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  • crew used the RMS to move WSF over the side of the Orbiter and expose it to the direction of flight ram direction to scrub it clean with the flow of the thin upper atmosphere impacting it at orbital speeds WSF was then moved on the other side of the orbiter for release with its instrument side oriented to the orbital wake protected from further contamination The Wake Shield Facility was deployed into its first free flight on Sep 11 at 1125 UTC Mir The EO 20 crew of Gidzenko Avdeev and Reiter callsign Uran are now on board the Mir complex On previous international flights to Mir the visiting astronaut has had the title Kosmonavt issledovatel Cosmonaut researcher On this mission Reiter has extra responsibilities and instead has the title Bortinzhener 2 Flight Engineer 2 Gidzenko is Komandir Commander and Avdeev is Bortinzhener Flight Engineer the usual designations Thanks to Ashot Bakunts Progress M 28 undocked from the front port of Mir at 0607 UTC on Sep 4 and was deorbited over the Pacific later that day C vd Berg The EO 19 crew returned to Earth on Sep 11 in the Soyuz TM 21 spaceship Anatoli Solov yov and Nikolai Budarin undocked from the Kvant rear port on Mir at 0330 44 UTC and landed at 50 deg 41 N 68 deg 15 E 108 km northeast of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan at 0652 40 UTC Thanks Vladimir Soyuz TM 21 had been used to ferry the EO 18 crew including Norm Thagard into space in March the EO 18 crew returned to Earth in June aboard Atlantis which had delivered the EO 19 crew to the station The EO 19 flight lasted for 75 days 11 hr 20 min 22 sec relatively short by Mir standards Solov yov has now spent 453 days in space on his four flights which puts him fifth in the world rankings Recent Launches As reported in JSR 254 the JCSAT 3 satellite was launched on Aug 29 at 0053 01 UTC by a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS Further data have become available The AC 117 Centaur stage ignited at 0058 17 and burned for 4min 26s shutting down at 0102 44 UTC in a 155 x 395 km x 28 2 deg parking orbit At 0116 45 UTC the AC 117 stage reignited for 1min 47s Centaur MECO2 main engine cutoff 2 was at 0118 32 UTC The Centaur then separated and inserted the Hughes HS 601 JCSAT payload into a 167 x 81423 km x 23 5 deg orbit On Aug 30 Space Command elements gave JCSAT 3 in a 260 x 80799 km x 23 2 deg orbit The Centaur stage has not yet been cataloged JCSAT 3 is owned by Japan Satellite Systems Kabushiki gaisha Nihon Sateraito Sisutemuzu Thanks to Peter Collins Cape Canaveral Air Station and Jun Takei JSAT for information Obituary Reinhard Furrer who flew on the Spacelab D 1 mission in 1985 died on Sep 9

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  • launch to main gear touchdown was 10 days 20 hr 28 min 56 s Total flight time for OV 105 Endeavour over 9 flights is 2255h 21m The external tank for STS 74 was connected to the solid rocket boosters on Sep 11 Examination of the STS 69 solid rocket boosters confirms that the joint repair was successful no erosion was seen The next Shuttle launch is mission STS 73 with orbiter Columbia due on Sep 28 Mir The EO 20 Euromir 95 crew of Gidzenko Avdeev and Reiter remain aboard the Mir complex Next major events are the launch of the Progress M 29 supply ship and a spacewalk on Oct 20 Recent Launches Kosmos 2319 is now in geostationary orbit at 80 deg E The slot has been used by both military communications and early warning satellites Kosmos 2319 may be a Geizer communications satellite Longitudes of Kosmos satellites operating in GEO Al tair data relay Kosmos 1897 52 6E Kosmos 2054 15 9W Geizer military communications Kosmos 1961 79 3E Kosmos 2085 70 8E Kosmos 2172 13 5W Kosmos 2291 79 9E Probable missile early warning satellites Kosmos 1894 25 6W Kosmos 2133 79 9E Kosmos 2209 24 2W Kosmos 2224 11 5E Kosmos 2282 24 1W JCSAT 3 has lowered its orbit to geostationary On Sep 10 it was in a 35718 x 42951 km x 0 25 deg orbit by Sep 14 it was in a 35704 x 35921 km x 0 1 deg orbit at 128 2 E drifting 0 4 deg W per day On Sep 11 N Star a was at 132 0E the Mugunghwa ho Koreasat satellite is on station at 116 0E Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Aug 2 2359 Prognoz M2

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  • The Telstar 402R satellite was launched on Sep 24 Telstar 402R is a Lockheed Martin Astro Space Series 7000 communications satellite built for AT T It replaces the Telstar 402 satellite which exploded shortly after orbit insertion in Sep 1994 Telstar 402R is a hybrid C Ku band comsat and will be stationed at 89 deg W for US domestic communications The satellite has successfully reached geostationary altitude and is drifting towards its initial location The Russian Space Agency s Resurs F2 recoverable remote sensing satellite was launched on Sep 26 The satellite built by KB Foton of Samara Russia is based on the Vostok spacecraft Vladimir Agapov reports that this is the final Resurs F mission It is in a 230 x 233 km x 82 3 deg orbit The Resurs F satellites carry cameras which are returned to Earth with their film cassettes in a reentry vehicle at the end of the mission An advanced generation recon satellite Kosmos 2320 was launched by Soyuz from Baykonur on Sep 29 into a 179 x 284 km x 64 9 deg orbit It probably raised its perigee on Sep 30 but I don t have the orbital data yet 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 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17B Comsat 41A Aug 9 0121 Molniya 3 Molniya M Plesetsk LC43 Comsat 42A Aug 15 2230 Gemstar 1 LLV 1 Vandenberg SLC6 Comsat FTO Aug 29 0053 JCSAT 3 Atlas IIAS Canaveral LC36B Comsat 43A Aug 29 0641 N STAR a Ariane 44P Kourou ELA2 Comsat 44A Aug 30 1933 Kosmos 2319

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  • launch vehicle into a 95 13 minute 246 x 802 km x 82 9 deg orbit The spacecraft is probably a radar calibration satellite which are launched on Kosmos 3M rockets into low elliptical orbits although this particular orbit has not been used before Another less likely possibility is that it was a Parus navigation satellite intended for a 1000 km circular orbit but which suffered an upper stage failure Phil Clark has also suggested this as an interpretation and reports that the orbital plane is the same as Kosmos 2266 Kosmos 2320 raised its orbit to 239 x 300 km x 64 9 deg by Oct 1 The orbit indicates it is a member of the Kosmos 1426 group of long lived recon satellites The other member of the group in orbit is Kosmos 2305 launched in Dec 1994 and currently in a 229 x 281 km x 64 9 deg orbit The other types of imaging recon satellite currently in use by the Russian Ministry of Defence are the Yantar class vehicle most recently flown as Kosmos 2311 and Kosmos 2314 with two month lifetimes and lower perigees and the new Kosmos 2290 class satellite launched on Zenit vehicles Kosmos 2290 flew for a year in Apr 1994 Apr 1995 and has not yet been replaced AT T s Telstar 402R reached geostationary altitude by Sep 27 and arrived on station at 89 1W around Oct 3 Other recent geostationary launches JCSAT 3 is at 127 5E N Star a is at 131 9E Kosmos 2319 is at 79 8E probably replacing Kosmos 2291 which has moved from its 80 deg E location and is drifting west at 2 deg per day PAS 4 is at 68 5E on station Space Command data released in September showing it

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  • minute 257 x 790 km x 82 9 deg orbit Its intended orbit was about 960 x 1010 km x 83 0 deg but the second stage of the Kosmos 3M launch vehicle malfunctioned The first Luch 1 satellite was launched from Baykonur on Oct 11 at 1626 UTC other reports giving the launch time as 1426 UTC are incorrect The satellite is a more powerful version of the earlier Luch Al tair series satellites with a launch mass of 2400 kg The Proton K launch vehicle used the new 11S861 01 Blok DM 2M upper stage The Luch and Luch 1 satellites perform data relay services for the Mir station and are the equivalent of the TDRS system Previous Al tair Luch satellites Kosmos 1700 1985 Oct 25 Drifting Kosmos 1897 1987 Nov 26 53 3 deg E Kosmos 2054 1989 Dec 27 15 8 deg W Luch 1994 Dec 16 94 9 deg E Luch 1 1995 Oct 11 due at 77 deg E Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 3 0900 Soyuz TM 22 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 47A Sep 7 1509 Endeavour Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 48A Sep 8 1543 Spartan 201 OV 105 LEO Astronomy 48B Sep 11 1125 WSF 2 OV 105 LEO Micrograv 48C Sep 24 0006 Telstar 402R Ariane 4 Kourou ELA2 Comsat 49A Sep 26 1120 Resurs F Soyuz U Plesetsk LC43 4 Rem sensing 50A Sep 29 0425 Kosmos 2320 Soyuz U Baykonur LC31 Recon 51A Oct 6 0323 Kosmos 2321 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 Navsat 52A Oct 8 1851 Progress M 29 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 53A Oct 11 1626 Luch 1 Proton K DM2M Baykonur Data Relay 54A Reentries Sep 4 Progress M 28 Deorbited Sep 6 Kosmos

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  • from 1155 to 1706 UTC hatch open to hatch close They used the airlock on the Kvant 2 module Reiter was transferred to the end of the Spektr module using the Strela crane and installed experiments on the Spektr science platform Recent Launches An Ariane 42L was successfully launched into geostationary transfer orbit on Oct 19 It delivered to orbit the Astra 1E satellite a Hughes HS 601 comsat which will provide television broadcasting services for the Luxembourg registered company SES Societe Europeene des Satellites On Oct 19 Astra 1E was in a 504 x 35845 km x 4 2 deg transfer orbit with a period of 638 13 min The US Navy UHF F6 communications satellite also an HS 601 model was launched on Oct 22 by a Lockheed Martin Atlas II from Cape Canaveral On Oct 18 Luch 1 was drifting at 1 3deg W per day over 82 1 deg E Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 3 0900 Soyuz TM 22 Soyuz U2 Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 47A Sep 7 1509 Endeavour Shuttle Kennedy LC39A Spaceship 48A Sep 8 1543 Spartan 201 OV 105 LEO Astronomy 48B Sep 11 1125 WSF 2 OV 105 LEO Micrograv 48C Sep 24 0006 Telstar 402R Ariane 4 Kourou ELA2 Comsat 49A Sep 26 1120 Resurs F Soyuz U Plesetsk LC43 4 Rem sensing 50A Sep 29 0425 Kosmos 2320 Soyuz U Baykonur LC31 Recon 51A Oct 6 0323 Kosmos 2321 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 Navsat 52A Oct 8 1851 Progress M 29 Soyuz U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 53A Oct 11 1626 Luch 1 Proton K DM2M Baykonur Data Relay 54A Oct 19 0038 Astra 1E Ariane 42L Kourou ELA2 Comsat 55A Oct 20 1353 Columbia Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 56A Spacelab USML

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  • which was replaced at 80E last month was still drifting west at 3 deg per day over 23E On Oct 26 the Luch 1 spacecraft moved into geostationary orbit at 76 6E although the orbit remains inclined at 3 0 deg Kosmos 2322 was launched by a Zenit 2 launch vehicle on Oct 31 into a 851 x 877 km x 71 0 deg orbit It is a Tselina 2 electronic intelligence spacecraft The reentry vehicle of the Resurs F2 spacecraft landed after a 30 day flight at 0537 UTC on Oct 26 90 km SW of Troitsk in the Chelyabinsk region On Sep 26 the Resurs F2 was launched into a 180 x 247 km x 82 3 deg parking orbit which was raised to a 230 x 234 km x 82 3 deg operational orbit on Sep 27 A small burn between Oct 6 and Oct 10 raised the decaying orbit from 226 x 232 km to 224 x 238 km A similar trim burn was made on Oct 18 On Oct 23 a larger burn raised the orbit from 220 x 235 km to 255 x 278 km and on Oct 26 the maneuvering engine and associated hardware were jettisoned prior to the deorbit burn The Kosmos 2305 imaging recon satellite raised its orbit slightly on Oct 8 from 89 7min 229 x 281 km x 64 9 deg to 89 9 min 238 x 297 km x 64 9 deg The previous such maneuver was carried out in early August The orbit of its companion Kosmos 2320 spacecraft has decayed to only 89 6 min 227 x 277 km and will probably be reboosted soon Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 3 0900 Soyuz TM 22 Soyuz U2

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  • the RMS arm and dock one end of it to the Orbiter Docking System Then they will rendezvous with the Mir complex and dock the other end with the Kristall module After the mission they will undock the ODS from the Docking Module leaving the Docking Module attached to Kristall where it will accommodate future Shuttle visits The Docking Module is built by RKK Energia and is a stretched Soyuz orbital module with two APAS type androgynous docking units Crew of STS 74 is Ken Cameron James Halsell Chris Hadfield Jerry Ross and William McArthur Hadfield is a Canadian Space Agency astronaut Meanwhile the external tank ET 75 for the STS 72 mission was due to be mated to the RSRM 52 solid rocket motors in the VAB on Nov 9 but the KSC Shuttle Status Reports always forget to tell us what s happening to the other orbiters when a launch is imminent so I don t know if that event actually happened Columbia has been towed back to Orbiter Processing Facility Bay 2 and will be prepared for next year s STS 75 mission Mir The crew of Gidzenko Avdeev and Reiter continue work aboard the Mir complex The next major event is the arrival of the Space Shuttle Atlantis with the new Docking Module Marcia Smith reports that the EVA on Oct 20 probably began at 1150 UT not 1155 UT as I reported and thus the duration was 5h 16m Recent Launches McDonnell Douglas Delta 229 was launched from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg AFB on Nov 4 placing the Canadian Space Agency s Radarsat remote sensing spacecraft in orbit The Delta was a two stage model 7920 10 RADARSAT s primary payload is a synthetic aperture C band radar for imaging the Earth s surface The radar is 15m long and 1 5m wide The 2750 kg spacecraft was launched into a 783 x 787 km x 98 6 deg polar orbit Attached to the Delta 229 second stage in orbit is SURFSAT a small Caltech JPL package to test deep space communications and orbital VLBI radio astronomy transponders The Deep Space Network 32 GHz Ka band transponders will be used to study atmospheric transmission problems at those frequencies and the VLBI Ku and X band transponders will do tests of the ground system for Japan s VSOP and Russia s proposed Radioastron The SURFSAT package is part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Satellite project built by Caltech undergraduates The SURFSAT spacecraft is reported to be working well After releasing Radarsat Delta Surfsat maneuvered into a 934 x 1494 km x 100 6 deg orbit A Lockheed Martin Titan 4 Centaur was launched on Nov 6 from Cape Canaveral It placed in orbit the Milstar DFS 2 satellite which is scheduled to provide secure military communications from geostationary orbit Titan core vehicle K 21 placed the Centaur TC 13 stage in orbit Three Centaur burns were used to successively reach low earth parking

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