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JSR STOP PRESS - the draft of NEXT week's JSR, updated throughout the week.

GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE LOG with a catalog of all known satellites ever in the geosynchronous ring and their reasonably current positions.

LAUNCH LOG - My best attempt at a complete listing of all satellite launch attempts.

Jonathan's Space Home Page - with links to lots of other space data not available elsewhere.

SATELLITE CATALOG - My version of the Space Command satellite catalog, providing a cross reference between catalog number and international designation. Corrections are welcome.


Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 708                                                   2015 Feb 4    Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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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;
ATV-5 Georges Lemaitre is docked at Zvezda. 

Dragon CRS-5 (SC7) was launched from Cape Canaveral on Jan 10 into a 206
x 353 km x 51.6 deg orbit. The 9700 kg spacecraft carries 1823 kg of
internal cargo and the 494 kg CATS lidar experiment from NASA-GSFC in
the trunk. Inside Dragon are two PlanetLabs Flock-1d' cubesats and the
AESP-14 1U cubesat from Brazil's space agency AEB and the ITA technical
institute. On Jan 12 Dragon was grappled by the SSRMS arm at 1054 UTC
and berthed on the Harmony module at 1354 UTC. The cubesats were
transferred internally to the Kibo module and will be deployed from the
Kibo airlock. CATS was grappled by the Dextre robot on 2015 Jan 22 and
unberthed from Dragon around 0700 UTC; it was then handed off to the
JEM-RMS at around 1030 UTC and installed on the Kibo Exposed Facility at
location EFU3 at about 1400 UTC.


The Falcon 9 first stage performed a flyback attempt to land around 360
km downrange at circa 78W 31N. The stage made a 'hard' landing on the
ASDS (Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship). The first stage was destroyed
when hydraulic fluid depletion made it tip over ahd hit the deck
sideways, but the incident did not cause serious damage to the ship. The
ASDS has now been renamed "Just Read The Instructions" after the name of
an AI spaceship in the book 'The Player of Games' by the late science
fiction writer Iain M. Banks.


RRTV-SM
-------

China's Reentry Return Test Vehicle Service Module departed the
Earth-Moon L2 region on Jan 4 at 1500 UTC, arriving in a 200 x 5300 km
lunar orbit at 0700 UTC on Jan 11. Following two further lunar orbit
burns on Jan 12 and 13 it is now in a 200 x 200 km x 43.7 deg orbit
around the Moon.


Beagle 2
---------

The UK Mars probe Beagle 2 was never heard from after it entered the
Martian atmosphere on 2003 Dec 25. It has now been discovered on the
surface in Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images at 90.4295E, 11.5265N 
(position measured by Doug Ellison from the released image), apparently
intact and with at least one solar panel deployed.

MUOS 3
------

The US Navy MUOS 3 communications satellite was launched into
geotransfer orbit by an Atlas V 551 rocket on Jan 21. MUOS 3 has a mass
of around 6800 kg.

SMAP
----

The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, developed by JPL, was
launched into polar orbit on Jan 31. SMAP carries a 6-m L-band antenna
for synthetic aperture radar and radiometry measurements to map
microwave emissions from water molecules in the soil. The 944 kg
satellite  was launched aboard a Boeing/ULA Delta II rocket along with
four cubesats:  the 3U Cal Poly CP10 ExoCube, the 3U Michigan/JPL GRIFEX
technology satellite, and the second pair of 1.5U NSF/Montana State/U.
New Hampshire FIREBIRD space science satellites.

IGS R-Spare
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The Radar Spare satellite (Reda Yobiki) in the Information Gathering Satellite (Joho Shushu Eisei)
series was launched on Feb 1 aboard an H-IIA 202 (flight F27) from Tanegashima.
The IGS satellites are operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center.

     IGS satellites
     --------------------

                     Launch         Initial orbit              Status
                                     km x km x deg   LTDN
     Radar-1         2003 Mar 28    483 x 491 x 97.3 1015      Reentered 2012 Jul 26
     Radar-2         2003 Nov 29  -2500?x 422 x 97.3 1330      Failed to reach orbit
     Radar-2         2007 Feb 24    485 x 490 x 97.3 1330      Reentered 2014 Apr 13
     Radar-3         2011 Dec 12    510 x 515 x 97.5 1015      511 x 514 x 97.5  1030LTDN
     Radar-4         2013 Jan 27    508 x 514 x 97.5 1330      511 x 514 x 97.5  1330LTDN
     Radar-Spare     2015 Feb  1    490 x 510 x 97.5 1015      490 x 510 x 97.5  1015LTDN

     Optical-1       2003 Mar 28    484 x 491 x 97.3 1015      Reentered 2014 Jul 18
     Optical-2       2003 Nov 29  -2500?x 422 x 97.3 1330      Failed to reach orbit
     Optical-2       2006 Sep 11    484 x 491 x 97.3 1330      460?x 460?x 97.4  Retired 2013?
     Optical-3 Test  2007 Feb 24    486 x 488 x 97.3 1330      378 x 382 x 97.4  Retired 2011?
     Optical-3       2009 Nov 28    586 x 588 x 97.8 1020      585 x 588 x 97.8  1030LTDN
     Optical-4       2011 Sep 23    587 x 591 x 97.7 1330      586 x 587 x 97.7  1330LTDN
     Demo Sat        2013 Jan 27    511 x 523 x 97.5 1330      425 x 428 x 97.1  Retired 2014?

   Optical-2 and Demo Sat ('jissho eisei') have apparently not been
   tracked by hobbyists since last summer. Optical-5 is scheduled for
   launch in the near future.

   (LTDN = Local time of the orbit descending node for a sun-synchronous orbit).

Inmarsat 5-F2
-------------

The second satellite in the Inmarsat 5 series was launched on Feb 1 by Proton from Baykonur
into a supersynchronous geotransfer orbit. The 6070 kg spacecraft is a Boeing 702HP model
with Ka-band mobile broadband capacity for Inmarsat Global. 

Fajr
----

Iran has launched its fourth satellite, its first successful orbital
launch since Feb 2012.  Fajr (Aurora) is a 52 kg  technology payload with a
cold-gas thruster developed by Iran Electronics Industries. There is
suggestive evidence (mostly based on satellite imagery of launch pad
damage revealed by the magazine Jane's Intelligence Review) that Iran
had two launch failures in 2012, as well as more speculative evidence of
further launch failures since then. 


Erratum
-------

The FY satellites are operated by China's National Satellite Meteorological Centre
(Guojia weixing qixiang zhongxin), established in 1971.

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

Dec  3 0422   Hayabusa-2    )    H-IIA 202         Tanegashima Y1    Space probe    76A    S40319    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              Shin'en-2     )                                        Comms tech     76B    S40320    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              DESPATCH      )                                        Art satellite  76C    S40321    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              PROCYON       )                                        Space probe    76D    S40322    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              MASCOT        )                                                        76    A08308   Attached to S40319
              Minerva II-1a )                                                        76    A08305   Attached to S40319
              Minerva II-1b )                                                        76    A08306   Attached to S40319
              Minerva II-2  )                                                        76    A08307   Attached to S40319
              SCI           )                                                        76    A08309   Attached to S40319
              DCAM-3        )                                                        76    A08310   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 1)                                                       76    A08311   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 2)                                                       76    A08312   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 3)                                                       76    A08313   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 4)                                                       76    A08314   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 5)                                                       76    A08315   Attached to S40319
Dec  5 1205   Orion EFT-1        Delta 4H           Canaveral SLC37B Spaceship test  77A   S40329    -37 x   5809 x  28.8 
Dec  6 2040   DirecTV-14 )       Ariane 5ECA        Kourou ELA3      Comms           78B   S40333  35778 x  35795 x   0.0 GEO 76W
              GSAT-16    )                                           Comms           78A   S40332  35777 x  35793 x   0.1 GEO 55E
Dec  7 0326   CBERS 4            Chang Zheng 4B     Taiyuan LC9      Imaging         79A   S40336    742 x    751 x  98.5 1030LT SSO
Dec 10 1933   Yaogan 25          ) Chang Zheng 4C   Jiuquan          Sigint          80A   S40338   1089 x   1097 x  63.4
              Yaogan 25 fu xing 1)                                   Sigint          80B   S40339   1091 x   1097 x  63.4
              Yaogan 25 fu xing 2)                                   Sigint          80C   S40340   1090 x   1098 x  63.4
Dec 13 0319   USA 259            Atlas V 541        Vandenberg SLC3E Sigint          81A   S40344   2157 x  38204 x  62.8
Dec 15 0016   Yamal 401          Proton-M/Briz-M    Baykonur LC81/24 Comms           82    S40345  35786 x  35787 x   0.0 GEO 90E
Dec 18 1837   O3b FM9  )         Soyuz ST-B         CSG ELS          Comms           83D   S40351   8062 x   8068 x   0.0
              O3b FM10 )                                             Comms           83A   S40349   8063 x   8068 x   0.0
              O3b FM11 )                                             Comms           83B   S40349   8062 x   8068 x   0.0
              O3b FM12 )                                             Comms           83C   S40350   8062 x   8068 x   0.0
Dec 19 0443   Kondor-E No. 2     Strela             Baykonur LC175   Radar Imager    84A   S40353    498 x    501 x  74.7
Dec 23 0557   IPM                Angara A5          Plesetsk LC35/1  Vehicle test    85    S40355  36155 x  39089 x   0.3
Dec 25 0301   Lotos-S No. 802    Soyuz-2-1B         Plesetsk LC43/4  Sigint          86A   S40358    900 x    910 x  67.1
Dec 26 1855   Resurs-P No. 2     Soyuz-2-1B         Baykonur LC31/6  Imaging         87A   S40360    330 x    471 x  97.3 1150LT
Dec 27 0322   Yaogan 26          Chang Zheng 4B     Taiyuan LC9      Imaging         88A   S40362    485 x    491 x  97.4 1030LT
Dec 27 2137   Astra 2G           Proton             Baykonur LC200/39 Comms          89A   S40364  35783 x  35789 x   0.1 GEO  21E
Dec 31 0102   Fengyun 2-08       Chang Zheng 3A     Xichang LC2       Weather        90A   S40367  35770 x  35800 x   2.3 GEO 100E
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 Earth sci.      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 1015LT
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

Table of Recent (suborbital) Launches
----------------------------------

The M-TeX (NASA 46.009/010) and MIST (NASA 41.111/112) sounding rocket
launches from Poker Flat, Alaska on Jan 26 involved chemical releases to study the upper atmosphere.
On Jan 28 a larger Oriole IV rocket carried the Auroral Spatial Structures Probe.


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

Dec  2 0449   Agni RV          Agni 4              Wheeler I.       Test          300?
Dec 11 1911   NASA 36.295US    Black Brant IX      White Sands      Solar X-ray   338
Dec 13        RVs ?            DF-41?              Taiyuan          Test         1000?
Dec 16        Target           Blue Sparrow??    F-15, Med. Sea     ABM Target    100?
Dec 18 0400   CARE/LVM3-X      GSLV-3              Sriharikota SLP  Test flight   126 
Dec 26 0802   RV x 4?          Yars                Plesetsk         Test         1000?
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

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