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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 700 draft                                          2014 Jul 13  Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 40 is continuing with ISS in a 411 x 417 km x 51.7 deg orbit.

The SS Janice Voss cargo freighter, on flight Orb-2, has arrived at the
ISS. The SSRMS arm grappled it at 1036 UTC on Jul 16 and berthed it on
the Harmony module at 1253 UTC. Progress M-42M (vehicle 423) was
launched on Jul 23 on flight 56P into a 189 x 204 km orbit; 
it docked with the Pirs module at 0331 UTC Jul 24.

Orbcomm
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 flew to a 614 x 749 km x 47.0 deg orbit on Jul 14 to deploy
a set of six VHF messaging relay satellites for Orbcomm. The second stage
carried two ESPA rings (developed for EELV auxilary payloads) each carrying
four slots for the 172 kg satellites; the two extra slots were filled with
mass dummies which remained attached.

The Falcon 9 first stage made a flyback maneuver and deployed landing legs
as part of engineering tests for future recovery; the stage was destroyed
as it landed on the ocean.

Foton-M
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Foton-M No. 4 was launched from Baykonur on Jul 18 by a Soyuz-2-1A into
a 252 x 552 km x 64.9 deg orbit. This Foton-M, while retaining the
Vostok spherical cabin, uses the new extended length service module
(probably derived from the Yantar' series?). Microgravity and life
sciences experiments are on board; life science speciments include geckos and tardigrades;
I don't know the specific species of gecko used. The return capsule
includes samples exposed on the exterior for reentry studies.

On Jul 24 it was revealed that the satellite was not responding to ground
commands, although it continued to send back telemetry.

Nicolas Pillet points out that this mission is the first 34KSM Foton-M spacecraft;
the previous three missions, although named Foton-M, were spacecraft number 13 to 15
in the original 34KS Foton series.

Cassini
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Cassini completed the T-103 flyby of Titan at 1042 UTC Jul 20. Closest
approach was 5103 km above that world. Cassini is now in a 909900 x 2852000 km x 48.0 deg
orbit around Saturn, and will reach apoapsis (apochronon) 208 on Aug 3.

ISEE-3
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ISEE-3 continues to approach its lunar flyby as the Reboot Project begins science operations
with it. The probe's propulsion system is not working and attempts to recapture the satellite in the
Earth-Moon system have been abandoned.

AFSPC-4
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United Launch Alliance launched a Delta 4 rocket on Jul 28 with three
payloads. GSSAP 1 and 2, built by Orbital for US Air Force Space
Command, will catalog satellites and space debris in geostationary 
orbit. ANGELS is a smaller satellite, around 70 kg, for the Air Force
Research Lab  and will make observations of the Delta rocket's second stage
at ranges from 50 km down to a few km, for further development of satellite
inspection technology.



Erratum
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Canopus Systems is an independent affiliate of Dauria Aerospace, not a subsidiary.
Thanks to Tomas Svitek for the clarification.


Table of Recent (orbital) Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission    INTL.  


Jul  2 0956   OCO-2              Delta 7320       Vandenberg SLC2W   Science      35A
Jul  3 1243   Gonets-M No. 18 )  Rokot            Plesetsk LC133/4   Comms        36A            
              Gonets-M No. 19 )                                      Comms        36B
              Gonets-M No. 20 )                                      Comms        36C
Jul  8 1558   Meteor-M No. 2 )   Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Baykonur LC31     Weather      37A
              Relek          )                                       Space sci    37B
              TDS-1          )                                       Tech         37H
              SkySat-2       )                                       Imaging      37D
              DX-1           )                                       Tech         37C
              AISSAT-2       )                                       Comms AIS    37G
              UKube-1        )                                       Tech         37F
Jul 10 1855   O3b No. 3    )     Soyuz ST-B/Fregat CSG ELS           Comms        38D
              O3b No. 6    )                                         Comms        38C
              O3b No. 7    )                                         Comms        38B
              O3b No. 8    )                                         Comms        38A
Jul 13 1652   SS Janice Voss     Antares 120       Wallops MARS LA0  Cargo        39A
Jul 14 1515   Orbcomm OG2-3   )  Falcon 9 v1.1     Canaveral SLC40   Comms        40F
              Orbcomm OG2-4   )                                      Comms        40E
              Orbcomm OG2-6   )                                      Comms        40C
              Orbcomm OG2-7   )                                      Comms        40B
              Orbcomm OG2-9   )                                      Comms        40A
              Orbcomm OG2-11  )                                      Comms        40D
Jul 18 2050   Foton-M No. 4      Soyuz-2-1A        Baykonur LC31     Micrograv    41A
Jul 23 2144   Progress M-24M     Soyuz-U           Baykonur LC1      Cargo        42A
Jul 28 2328   GSSAP-1  )         Delta 4M+(4,2)    Canaveral SLC37B  Tracking     43
              GSSAP-2  )                                             Tracking     43
              ANGELS   )                                             Tracking     43
Jul 29 2347   Georges Lematire   Ariane 5ES        Kourou ELA3       Cargo        44A

Suborbital missions
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Reports from northern China suggest a missile test of some kind occured on Jul 10 but this
has not been confirmed. However China did carry out a missile defense test on Jul 23.


Table of Recent (suborbital) Launches
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Date UT     Payload/Flt Name  Launch Vehicle  Site                   Mission    Apogee/km

Jul  9 1200   Dummy satellite  Angara-1.2PP        Plesetsk LC35/1  Test          188
Jul 12 1620   Hwasong 6 RV?    Hwasong 6?          Chiha?           Test          100?
Jul 12 1620   Hwasong 6 RV?    Hwasong 6?          Chiha?           Test          100?
Jul 22 1910   NASA 36.289US    Black Brant IX      White Sands      Solar EUV     320
Jul 23        Target           Unknown             Jiuquan?         Test?         100?
Jul 23        Interceptor      Unknown             Korla?           Test?         100?


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