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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 806 Draft                                               2022 Apr 28       Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 67 continues.

Crew-3 (Chari, Marshburn, Maurer, Barron) undocked in Dragon Endurance
at 0520 UTC May 5. Dragon splashed down at 0443 UTC May 6 in the Tampa
recovery zone in the Gulf of Mexico at about 83.9W 28.1N. 
With Marshburn's departure, Oleg Artem'ev assumed command of ISS.

Boeing's Starliner spacecraft 2 was launched on orbital flight test
mission OFT-2 on May 19. The ULA Atlas V Model N22, serial AV-082, took
off from Cape Canaveral at 2254:47 UTC; the Centaur upper stage entered
a 73 x 181 km x 51.6 deg orbit at 2306:37 UTC. Starliner separated three
minutes later; Centaur reentered at first perigee around 0009 UTC May
20, SW of Australia, while Starliner made a 45s duration orbit insertion
burn with its OMACS thrusters at 2325:45 UTC, reaching a 187 x 367 km
orbit. The Starliner cabin carries an anthropomorphic test dummy dubbed
'Rosie the Rocketeer' and about 350 kg of cargo.

After a series of tests, and some delays, Starliner docked with ISS IDA-2
at 0028 UTC May 21.


Chinese Space Station
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On May 9 CALT launched the Tianzhou-4 cargo ship from Wenchang. It docked with the aft port
of the Tianhe module at 0047 UTC May 10.

Other CALT launches
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On Apr 29 CALT launched two high resolution imaging satellites, Siwei 1-01 and 1-02, from Jiuquan.

On Apr 30 China's CALT carried out the third sea launch of a CZ-11 from the Tai Rui barge in the Yellow Sea.
Five Jilin-1 imaging satellites were placed in orbit.

On May 20 CALT launched a CZ-2C/YZ-1S to place two Changguang-built communications satellites in orbit,
along with a smaller CAST/DFH-Shenzhen communications test satellite.


SAST launches
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China's SAST launched a CZ-2D on May 6 placing the Jilin-1 Kuanfu-01C satellite in orbit,
along with six smaller Jilin-1 Gaofen 03D sats.

Starlink
--------

Starlink Group 4-16, with 53 satellites, was launched on Apr 29. Group 4-17, also with
53 satellites, was orbited on May 6. Group 4-13 was launched from Vandenberg on May 13,
Group 4-15 was launched from Canaveral on May 14. Group 4-18 from KSC on May 18.

Angara-1.2
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The first Krunichev Angara-1.2 rocket was launched from Plesetsk on Apr 29 at 1955 UTC. It placed an EMKA-class
small imaging satellite, Kosmos-2555, into low sun-synchronous orbit.

The second stage fired from about 1957 to 2000 UTC and reached a marginal orbit of about -40 x 294 km,
flying over Vancouver at about 2017 UTC and impacting the Pacific near 132W 13N
at 2026 UTC. The low-thrust third stage, called the AM or Agregatniy Modul', 
made the orbit insertion burn and separated into a 279 x 294 km x 96.5 deg orbit
at about 2018 UTC, again near Vancouver. It completed a further one-and-a-half
orbits before making a deorbit burn somewhere over W Africa circa 2245 UTC (or possibly 
as late as circa 2258 UTC over France/UK) to lower perigee into the atmophere for reentry in the
North Pacific about 2321 UTC. Despite making multiple orbits, the AM was not cataloged.

Kosmos-2255 has a similar orbit to the Kosmos-2251 satellite (which
failed), and is in the same 11:30 local time orbital plane.

Electron 26
------------

Rocket Lab's Electron mission 26 'There and Back Again' was launched on
May 2 and placed a cluster of small satellites in orbit. The first
stage, descending on a parachute, was briefly captured in mid-air by a
helicopter but then released and splashed down to be recovered from the
ocean.

 - The main passengers on this flight were three E-Space demo satellites. E-Space is planning
  an extremely (excessively) large internet constellation. Based on the animation shown in the
  launch webcast, I estimate that each satellite is a box about 0.15 x 0.6 x 0.6m (very roughly) 
  and probably with mass in the 30 to 60 kg range.

 - 16 Swarm-US SpaceBEE and 8 Swarm-NZ Spacebee-NZ satellites for IoT data relay were deployed.
   Each satellite is 0.25U in size and about 0.3 kg.

 Other payloads:
 - BRO-6 for Unseen Labs (France) and AuroraSat 1 for Aurora Propulsion Tech (Finland);
 - Unicorn-2 for Alba (Scotland); TRSI-2/3 for TRSI (Germany); MyRadar-1 for ACME AtronOmatic (US).
 - Copia, a payload attached to the Electron kick stage to test an inflatable solar array.

SQX-1
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Beijing Interstellar Glory Co (Xingji Rongyao Kongjian Keji YG) launched an Shuang Quxian 1 (Hyperbola-1)
rocket on its fourth orbital attempt on May 13. It failed to reach orbit; reports indicate the second
stage failed to ignite.

Bars-M
------

The Russian Defense Ministry launched its third Bars-M mapping satellite on May 19. The satellite was
given the cover name Kosmos-2556.



Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT       Name			     Launch Vehicle	 Site		 Mission  INTL.  Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl	 Notes
Apr  2 1241   BlackSky Global 18                 Electron                  Mahia LC1A       Imaging  34B   430 x 441 x 53.0
              BlackSky Global 20                                                            Imaging  34C
Apr  6 2347   Gao Fen 3-03                       Chang Zheng 4C            Jiuquan          Radar    35A   737 x 746 x 98.4
Apr  7 1120   Kosmos-2554                        Soyuz-2-1b                Plesetsk LC43/3  Sigint   36A   239 x 900 x 67.1
Apr  8 1517   Axiom-1 (Endeavour)                Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A    Spaceship 37A  414 x 420 x 51.6
Apr  9 1422   PlantSat                                             ION SVC005, LEO          Sci     033AH
Apr 11 0713   KSF2-C                                               ION SVC005, LEO          Sci     033AJ
Apr 11 1816   KSF2-D                                               ION SVC005, LEO          Sci     033AK
Apr 13 0803   SUCHAI-3                                             ION SVC005, LEO          Sci     033AL
Apr 14 0745   SUCHAI-2                                             ION SVC005, LEO          Sci     033AM
Apr 15 1200   Zhongxing-6D                       Chang Zheng 3B            Xichang          Comms    38A  231 x 35765 x 28.5
Apr 15 1816   Daqi Huanjing Jiance Weixing       Chang Zheng 4C            Taiyuan          Sci      39A  680 x 690 x 98.1
Apr 17 1313   USA 327 P/L 1 (INTRUDER)           Falcon 9                  Vandenberg SLC4E Sigint   40A 1008 x 1207 x 63.4
Apr 21 1751   Starlink (Group 4-14)              Falcon 9                  Canaveral SLC40  Comms    41A  304 x 318 x 53.2
Apr 27 0752   SpX Crew-4 (Freedom)               Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A   Spaceship 42A  191 x 211 x 51.7
Apr 29 0411   Siwei Gaojing 1-01                 Chang Zheng 2C            Jiuquan         Imaging   43A  486 x 503 x 97.5
              Siwei Gaojing 1-02
Apr 29 1955   Kosmos-2555                        Angara-1.2                Plesetsk LC35/1  Imaging  44A  278 x 293 x 96.5
Apr 29 2127   Starlink (Group 4-16)              Falcon 9                  Canaveral SLC40  Comms    45A  303 x 316 x 53.2
Apr 30 0330   Jilin-1 GF03D-04                   Chang Zheng 11           CCOC, Huang Hai   Imaging  46A  526 x 549 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 GF03D-05                                                              Imaging  46B
              Jilin-1 GF03D-06                                                              Imaging  46C
              Jilin-1 GF03D-07                                                              Imaging  46D
              Jilin-1 GF04A                                                                 Imaging  46E
May  2 2249   E-Space Demo 1                     Electron                  Mahia LC1A       Comms    47   522 x 532 x 97.5 
              E-Space Demo 2                                                                Comms    47 
              E-Space Demo 3                                                                Comms    47 
              SpaceBEE-140 to 155                                                           Comms    47 
              SpaceBEE NZ-15 to NZ-22                                                       Comms    47 
              BRO-6                                                                         Sigint   47
              AuroraSat-1                                                                   Tech     47
              Unicorn-2                                                                     Imaging  47
              TRSI-2                                                                        Tech     47
              TRSI-3                                                                        Tech     47
              MyRadar-1                                                                     Weather  47
              Copia                                                                         Tech     47
May  5 0238   Jilin-1 KF-01C                      Chang Zheng 2D            Taiyuan         Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
              Jilin-1 GF-03D-27                                                             Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
              Jilin-1 GF-03D-28                                                             Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
              Jilin-1 GF-03D-29                                                             Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
              Jilin-1 GF-03D-30                                                             Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
              Jilin-1 GF-03D-31                                                             Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
              Jilin-1 GF-03D-32                                                             Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
              Jilin-1 GF-03D-33                                                             Imaging  48    528 x 545 x 97.7
May  6 0942   Starlink (Group 4-17)               Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A   Comms    49    528 x 545 x 97.7
May  9 1549   KSF2-A                                                     ION SVC005, LEO    Sigint   33AN  492 x 511 x 97.4
May  9 1756   Tianzhou-4                          Chang Zheng 7             Wenchang LC201  Cargo    50A   376 x 392 x 41.5
May  9 1858   KSF2-B                                                     ION SVC005, LEO    Sigint   33AP  492 x 512 x 97.4
May 13 0709   Jilin-1 MF-01A/R                    Shuang Quxian 1           Jiuquan         Imaging  F02 -6300 x 60? x 97.0
May 13 2207   Starlink (Group 4-13)               Falcon 9                 Vandenberg SLC4E Comms    51
May 14 2040   Starlink (Group 4-15)               Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40  Comms    52
May 18 1059   Starlink (Group 4-18)               Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A   Comms    53
May 19 0803   Kosmos-2556 (Bars-M)                Soyuz-2-1a                Plesetsk LC43/4 Imaging  54A  337 x 556 x 97.7
May 19 2254   Starliner OFT-2                     Atlas V N22               Canaveral LC41 Spaceship 55A  187 x 367 x 51.6
May 20 1030   CGSTL LEO Test Sat 1                Chang Zheng 2C/YZ-1S      Jiuquan         Comms    56
              CGSTL LEO Test Sat 2                                                          Comms    56
              DTSW                                                                          Comms    56

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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Date UT       Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle      Site                  Mission    Apogee/km    Target

Mar  4 2348   Recon test?       Hwasong-8 LV?      Sunan                 Test          550       Sea of Japan
Mar  5 1127   LAMP              Black Brant IX     Poker Flat            Auroral       429       Alaska
Mar  9 1825   HERSCHEL          Black Brant IX     White Sands           Solar UV      302       White Sands
Mar 12        Target            Black Dagger       Ft Wingate            Target        100?      White Sands
Mar 21 2312   BOLT-2            Terrier Malemute   Wallops I             Hypersonic    281       Atlantic
Mar 29        FTT-21 Target     Black Dagger       Ft Wingate            Target        100?      White Sands
Mar 30        Dummy payload     Hyunmoo TLV       SIRIUS, Anhueng        Test          150?      E China Sea?
Mar 31 1358   NS-20             New Shepard        West Texas           Tourist flight 107       West Texas
Apr  7 1247   INCAA 1           Terrier Malemute   Poker Flat            Auroral       340       PF Range
Apr  7 1250   INCAA 2           Black Brant IX     Poker Flat            Auroral       208       PF Range
Apr  9        RV                Shaheen 3          Somniani?             Op Test       500?      Arabian Sea
Apr 18        SLBM RV           Hyunmoo 4-4       SS-083, Anhueng        Test          150?      E China Sea?
Apr 18        SLBM RV           Hyunmoo 4-4       SS-083, Anhueng        Test          150?      E China Sea?
Apr 20 1212   RV                Sarmat             Plesetsk              Test         1000?      Kura
May  4 0304   RV?               Hwasong-8 LV?      Sunan?                Test          780       Sea of Japan
May 11 0131   Endurance         Oriole III         Svalbard              Atm. Sci      764       Arctic
May 12 0729   RV                NK SRBM            Sunan                 Training       90       Sea of Japan

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