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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 700 draft                                          2014 Jul 13  Somerville, MA

International Space Station

Expedition 40 is continuing with ISS in a 411 x 417 km x 51.7 deg orbit.

The SS Janice Voss cargo freighter 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.


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 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.


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

Table of Recent (orbital) Launches 
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

Suborbital missions

Reports from northern China suggest a missile test of some kind occured on Jul 10.

Table of Recent (suborbital) Launches

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 10?       RV               Unknown             Jiuquan?         Test?         100?
Jul 12 1620   Hwasong 6 RV?    Hwasong 6?          Chiha?           Test          100?
Jul 12 1620   Hwasong 6 RV?    Hwasong 6?          Chiha?           Test          100?

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