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  • 668 x 82 5 46A Fasat Alfa FACh Comsat RS Aug 31 Failed to sep from Sich 1 47A Soyuz TM 22 RKA Spaceship Sep 3 Docked to Mir Sep 5 48A Endeavour STS 69 NASA JSC Spaceship Sep 7 Landed at KSC Sep 18 48B Spartan 201 NASA GSFC Astronomy Sep 8 Retrieved by Endeavour Sep 10 48C WSF 2 SVEC Micrograv Sep 11 Retrieved by Endeavour Sep 14 49A Telstar 402R AT T Comsat Sep 24 35770 x 35803 x 0 1 89 0W 50A Resurs F 2 N 10 RKA Rem sens Sep 26 Landed in Russia Oct 26 51A Kosmos 2320 MO RF Recon Sep 29 235 x 372 x 64 9 52A Kosmos 2321 MO RF Navsat Oct 6 256 x 754 x 82 9 53A Progress M 29 RKA Cargo Oct 8 Deorbited over Pacific Dec 19 54A Luch 1 RKA Comsat Oct 11 35753 x 35818 x 2 9 77 1E 55A Astra 1E SES Comsat Oct 19 35766 x 35802 x 0 0 19 2E 56A Columbia STS 73 NASA JSC Spaceship Oct 20 Landed at KSC Nov 5 56A USML 2 NASA MSFC Lab Oct 20 Attached to Columbia 57A UHF F6 HCI USN Comsat Oct 22 35776 x 35797 x 5 0 105 3W Meteor EER Micrograv Oct 23 Destroyed during launch 58A Kosmos 2322 MO RF Sigint Oct 31 847 x 854 x 71 0 59A Radarsat CSA Rem sens Nov 4 790 x 792 x 98 6 59B SURFSAT NASA JPL Technology Nov 4 934 x 1494 x100 6 60A Milstar DFS 2 USAF Comsat Nov 6 35787 x 35787 x 10 0 61A Atlantis STS 74 NASA JSC Spaceship Nov 12 Landed at KSC Nov 20 61A 316GK SM RKA Lab Nov 12 Docked to Mir Nov 15 62A ISO ESA Astronomy Nov 17 1110 x 70504 x 5 1 63A Gals 2 Land Comsat Nov 17 35784 x 35788 x 0 2 70 9E 64A Asiasat 2 Asiasat Comsat Nov 28 35777 x 35798 x 0 4 100 5E 65A SOHO ESA Astronomy Dec 2 En route Earth Sun L1 point 66A USA 116 NRO CIA Recon Dec 5 250 x 976 x 98 7 67A Telecom 2C FT Comsat Dec 6 35777 x 35793 x 0 1 1 1E 67B Insat 2C ISRO Comsat Dec 6 35755 x 35817 x 0 2 92 5E 68A Kosmos 2323 MO RF Navsat Dec 14 18677 x 19133 x 64 8 68B Kosmos 2324 MO RF Navsat Dec 14 19133 x 19142 x 64 8 68C Kosmos 2325 MO RF Navsat Dec 14 19112 x 19147 x 64 8 69A Galaxy 3R HCI Comsat Dec 15 35756 x 35792 x 0 1 70A Progress M 30 RKA Cargo Dec 18 Docked to Mir Dec 20 71A Kosmos 2326 MO RF Elint Astr Dec 20 406 x 415 x 65 0 72A IRS 1C ISRO Rem sens Dec 28 805 x 817 x 98 6 72B Skipper BMDO MO

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  • Jan 10 AC 113 Atlas IIAS CC LC36B Jan 29 AC 112 Atlas II CC LC36A Mar 22 AC 115 Atlas IIAS CC LC36B Mar 24 45E Atlas E V SLC3W Apr 7 AC 114 Atlas IIA CC LC36A May 23 AC 77 Atlas I CC LC36B May 31 AC 116 Atlas II CC LC36A Jul 31 AC 118 Atlas IIA IABS CC LC36A Aug 29 AC 117 Atlas IIAS CC LC36B Oct 22 AC 119 Atlas II CC LC36A Dec 2 AC 121 Atlas IIAS CC LC36B Dec 15 AC 120 Atlas IIA CC LC36A Arianespace Ariane 11 Mar 28 V71 Ariane 44LP H10 CSG ELA2 Apr 21 V72 Ariane 40 H10 CSG ELA2 May 17 V73 Ariane 44LP H10 3 CSG ELA2 Jun 10 V74 Ariane 42P H10 3 CSG ELA2 Jul 7 V75 Ariane 40 H10 3 CSG ELA2 Aug 3 V76 Ariane 42L H10 CSG ELA2 Aug 29 V77 Ariane 44P H10 3 CSG ELA2 Sep 24 V78 Ariane 42L H10 CSG ELA2 Oct 19 V79 Ariane 42L H10 3 CSG ELA2 Nov 17 V80 Ariane 44P H10 3 CSG ELA2 Dec 6 V81 Ariane 44L H10 3 CSG ELA2 NASA Space Shuttle 7 Feb 3 STS 63 STS KSC LC39A Mar 2 STS 67 STS KSC LC39B Jun 27 STS 71 STS KSC LC39A Jul 13 STS 70 STS KSC LC39B Sep 7 STS 69 STS KSC LC39A Oct 20 STS 73 STS KSC LC39B Nov 12 STS 74 STS KSC LC39A Krunichev Proton K 7 Mar 7 Proton K DM 2 KB LC200 May 20 Proton K KB LC81 Jul 24 Proton K DM 2 KB LC200L Aug 30 Proton K DM 2 KB LC200L Oct 11 Proton K DM 2 KB LC81L Nov 17 Proton K DM 2 KB LC200L Dec 14 Proton

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  • of Thermal Technology Gals 2 was procured and delivered on orbit to Land by AO Informkosmos so change owner to Informkosmos Land The UNAMSAT was built by Moscow State University for UNAM Molniya 3 is probably owned by MSvyazi Russian Federation Ministry of Communications Finally it is more accurate to call the Foton and Resurs buses Zenit instead of Vostok the design is ultimately derived from the Vostok and Zenit spacecraft first built in 1960 63 In JSR 271B the Israeli Shaviyt was omitted from the summary table and an extra Zenit appeared mysteriously The totals should have read 80 launches not 79 The Soyuz launchers are from TsSKB Progress not Energiya Recent Launches IRS 1C raised its orbit on Jan 1 from 805 x 817 km to 816 x 818 km The Skipper satellite JSR270 will investigate UV emission from a body entering the Earth s atmosphere It will dip in and out of the atmosphere in a low perigee orbit Thanks to Gunter Krebs for info However as of Jan 10 Skipper was still being recorded by Space Command in its original 804 x 813 km orbit To be more precise there are three objects from the 1995 72 launch Object A identified as IRS raised its orbit Objects B and C which I am assuming are Skipper and the 2BL rocket stage are in the 804 x 813 km orbit Space Command has not as far as I know identified either object as Skipper It is possible that Skipper is actually a fourth uncataloged object but at the moment I find this unlikely Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Dec 2 0808 SOHO Atlas IIAS Canaveral LC36B Astronomy 65A Dec 5 2118 USA 116 Titan 4 Vandenberg SLC4E Recon 66A

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  • depress to repress or 6h 53m 41s on battery power to repress the official NASA number Scott tested out the thermal modifications to the spacesuit by standing in shadow on the Spartan Flight Support Structure while the Orbiter was turned to make the payload bay as cold as possible Endeavour closed its payload bay doors early on Jan 20 firing its braking rockets at 0641 UTC and reentered to a nighttime landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center at 0742 UTC on Jan 20 The next Shuttle mission is STS 75 with orbiter Columbia and the reflight of the 20 km long tethered satellite which failed on its first flight in 1992 Errata I was wrong Fred Cerkan informs me that STS 72 was not the first flight with no TAL requirement STS 1 the very first mission had no TAL requirement or TAL capability IRS 1C s panchromatic camera has a resolution of under 6 m not 10m as I said earlier Thanks to several readers for the correction Request for Info Know anyone who worked for ABL in the 1960s I m trying to find information on the MG 18 rocket a version of the X 258 Altair II used as an upper stage on Scout and Thor Any info welcome Recent Launches Ariane V82 was launched on Jan 12 from Kourou It was an Ariane 44L model with the H 10 III upper stage V82 carried two communications satellites PAS 3R and Measat 1 PAS 3R is a Hughes HS 601 comsat with a launch mass of 2918 kg to provide C and Ku band communications and television broadcasting services for the Atlantic Ocean region It is due to be stationed at 43 deg W and carries 16 C band and 16 Ku band transponders PAS 3R replaces PAS 3 lost in a launch accident in 1994 MEASAT 1 Malaysia East Asia Satellite is another Hughes satellite this time the older HS 376 spin stabilized model Measat 1 is owned by Binariang Sdn Bhd the Malaysian telecommunications agency and will provide C and Ku band telecommunications services over Malaysia and the rest of SE Asia Delta 231 was launched on Jan 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Station and successfully rocketed to geostationary transfer orbit of 1357 x 35418 km x 21 0 deg Payload of Delta 231 was Koreasat 2 a Lockheed Martin Astro Space AS3000 class comsat Koreasat 1 launched last year used up half its stationkeeping fuel reaching geostationary orbit after a launch malfunction left it in a lower than normal transfer orbit The Koreasat Mugunghwa satellites are owned by Korea Telecom The McDonnell Douglas launch vehicle was a 7925 model Kosmos 2327 was launched on Jan 16 from Plesetsk into a 947 x 1020 km x 83 0 deg orbit characteristic of a navigation satellite in the Parus series It is in the same plane as the Parus satellite launched in Nov 1993 and named Kosmos 2266 The ground track is consistent with

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  • Franco Malerba Horowitz Cheli and Guidoni are making their first flights Recent Launches A Gorizont broadcasting satellite was launched from Baykonur on Jan 25 It used a Proton K launch vehicle with a standard Blok DM2 upper stage Gorizont satellites provide C and Ku band communications and are built by NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki of Krasnoyarsk Mikhail Reshetnev founder of NPO PM and one of the last of the surviving Chief Designers of the early Soviet space program died on Jan 29 The first Atlas launch of the year came in the early hours of Feb 1 The Indonesian satellite Palapa C 1 a Hughes HS 601 spacecraft was launched by a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS from Cape Canaveral Centaur AC 126 placed Palapa in a supersynchronous transfer orbit of 240 x 89462 km x 21 9 deg The apogee will slowly be lowered to synchronous altitude Indonesia was the first developing country to purchase a domestic satellite communications system the HS 333 class Palapa A satellites began linking the islands of the Indonesian archipelago in 1976 They were replaced by HS 376 class Palapa B satellites in the 1980s starting with Palapa B 1 launched on Shuttle mission 7 Sally Ride s flight in 1983 The GOES 3 weather satellite arrived at 103W in January It had been drifting from 180W since early 1995 Locations of recently launched geostationary satellites Gals No 2 71 0E Asiasat 2 100 5E Telecom 2C 1 2E Insat 2C 92 4E Galaxy 3R 95 0W Echostar 1 119 2W PAS 3R 42 8W 0 10W d Jan 31 Measat 1 91 6E Koreasat 2 117 4E 0 9W d Feb 1 Gorizont 40 8E 1 0W d Feb 2 Palapa C1 Transfer orbit Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission

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  • built by Space Systems Loral for the Japanese telecommunications company NTT N STAR b uses the FS 1300 bus N STAR b entered a 127 x 37111 km x 6 9 deg transfer orbit raised by Feb 6 to 6723 x 35780 km x 3 6 deg and again by Feb 8 to 29236 x 35766 km x 0 5 deg Japan s National Space Development Agency NASDA and Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences ISAS have test flown the new J 1 launch vehicle in its two stage version The first stage is the NASDA H II SRB solid rocket strapon for the H II and the second stage is the M23 second stage from the ISAS Mu 3S II launch vehicle A three stage orbital version of J 1 will also use the M3B third stage from Mu 3S II J 1 1F was launched from Tanegashima s Osaki Range H 1 J 1 launch pad previously used for the N and H I launch vehicles at 2300 UTC on Feb 11 The M23 stage of the J 1 with the HYFLEX payload attached was expected to reach an apogee of 110 km on its suborbital flight At 2304 UTC the HYFLEX payload separated from the M23 stage onto a descending suborbital trajectory HYFLEX is a lifting body developed by NASDA and the NAL National Aerospace Lab to develop shuttle technology It has ceramic heat shield tiles and a gaseous nitrogen reaction control system After reentry max Mach number of 15 it splashed down by parachute 300 km NE of the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific NASDA has a downrange station at Ogasawara A flotation bag attachment device failed and HYFLEX sank in the ocean Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES

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  • UTC The first of NASA s Discovery planetary series NEAR Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous is built by the Applied Physics Lab APL of Johns Hopkins University The Delta 7925 8 launches NEAR into solar orbit with perihelion of about 1 0 AU and aphelion of about 2 5 AU anyone with accurate orbital data please send me the details In Jun 1997 NEAR flies past minor planet 253 Mathilde and in Jul 1997 it makes a course correction for an Earth flyby in Jan 1998 The Earth flyby at an altitude of about 480 km lowers aphelion to around 1 7 AU In Jan 1999 NEAR makes rendezvous with minor planet 433 Eros and enters orbit around it The 805 kg spacecraft carries a liquid propellant engine with a 100 lb thruster a multispectral imaging camera an X gamma ray spectrometer to study asteroid composition a near infrared spectrograph a magnetometer a laser rangefinder and an X band communications transponder used for tracking The Delta second stage placed NEAR in a 185 km parking orbit at 2052 UTC it ignited again at 2105 and burned for 3 minutes At 2109 the PAM D third stage solid motor ignited at around 2111 the PAM D separated and NEAR began to deploy its solar panels The Canberra tracking station confirmed successful launch at around 2200 UTC Obituary Spaceflight journalist and analyst Joel Runes died of a heart attack on Jan 11 Joel was a frequent contributor of information to this newsletter and a nice guy whose friendship analytical skills and common sense were greatly valued A former Goddard Space Flight Center engineer Joel lived in Florida and reported in detail on every launch from the Cape Mikhail Reshetnev died on Jan 26 not Jan 29 thanks Maxim Table of Recent Launches Date

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  • on Feb 19 The three stage Proton K launch vehicle entered a 185 km circular orbit inclined at 51 6 deg to the equator The Raduga and the Blok DM2 upper stage separated from the Proton K s third stage and the Blok DM2 ignited for its first burn placing the spacecraft in a 241 x 36502 km x 48 6 deg transfer orbit The Blok DM2 should have restarted six hours later at apogee to circularize the orbit at geostationary altitude but this did not occur and the payload separated in transfer orbit This is the first failure of a Blok DM2 stage since Feb 1988 when three Glonass Uragan satellites were stranded in low orbit Six small comsats were launched by a Tsiklon 3 rocket from Plesetsk on Feb 19 Three of the satellites replenished the existing Strela military network while three were the new Gonets civilian variant The satellites were placed in 1400 km circular orbits with an inclination of 82 6 deg Table of Recent Launches Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Jan 11 0941 Endeavour Shuttle Kennedy LC39 Spaceship 01A Jan 12 2310 Panamsat 3R Ariane 44L Kourou ELA2 Comsat 02A Measat 1 Comsat 02B Jan 14 1111 Koreasat 2 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17B Comsat 03A Jan 14 1132 OAST Flyer OV105 LEO Science 01B Jan 16 1533 Kosmos 2327 Kosmos 3M Plesetsk LC132 Navsat 04A Jan 25 0956 Gorizont Proton K DM2 Baykonur LC200 Comsat 05A Feb 1 0115 Palapa C 1 Atlas IIAS Canaveral LC36B Comsat 06A Feb 5 0719 N STAR b Ariane 44P Kourou ELA2 Comsat 07A Feb 14 1901 Intelsat 708 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang Comsat FTO Feb 17 2043 NEAR Delta 7925 8 Canaveral LC17B Space probe 08A Feb 19 0100 Gonets D1 09A Gonets D1

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