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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 741 draft                                                 2017 Aug 16 Somerville, MA
JSR 740 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.740

International Space Station

Dragon CRS-12 was launched on Aug 14 at 1631 UTC and arrived at the ISS on
Aug 16. The Canadarm-2 grappled CRS-12 at 1032 UTC and the Dragon was berthed
at the Harmony nadir port at 1302 to 1307 UTC.

On Aug 17 astronauts Yurchikin, in suit Orlan-MKS No. 4, and Ryazanskiy,
in Orlan-MK No. 6, performed spacewalk VKD-43. They threw five small
satellites into space and retrieved and installed materials exposure
experiments. Depressurization time was 7hr 58 min; hatch open-to-close
time was 7h 34 min. This was the first use of the new Orlan-MKS model

On Sep 2 at 2158 UTC Soyuz MS-04 undocked from the Poisk module with
Yurchikin, Fischer and Whitson. At undocking, Expedition 53 began. The
Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft landed at 0121 UTC Sep 3. Soyuz MS-05 remains
docked to the Rassvet module.

On Sep 12 Soyuz MS-06 was launched from Baykonur with astronauts
Aleksandr Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei, and Joe Acaba. The Soyuz docked at
the Poisk module at 0255 UTC and the hatch to ISS was opened at 0508

On Sep 16 at about 2000 UTC Dragon CRS-12 was unberthed from Harmony;
it was released at 0840 UTC Sep 17. After a deorbit burn at 1324 UTC
it splashed down SW of Los Angeles near 120.9W 32.4N at about 1414 UTC.


On Aug 16 a Khrunichev Proton was launched from Baykonur carrying the Blagovest No. 11L 
military communications satellite, which was later given the code name Kosmos-2520.
Blagovest is built by Reshetnev and uses the Ekspress-2000 bus.


A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 placed the TDRS M satellite in geotransfer orbit
on Aug 18. TDRS M (to be renamed TDRS 13 in service) is a NASA Tracking and Data
Relay Satellite.


The Kosmos-2519 satellite launched in June made small orbit adjustments on Jul 27 and Aug 3
to a 649 x 668 km orbit. On Aug 23, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, it
released a 'small satellite-inspector' (maliy sputnik-inspektor) whose mission is to
observe other Russian satellites. Most likely the satellite's first task is to observe
the Kosmos-2519 host satellite, described as a generic platform for carrying experiments.
The inspector is thought to be designated Kosmos-2521.


SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg on Aug 24 carrying the Formosat-5 imaging satellite
for Taiwan's National Space Office (NSPO, Guojia Taikong Zhongxin). Formosat-5 has a mass
of only 525 kg, much less than F9 could carry to this orbit. The F9 S/N B1038 first stage
landed downrange on the 'Just Read The Instructions'; the second stage completed just
more than 1 orbit and was deorbited in the South Pacific east of New Zealand.


ORS-5 is a space surveillance satellite (also called SensorSat) for the US Air Force 
Operationally Responsive Space office (Kirtland AFB, New Mexico). The satellite was
inserted into equatorial LEO to monitor debris and satellites in the GEO belt.

A 5-stage Minotaur IV was used to orbit the satellite. Stage 4, with an Orion 38 motor, inserted the stack in a
400 x 600 km x 24.6 deg parking orbit. Stage 5, with a second Orion 38, made the plane
change to reach 599 x 604 km x 0.02 deg. 

Three cubesats were ejected into the parking orbit: two for Los Alamos (probably the 1.5U
comm satellites Prometheus 2.2 and 2.4) and one for DARPA, understood to be the 3U cubesat DARPA
High Frequency Receiver experiment developed by Utah's SDL. 


Launch C39 of the PSLV rocket ended in failure when the payload fairing (`heat shield' in ISRO parlance)
failed to separate. The extra mass caused stage 3 to be low and slow at cutoff; instead of reaching
apogee of 170 km and impacting off the coast of Chile it probably reached only 155 km and crashed
near Borneo. The fourth stage, PS4, was also slowed by the extra mass, reaching a 166 x 6556 km orbit
instead of the planned 284 x 20650 km. It appears that the IRNSS-1H navigation satellite may
have separated from the PS4 payload adapter but remains trapped withing the attached nose fairing,
resulting in a single object in orbit with a mass of about 2600 kg dry plus 827 kg of propellant.
According to ISRO the propellant was successfully vented during the first day in orbit.


The fifth flight of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle project (and probably the third flight of spacecraft number 1)
began on Sep 7. This was the first X-37 launch on a Falcon 9; the B1040 core stage landed
back at Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1.

Uragan No.  752

A new GLONASS-M navigation satellite, vehicle Uragan-M No. 752 or GLONASS M-52, also codenamed Kosmos-2522,
was launched into 12-hour orbit on Sep 22.

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

Aug  1 0703   Silu-1                                Tianzhou-1, LEO     Tech          21F   S42903   385 x   395 x  42.8
Aug  2 0158   OptSat-3000         )   Vega             Kourou           Imaging       44A   S42900   440 x   450 x  97.2
              Ven{\mu}s           )                                     Imaging       44B   S42901   720 x   724 x  98.4
Aug 14 1631   Dragon CRS-12           Falcon 9         Kennedy LC39A    Cargo         45A   S42904   204 x   353 x  51.6
Aug 16 2207   Kosmos-2520             Proton-M/Briz-M  Baykonur LC81/24 Comms         46A   S42907 35511 x 35766 x   0.1
Aug 17 1510   Tomsk-TPU-120                         ISS, LEO            Tech        98-67MZ S42910?  401 x   408 x  51.6
Aug 17 1515   Tanyusha YuZGU No. 1                  ISS, LEO            Tech        98-67NA S42911?  401 x   408 x  51.6
Aug 17 1516   Tanyusha YuZGU No. 2                  ISS, LEO            Tech        98-67NB S42912?  401 x   408 x  51.6
Aug 17 1521   TNS-0-2                               ISS, LEO            Tech        98-67NC S42913?  401 x   408 x  51.6
Aug 17 1529   TS530-Zerkalo                         ISS, LEO            Tech        98-67ND S42914?  401 x   408 x  51.6
Aug 18 1229   TDRS M                  Atlas V 401      Canaveral SLC41  Comms         47A   S42915  4647 x 35753 x  26.2
Aug 19 0529   Michibiki-3             H2A 204          Tanegashima      Nav           48A   S42917   344 x 35392 x  19.9
Aug 23        Kosmos-2521                           Kosmos-2519, LEO    Tech          37D   S42919   654 x   669 x  98.0
Aug 24 1851   Formosat-5              Falcon 9         Vandenberg SLC4E Imaging       49A   S42920   717 x   730 x  98.3
Aug 26 0604   ORS-5           )       Minotaur IV      Canaveral SLC46  SpaceSurv     50A   S42921   599 x   604 x   0.0
              Prometheus 2.2? )                                         Comms         50B   S42922   388 x   602 x 24.52  
              Prometheus 2.4? )                                         Comms         50C   S42923   384 x   603 x 24.53  
              DHFR            )                                         Tech          50D   S42924   430 x   597 x 24.52  
Aug 31 1330   IRNSS-1H                PSLV-XL          Satish Dhawan SLP Nav          51A   S42928   166 x  6556 x 19.16
Sep  7 1400   X-37B OTV-5             Falcon 9         Kennedy LC39A    Spaceplane    52A   S42932   350?x   350?x 43?
Sep 11 1923   Amazonas 5              Proton-M/Briz-M  Baykonur LC200/39 Comms        53A   S42934  4360 x 35270 x 22.8
Sep 12 2117   Soyuz MS-06             Soyuz-FG         Baykonur LC1      Spaceship    54A   S42937   192 x   240 x 51.6
Sep 22 0002   Kosmos-2522             Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Plesetsk LC43-4  Nav          55A   S42939 19130 x 19160 x 64.8

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches

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

Aug  2 0910   GT223GM           Minuteman 3        Vandenberg LF10       Test         1000?      Kwajalein
Aug 13 0930   Rocksat-X 7       Terrier Imp.Mal.   Wallops               Education     151       Atlantic
Aug 23        RV                DF-4               Taiyuan, China        Test         1000?      China
Aug 23        Hyunmoo RV        Hyunmoo-2B?        Anhueng, S Korea      Test          100?      E China Sea
Aug 23        Hyunmoo RV        Hyunmoo-2B?        Anheung, S Korea      Test          100?      E China Sea
Aug 24?       Hyunmoo RV        Hyunmoo-2B?        Anheung, S Korea      Test          100?      E China Sea
Aug 25 2149   RV                Hwasong 5?         Kittareyong, N.Korea  Training?     100?      Sea of Japan
Aug 25 2219   RV                Hwasong 5?         Kittareyong, N.Korea  Training?     100?      Sea of Japan
Aug 28 2058   RV                Hwasong 12         Pyongyang-Sunan, N.K. Test          550       Pacific Ocean
Aug 29        FTM-27E2 Target   MRBM-T3?           Kauai                 Target        300?      Pacific Ocean
Sep  3        Hyunmoo RV        Hyunmoo-2B?        Unknown site,S Korea  Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Sep  9 1134   WINDY 1           Black Brant 9      Kwajalein             Ionosphere    409       Pacific
Sep  9 1139   WINDY 2           Terrier Malemute   Kwajalein             Ionosphere    400?      Pacific
Sep 12        RV x4?            Yars               Plesetsk              Test         1000?      Kura
Sep 14 2157   RV                Hwasong 12         Pyongyang-Sunan, N.K. Test          770       Pacific Ocean
Sep 14 2330?  RV                Hyunmoo-2A?        Goseung, S Korea?     Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Sep 17        PTV               Janus              Wake Island           Target        300?      Kwajalein
Sep 20        RV x4?            Yars               Plesetsk              Test         1000?      Kura

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