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  • next mission is STS 74 Station Orbitale Mir The EO 19 crew of Solov yov and Budarin have settled in on the Mir station and are awaiting the launch of a Progress M supply craft It turns out that RKK Energia s 316GK docking module planned for launch on STS 74 is a lengthened Soyuz BO Bitovoy Otsek Habitable Module or orbital module with a central cylindrical section added and two APAS 89 docking units added on each end Thanks to David Anderman and Maxim Tarasenko for clearing this up Erreur Of course the 3h 32s deorbit burn of Atlantis JSR 247 should have read 3min 32s Lancements recents A Titan 4 Centaur was launched from Cape Canaveral on Jul 10 The rocket used was Titan 45K 19 with the Centaur TC 8 upper stage According to John Pike the rocket had the large 86 foot payload shroud It was observed to head towards a high inclination orbit and it may be assumed to be another satellite like USA 103 last year an advanced signals intelligence satellite intended for a Molniya like orbit The Galileo Probe separated from the Orbiter at 0530 UTC on Jul 13 It will remain powered down for the coast to Jupiter and will be awakened when its accelerometers detect braking due to entry in Jupiter s atmosphere The Galileo Orbiter will fire its engine for a deflection maneuver on Jul 27 The modified Tsikada class navigation satellite launched on Jul 5 from LC 132 Pad 1 at Plesetsk was named Kosmos 2315 According to Maxim Tarasenko it carries an additional Kurs transponder The modified satellite may possibly have the designation Nadezhda M TDRS G attached to Inertial Upper Stage IUS 26 was deployed from Space Shuttle Discovery on Jul 13 at 1955 UTC The IUS

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  • as the IEH astronomy experiment Mir Solov yov and Budarin carried out their first EVA on Jul 14 at 0356 UTC Duration was five hours 34 min The stuck Spektr solar array has now been fixed The Kristall module was redocked on Jul 17 from the X axis to the Z axis A second spacewalk was carried out on Jul 19 Ron Baalke s Space Calendar reports that Solov yov had problems with his spacesuit and not all the planned work was carried out and another EVA was due to be carried out on Jul 21 Progress M 28 was launched on Jul 20 at 0304 UTC According to Vladimir Agapov the launch mass was 7125 kg Progress M 28 separated from the Blok I third stage at 0313 UTC into a 191 x 258 km x 51 6 deg orbit The first two orbital corrections were carried out at 0647 and 0737 On Jul 22 at 0440 Progress M 28 docked with the X port on the Mir orbital complex info from Agapov Corrected durations for the EO 18 crew 115 days 08 hr 43 m giving Dezhurov 2768 43 Strekalov 6454 21 Thagard 3373 27 Geostationary Satellite Movements 1995 35B TDRS 7 was at 171W drifting 2 5 deg d E on Jul 19 1995 29A DBS 3 is at 110 4W 1995 27A UHF F O F5 is drifting west at 4 5 deg d On Jul 17 it passed 99 deg E 1995 25A GOES 9 is at 90 8W 1995 23A Intelsat 706 is at 53 1W 1995 03A UHF F O F4 is at 177 2W 1989 20B Meteosat 4 is at 9 2E Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jun 8 0443 Kosmos 2313 Tsiklon 2

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  • navigation satellites were launched on Jul 24 and given the names Kosmos 2316 2317 and 2318 Their GLONASS satellite numbers are 780 781 and 785 respectively They will form part of the GLONASS system in orbital plane 2 On Jul 25 the orbit of Kosmos 2316 was 675 26 min 19101 x 19134 km x 64 8 deg The other two satellites were in similar orbits The Galileo Orbiter successfully completed the ODM maneuver on Jul 27 This was the first major firing of the main liquid propellant engine which will be used for orbit insertion The Orbiter is now targeted for its flyby of Io while the Probe is on a Jovian impact trajectory Geostationary Satellite Movements 1995 35B TDRS 7 was at 150W on Jul 27 drifting E at 2 5 deg d 1995 29A DBS 3 appears to be moving from its initial location at 110W 1995 27A UHF F O F5 is on station at 72 6E as of Jul 28 1994 55A Optus B3 may have moved from its station at 152 5E 1984 80A Himawari 3 has moved out of geostationary orbit Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jun 8 0443 Kosmos 2313 Tsiklon 2 Baykonur LC90 Recon 28A Jun 10 0024 DBS 3 Ariane 42P Kourou ELA2 Comsat 29A Jun 22 1958 STEP 3 Pegasus XL L1011 PAWA Science FTO Jun 27 1932 Atlantis Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 30A Jun 28 1825 Kosmos 2314 Soyuz U Plesetsk LC43 Recon 31A Jul 5 0309 Kosmos 2315 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 Navigation 32A Jul 7 1623 Helios 1A Ariane 40 Kourou ELA2 Recon 33A CERISE Sigint 33B UPM LBSAT 1 Technology 33C Jul 10 1238 USA 112 Titan 4 Centaur Canaveral LC41 Sigint 34A Jul 13 0530

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  • Sep 4 Titan 34D Transtage 34D 2 5 1992 Feb 11 Atlas II Centaur IABS AC 101 6 1992 Jul 2 Atlas II Centaur IABS AC 103 7 1993 Jul 19 Atlas II Centaur IABS AC 104 8 1993 Nov 28 Atlas II Centaur IABS AC 108 9 1995 Jul 31 Atlas IIA Centaur IABS AC 118 It is believed that all the DSCS III satellites launched to date have reached geostationary orbit The Interbol 1 Prognoz M2 satellite was launched from Plesetsk late on Aug 2 The Molniya M launch vehicle took off from complex 43 at 2359 11 UTC the strapons and Blok A core stage separated and the Blok I third stage ignited at 0004 03 UTC on Aug 3 The Blok I shut down at 0008 and separated at 0008 07 leaving Prognoz M2 the Blok 2BL SM2 fourth stage and the attached BOZ interstage platform in a 240 x 827 km x 62 8 deg 95 0 min parking orbit around the Earth At 0100 30 UTC as the combination reached apogee the Blok 2BL stage ignited and 40 seconds later the BOZ platform was jettisoned At 0104 15 UTC the fourth stage shut down and separated from the Prognoz payload leaving it in a highly elliptical orbit of 797 x 193000 km x 62 8 deg prelaunch estimated parameters with an orbital period of 3 days 20 hours US tracking gave an orbit of 505 x 193064 x 63 8 deg 3 days 19 5 hr Prognoz M2 SO M2 no 512 is the Khvostovoy Zond Tail satellite of Project Interbol intended to investigate the Earth s geomagnetic tail The 1250 kg probe carries a detachable 50 kg subsatellite provided by the Czech Republic The Magion 4 subsatellite which separated from Prognoz M2 at around 0925 UTC on Aug 3 carries instruments to measure electric and magnetic fields for comparison with the Prognoz instruments The original plan was for Magion 4 to remain attached for several days it s not clear why it separated so early The first Prognoz SO M solar terrestrial observatory was launched in 1972 Earlier Prognoz flights were all launched from Baykonur in Kazakhstan The scientific Prognoz satellites should not be confused with the geostationary Prognoz early warning satellites which are also built by the NPO Lavochkin company The Tail probe carries the following science instruments SKA 1 PROMICS 3 VDP AMEI 2 CORAL ALPHA3 plasma ions ELECTRON plasma electrons MONITOR 3 solar wind ions with high time resolution IFPE ion and electron flux variations MIF M FGS 1 FM 31 magnetometers OPERA electric field AKR X solar radio emission 0 1 1 5 MHz RF 15 1 solar X rays 2 240 keV SKA 2 DOK 2 SOSNA 2 RKA 2 energetic particles Project Interbol will be completed with the launch of the Auroral probe SO M2 no 511 which also carries a Magion subsatellite This launch will occur in 1996 if funds become available Some of the above

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  • Space Series 3000 satellite and has a Star 30 solid apogee motor which will be fired to raise the orbit Mugunghwa will need to use some of its hydrazine stationkeeping propellant to complete the orbit circularization and make up for the stage 1 underperformance Late on Aug 5 Mugunghwa was in a 1371 x 29388 km x 20 6 deg 532 3 min orbit The Delta second stage which was unable to make its fourth planned burn to depletion after separation since the fuel was already depleted is in a 938 x 1373 km x 26 7 deg 108 5 min orbit On Aug 10 Mugunghwa fired the Star 30 motor and entered a 1074 1 min 26911 x 29817 km x 0 2 deg equatorial orbit The Magion 4 satellite has been cataloged as 23646 1995 39F Space Command elements place it in a 760 x 191760 km x 63 3 deg orbit with a period of 5454 13 minutes The IABS apogee stage from the DSCS III Atlas launch has not yet been cataloged by Space Command A Molniya 3 satellite was launched on Aug 9 from Plesetsk The Russian Molniya satellites are used for domestic communications from 12 hour period elliptical orbits inclined at 63 degrees Panamsat s PAS 4 satellite raised its orbit to 1203 min 26461 x 35729 km x 0 4 deg with burns of its liquid apogee motor on Aug 5 and Aug 6 Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jul 5 0309 Kosmos 2315 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 Navigation 32A Jul 7 1623 Helios 1A Ariane 40 Kourou ELA2 Recon 33A CERISE Sigint 33B UPM LBSAT 1 Technology 33C Jul 10 1238 USA 112 Titan 4 Centaur Canaveral LC41 Sigint 34A Jul 13 0530 Galileo

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  • minutes over the past week out of a required increase of 6 hours to reach geostationary orbit The Series 3000 satellite has a dry mass of 652 kg and at launch carried 625 kg of solid apogee motor fuel and 187 kg of hydrazine propellant for for a total mass of 1464 kg Thanks to Jeongjoo Park for Koreasat information On Aug 14 PAS 4 was at 69 5 deg E drifting 0 3 deg E per day Space Command data indicate that Himawari 4 1989 70A moved into geostationary orbit and was on station at 120 0E on Aug 9 Spacenet 2 1984 114A has left its 69 1W location and is slowly drifting west at 0 1 deg day TDRS 1 is at 138 7W Galaxy 6 is back at 74 1W its apparent excursion to 75W in early Aug may have been an error Erratum In my note on DSCS the 28 Nov 1993 Atlas launch should have been AC 106 not AC 108 Thanks to several readers for catching this Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jul 5 0309 Kosmos 2315 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 Navigation 32A Jul 7 1623 Helios 1A Ariane 40 Kourou ELA2 Recon 33A CERISE Sigint 33B UPM LBSAT 1 Technology 33C Jul 10 1238 USA 112 Titan 4 Centaur Canaveral LC41 Sigint 34A Jul 13 0530 Galileo Probe Galileo Solar orb 89 84E Jul 13 1342 Discovery Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 35A Jul 13 1955 TDRS 7 IUS Discovery LEO Comsat 35B Jul 20 0304 Progress M 28 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 36A Jul 24 1552 Kosmos 2316 Proton K DM2 Baykonur LC Navigation 37A Kosmos 2317 Navigation 37B Kosmos 2318 Navigation 37C Jul 31 2330 DSCS III F9 Atlas IIA Centaur

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  • the orbital plane and reach geostationary orbit and the Atlas placed JCSAT in an orbit which was even more favorable than anticipated I don t have the parameters yet The N STAR a satellite yes the lower case letter a is perversely correct is an FS 1300 class Space Systems Loral satellite built for Nippon Telephone and Telegraph NTT of Japan N STAR a was launched 1995 Aug 29 on the V77 flight of Ariane using an Ariane 44P with an H 10 III third stage and the 01 fairing The launch profile used a standard geostationary transfer orbit N STAR a is to replace the CS 3 satellite at 132E The satellite was damaged during transportation from California to Guiane and several weeks were needed for repairs The N STAR a satellite has a launch mass of 3410 kg a dry mass of 1617 kg and a BOL mass of 2057 kg The 3 axis stabilized satellite has a solar panel span of 27 3m and a bus size of 2 4 x 2 2 x 2 2 m Height is 6 3 m including the payload mast Mass of the third stage in orbit with the VEB is 2065 kg at orbit insertion or 1770 kg after fuel depletion 1240 kg H 10 3 530 kg VEB The payload includes 11 Ka band and 8 Ku band transponders for telephone relay 5 C band transponders for communications to remote islands and an S band transponder for mobile communications source Av Week Arianespace In a third success for Japan this week a small TR 1A suborbital sounding rocket was successfully launched from Tanegashima on Aug 25 The IABS final stage of the DSCS III B7 launch has now been cataloged as object 23648 Table of Recent Launches Date UT

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  • has launched its first satellite Sich Sich is based on the Okean remote sensing satellites built by the Ukrainian company NPO Yuzhnoe for the USSR and subsequently the Russian Space Agency Carried into orbit with Sich was the FASat Alfa microsatellite with imaging and communications experiments for the Chilean Air Force Reports indicate that FASat Alfa failed to separate from the Sich main payload FASat Alfa uses the Surrey Satellite Technology Uosat bus A Kosmos satellite was launched by Proton from Baykonur on Aug 30 into geostationary orbit On Sep 1 Kosmos 2319 was at 89 deg E drifting 1 deg W per day JCSAT 3 launched on Aug 29 was placed in an initial orbit of 248 x 80682 km x 23 1 deg with a period of 1681 65 min N Star a was launched into a standard transfer orbit of 172 x 35775 km x 7 0 deg On Aug 30 the orbit was raised to 7384 x 35755 km x 3 7 deg and then again to 34090 x 35732 km x 0 1 deg The Mugunghwa ho Koreasat satellite is now in near geostationary orbit on Aug 31 it was at 116 0E drifting 0 1 deg per day Optus B3 is now on station at 156 0E replacing Optus A3 which is drifting west at 0 2 deg per day Intelsat VA F13 is at 177 0W Brasilsat 2 is at 92 0W The Strategic Rocket Forces launched a Topol ICBM from Plesetsk at 0750 UT on Sep 5 Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Aug 2 2359 Prognoz M2 Molniya M Plesetsk LC43 3 Science 39A Magion 4 Science 39F Aug 3 2358 PAS 4 Ariane 4 Kourou ELA2 Comsat 40A Aug 5 1110 Mugunghwa ho

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