[JSR] Jonathan's Space Report, No. 715

Jonathan McDowell jcm at planet4589.org
Thu Sep 10 20:38:47 EDT 2015

Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 715                                                      2015 Sep 10    Somerville, MA
Apologies for the long gap between issues!

International Space Station

Expedition 44 is coming to a close with Scott Kelly assuming command of
ISS from Gennadiy Padalka on Sep 5. The Soyuz TMA-16, 17 and 18
spaceships are docked at the Zvezda, Rassvet and Poisk docking ports
respectively, with their crews brining the ISS complement to 9: Padalka,
Kelly, and flight engineers Mikhail Kornienko, Oleg Kononenko, Sergey
Volkov, Kimiya Yui, Kjell Lindgren, Andreas Mogensen,  and Aidyn

Padalka and Kornienko made spacewalk VKD-41 on Aug 10. Hatch open was
1417 UTC and close at 1951 UTC, with airlock repressurization beginning
at 1957 UTC. The astronauts installed a new WAL6 antenna to replace the
old one whose cover floated off on 2013 Aug 19. New retaining straps
were added to the other WAL antenna covers. The old WAL-6 antenna was
jettisoned into orbit as catalog 40812; two decontamination towels were
also jettisoned, and were not cataloged.

Progress M-26M undocked Aug 14 at 1019 UTC and was deorbited at 1328 UTC
with debris impacting the Pacific around 1417 UTC.

The 5th H2 Transfer Vehicle, HTV-5 or Kounotori 5, was launched from Tanegashima
on Aug 19. HTV-5's External Platform carries the CALET electron/cosmic-ray
detector which will be installed on the Kibo Exposed Facility.
The pressurized compartment carries nine racks:
   HTV5 Stbd1 US Galley Rack, to be installed in the Unity node 
   HTV5 Fwd1  JAXA Multipurpose Small Payload Rack 2 (MSPR-2), now installed in Kibo at JPM1F2
   HTV5 Port1 HTV Resupply Rack
   HTV5 Aft1  HTV Resupply Rack
   HTV5 Stbd2 HTV Resupply Rack
   HTV5 Fwd2  HTV Resupply Rack
   HTV5 Port2 HTV Resupply Rack
   HTV5 Aft2  HTV Resupply Rack
   HTV5 Base  HTV Resupply Rack Type D (HRR-D)

The HRR-D is a new storage system to increase the HTV capacity. The
Port1 and Aft1 HRRs will be moved into the ISS temporarily for unloading
while the row 2 HRRs remain on HTV and their contents - CTBs or Cargo
Transfer Bags - will be unloaded directly. Contained in the HRRs are a
SAFER EVA backpack, a Mouse Habitat Unit (but no mice for it yet), 18
cubesats and the Nanoracks External Platform (NREP) and JAXA ExHAM-2
expsoure unit, both of which will be used for mounting external
experiments. The cubesats are:
   PlanetLabs Flock 2b-1 to 2b-14, for Earth imaging
   GOMSpace GOMX-3, for tests of ADS-B aircraft data relay
   Aalborg University AAUSAT-5, a 1U sat for tests of AIS ship tracking receivers
   Brazilian Space Agency/University of Brasilia SERPENS with technology communications payloads
   Chiba Inst. of Technology S-CUBE with UV and visible imagers to observe meteors from above.

All the cubesats are 3U form factor except for AAUSAT-5. It's not clear
which HRRs the cubesats are delivered in.  The JAXA-integrated cubesats
have now been installed in the J-SSOD No. 4 deployer and are ready to go
into the Kibo airlock. CALET has a mass of 650 kg; the 7 HRR racks carry
6057 kg of cargo. HTV-5 carries 2306 kg of propellant. The Galley and
MSPR racks probably have a mass around 500 kg each; the dry HTV without
payloads is about 6100 kg.

HTV-5 arrived at the ISS on Aug 24 and was berthed at Harmony nadir at 1402 UTC.
On Aug 25 the SSRMS extracted the HTV Exposed Pallet and handed it to the JEM RMS,
which berthed the EP on the Exposed Facility at location EFU10. The JEM RMS
then grappled the CALET experiment and moved it to EFU9.

On Aug 28 Padalka, Kelly and Kornienko flew Soyuz TMA-16M from the Poisk
to Zvezda docking ports. Undocking from Poisk was at 0712 UTC and
docking with Zvezda was at 0730 UTC. This freed the Poisk port for the
TMA-18M arrival, and will free Zvezda for a refuelling ship once
TMA-16M returns to Earth.

Soyuz TMA-18M was launched on Sep 2 with Volkov, Mogensen and Aimbetov
aboard, and docked at Poisk at 0739 UTC Sep 4.


China launched two Beidou navigation satellites on Jul 25. Following the
first 3rd-generation inclined-geosync Beidou in March,  this pair are
the first of the 3rd-gen medium-orbit type. The CZ-3B launch vehicle
deployed the YZ-1 upper stage in a 189 x 18390 km x 55 deg transfer
orbit.  CZ-3B stage 3 probably coasted in a low parking orbit for only a
minute or so before its second burn to the elliptical orbit. The YZ-1
then stage separated and made its first burn almost immediately at about
1245 UTC, raising apogee to 22000 km. The Beidou/YZ-1 stack then coasted
to that apogee altitude and at about 1610 UTC YZ-1's second burn
circularized orbit. The two payloads were quickly released in a 21523 x
22193 km x 55 deg orbit, and then about 1620 UTC YZ-1 made a disposal
burn to a 22151 x 27736 km x 55 deg orbit.

Ariane VA225

Arianespace flight VA225 with launcher L579 placed two communications
satellites in geotransfer: Eutelsat 8 West B for Eutelsat and IS-34 for
Intelsat. Eutelsat 8WB is a Thales Alenia Spacebus 4000C4 with a launch
mass of 5782 kg and a Ku/C band payload. IS-34 is an SSL-1300 satellite
with a launch mass of 3300 kg; it will replace I805 and Galaxy 11 and
will be located at 55.5W. It also has C and Ku-band payloads; the
Ku-band capacity will be partly used by Hispasat.

Yaogan 27

The 27th Yaogan remote sensing satellite was launched from Taiyuan on Aug 27 into a 1194 x 1206 km x 100.5
deg sun-synchronous orbit. It is the 5th in what I call the Yaogan High A series and appears to
be replacing the first, Yaogan 8:

                                   Orbit (km,km,deg)   Node (local time)
   YH A1  Yaogan 8   2009 Dec 15   1192 x 1204 x 100.5 0930LT
   YH A2  Yaogan 15  2012 May 29   1201 x 1206 x 100.1 1430LT
   YH A3  Yaogan 19  2013 Nov 20   1200 x 1207 x 100.5 1030LT
   YH A4  Yaogan 22  2014 Oct 20   1197 x 1208 x 100.3 1330LT
   YH A5  Yaogan 27  2015 Aug 27   1194 x 1206 x 100.5 0930LT


India launched Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle flight GSLV-D6 on
Aug 27, placing the GSAT-6 satellite in geotransfer. GSAT-6 has an
S-band and C-band payload and will be used by the Indian Armed Forces.

Inmarsat 5F3

An International Launch Services Proton-M put Inmarsat 5F3 in
supersynchronous transfer orbit on Aug 28-29, on its first flight since
the Mexsat-1 launch failure in May. London-based Inmarsat provides
broadband mobile communications services; the 5F3 satellite has 89
Ka-band transponders.


A US Navy UHF-band communications satellite, MUOS 4 (spacecraft
production number MUOS SV5) was launched from Cape Canaveral on Sep 3
into geotransfer orbit by a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5, mission
AV-056. The Centaur made three burns, to 167 x 630 km, 194 x 34447 km,
and 3802 x 35786 km. The MUOS  (Multiple User Objective System)
satellite is a Lockheed Martin A2100 derivative and has an IHI BT-4
liquid  engine to raise its orbit to GEO. 


The GPS SVN 72 satellite is of course Block IIF flight 10, not Block IIR.
The MSG 4 satellite is still undergoing commissioning, and will not get the
name Meteosat 11 until it is operational.

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

Jul  3 0455   Progress M-28M      Soyuz-U            Baykonur LC1     Cargo          31A   S40713    398 x    402 x  51.6 Docked ISS
Jul 10 1628   DMC3-1     )                                            Imaging        32A   S40715    637 x    662 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              DMC3-2     )                                            Imaging        32B   S40716    637 x    662 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              DMC3-3     )        PSLV-XL            Sriharikota FLP  Imaging        32C   S40717    637 x    661 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              CBNT-1     )                                            Imaging        32D   S40718    636 x    658 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              DeOrbitSail)                                            Tech           32E   S40719    635 x    657 x  98.0 2210LT SSO
Jul 13 1640   Flock 1e-1  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GF S40722    395 x    401 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-2  )                                           Imaging      98-67GE S40723    394 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 14 0431   Flock 1e-3  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GH S40725    395 x    400 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-4  )                                           Imaging      98-67GG S40724    396 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 14 1545   Flock 1e-5  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GL S40728    395 x    402 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-6  )                                           Imaging      98-67GM S40729    395 x    402 x  51.6
Jul 14 2340   Flock 1e-7  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GJ S40726    395 x    402 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-8  )                                           Imaging      98-67GK S40727    396 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 15 0601   Flock 1e-9  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GN S40736    396 x    401 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-10 )                                           Imaging      98-67GP S40737    397 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 15 1315   Flock 1e-11 )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GQ S40738    395 x    402 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-12 )                                           Imaging      98-67GR S40739    396 x    402 x  51.6
Jul 15 1536   GPS SVN 72          Atlas V 401        Canaveral SLC41  Navigation     33A   S40730  20446 x  20459 x  55.0
Jul 15 2142   Star One C4  )      Ariane 5ECA        Kourou ELA3      Comms          34B   S40733  35782 x  35790 x   0.0 GEO 70W
              MSG 4        )                                          Weather        34A   S40732  35784 x  35788 x   3.1 GEO  3.5W
Jul 15 2249   Flock 1e-13 )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GS S40740    396 x    401 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-14 )                                           Imaging      98-67GT S40741    396 x    400 x  51.6
Jul 16 0641   Centennial-1)                          ISS, LEO         Calib        98-67GU S40742?   395 x    401 x  51.6
              Arkyd-3R    )                                           Tech         98-67GV S40743?   395 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 22 2012   Soyuz TMA-17M       Soyuz-FG           Baykonur LC1     Spaceship      35A   S40744    400 x    402 x  51.7 at ISS
Jul 24 0007   WGS 7               Delta 4M+(5,4)     Canaveral SLC37B Comms          36A   S40746    494 x  66798 x  24.1
Jul 25 1229   Beidou DW17 )       Chang Zheng 3B     Xichang          Navigation     37A   S40748  21523 x  22195 x  55.0
              Beidou DW18 )                                           Navigation     37B   S40749  21528 x  21880 x  55.0
Aug 19 1150   Kounotori 5         H-IIB              Tanegashima Y2   Cargo          38A   S40873    399 x    401 x  51.6 at ISS
Aug 20 2034   Eutelsat 8 West B)  Ariane 5ECA        Kourou ELA3      Comms          39B   S40875  35784 x  35790 x   0.1 GEO  1.7E
              Intelsat IS-34   )                                      Comms          39A   S40874  35771 x  35803 x   0.0 GEO 51.5W
Aug 27 0231   Yaogan Weixing 27   Chang Zheng 4C     Taiyuan LC9      Imaging        40A   S40878   1194 x   1206 x 100.5 0930LT SSO
Aug 27 1122   GSAT-6              GSLV Mk II         Sriharikota SLP  Comms          41A   S40880  35676 x  35837 x   1.2 GEO 83E
Aug 28 1144   Inmarsat 5F3        Proton-M/Briz-M    Baykonur LC200   Comms          42A   S40882  31521 x  41016 x   0.2 
Sep  2 0437   Soyuz TMA-18M       Soyuz-FG           Baykonur LC1     Spaceship      43A   S40885    401 x    402 x  51.7 at ISS
Sep  2 1018   MUOS 4              Atlas V 551        Canaveral SLC41  Comms          43A   S40887   3802 x  35786 x  19.1

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches

The US Missile Defense Agency carried out a series of missile defense tests on Jul 29-Aug 2
using SM-2-IV and SM-6 low altitude interceptors, which probably did not leave the atmosphere.
Two ballistic missile targets launched from Kauai as part of the tests may have reached space.

The Montana State U. MOSES-II solar EUV spectrograph was launched from White Sands on Aug 27
aboard flight 36.282US. The CLASP solar UV polarimeter, from Amy Winebarger at U. Alabama/Huntsville,
was launched on 36.291US on Sep 3.

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

Jul  7 1015   NASA 36.313NP    Black Brant 9       Wallops, Virginia     Tech          350?      Atlantic O.
Jul 29 0830   Aegis MMW E1     Unknown             Kauai                 Target        100?      Pacific O.
Jul 30 0615   Aegis MMW E2     Unknown             Kauai                 Target        100?      Pacific O.
Aug 12 1004   NASA 46.012UO    Terrer Imp.Malemute Wallops, Virginia     Education     151       Atlantic O.
Aug 19 1003   GT213GM RV       Minuteman 3         Vandenberg LF10       Op.Test      1300?      Kwajalein
Aug 22 1513   Topol'-E RV      Topol'              Kapustin Yar          Test          500?      Sary Shagan
Aug 26        Warhead          Hwasong-6?          Sana'a, Yemen         Weapon         80?      Jizan, Saudi Arabia
Aug 27 1745   NASA 36.282US    Black Brant 9       White Sands, NM       Solar EUV     250?      White Sands 
Sep  3 1701   NASA 36.291US    Black Brant 9       White Sands, NM       Solar UV      287       White Sands 

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