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  • igniting 30 sec later The first two separate at 73s the remaining four are jettisoned at 90s At T 111s the PS 1 falls away and the PS 2 ignites This is a 38 tonne liquid fuel stage India s first using UDMH N2O4 The single Vikas engine has a thrust of 725 kN At T 154s the vehicle reached 117 km altitude and the fairing was jettisoned with second stage separation at 261s The third stage PS 3 is a 7 tonne solid motor with a thrust of 340 kN It burns from T 261s to T 380s to an altitude of 421 km The payload and attached PS 4 stage now coast in transfer trajectory until T 591 4s when the PS 4 s MMH N2O4 liquid engine ignites for a 397s burn PS 4 and IRS P2 separated at T 1012s Source ISRO Press Release 1994 Oct 15 The first Ekspress communications satellite was launched on Oct 13 The Ekspress satellites operated by AO Informkosmos will replace the Gorizont domestic TV relay satellites which the Soviet Union introduced in 1979 Ekspress features a north south stationkeeping capability which will keep the inclination within 0 2 deg The bus is 3 6 x 6 1 m in size with a solar array span of 21m and has a mass of 2500 kg The payload includes ten C band and two Ku band 14 11 GHz transponders The launch used a Proton K rocket with the 11S861 01 uprated Blok DM 2 upper stage This is the second flight of this upper stage which was used for the Gals launch earlier this year The next Proton launch is expected to carry Elektro the much delayed geostationary weather satellite first planned for the late 1970s Note for transponder fans the

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  • Launches None for the past two weeks Launch activity often drops in October November for some reason Anticipated launches include the Elektro weather satellite from Baykonur the Wind science satellite and the Orion communications satellite from Cape Canaveral and STS 66 Soyuz TM 19 will land on Nov 3 or Nov 4 Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 30 1116 Endeavour Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 62A Oct 3 2242 Soyuz TM 20 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 63A Oct 6 0635 Intelsat 703 Atlas Centaur Canaveral LC36B Comsat 64A Oct 8 0107 Solidaridad 2 Ariane 44L Kourou ELA2 Comsat 65A Thaicom 2 Comsat 65B Oct 11 1430 Okean O1 No 7 Tsiklon 3 Plesetsk LC32 Rem sensing 66A Oct 13 1619 Ekspress Proton K DM 2 1 Baykonur LC200 Comsat 67A Oct 15 0505 IRS P2 PSLV Sriharikota Rem sensing 68A Reentries Oct 2 ODERACS A reentered Oct 4 ODERACS B reentered Oct 4 Progress M 24 Deorbited Oct 11 Endeavour Landed at Edwards AFB Oct 12 Magellan Entered Venus atmosphere Current Shuttle Processing Status Orbiters Location Mission Launch Due OV 102 Columbia Palmdale OMDP OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 2 STS 63 Feb 2

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  • 14 Progress M 19 1993 Aug 13 Oct 13 Progress M 20 1993 Oct 13 Nov 21 Soyuz TM 18 1994 Jan 10 Jan 21 Soyuz TM 18 1994 Jan 21 Jul 9 Progress M 21 1994 Jan 30 Mar 23 Progress M 22 1994 Mar 24 May 23 Progress M 23 1994 May 24 Jul 2 Soyuz TM 19 1994 Jul 3 Nov 3 Progress M 24 1994 Sep 2 Oct 4 Soyuz TM 20 1994 Oct 6 Soyuz TM 19 1994 Nov 3 4 due Recent Launches NASA Goddard s Wind space science satellite was launched on Nov 1 The McDonnell Douglas Delta 7925 10 rocket entered a 186 x 3038 km x 28 7 deg orbit and the PAM D third stage ignited to plance Wind in a lunar transfer orbit Wind carries a set of instruments to study the solar wind as well as two gamma ray burst detectors It was built by Martin Marietta Astro Space Wind will fly past the Moon study the outer magnetosphere and eventually be placed in a halo orbit around the L1 Lagrange point between the Earth and the Sun The long awaited Russian geostationary meteorological satellite was launched on Oct 31 Elektro built by VNII ElektroMekhaniki flew into orbit aboard a Proton On Nov 2 Elektro was in a 1441 65 min 35858 x 35931 km x 1 3 deg orbit over 88 4 deg E drifiting 1 4 degrees west per day Nov 1 also saw the launch of another Hughes HS601 communications satellite The Ariane V69 flight placed Astra 1D in a 217 x 31006 km x 7 0 deg geostationary transfer orbit Astra 1D is a television satellite for the Luxembourg based Societe Europeene des Satellites SES Kosmos 2293 launched on Nov 2 is an Electronic

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  • days set by Musa Manarov Polyakov s current spaceflight has lasted 306 days so far longer than all but three expeditions Sergey Krikalyov in 1991 311 days Yuri Romanenko in 1987 326 days and Titov and Manarov in 1988 365 days Meanwhile Elena Kondakova broke the record for the duration of a single spaceflight by a woman of 14 days held by NASA s Rhea Seddon and Shannon Lucid and Shannon Lucid s cumulative duration record of 34 days Kondakova has now been in space for 38 days Ulf Merbold broke Jean Loup Chretien s record for spaceflights by a non Soviet non American with a 31 day mission and a career total of 49 days 21h 38min more than any currently active US astronaut Recent Launches The third Resurs O1 spacecraft was launched on Nov 4 The two previous spacecraft codenamed Kosmos 1689 and Kosmos 1939 were launched by the obsolete Vostok booster and this was the first to use the newer Ukranian built Zenit launch vehicle Positions of recent geostationary launches Oct 24 Intelsat 703 over 120 4 deg E drifting 0 1 deg per day Oct 29 Solidaridad 2 at 112 9 deg W on station Nov 3 Thaicom 2 at 86 3E drifting 0 04 deg per day Nov 9 Ekspress at 70 8E drifting 0 05 deg per day Nov 6 Elektro was over 82 E drifting 1 4 deg per day Nov 9 Astra 1D over 14 4E drifting 0 15 deg per day Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 30 1116 Endeavour Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 62A Oct 3 2242 Soyuz TM 20 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 63A Oct 6 0635 Intelsat 703 Atlas Centaur Canaveral LC36B Comsat 64A Oct 8 0107 Solidaridad 2 Ariane 44L Kourou

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  • survived reentry and landing according to the KSC Shuttle Status Report Atlantis will return to KSC next week to begin preparation for its next mission the first Mir docking Mir Progress M 25 docked with Mir at the rear Kvant port at 0904 on Nov 13 It will be replaced in February with Progress M 26 The next crew aboard Soyuz TM 21 in March will include NASA astronaut Norman Thagard Plans for 1995 include the completion of the Mir complex with the docking of the Priroda and Spektr modules Recent Launches The Resurs O1 earth observation satellite is in a 660 x 663 km x 98 0 deg orbit It carries the German Safir R1 communications experiment as a secondary attached payload There are three imaging recon satellites currently in orbit operated by the GRU Central Intelligence Agency of the MO RF Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation Kosmos 2267 launched 1993 Nov 5 by Soyuz U current orbit 236 x 299 km x 70 4 deg Kosmos 2280 launched 1994 Apr 28 by Soyuz U current orbit 232 x 269 km x 70 4 deg Kosmos 2290 launched 1994 Aug 26 by Zenit current orbit 206 x 359 km x 64 8 deg Kosmos 2267 and Kosmos 2280 are the 17th and 18th satellites in the advanced series which has replaced the older Yantar class satellites The first of the series was Kosmos 1426 in 1982 and Kosmos 2267 just exceeded the record 372 day lifetime of its predecessor Kosmos 2223 Kosmos 2290 is the first of a new series launched by Zenit Its orbit is similar to the five satellites in the Soyuz launched Kosmos 2031 series Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Oct 11 1430 Okean O1 No 7 Tsiklon 3 Plesetsk

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  • elliptical transfer orbit Two small ullage motors fired to force the DM2 s propellant to the rear of the stage and separated remaining in transfer orbit The DM2 then reignited to enter a 19064 x 19127 km x 64 0 deg circular orbit in which it dispensed the three Uragan satellites which received the names Kosmos 2294 Kosmos 2295 and Kosmos 2296 The satellites have small on board propulsion units to maintain precise positions in their 11hr 15 min circular 19100 km high orbits They form part of the GLONASS Global Navigation Satellite System network operated by the Russian Defense Ministry Kosmos 2297 was launched by the Ukranian Zenit 2 rocket from Baykonur on Nov 24 into an 851 x 879 km x 71 0 deg orbit The satellite carries an array of electronic intelligence detectors to monitor radio emissions Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Oct 11 1430 Okean O1 No 7 Tsiklon 3 Plesetsk LC32 Rem sensing 66A Oct 13 1619 Ekspress Proton K DM 2 1 Baykonur LC200 Comsat 67A Oct 15 0505 IRS P2 PSLV Sriharikota Rem sensing 68A Oct 31 1430 Elektro Proton K DM 2 1 Baykonur LC81 Weather 69A Nov 1 0037 Astra 1D Ariane 42P Kourou ELA2 Comsat 70A Nov 1 0931 Wind Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17B Science 71A Nov 2 0104 Kosmos 2293 Tsiklon 2 Baykonur LC90 EORSAT 72A Nov 3 1700 Atlantis Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 73A Nov 4 0547 Resurs O1 No 3 Zenit 2 Baykonur LC45 Rem sensing 74A Nov 4 1250 CRISTA SPAS Atlantis LEO Science 73B Nov 11 0722 Progress M 25 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 75A Nov 20 0039 Kosmos 2294 Proton K DM 2 Baykonur LC200 Navsat 76A Kosmos 2295 Navsat 76B Kosmos 2296 Navsat 76C Nov 24 0916

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  • be used by Orion Satellite Systems The AC 110 Centaur stage delivered Orion 1 into an unprecedented elliptical transfer orbit of 403 x 122762 km x 25 5 deg By Nov 30 the liquid apogee engine had raised the Orion s orbit to 25010 km x 122766 km x 3 0 deg The apogee will subsequently be lowered until the orbit is a circular 35780 km geostationary one The fuel saving high apogee transfer technique has been used before but never with such an extreme apogee A Musson class geodetic satellite Geo IK was launched from Plesetsk on Nov 29 into a 1480 x 1527 km x 73 6 deg orbit The Tsiklon s S5M third stage also entered orbit The gravity gradient stabilized Geo IK carries transponders to allow mapping of the Earth s gravitational field and probably laser reflectors for precise tracking The first Chinese DFH 3 communications satellite was reportedly launched on Nov 29 The launch vehicle is the Chang Zheng Long March 3A which made a test flight in February It placed the DFH 3 built by Germany for China in a 246 x 36052 km x 28 1 deg geostationary transfer orbit Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Nov 1 0037 Astra 1D Ariane 42P Kourou ELA2 Comsat 70A Nov 1 0931 Wind Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17B Science 71A Nov 2 0104 Kosmos 2293 Tsiklon 2 Baykonur LC90 EORSAT 72A Nov 3 1700 Atlantis Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 73A Nov 4 0547 Resurs O1 No 3 Zenit 2 Baykonur LC45 Rem sensing 74A Nov 4 1250 CRISTA SPAS Atlantis LEO Science 73B Nov 11 0722 Progress M 25 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 75A Nov 20 0039 Kosmos 2294 Proton K DM 2 Baykonur LC200 Navsat 76A Kosmos 2295 Navsat 76B

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  • Progress M 25 robot cargo freighter docked to the Kvant module s rear port The Raduga 10 reentry capsule carried in the Progress cargo compartment Shuttle Discovery is being prepared for its 20th flight into space Crew of Mission STS 63 will be James Wetherbee commander Eileen Collins pilot Michael Foale Janice Voss and Bernard Harris mission specialists and Vladimir Titov Russian Space Agency In the payload bay will be the RMS robot arm the pressurized Spacehab 3 module together with the Spacelab Tunnel Adapter and the Spacehab transition flex section which connects the tunnel to the module an MPESS Multi purpose Experiment Support Structure truss in its Spartan Flight Support Structure SFSS variant and a second MPESS truss The first MPESS will carry the Spartan 204 free flyer satellite which will be deployed and retrieved during the mission using the RMS arm Spartan 204 carries detectors to study the solar wind The second MPESS probably the Hitchhiker M variety will carry a modified Getaway Special GAS canister which will eject six ODERACS 2 radar calibration satellites as well as the Cyro Systems and GLO II payloads The TCS DTO 700 5 laser rendezvous experiment package will be attached to the payload bay wall with a GABA adapter plate Discovery will carry out a rendezvous with the Mir complex experiment DTO 835 Two crew members will carry out a spacewalk one of a series used to train astronauts and test out new spacewalking techniques DTO 1210 671 672 833 Launch of STS 63 is due on Feb 2 Recent Launches No new launches this week Does anyone have the launch time for the DFH 3 Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Nov 1 0037 Astra 1D Ariane 42P Kourou ELA2 Comsat 70A Nov 1 0931 Wind Delta

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