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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 737(b)                                               2017 Apr 21   Somerville, MA
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I've upgraded to a new server, so let me know if you find problems, or
missing files on the web site. I don't think my first attempt to send this
got to any of you - apologies if this is a repeat.

International Space Station
---------------------------

Expedition 51 began with the undocking of Soyuz MS-02 from Poisk. Soyuz MS-03 is
docked at Rassvet. Progress MS-05 is docked at Pirs. 

On Mar 24 Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet, in suits EMU 3008 and
3006, completed spacewalk US EVA-40 from the Quest airlock. The airlock
was depressurized below 50 mbar at 1116 UTC and repressurized at 1758
UTC. The astronauts replaced the EXT-2 MDM computer (old S/N: MDM-16E-0102;
new S/N not known) on the S0 truss,
lubricated the LEE end-effector on the Dextre robot arm, replaced
cameras on the Kibo Exposed Facility and a light on one of the CETA
carts, and disconnected cables joining the PMA-3 docking unit to the
Tranquility node. After the EVA, PMA-3 was removed from Node 3 and
reinstalled on Node 2.

PMA-3 (Pressurized Mating Adapter 3) is one of the most-relocated and
least-used major components of the ISS. PMA-1 joins Unity to Zarya;
PMA-2, originally at the other end of Unity, now is on the end of the
Harmony module and was used for almost all Shuttle dockings. PMA-3 was
used for only two dockings, STS-97 and STS-98 in 2000-2001. It was
installed at Unity nadir on 2000 Oct 16 and the Canadarm-2 used to move
it to new locations subsequently. In its new location it will be covered
with one of the new International Docking Adapters, IDA-3, and used for
Dragon-2 and Starliner dockings.

   2000 Oct 16   Installed at Unity nadir
   2001 Mar 11   Moved to Unity port
   2007 Aug 30   Moved to Unity nadir
   2009 Aug  7   Moved to Unity port
   2010 Jan 23   Moved to Harmony zenith
   2010 Feb 16   Moved to Tranquility aft (port)
   2017 Mar 26   Moved to Harmony zenith

On Mar 30, Kimbrough and Whitson carried out spacewalk EVA-41. The Quest
airlock was depressurized at 1122 UTC and repressurized at 1833 UTC. The
astronauts, again in suits 3008 and 3006, emerged between 1136 and 1144
UTC. The old EXT-1 MDM computer, MDM-16E-0103, was removed from S0 and
replaced by a new one. Whitson removed the fabric cover from the
relocated PMA-3  docking unit, but needed Kimbrough's help to stuff it
into the cover bag needed to take it back to the airlock, which was done
by 1319 UTC. The next tasks was to install debris shields on the newly
empty axial port on Node 3. Four shields were taken from near the
airlock to Node 3 bundled in pairs. Unfortunately shield 1, being
installed by Kimbrough, came loose and floated away at about 1357 UTC;
it was cataloged in orbit as 1998-067LF (SSN 42434). After the remaining
shields were installed, the astronauts retrieved the PMA-3 cover bag
once more, unpacked the cover and pinned it down to cover the empty
quadrant. Finally, additional shields were added to the base of PMA-3 in
its new location.

On Apr 3, the Zvezda main engines were used to reboost the ISS orbit,
increasing orbital period by 1.5 seconds.

On Apr 10, Soyuz MS-02 undocked from Poisk at 0757 UTC and landed in
Kazakhstan at 1120 UTC, returing Ryzhikov, Borisenko and Kimbrough to
Earth. Peggy Whitson became ISS commander of Expedition 51.

On Apr 20, Soyuz MS-04 was launched from Baykonur and docked with the
Poisk module 6hr 4min later. Soyuz commander was Fyodor Yurchikin
and flight engineer was Jack Fischer. This was the first two-person
Soyuz mission in 14 years (Soyuz TMA-2 in Apr 2003), as Russia scales
back its ISS crew pending completion of the delayed Nauka module.

On Apr 18, Cygnus mission OA-7, the S.S. John Glenn, was launched
on ULA Atlas AV-070 from Cape Canaveral. The 7221 kg cargo ship
carries about 140 kg of small satellites for later deployment
and about 3250 kg of other cargo. OA-7 is expected to arrive
at ISS on Apr 22.


SES-10 and Falcon 9 reuse
--------------------------

On Mar 30 SpaceX launched the 5300 kg SES-10 communications satellite
into a 246 x 35673 km x 26.2 deg geotransfer orbit. After several orbit
raising burns SES-10 reached a 35775 x 35796 km x 0.1 deg geostationary
orbit at 68.5W on Apr 11. The Falcon 9 F9-033 second stage reduced its
apogee slightly, ending up in a 235 x 33407 km orbit. The first stage
was Falcon 9 core B1021, which had previously flown on the F9-023/CRS-8
mission in Apr 2016. The reused stage performed successfully and landed
for a second time  on the ASDS drone ship 'Of Course I Still Love You'
in the Atlantic.

Tianzhou
---------

China's first space station cargo resupply ship was launched on Apr 20.
Tianzhou-1 has a mass of 12910 kg. It flew on the second Chang Zheng 7
rocket, launched from Wenchang space centre on Hainan island. Tianzhou-1
will rendezvous and dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab, currently
unoccupied. This mission is mainly for technology development; the
Tianzhou frieghters will be user operationally to resupply China's
future large space station.

Tianzhou 1 was inserted into a 198 x 372 km x 42.8 deg initial orbit,
which was then raised to 311 x 369 km. The second stage ejected the
usual four motor separation covers into 200 x 550 km orbits.

SJ-13
-----

China's Shi Jian 13 was launched on Apr 12 into geotransfer orbit. The satellite is for Ka-band
high bandwidth communications experiments. After its experimental phase it will be transferred
to China Satcom which will operate it as Zhongxing-16.



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
Feb 14 2139   SkyBrasil-1)          Ariane 5ECA       Kourou ELA3      Comms         07B    S41945  35662 x 35785 x   0.1
              Telkom-3S  )                                             Comms         07A    S41944  35641 x 35810 x   0.0
Feb 15 0358   Cartosat-2 Series/4)  PSLV-XL           Sriharikota FLP  Imaging       08A    S41948    505 x   520 x  97.5
              INS-1A             )                                     Tech          08B    S41949    496 x   508 x  97.5
              INS-1B             )                                     Imaging       08G    S41954    496 x   507 x  97.5
              BGUSat             )                                     Tech          08BW   S42016   496 x   506 x  97.5
              PEASSS             )                                     Tech          08BV   S42015   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Al-Farabi 1        )                                     Tech          08BD   S41999   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Dido-2             )                                     Micrograv     08BE   S42000   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Nayif-1            )                                     Tech          08BX   S42017   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Jopanbutra   )                                   Com/Met-RO    08BB   S41997   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Spire-Minions)                                   Com/Met-RO    08AW   S41992   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Satchmo      )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AV   S41991   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-RDeaton      )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AZ   S41995   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Smita-Sharad )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AX   S41993   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Mia-Grace    )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AW   S41992   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-NoguesCorreig)                                   Com/Met-RO    08BA   S41996   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Tachikoma    )                                   Com/Met-RO    08BC   S41998   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-1         )                                     Imaging       08V    S41967   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-2         )                                     Imaging       08U    S41966   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-3         )                                     Imaging       08W    S41968   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-4         )                                     Imaging       08T    S41965   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-5         )                                     Imaging       08Z    S41971   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-6         )                                     Imaging       08X    S41969   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-7         )                                     Imaging       08Y    S41970   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-8         )                                     Imaging       08D    S41951   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-9         )                                     Imaging       08AB   S41973   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-10        )                                     Imaging       08AC   S41974   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-11        )                                     Imaging       08AD   S41975   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-12        )                                     Imaging       08AA   S41972   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-13        )                                     Imaging       08CW   S42040   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-14        )                                     Imaging       08BS   S42012   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-15        )                                     Imaging       08CV   S42039   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-16        )                                     Imaging       08BR   S42011   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-17        )                                     Imaging       08Q    S41962   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-18        )                                     Imaging       08K    S41957   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-19        )                                     Imaging       08H    S41955   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-20        )                                     Imaging       08C    S41950   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-21        )                                     Imaging       08M    S41959   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-22        )                                     Imaging       08L    S41958   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-23        )                                     Imaging       08BY   S42018   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-24        )                                     Imaging       08J    S41956   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-25        )                                     Imaging       08S    S41964   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-26        )                                     Imaging       08P    S41961   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-27        )                                     Imaging       08R    S41963   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-28        )                                     Imaging       08N    S41960   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-29        )                                     Imaging       08DB   S42045   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-30        )                                     Imaging       08AR   S41987   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-31        )                                     Imaging       08DF   S42049   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-32        )                                     Imaging       08CD   S42023   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-33        )                                     Imaging       08AU   S41990   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-34        )                                     Imaging       08AS   S41988   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-35        )                                     Imaging       08AT   S41989   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-36        )                                     Imaging       08AQ   S41986   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-37        )                                     Imaging       08F    S41953   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-38        )                                     Imaging       08CT   S42037   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-39        )                                     Imaging       08CU   S42038   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-40        )                                     Imaging       08BQ   S42010   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-41        )                                     Imaging       08BJ   S42004   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-42        )                                     Imaging       08BN   S42008   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-43        )                                     Imaging       08BM   S42007   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-44        )                                     Imaging       08CP   S42033   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-45        )                                     Imaging       08BK   S42005   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-46        )                                     Imaging       08CM   S42032   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-47        )                                     Imaging       08CN   S42033   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-48        )                                     Imaging       08BL   S42006   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-49        )                                     Imaging       08BF   S42001   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-50        )                                     Imaging       08CK   S42029   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-51        )                                     Imaging       08E    S41952   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-52        )                                     Imaging       08CL   S42030   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-53        )                                     Imaging       08BT   S42013   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-54        )                                     Imaging       08BU   S42014   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-55        )                                     Imaging       08CX   S42041   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-56        )                                     Imaging       08CY   S42042   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-57        )                                     Imaging       08AG   S41978   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-58        )                                     Imaging       08AF   S41977   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-59        )                                     Imaging       08CB   S42021   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-60        )                                     Imaging       08AE   S41976   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-61        )                                     Imaging       08BP   S42009   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-62        )                                     Imaging       08CS   S42036   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-63        )                                     Imaging       08CR   S42035   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-64        )                                     Imaging       08CQ   S42034   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-65        )                                     Imaging       08CJ   S42028   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-66        )                                     Imaging       08CH   S42027   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-67        )                                     Imaging       08BG   S42002   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-68        )                                     Imaging       08BH   S42003   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-69        )                                     Imaging       08BZ   S42019   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-70        )                                     Imaging       08AJ   S41980   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-71        )                                     Imaging       08CE   S42024   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-72        )                                     Imaging       08DH   S42051   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-73        )                                     Imaging       08AK   S41981   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-74        )                                     Imaging       08DE   S42048   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-75        )                                     Imaging       08AH   S41979   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-76        )                                     Imaging       08CA   S42020   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-77        )                                     Imaging       08CF   S42025   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-78        )                                     Imaging       08DD   S42047   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-79        )                                     Imaging       08AN   S41984   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-80        )                                     Imaging       08CG   S42026   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-81        )                                     Imaging       08CZ   S42043   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-82        )                                     Imaging       08DC   S42046   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-83        )                                     Imaging       08DG   S42050   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-84        )                                     Imaging       08CC   S42022   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-85        )                                     Imaging       08AM   S41983   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-86        )                                     Imaging       08AP   S41985   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-87        )                                     Imaging       08DA   S42044   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-88        )                                     Imaging       08AL   S41982   496 x   506 x  97.5	
Feb 19 1439   Dragon CRS-10         Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A    Cargo         09A    S42053   204 x   359 x  51.6
Feb 22 0558   Progress MS-05        Soyuz-U           Baykonur LC1     Cargo         10A    S42056   186 x   210 x  51.6
Mar  1 1749   USA 274      )        Atlas V 401       Vandenberg SLC3E Sigint        11A    S42058  1010 x  1204 x  63.4
              USA 274 P/L 2)                                           Sigint        11B    S42065  1009 x  1204 x  63.5
Mar  2 2353   Tiankun-1             KT-2              Jiuquan          Tech          12A    S42062   373 x   404 x  96.9
Mar  6 1025   Lemur-2-Trutna     )                    ISS, LEO         AIS/MetRO   98067LC  S42067   396 x   409 x  51.6
              Lemur-2-TrutnaHD   )                                     AIS/MetRO   98067LE  S42069   396 x   409 x  51.6
Mar  6 1505   Lemur-2-Austintacious )                 ISS, LEO         AIS/MetRO   98067LD  S42068   396 x   409 x  51.6
              Lemur-2-Redfern-Goes  )                                  AIS/MetRO   98067LA  S42059   396 x   409 x  51.6
Mar  6 1820   TechEdSat-5                             ISS, LEO         Tech        98067LB  S42066   396 x   409 x  51.6
Mar  7 0149   Sentinel-2B           Vega              CSG ZLV          Imaging       13A    S42063   776 x   782 x  98.6
Mar 16 0600   Echostar 23           Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A    Comms         14A    S42070   179 x 35903 x  22.4
Mar 17 0120   IGS Radar 5           H-IIA 202         Tanegashima      Radar Imaging 15A    S42072   500?x   510?x  97.5
Mar 19 0018   WGS 9                 Delta 4M+(5,4)    Canaveral SLC37B Comms         16A    S42075   430 x 44262 x  27.0
Mar 30 2227   SES-10                Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A    Comms         17A    S42432   246 x 35673 x  26.2
Apr 12 1104   Shi Jian 13           Chang Zheng 3B    Xichang LC2      Comms         18A    S42662   237 x 41743 x  21.0
Apr 18 1511   SS John Glenn         Atlas V 401       Canaveral SLC41  Cargo         19A    S42681   398 x   412 x  51.6
Apr 20 0713   Soyuz MS-04           Soyuz-FG          Baykonur LC1     Spaceship     20A    S42682   399 x   409 x  51.6
Apr 20 1141   Tianzhou-1            Chang Zheng 7     Wenchang LC201   Cargo         21A    S42684   311 x   369 x  42.8




Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
-----------------------------------

Note; RV = unspecified reentry vehicle.

Date UT       Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle      Site                  Mission    Apogee/km    Target

Mar  2 0541   NASA 36.301GE     Black Brant 9      Poker Flat, Alaska    Auroral       330       Poker Flat zone 4
Mar  2 0542   NASA 36.306GE     Black Brant 9      Poker Flat, Alaska    Auroral       190       Poker Flat zone 4
Mar  2 0750   ISINGLASS-2       Black Brant 9      Poker Flat, Alaska    Auroral       365       Poker Flat zone 4
Mar  5 2234   RV                Hwasong ER         Sohae                 Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar  5 2234   RV                Hwasong ER         Sohae                 Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar  5 2234   RV                Hwasong ER         Sohae                 Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar  5 2234   RV                Hwasong ER         Sohae                 Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar 15 1043   REXUS 21          Imp. Orion         Kiruna                Micrograv      86       ESRANGE B zone
Mar 16 1300   REXUS 22          Imp. Orion         Kiruna                Micrograv      84       ESRANGE B zone
Mar?          RV                Hyunmoo-2C         Anhuei                Test          200?      Yellow Sea
Apr  4 2142   RV                Hwasong ER?        Sinpo                 Test          189       Sea of Japan
Apr  7 0930   MAXUS 9           Maxus              Kiruna                Micrograv     678       ESRANGE B zone

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