6 carries the first Japanese made liquid propellant apogee engine which will place the satellite in geostationary orbit and then separate nevertheless it is considered part of the payload rather than a third stage of the launch vehicle The satellite to be stationed at 153 8 deg E is to test technology for 2 tonne class 3 axis stabilized comsats It carries a nickel hydrogen battery and a small ion engine for north south station keeping The 3 0 x 2 0 x 2 8 m box shaped satellite has solar panels spanning 30m and 3 5 and 2 5 m diameter antennae for fixed and mobile communications together with K and S band antennae for intersatellite communications as well as a laser communications experiment Mass is about 1800 kg Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jul 1 1224 Soyuz TM 19 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 36A Jul 3 0800 FSW 2 Chang Zheng 2 Jiuquan Remote sens 37A Jul 6 2358 Kosmos 2282 Proton DM2 Baykonur LC81 EarlyWarn 38A Jul 8 1643 Columbia Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 39A Spacelab IML 2 Jul 8 2305 PAS 2 Ariane 44L Kourou ELA2 Comsat 40A BS 3N Comsat 40B Jul 14 0513 Nadezhda Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC133 Navsat 41A Jul 20 1735 Kosmos 2283 Soyuz U Plesetsk LC43 Recon 42A Jul 21 1055 APStar 1 Chang Zheng 3 Xichang Comsat 43A Jul 29 0929 Kosmos 2284 Soyuz U Baykonur LC31 Recon 44A Aug 2 2000 Kosmos 2285 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 45A Aug 3 1439 P90 6

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  • first of a new series of geostationary signals intelligence satellites following on from the MAGNUM satellites launched from the Shuttle since 1985 The Magellan Venus probe lowered its periapsis to 182 km on Sep 25 in preparation for the Windmill experiment to study the amount of torque produced by the Venusian upper atmosphere Kosmos 2290 was launched by a Zenit rocket from Baykonur on Aug 26 into a 211 x 292 km x 64 8 deg orbit This type of orbit suggests that it may be the first of a new generation of imaging reconnaissance satellites All previous Soviet and Russian imaging spy satellites were launched by derivatives of the R 7 ICBM the most recent of which are the 11A511U and 11A511U2 variants of the Soyuz booster This would mark the first use of the Zenit for a spy satellite although 1987 test flights of the rocket which placed inert satellites into similar orbits may have been related Optus B3 was launched by a Chang Zheng 2E Long March rocket from the Xichang space center in China on Aug 27 Optus is an Australian telecommunications company The CZ 2E placed the Optus satellite into a 189 x 1084 km orbit at an inclination of 27 8 deg The Thiokol Star 63F solid perigee motor then fired to place Optus B3 in a 383 x 39123 km x 24 1 deg transfer orbit Optus B3 will use its own liquid apogee motor to raise the orbit to a circular geostationary one The satellite is a Hughes HS 601 comsat and replaces Optus B2 which disintegrated during launch in Dec 1992 The Optus B satellites are successors to the Aussat K series launched in the 1980s Chinese CZ 2E and CZ 3 geostationary class launches CZ3 1984 Jan 29 Chinese comsat CZ3 1984 Apr 8 Chinese comsat CZ3 1986 Feb 1 Chinese comsat CZ3 1988 Mar 7 Chinese comsat CZ3 1988 Dec 22 Chinese comsat CZ3 1990 Feb 4 Chinese comsat CZ3 1990 Apr 7 HS 376 Asiasat 1 CZ3 1991 Dec 28 Chinese comsat CZ3 1994 Jul 21 HS 376 Apstar 1 CZ2E 1990 Jul 16 HS 601 dummy Test launch CZ2E 1992 Aug 13 HS 601 Optus B1 CZ2E 1992 Dec 21 HS 601 Optus B2 CZ2E 1994 Aug 27 HS 601 Optus B3 CZ3A 1994 Feb 8 DFH 3 dummy Test launch The 12th Block 5D Defense Meteorological Satellite Program spacecraft was orbited by a refurbished Atlas E from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Aug 29 DMSP F 12 or DMSP 23545 as it is also known is built by Martin Marietta Astro Space and based on the Tiros N bus also used by the civilian NOAA weather satellites Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jul 1 1224 Soyuz TM 19 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 36A Jul 3 0800 FSW 2 Chang Zheng 2 Jiuquan Remote sens 37A Jul 6 2358 Kosmos 2282 Proton DM2 Baykonur LC81 EarlyWarn 38A Jul

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  • was the 30th Ariane 4 launch and the 28th successful one The payload was a Martin Marietta Astro Space Series 7000 satellite the second to be launched It carried 24 C band and 16 Ku band transponders and a pair of UK Royal Ordnance bipropellant Leros liquid apogee engines A few minutes after Telstar 402 separated from the Ariane H10 third stage controllers commanded the spacecraft tanks to be pressurized Telemetry indicates that an explosion occurred at this point and all contact with the satellite was lost The first Series 7000 satellite Telstar 401 continues to operate successfully in geostationary orbit More details on the DMSP launch DMSP F 12 23545 is a Martin Marietta formerly GE formerly RCA soon to be Lockheed Martin Astro Space Block 5D 2 class USAF weather satellite Launch was at 1738 UTC on Aug 29 and the launch vehicle was a Martin Marietta formerly General Dynamics formerly Convair Atlas This particular rocket was Atlas 20E a refurbished ICBM originally built in the early 1960s 56 Atlas E rockets have been launched with a variety of payloads Atlas 11E and two others remain in the inventory Atlas Date Mission Atlas Date Mission 3E 4E 1960 ICBM R D 52E 1986 NOAA 10 5E 1964 ABRES reentry test 8E 9E 12E 13E 1961 ICBM R D 53E 1991 DMSP 22546 14E 1984 Navstar 10 54E 1988 DMSP 20542 16E 17E 18E 1961 ICBM R D 55E 1985 Navstar 11 20E 1994 DMSP 23545 57E 1964 ICBM test 21E 22E 1961 ICBM R D 58E 1983 DMSP 18541 24E 1963 ICBM test 59E 1987 DMSP 19543 25E 26E 27E 1961 ICBM R D 60E 1982 DMSP 17540 28E 1990 USAF Stacksat 61E 1990 DMSP 21544 30E 32E 1961 ICBM R D 62E 1963 ICBM test 34E 1993 NOAA 13 63E 1988 NOAA 11 35E 36E 1961 ICBM R D 64E 65E 66E 67E 1962 3 ICBM tests 39E 1984 NOAA 9 68E 1980 USN PARCAE 4 40E 1962 ICBM R D 69E 70E 71E 72E 1963 ICBM tests 41E 1985 USN Geosat 73E 1983 NOAA 8 42E 1984 Navstar 9 74E 1968 ABRES reentry test 48E 1964 ICBM test 75E 1983 Navstar 8 50E 1991 NOAA 12 76E 1981 Navstar 7 77E 78E 1968 ABRES reentry tests The Kosmos 2290 spy satellite was launched on Aug 26 into a 211 x 292 km orbit at an inclination of 64 8 degrees It raised its orbit from 208 x 280 km to 208 x 348 km on Sep 6 This confirms that 2290 is indeed an active payload and supports the interpretation that it is an imaging spy satellite Earlier low orbit Zenit launches were just dummy satellites which made no manouevres Causality Erratum Magellan s orbit trim was on Aug 25 not on Sep 25 as I claimed in JSR 209 Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Aug 2 2000 Kosmos 2285 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 45A Aug 3 1439 P90 6

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  • was rolled out to pad 39A on Sep 13 for another try at the STS 68 mission Launch is due on Sep 30 Mir The Mir commander and flight engineer made another EVA on Sep 14 to install solar array mounts on the Kvant module Launches No new launches this week Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Aug 10 2305 Brasilsat B1 Ariane 44LP Kourou ELA2 Comsat 49A Turksat 1B Comsat 49B Aug 11 1527 Kosmos 2287 Proton K DM2 Baykonur LC81 Navsat 50A Kosmos 2288 Navsat 50B Kosmos 2289 Navsat 50C Aug 23 1431 Molniya 3 Molniya Plesetsk LC43 Comsat 51A Aug 25 1425 Progress M 24 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 52A Aug 26 1200 Kosmos 2290 Zenit 2 Baykonur LC45 Recon 53A Aug 27 0858 USA 105 Titan Centaur Canaveral LC41 SIGINT 54A Aug 27 2310 Optus B3 CZ 2E Xichang Comsat 55A Aug 28 0750 Kiku 6 H II Tanegashima Comsat 56A Aug 29 1738 DMSP 23545 Atlas 20E Vandenberg Weather 57A Sep 9 0029 Telstar 402 Ariane 42L Kourou ELA2 Comsat 58A Sep 9 2222 Discovery Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 59A Sep 13 2130 Spartan 201 Discovery LEO Astronomy

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  • flown on a special propaganda flight as the first woman to do x Launches Kosmos 2291 was launched on Sep 21 It is a geostationary satellite probably one of the Geyzer series for military communications On Sep 29 it was drifting west at 1 deg per day past 80 deg E longitude after a small braking maneuver on Sep 28 Orbit was 35853x 35886 km x 1 3 deg Kosmos 2292 was launched on Sep 27 The satellite is one of a series launched infrequently into ellipical orbits possibly for radar calibration purposes The launch vehicle was the Kosmos 3M 11K65M built by PO Polyot of Omsk and based on the Ukranian Yangel bureau s R 14 IRBM missile Kosmos 2292 class satellites Satellite Launched Orbit km x km x deg Kosmos 660 1974 Jun 18 397x1972 x 83 0 Kosmos 807 1976 Mar 12 398x1973 x 83 0 Kosmos 1238 1981 Jan 16 406x1958 x 83 0 Kosmos 1263 1981 Apr 9 397x1970 x 83 0 Kosmos 1508 1983 Nov 11 400x1966 x 83 0 Kosmos 2098 1990 Aug 28 396x1976 x 83 0 Kosmos 2292 1994 Sep 27 400x1953 x 83 0 Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Aug 10 2305 Brasilsat B1 Ariane 44LP Kourou ELA2 Comsat 49A Turksat 1B Comsat 49B Aug 11 1527 Kosmos 2287 Proton K DM2 Baykonur LC81 Navsat 50A Kosmos 2288 Navsat 50B Kosmos 2289 Navsat 50C Aug 23 1431 Molniya 3 Molniya Plesetsk LC43 Comsat 51A Aug 25 1425 Progress M 24 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 52A Aug 26 1200 Kosmos 2290 Zenit 2 Baykonur LC45 Recon 53A Aug 27 0858 USA 105 Titan Centaur Canaveral LC41 SIGINT 54A Aug 27 2310 Optus B3 CZ 2E Xichang Comsat 55A Aug 28 0750 Kiku 6 H

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  • Steven Smith Cdr Daniel Bursch USN and Dr Jeff Wisoff Mir Soyuz TM 20 was launched at 2242 30 UT on Oct 3 Crew commander of the EO 17 crew is veteran cosmonaut Alexander Viktorenko of the Russian air force Flight engineer is Elena Kondakova of NPO Energiya Cosmonaut researcher is Ulf Merbold of the European Space Agency The spacecraft entered a 200 x 249 km orbit at an inclination of 51 6 deg and will rendevous and dock with the Mir orbital complex tomorrow Viktorenko and Kondakova will relieve the current commander and flight engineer Yuriy Malenchenko and Talgat Musabaev who will return to Earth next month with Merbold The station doctor Valeriy Polyakov will remain aboard Mir with the new crew Kondakova is the third Russian woman to fly in space after Valentina Tereshkova 1963 and Svetlana Savitskaya 1982 1984 Progress M 24 undocked from the Kvant module at 1855 52 UT on Oct 4 leaving the rear docking port free for Soyuz TM 20 It was deorbited at 2144 UT and decayed into the Pacific at 38 4 deg S 137 4 deg W according to data recieved from Vladimir Agapov Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 9 0029 Telstar 402 Ariane 42L Kourou ELA2 Comsat 58A Sep 9 2222 Discovery Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 59A Sep 13 2130 Spartan 201 Discovery LEO Astronomy 59B Sep 16 1516 SAFER M Lee Discovery LEO Sep 16 1740 SAFER C Meade Discovery LEO Sep 21 1753 Kosmos 2291 Proton K DM 2 Baykonur LC200 Comsat 60A Sep 27 1400 Kosmos 2292 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 Calibration 61A Sep 30 1116 Endeavour Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 62A Oct 3 2242 Soyuz TM 20 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 63A Reentries Sep 11

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  • MA 5A main engine and two of the four Castor IVA solid rocket boosters ignited at liftoff the other two solids ignited at 0636 02 The first two solids were jettisoned at 0636 14 and the second two at 0636 57 The MA 5A propulsion system on the Atlas consists of two booster engines and a central sustainer engine At 0637 47 the booster engines were shut down and at 0637 50 the tail section of the Atlas IIA fell away leaving the main sustainer engine exposed At 0638 31 the payload fairing around the Intelsat payload was discarded AC 111 was now high enough that aerodynamic protection was not needed The Atlas sustainer cut off at 0639 53 and the Atlas IIA stage separated onto its suborbital trajectory at 0639 55 Intelsat 703 was now attached to the AC 111 Centaur IIA At 0640 17 the two RL 10 4A liquid hydrogen liquid oxygen engines on the Centaur ignited and burned until 0645 17 The combination was now in a parking orbit After a coast period AC 111 reignited at 0659 29 It shut off at 0701 12 and separated from Intelsat 703 at 0703 22 Intelsat 703 was now in a 283 x 38575 km x 25 9 deg orbit The apogee was higher than initially expected and will let the satellite save fuel on reaching its final orbit Over the next few days it fired its R4D liquid apogee engine to enter first a 7598 x 38540 km x 11 2 deg orbit Oct 9 and then a 35670 x 38552 km x 0 2 deg orbit Oct 11 This final orbit is a little higher than geostationary on Oct 11 at 1815 UT the satellite was over 138 deg East and drifting 16 degrees per day An Ariane 44L was launched on Oct 8 The rocket placed two communications satellites in orbit Solidaridad 2 and Thaicom 2 Both satellites are built by Hughes Solidaridad is a 3 axis stabilized HS601 satellite for the Mexican government communications agency Telecomunicaciones de Mexico Thaicom 2 is an HS376 spin stabilized satellite for Shinawatra Satellite Public Co of Bangkok The initial orbit for Thaicom 2 was 277 x 36165 km x 3 9 deg Thaicom 2 fired its Thiokol Star 30 solid apogee motor on Oct 10 and entered a 33964 x 36208 km x 0 00 deg orbit drifting at 9 deg per day eastward over the Indian Ocean By Oct 11 Solidaridad 2 s ARC490N liquid engine had raised its orbit to 15922 x 36146 km x 0 8 deg Okean O1 no 7 was launched on Oct 11 into a 631 x 666 km x 82 5 deg orbit The satellite built by NPO Yuzhnoe has a mass of 1950 kg It carries instruments for studying the ocean surface probably including side looking radar A more advanced Okean is under development for launch on the Zenit rocket This Okean was launched on a Tsiklon launch vehicle with

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