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Jonathan's Space Report No. 709 draft 2015 Feb 3 Somerville, MA --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The previous latest.html is now at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.708 International Space Station --------------------------- Expedition 42 continues with commander Barry Wilmore, FE-1 Aleksandr Samokutyaev, FE-2 Elena Serova, FE-3 Anton Shkaplerov, FE-4 Samantha Cristoforetti, and FE-5 Terry Virts. Soyuz TMA-14M is docked at Poisk; Soyuz TMA-15M is docked at Rassvet; Progress M-25M is docked at Pirs and Progress M-26M at Zvezda. ISS cubesat deploys resumed on Feb 5 after a five-month hiatus following deployer problems. Brazil's AESP-14 cubesat was ejected at 1250 UTC Feb 5, but appears not to be transmitting. The Dragon CRS-5 cargo vehicle was unberthed form Harmony at about 1700 UTC Feb 10 by the SSRMS arm, which released it at 1910 UTC. The Dragon made its deorbit burn at 2349 UTC, with trunk separation at 0005 UTC Feb 11 and splashdown at about 0044 UTC. Six of the PlanetLabs Flock-1b cubesats (Nos. 3, 4, 13, 14, 19, 20) were returned to Earth aboard CRS-5 without having been deployed, after 212 days in space. (Thanks to H. Hallam of PlanetLabs for data). The European cargo ship ATV-5 "Georges Lemaître" undocked from the ISS Zvezda module at 1342 UTC Feb 14 and was deorbited over the Pacific on Feb 15. The Russian cargo ship Progress M-26M was launched on Feb 17 at 1100 UTC and docked with Zvezda at 1657 UTC the same day. On Feb 21 astronauts Wilmore and Virts made spacewalk US EVA-29 from the Quest module. The crew lock was depressurized by 1240 UTC and the hatch opened at 1242 UTC. The astronauts took the two IDA Cable Bags, A and B, and installed them on the end of the Harmony module. I believe the bags were launched aboard Dragon CRS-5. Each bag contained four IPIM (IDA Preparation ISS Mod) cables which will route power and data to the IDA-1 and IDA-2 international docking adapters. The IDAs will be installed on the PMA-2 and PMA-3 Shuttle docking ports later this year to allow direct docking of Dragon and CST-100 ships to the Station. Cables W2254, W2256, W2258, and W2262 from Bag A and W2252, W2272 from Bag B were installed and routed between PMA-2, Harmony and Destiny. Bag A was returned to the airlock at the end of the spacewalk. Cables W2264 and W2253 remain in Bag B and would be installed on the next EVA. The astronauts closed the Quest hatch at around 1918 UTC and began airlock repressurization at 1926 UTC. On Feb 25, Wilmore and Virts headed out again on US EVA-30. The remaining two cables were installed, and the soft thermal cover was removed from the PMA-2 docking port. The cover was launched on HTV-3 in Jul 2012 and installed on PMA-2 during spacewalk US EVA-22 on 2013 Jul 9. The cover and IDA Bag B were returned to the airlock, after which Virts performed several hours of lubrication work on the Canadarm-2's LEE-A (Latching End Effector, the part that actually grabs things) and Wilmore installed wire ties on the P1 and S1 truss segments to prepare for communications cabling on the next EVA. The spacewalk begain with airlock depressurization around 1142 UTC and hatch opening around 1148 UTC, with the astronauts on battery power at 1151 UTC. The hatch was closed at 1829 UTC and repressurization was at 1834 UTC. The third and last in the current set of spacewalks, EVA-31 on Mar 1, saw the installation of the C2V2 antennae and associated cabling on the P3 and S3 truss segments. The C2V2 system will provide communications links to the Dragon 2 and CST-100 visting commercial crew spaceships. On Feb 27 deployments of PlanetLabs cubesats resumed with the ejection of Flock 1b-27, 28. These satellites were launched on Cygnus ORB-2 last July. IXV --- The Arianespace/ESA Vega rocket made its fourth flight from Kourou on Feb 11. The Vega VV04 took off at 1340 UTC, with the AVUM 4th stage entering a 76 x 416 km x 5.4 deg orbit at 1353 UTC. The payload was ESA's Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, the IXV, an 1845 kg reentry vehicle to study hypersonic aerothermodynamics. The IXV reentered over the Pacific at 1444 UTC, with parachute deployment at 1509 UTC and splashdown at 123W 3N at about 1518 UTC. The AVUM stage made a second burn at apogee at 1411 UTC. Although details have not been officially revealed, according to user SCE on the Novosti Kosmonavtiki forum, it entered a 220 x 430 km x 5 deg orbit. A third burn followed at 1529 UTC as the AVUM passed over Kourou again, to deorbit the stage after one trip around Earth; the AVUM reentered over the Indian Ocean around 1600 to 1615 UTC. By traditional NORAD rules, the AVUM stage should have received a launch number of 2015-007 and a catalog number, but this appears not to have happened. I have therefore added it to my supplementary catalog of unnumbered objects, and given the launch a designation in my 'U' series, 2015-U01. The last such case was 1995-U01, the Japanese launch of Germany's EXPRESS, which made several orbits but was not cataloged. I am also interested in launches which had orbital energy even if they did not complete one orbit; these do not deserve launch numbers by the old NORAD rules, but I assign U codes to them too. Recent examples are 2001-U01 (Taurus 6 launch failure); 2003-U01 (Chinese KT-1 launch failure); 2004-U01 (Soyuz-2-1A suborbital test); 2013-U01 (Chinese Kunpeng-7 high altitude probe). Reports that ASTRO E made it to a postive-perigee orbit of 80 x 410 km led me to give it designation 2000-U01, but more recent information makes it more likely that the perigee was negative, perhaps -1200 km. Fajr ---- Iran's Fajr satellite does not seem to have made any orbital maneuvers. The orbit decayed from an initial 223 x 470 km to 196 x 293 km by Feb 22, and then after falling to 134 x 155 km early on Feb 26 it reentered. The Safir rocket stage orbit decayed a bit more slowly, and was 203 x 325 km on Feb 26. ABS/Eutelsat ------------ SpaceX launched the 16th Falcon 9 on Mar 2 carrying a dual communications satellite payload to supersynchronous transfer orbit. Falcon 9 reached a 174 x 953 km parking orbit 9 min after launch, and then made a second burn over the equator to reach about 391 x 63452 km x 24.8 deg. This orbit appears to be about 500 km lower in apogee (corresponding to only 10 meters per second shortfall in velocity) than planned. The two payloads were 2000 kg Boeing BSS-702SP models with XIPS-25 ion thrusters as their main propulsion system. ABS-3A, for Asia Broadcast Satellite of Hong Kong, was launched directly attached to the lower satellite, Eutelsat 115 West B, until it separated from the stack following stage 2 second cutoff. Eutelsat 115 West B is owned by Eutelsat Americas (Mexico City), and was called Satmex 7. Satmex was taken over by Europe's Eutelsat and renamed Eutelsat Americas in Mar 2014. TigriSat -------- Italy has registered the TigriSat satellite (see JSR 699) with the UN, noting that it is owned by the Univ. Roma La Sapienza, despite the fact that earlier Iraqi media reports suggested that the satellite was Iraqi-funded and -owned. The satellite was built by Iraqi students studying at the Italian university. DMSP F-13 --------- 26 new debris objects have been cataloged associated with the DMSP F-13 satellite, a US Air Force weather satellite which was launched in 1995 and has been semi-retired since 2009. According to calculations by T.S. Kelso, the debris was released on Feb 3. It is not yet known whether the debris comes from an internal event like a battery explosions, or an external collision. Table of Recent (orbital) Launches ---------------------------------- Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes km km deg Jan 10 0947 Dragon CRS-5 Falcon 9 v1.1 Canaveral SLC40 Cargo 01A S40370 400 x 408 x 51.7 ISS Jan 21 0104 MUOS 3 Atlas V 551 Canaveral SLC41 Comms 02A S40374 5592 x 35788 x 16.7 Jan 31 1422 SMAP ) Delta 7320-10C Vandenberg SLC2W Atm.Science 03A S40376 660 x 686 x 98.1 0600LT FIREBIRD IIA ) Space sci. 03B S40377 438 x 669 x 99.1 0600LT FIREBIRD IIB ) Space sci. 03C S40378 438 x 669 x 99.1 0600LT GRIFEX ) Tech 03D S40379 438 x 669 x 99.1 0600LT ExoCube CP10 ) Atm.Science 03E S40380 437 x 670 x 99.1 0600LT Feb 1 0121 IGS Radar Spare H-IIA 202 Tanegashima Radar Imager 04A S40381 490 x 511 x 97.5 Feb 1 1231 Inmarsat 5F2 Proton-M/Briz-M Baykonur LC200/39 Comms 05A S40384 4366 x 64968 x 26.8 Feb 2 0850? Fajr Safir Semnan Imaging 06A S40387 224 x 469 x 55.5 Feb 5 1250? AESP-14 - Kibo RMS, ISS Tech 98-67FM S40389 397 x 405 x 51.6 Feb 11 1340 IXV ) Vega Kourou ZLV Reentry Test U01 A08334 76 x 416 x 5.4 AVUM VV04 ) Tech U01 A08335 220 x 430 x 5.4 Feb 11 2303 DSCOVR Falcon 9 v1.1 Canaveral SLC40 Space sci 07A S40390 187 x1371156 x 33.1 Feb 17 1100 Progress M-26M Soyuz-U Baykonur LC1/5 Cargo 08A S40392 186 x 237 x 51.6 Docked ISS Feb 27 1101 Kosmos-2503 Soyuz-2-1A Plesetsk LC43/4 Imaging 09A S40420 327 x 539 x 97.6 0245LT Feb 27 1430 Flock 1b-27 ) ISS Kibo, LEO Imaging 98-67FN S40422 396 x 404 x 51.7 Flock 1b-28 ) Imaging 98-67FP S40423 396 x 404 x 51.7 Mar 2 0125 Flock 1b-21 ) ISS Kibo, LEO Imaging 98-67FQ S40424? Flock 1b-22 ) Imaging 98-67FR S40425? Mar 2 0350 ABS-3A ) Falcon 9 v1.1 Canaveral SLC40 Comms 10A? Eutel.115 West B ) Comms 10B? Mar 2 0845 Flock 1b-9 ) ISS Kibo, LEO Imaging 98-67FS Flock 1b-10 ) Imaging 98-67FT Mar 3 0300 Flock 1d'-1 ) ISS Kibo, LEO Imaging 98-67FU Flock 1d'-2 ) Imaging 98-67FV Mar 3 1050 Flock 1b-5 ) ISS Kibo, LEO Imaging 98-67FW Flock 1b-6 ) Imaging 98-67FX Mar 4 0120 TechEdSat-4 ) ISS Kibo, LEO Tech 98-67FY GEARRSat ) Comms 98-67FZ Table of Recent (suborbital) Launches ---------------------------------- Bill Gertz (Washington Free Beacon) reports launch on Jan 23 of a new North Korean missile, called KN-11 by the US government, from a submerged test pad. Three rockets were launched from Wallops over a 30 second period on Feb 24 for the FTX-19 experiment in which several US Navy Aegis missile defense ships tracked the rocket payloads. This was basically a software test and no Aegis interceptor missiles were launched. The MOSC 2 (Metal Oxide Space Cloud) experiment from the US Air Force Research Lab was launched on Feb 25 on a NASA sounding rocket, flight 36.299DR. The US Navy test-launched two Trident missiles on Feb 22 off the coast of California, probably sending its reentry vehicles (RVs) towards Kwajalein. The Pacific Ocean launches of Trident are treated with more secrecy than East Coast ones, and it is not known which Ohio-class sub performed the launches. Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Jan 23 RV JL-2 Sub, Yellow Sea? Test 1000? Jan 23 RV KN-11 Sinpo, N Korea? Test ? Jan 26 0913 NASA 46.009UE Terrier Imp. Mal. Poker Flat Atmosphere 160? Jan 26 0914 NASA 41.111UE Terrier Orion Poker Flat Atmosphere 130? Jan 26 0946 NASA 46.010UE Terrier Imp. Mal. Poker Flat Atmosphere 160? Jan 26 0947 NASA 41.112UE Terrier Orion Poker Flat Atmosphere 130? Jan 28 1041 NASA 49.002UE Oriole IV Poker Flat Aurora 590? Jan 31 0236 RV Agni V Chandipur Test 800 Feb 19 2206 ICI-4 VS-30/Imp. Orion Andoya Aurora 365 Feb 22 0752 Cryofenix VSB-30 Kiruna Tech 265 Feb 22 USN RV ) Trident II D-5 SSBN, Pacific Test 1000? USN RV ) USN RV ) USN RV ) Feb 22 USN RV ) Trident II D-5 SSBN, Pacific Test 1000? USN RV ) USN RV ) USN RV ) Feb 24 0730 FTX-19 Target Terrier Oriole Wallops I Target 150? Feb 24 0730 FTX-19 Target Terrier Oriole Wallops I Target 150? Feb 24 0730 FTX-19 Target Terrier Oriole Wallops I Target 150? Feb 25 1226 NASA 36.299DR Black Brant IX White Sands Ionosphere 300? .-------------------------------------------------------------------------. | Jonathan McDowell | | | Somerville MA 02143 | inter : planet4589 at gmail | | USA | twitter: @planet4589 | | | | JSR: http://www.planet4589.org/jsr.html | | Back issues: http://www.planet4589.org/space/jsr/back | | Subscribe/unsub: http://www.planet4589.org/mailman/listinfo/jsr | '-------------------------------------------------------------------------'