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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 731 draft                                                 2016 Sep 15    Somerville, MA
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JSR 730 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.730

International Space Station
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Expedition 49 continues.

The Nanoracks NRCSD-9 dispenser was extracted from Kibo's airlock on Sep 14
and eight Flock 2e-Prime cubesats for Planet were deployed. These were the final
payloads from a batch delivered aboard Cygnus OA-6.

Tiangong 2
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China's second space laboratory was launched on Sep 15. Tiangong 2 has a mass
of 8600 km and was launched into a low perigee orbit by a CZ-2F rocket.
On Sep 16 at about 0904 UTC the lab raised its orbit from an initial 197 x 373 km
to 369 x 378 km x 42.8 deg.

Tiangong 2 is currently catalog 41766, but this may change.

The latest Chinese discussion of Tiangong 1 is more explicit than previous
reports in its confirmation that the old spacelab will reenter naturally
rather than be deorbited. Reentry will probably occur sometime in the second
half of 2017. Tiangong-1's current orbit is 358 x 380 km x 42.8 deg,
and its last orbit raising burn occurred on 2015 Dec 16.



Vega VV07
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Arianespace's Vega rocket made its 7th flight from Kourou on Sep 16.
The AVUM upper stage made two burns to deploy TerraBella's SkySat 4 to 7
in a 500 km orbit at 0224 UTC, and then two further burns to put PeruSAT-1 in
a 677 km orbit at 0326 UTC. The AVUM made a final burn to deorbit itself
in the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra.


IS-33e
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Intelsat's IS-33e communications satellite, a Boeing BSS-702MP model, has
suffered a failure of its main Leros apogee thruster in geotransfer orbit.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
                                                                                                      km      km   deg

Sep  8 1120   Insat-3DR             GSLV Mk II       Satish Dawan SLP  Weather       54A    S41752    152 x 35935 x  20.6
Sep  8 2305   OSIRIS-REx            Atlas V 411      Canaveral SLC41   Space probe   55A    S41757    203 x-40174 x  29.5 Escape
Sep 13 1348?  'Ofeq-11              Shavit           Palmachim         Imaging       56A    S41759    250? x  600? x141?
Sep 14 1525   Flock 2e'-13  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KH  S41761    401? x  409? x 51.6
              Flock 2e'-14  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KJ  S41762    401? x  409? x 51.6
Sep 14 2315   Flock 2e'-15  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KK  S41764    401? x  409? x 51.6
              Flock 2e'-16  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KL  S41763    401? x  409? x 51.6
Sep 15 0235   Flock 2e'-17  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KN  S41776    401? x  409? x 51.6
              Flock 2e'-18  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KM  S41769    401? x  409? x 51.6
Sep 15 0540   Flock 2e'-19  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KQ  S41782    401? x  409? x 51.6
              Flock 2e'-20  )                         ISS, LEO         Imaging      9867KP  S41777    401? x  409? x 51.6
Sep 15 1404   Tiangong-2            Chang Zheng 2F   Jiuquan           Space lab     57B    S41766    181  x  430  x 42.9
Sep 16 0143   PeruSAT-1      )      Vega             Kourou            Imaging       58A    S41770    676  x  678  x 98.2
              SkySat-4       )                                         Imaging       58D    S41773    501  x  502  x 97.4
              SkySat-5       )                                         Imaging       58E    S41774    501  x  502  x 97.4
              SkySat-6       )                                         Imaging       58B    S41771    497  x  506  x 97.4
              SkySat-7       )                                         Imaging       58C    S41772    501  x  503  x 97.4
Sep 26 0342   ScatSat-1   )         PSLV             Satish Dhawan FLP Ocean winds   59A    
              Pratham     )                                            Tech          59
              PISAT       )                                            Tech          59
              Pathfinder 1)                                            Imaging       59
              CanX-7      )                                            Tech          59
              ALSAT-1B    )                                            Imaging       59
              ALSAT-2B    )                                            Imaging       59
              ALSAT-Nano  )                                            Tech          59
 


Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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Date UT       Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle      Site                  Mission    Apogee/km    Target

Aug 31        RV x 4?        Trident II D-5      SSBN 738, Eastern Range Test         1000?      Atlantic Ocean
Sep  5 0314   RV               Hwasong-ER?         Hwangju, N Korea      Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Sep  5 0314   RV               Hwasong-ER?         Hwangju, N Korea      Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Sep  5 0314   RV               Hwasong-ER?         Hwangju, N Korea      Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Sep  5 0910   GT219GM          Minuteman 3         Vandenberg AFB LF04   Op. test.    1300?      Kwajalein
Sep 27        RV               Bulava             K-535, White Sea       Test         1000?      Kura, Kamchatka

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