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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 789 [corrected]                                              2021 Feb 23   Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 64 continues under the command of Sergey Ryzhikov.

Cygnus NG-14, the S.S. Kalpana Chawla, was deorbited on Jan 26 with
entry over the S Pacific at 2023 UTC. It departed ISS on Jan 6 and spent
20 days in a 475 x 490 km orbit.

On Jan 27 astronauts Hopkins and Glover performed spacewalk US EVA-69
using spacesuits EMU 3006 and 3009. SAFER backpacks 13 and 18 were also
used. The Quest airlock was depressurized by about 1118 UTC and the
hatch was opened at 1126 UTC, with the astronauts putting the suits on
battery power 2 min later. The first major task was to install the ColKa
antenna on the outside of ESA's Columbus module. ColKa, built by
MDA/Harwell in England, provides high bandwidth Ka-band science data
download. The ColKa package was launched on the Cygnus NG-13 mission in
Feb 2020 and has been stored inside ISS since then. The package has a
mass of 105 kg plus a 15 kg removable cover. Glover mounted the
Canadarm-2 at ESP-2 and carried ColKa to Columbus, installing it at 1242
UTC and completing bolting it down by 1316 UTC. Next the astronauts
routed cables to ColKa and to the Bartomoleo platform. (Unfortunately,
two Bartomoleo cables could not be connected and were left tied down for
a future EVA.) The ColKA cover was removed at 1529 UTC and jettisoned
into space by Glover at 1600 UTC. The cover was cataloged as S47513,
1998-067RY in a 417 x 421 km orbit. The astronauts then retrieved
equipment from the airlock and moved to the P6 truss to remove two
H-fixture bolts from the solar array mast there. The astronauts returned
to the airlock, ingressing at 1813 UTC and closing the hatch at 1820
UTC. Quest was repressurized at 1824 UTC.

On Jan 29 the Dextre arm removed a spare LiIon battery, attached to a
FRAM adapter plate, from the ESP-3 stowage platform. The battery was
launched to ISS in the Dragon CRS-19 trunk. Dextre then removed old NiH
batteries 72 and 69 from P4 IEA slot 5 and 6. The new battery was then
removed from its FRAM and placed in slot 5. One of the old batteries was
stowed on the HTV-9 EP-9 external pallet, and the other was attached to
the FRAM, which then was put back on ESP-3.

If any of my readers know the LiIon battery serial number, please let me know.

EVA-70 on Feb 1 completed the battery work. Hopkins and Glover,  using the same suits,
depressurized Quest by 1248 UTC, opened the hatch at 1255 UTC, and went to battery
power at 1256 UTC. They went to the P4 IEA. In slot 2 were two adapter plates, one
on top of the other. They removed the top one, AP0009, and installed it
in the empty slot 6, and connected it to the battery in slot 5. This marks
the near completion of 3 years of battery replacement work at ISS; all that
remains is to dispose of the EP-9 pallet with its old batteries.

The astronauts then removed two more H-fixtures from solar array masts,
replaced a EVTCG camera group on the CP3 boom at S1 lower outboard,
added a new HD camera to the camera group on the Destiny module's CP13 boom,
and installed a new WVEB  (Wrist Vision Equipment Box) camera at the base of the
Japanese JRMS robot arm. They returned to airlock with hatch closure at 1812 UTC
and repressurization at 1815 UTC.


The Progress MS-15 cargo ship undocked from Pirs at 0521:30 UTC Feb 9.
It fired its engine for the 3.5-minute deorbit burn at 0830:11 UTC with
debris impact in the S Pacific at 0913 UTC. Progress MS-16 was launched
on Feb 15 and docked with the Pirs module at 0626  UTC Feb 16.

On Feb 20 Northrop Grumman launched the Cygnus NG-15 cargo ship, S.S.
Katherine Johnson, on an Antares 230+ rocket from the Mid-Atlantic
Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. NG-15 will rendezvous
with the ISS; the 8050 kg spacecraft includes 3734 kg of pressurized
cargo. Aboard Cygnus for later deployment is a JAXA J-SSOD (#16) with
seven cubesats: Paraguay's first satellite, GuaraniSat; a Filipino
satellite, Maya-2; Kyushu Tech's Tsuru; Tel Aviv University's TAU-SAT;
Moldova's first satellite, the Technical University of Moldova's
TUMnanosat; Osaka OPU's Hirogari; and RymanSat's RSP-01. The S.S. Katherine
Johnson was captured by Candarm-2 at 0938 UTC Feb 22 and berthed on the
Unity module at 1216 UTC.

J-SSOD-16 will be transferred to Kibo for later
deployment. Nanoracks NRCSD-E and SEOPS-LLC Slingshot deployers are also
attached to Cygnus and will deploy their payloads after NG-15 leaves
ISS. Slingshot will deploy Gunsmoke-J and two other military cubesats
(maybe LANL/SOCOM Prometheus 2 sats?). NRCSD-E carries the UAE's
DhabiSat and the IT-SPINS satellite from Montana State U.

Also aboard the Antares were nine ThinSat `strings' (each a set of small
payload boxes connected by cables), ejected from the Antares second
stage 13 min after launch. The satellites are expected to reenter
in a matter of days. Each ThinSat string is 1 to 2 kg in mass and
up to 2 metres long, but they have not been added to the US satellite catalog
despite meeting the traditional criteria for being counted as satellites.
I have added them to the GCAT auxiliary catalog as objects A09696 to A09704.

Transporter-1
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On Jan 24 SpaceX launched the Transporter-1 mission, placing a record
number of satellites in orbit on a single launch. 110 satellites were
deployed, plus a dispenser structure and 4 support rods. Two of the
satellites are dispenser craft containing a total of 33 further
satellites to be deployed in the coming weeks, so the total number of
payloads associated with the launch will be 143. The second stage
entered parking orbit at 1508 UTC, and circularized its orbit at 1554
UTC. Deployments occurred from 1558 to 1631 UTC. The Sherpa-FX satellite
then deployed subsatellites from about 1800 to 2000 UTC.

The second stage was deorbited in the south Pacific west of Chile at
about 1658 UTC and the first stage landed on the OCISLY droneship.

Transporter-1 is a complex mission. The second stage carried a stack of
10 Starlink satellites. Above the Starlinks was a payload adapter with
three ESPA rings above it. The ESPA rings are designated A, B and C with
C being the topmost one. The various rideshare payloads were attached to
dispensers on the four large ports around each ESPA ring. In addition,
an extra dispenser location was present on the top ring, and the Falcon
9 second stage had a cubesat dispenser attached to its aft end next to
the rocket engine.

The mission is a good illustration of the importance of new layer of
intermediary space companies that bundle satellite deployments, sitting
between the launch vehicle providers and the satellite owners. In my
opinion, this extra `service industry' layer is a sign of the existence
of a mature commerical space economy. 

The Transporter 1 payloads, excluding Starlink, are listed below.
The satellites are mostly from the USA except where noted. The 143 satellites
have 24 different owner/operators from 11 countries.

ESPA Port    Carrier mission          Payloads

A2      D-Orbit Pulse                    ION-SVC-2 LAURENTIUS  (D-Orbit, Italy)   Dispenser
A4      Spaceflight Sherpa-FX            Sherpa-FX             (Spaceflight)      Dispenser
B1      -                                IQPS  QPS-SAR-2       (QPS Labs, Japan)  Radar imaging
B2      EXOLAUNCH Zeitgeist EXOPORT2     1 x ICEYE XR          (ICEYE-US)         Radar imaging
                                         36 x 0.25U Spacebee   (Swarm Tech)       IoT comms
                                         1  x 6U AU Charlie    (Aurora Insight)   RF spectrum
                                         1 x 3U PIXL 1         (DLR, Germany)     Laser com test
                                         1  x 2U SOMP-2b       (Dresden Tech, Germany)  Science
B3      EXOLAUNCH Zeitgeist EXOPORT1     2 x ICEYE             (ICEYE, Finland)   Radar imaging
C1      ISILAUNCH IS34           8 x 6U Kepler                 (Kepler Comms, Canada) IoT Comms
                                 4 x 3U SuperDove Flock 4c-37 to 40 (Planet)      Imaging
                                 1 x 3U ASELSAT                (ASELSAN, Turkey)  Tech
                                 1 x 3U IDEASSat               (NCU, Taiwan)      Science
                                 1 x 1.5U YUSAT-1              (NTOU, Taiwan)     Com/AIS
                                 1 x 1U UVSQ-SAT               (UVSQ, France)     Science
                                 1 x 6U Hiber-4                (Hiber, Netherlands) IoT Comms
C3      NanoRacks Eyries-1       1 x Nemo-V1 Hugo              (GHGSat, Canada)   Science
                                 8 x 3U Lemur                  (SpireGlobal)      AIS/GNSS-RO weather
C4      ISILAUNCH IS34           36 x 3U SuperDove Flock 4s-1 to 36 (Planet)      Imaging
C5      -                                Capella-3             (Capella Space)    Radar imaging
C6      -                                Capella-4             (Capella Space)    Radar imaging
Aft     Maverick MERCURY         3 x 1U  V-R3X                 (NASA-Ames/CMU)    Tech

Sherpa-FX released the following payloads:

Sherpa-FX                        3 x Defiant  Hawk-2A,B,C      (Hawkeye 360)      RF spectrum
                                 1 x 6U  PTD-1                  (NASA-Ames/Tyvak)  Tech
                                 5 x 3U  Astrocast-1.x1 to 1.x5 (Astrocast, Switzerland) IoT comms
                                 1 x 1,5U Prometheus-2.10       (Los Alamos/SOCOM)   Military Comms
                                 3 x 0.5U ARCE-1A,B,C           (U. South Florida)   Tech

ION will release the following payloads:

ION-SVC                          8 x 3U  SuperDove  Flock 4s-41 to 48  (Planet)     Imaging
                                 12 x 0.25U SpaceBEE            (Swarm Tech)        IoT Comms

The first two of these, Flock 4s-48 and 45, were deployed on Feb 8 and 10; deployments continue.



YG-31
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The second YG-31 group, Yaogan 31 group 2 (YG-31 hao 02 zu 01,02,03 xing) was launched from Jiuquan
on Jan 29. The satellites are suspected to be ocean surveillance signals intelligence satellites
similar to the US Navy/NRO NOSS-PARCAE satellites launched since the 1970s.

SQ-1
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The second Shang Quxian 1 (Hyperbola-1) orbital rocket from iSpace
(Interstellary Glory Space Tech) was launched from Jiuquan on Feb 1, but
failed to reach orbit. There are some indications that the failure
occurred during first stage burn. Payload currently unknown; initial reports that the Fangzhou2
cubesat was aboard were incorrect.


This launch, SQ-1 Y2, used a modified version of the rocket with 1.4 m diameter second
and third stages (Y1 used 1.2m diamaeter for these stages). In GCAT this version will
be labelled as variant 2.

Lotos-S
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Russia launched a Soyuz-2-1b from Plesetsk on Feb 2 carrying the fifth Lotos-S electronic
intelligence satellite. As normal for these satellites, it entered a 245 x 899 km x 67.1 deg
orbit and then circularized to 901 x 910 km on Feb  8.
The satellite will probably get the cover name Kosmos-2549.

TJS 6
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China's CALT launched a CZ-3B on Feb 4 with the TJS 6 satellite. TJS 6 is thought to be a cover name
for the Huoyan-3 early warning satellite. By Feb 19 the satellite reached geostationary orbit
at 178.5E.

Mars
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The UAE's Misabar Al'amal (Hope Probe) spacecraft entered  Mars'
gravitational sphere of influence at 0236 UTC Feb 5 and went into orbit
around Mars at 1737 UTC Feb 9 with the completion of its orbit insertion
burn.  Orbit was expected to be about 1000 x 49380 km x 19.6 deg.
China's Tianwen-1 entered the sphere of influence at 1435 UTC Feb 5 and
completed Mars orbit insertion at 1208 UTC Feb 10.  Orbit was 445 x
180011 km x 10.4 deg; on Feb 15 it changed its orbit to 278 x 181532 km
x 87.3 deg and on Feb 20 to 278 x 84591 km x 87.7 deg.

The Mars 2020 spacecraft, with the Perseverance rover, entered Mars' gravitational sphere at 0200 UTC
Feb 14, on a -85 x -19810 km x 23.0 deg hyperbolic impact trajectory.
It arrived on Mars on Feb 18:
  At 2026:46 UTC, the cruise stage was jettisoned at 1600 km altitude 
  At 2028:48 UTC, two 70 kg cruse mass balance devices were jettisoned at 1258 km altitude.
  At 2036:52 UTC, the vehicle aeroshell reached entry interface at 5.4 km/s velocity, 125 km altitude.
  At 2040:39 UTC, six smaller balance masses (about 25 kg each) were ejected at 21 km altitude.
  At 2040:55 UTC the main parachute was deployed, 11 km up.
  At 2041:17 UTC the aeroshell (heat shield) was ejected at 10 km.
  At 2042:42 UTC the backshell and its attached parachute were ejected at 2.2 km.
  At 2043:26 UTC the descent stage (skycrane) separated from the rover, lowering it on cables. 
  At 2043:42 UTC the descent stage performed a flyaway maneuver and the rover landed on the surface.
  At 2043:49 UTC the descent stage shut off its engines and crashed nearby shortly theareafter
The rover and helicopter are reported to be healthy, and the rover continues to return images
from the surface. By my estimates,
  Rover landing location was around 77.4508E 18.4446N in Jezero Crater on the edge of Isidis Planitia
  Heat shield:                      77.4741E 18.4553N
  Backshell:                        77.7418E 18.4516N
  Descent stage:                    77.4419E 18.4522N


Starlink
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Starlink launches on 2021 Feb 4 and Feb 16 each placed 60 more Starlink satellites in orbit.


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

Jan  8 0215   Turksat 5A                        Falcon 9           Canaveral LC40 Comms    01A  S47306   288 x 55049 x 17.7
Jan 17 1938   CACTUS 1    )                                                        Tech    02            492 x 518 x 60.7
              CAPE 3      )                     LauncherOne  Cosmic Girl, Pacific  Tech    02A  S47309   490 x 519 x 60.7
              ExoCube 2   )                                                        Tech    02L  S47319   490 x 516 x 60.7
              MiTEE 1     )                                                        Tech    02F  S47314   489 x 509 x 60.7
              PolarCube   )                                                        Tech    02
              Q-PACE      )                                                        Tech    02
              TechEdSat-7 )                                                        Tech    02   S47312?   489 x 513 x 60.7
              RadFxSat-2  )                                                        Tech    02C  S47311    493 x 511 x 60.6
              PICS 1      )                                                        Tech    02
              PICS 2      )                                                        Tech    02
              Prometheus 2.8 )                                                     Comms   02E  S47313    493 x 514 x 60.7
              Prometheus 2.11)                                                     Comms   02N  S47345    489 x 512 x 60.7
Jan 19 1625   Tiantong-1 03                     Chang Zheng 3B     Xichang         Comms   03A  S47321   182 x 35815 x 28.5
Jan 20 0726   GMS-T                             Electron           Mahia LC1       Comms   04A  S47346  1140 x 1281 x 89.9
Jan 20 1302   Starlink 1952     )               Falcon 9           Kennedy LC39A   Comms   05   S47349-  256 x 284 x 53.0
              Starlink 2011     )                                                               S47408
              Starlink 2017     )
              Starlink 2034     )
              Starlink 2045-2047)
              Starlink 2049-2050)
              Starlink 2055     )
              Starlink 2069-2071)
              Starlink 2076-2077)
              Starlink 2079-2082)
              Starlink 2084-2086)
              Starlink 2088-2089)
              Starlink 2092-2094)
              Starlink 2096-2106)
              Starlink 2108-2115)
              Starlink 2117-2124)
              Starlink 2127-2128)
              Starlink 2130     )
              Starlink 2133-2135)
Jan 24 1500   Transporter-1         )                                                Deployer 06
              Starlink 2199-2208    )           Falcon 9           Canaveral LC40    Comms    06A-K        517 x 536 x 97.5
              ION SVC LAURENTIUS    )                                                Deployer 06CV S47504  523 x 537 x 97.5
              SHERPA-FX 1           )                                                Deployer 06
              Izanami QPS-SAR-2     )                                                Radar    06CA S47485  522 x 537 x 97.5
              Capella-3/Whitney     )                                                Radar    06CE S47489  532 x 559 x 97.5
              Capella-4/Whitney     )                                                Radar    06BW S47481  521 x 537 x 97.5
              ICEYE X8              )                                                Radar    06DB S47510  524 x 537 x 97.5
              ICEYE X9              )                                                Radar    06CX S47506  523 x 537 x 97.5
              XR 1                  )                                                Radar    06CY S47507  523 x 537 x 97.5
              V-3RX 1               )                                                Tech     06
              V-3RX 2               )                                                Tech     06
              V-3RX 3               )                                                Tech     06
              GHGSat Hugo           )                                                Science  06DA S47509  524 x 537 x 97.5
              Flock-4s 1 to 36      )                                                Imaging  06
              Flock-4s 37 to 40     )                                                Imaging  06
              Kepler-8 /Amarok      )                                               IoT Comms 06BR S47476  525 x 537 x 97.5
              Kepler-9 /Artemis     )                                               IoT Comms 06DX S47531  525 x 537 x 97.5
              Kepler-10/Baby Yoda   )                                               IoT Comms 06CS S47501  521 x 536 x 97.5
              Kepler-11/Daneel      )                                               IoT Comms 06CU S47503  523 x 536 x 97.5
              Kepler-12/Boba        )                                               IoT Comms 06AK S47446  523 x 536 x 97.5
              Kepler-13/Lucky       )                                               IoT Comms 06AT S47454  529 x 536 x 97.5
              Kepler-14             )                                               IoT Comms 06
              Kepler-15/sudo rm -rf )                                               IoT Comms 06BA S47461   526 x 537 x 97.5
              UVSQ-SAT              )                                                Science  06AB?S47438?  518 x 537 x 97.5
              Yushan Weixing        )                                                Comms    06AC S47439   519 x 537 x 97.5
              Feishu Weixing        )                                                Science  06AX S47458   520 x 537 x 97.5
              ASELSAT               )                                                Tech     06
              PIXL 1                )                                                Tech     06
              SOMP 2b               )                                                Science  06AJ S47445   519 x 537 x 97.5
              Hiber 4               )                                               IoT Comms 06EB S47541   520 x 537 x 97.5
              Aurora Insight Charlie)                                            RF Spectrum  06AD S47440   522 x 535 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Neva          )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06AP S47450   520 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-NallyWacker   )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06AW S47457   520 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Ruari-Elidh   )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06DC S47511   524 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-JenniferSong  )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06DR S47525   520 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Chantal       )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06DV S47529   525 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-SaoirseDH5Guo )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06AS S47453   521 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-NoobNoob      )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06DY S47538   520 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Mango1        )                                            AIS/GNSS Met 06CJ S47493   520 x 537 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-40 to 63     )                                               IoT Comms 06
Jan 24 1800?  Hawk 2A  )                                          Sherpa-FX1, LEO RF Spectrum 06CW S47505   525 x 536 x 97.5
              Hawk 2B  )                                                          RF Spectrum 06CZ S47508   525 x 536 x 97.5
              Hawk 2C  )                                                          RF Spectrum 06CT S47502   525 x 536 x 97.5
Jan 24 1813   Astrocast-1.x1 )                                    Sherpa-FX1, LEO   IoT Comms 06T  S47430   524 x 535 x 97.5
              Astrocast-1.x2 )                                                      IoT Comms 06CD S47488   524 x 535 x 97.5
Jan 24 1904   Astrocast-1.x3 )                                    Sherpa-FX1, LEO   IoT Comms 06CC S47487   524 x 535 x 97.5
              Astrocast-1.x4 )                                                      IoT Comms 06DK S47519   524 x 535 x 97.5
              Astrocast-1.x5 )                                                      IoT Comms 06DH S47517   524 x 535 x 97.5
Jan 24 1915?  Prometheus 2.10                                     Sherpa-FX1, LEO   Comms     06
Jan 24 1915?  ARCE 1A  )                                          Sherpa-FX1, LEO   Tech      06
              ARCE 1B  )                                                            Tech      06
              ARCE 1C  )                                                            Tech      06
Jan 24 1927   PTD-1                                               Sherpa-FX1, LEO   Tech      06
Jan 29 0447   Yaogan 31 hao 02 zu 01 xing)     Chang Zheng 4C      Jiuquan          Sigint    07A S47532  1091 x 1096 x 63.4
              Yaogan 31 hao 02 zu 02 xing)                                          Sigint    07B S47533  1091 x 1096 x 63.4
              Yaogan 31 hao 02 zu 03 xing)                                          Sigint    07C S47536  1091 x 1096 x 63.4
Feb  1 0815?  Test payload?                    Shang Quxian 1      Jiuquan          Tech      F01 F01578 -6300?x   10?x 97?
Feb  2 2045   Kosmos-2549?                     Soyuz-2-1b          Plesetsk LC43/4  Sigint    08A S47546   240 x  899 x 67.1
Feb  4 0619   Starlink 1702     )              Falcon 9            Canaveral SLC40  Comms     09  S47548-  251 x  292 x 53.0
              Starlink 1806     )                                                                 S47607
              Starlink 1909     )
              Starlink 1938     )
              Starlink 1940     )
              Starlink 1951     )
              Starlink 1953-1971)
              Starlink 1975-1982)
              Starlink 1984     )
              Starlink 1986-1991)
              Starlink 1993-2008)
              Starlink 2021-2025)
Feb  4 1536   Tongxin Jishu Shiyan 6          Chang Zheng 3B     Xichang LC3      Early Warn? 10A  S47613   195x x 35811 x 28.5     
Feb  8 1232   Flock 4s-48                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06EJ S47617   523 x 541 x 97.5
Feb 10 1022   Flock 4s-45                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06EP S47688   523 x 541 x 97.5
Feb 13 1200   Flock 4s-46                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06EK S47684   523 x 541 x 97.5
Feb 14 1027   Flock 4s-47                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06EL S47685   523 x 541 x 97.5
Feb 15 0445   Progress MS-16                   Soyuz-2-1a        Baykonur LC31      Cargo     11A S47618   190 x 221 x 51.6 
Feb 16 0400   Starlink 1528                     Falcon 9          Canaveral SLC40    Comms    12 S47667-   257 x 282 x 53.0
              Starlink 1609                                                                      S47680               
              Starlink 1645
              Starlink 1669
              Starlink 1704
              Starlink 1761
              Starlink 1972-1974
              Starlink 1983
              Starlink 1985
              Starlink 1992
              Starlink 2009-2010
              Starlink 2012-2016
              Starlink 2018-2020
              Starlink 2022
              Starlink 2026-2028
              Starlink 2030-2033
              Starlink 2035-2044
              Starlink 2051-2054
              Starlink 2056-2060
              Starlink 2062
              Starlink 2064-2067
              Starlink 2078
              Starlink 2083
              Starlink 2090-2091
              Starlink 2095
Feb 16 1006   Flock 4s-44                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06EM S47686  520 x 538 x 97.5
Feb 17 0956   Flock 4s-43                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06EN S47687  520 x 538 x 97.5
Feb 20 1736   S.S. Katherine Johnson )        Antares 230+       Wallops Pad 0A     Cargo     13A  S47689  170 x 320 x 51.7
              ThinSat 2A             )                                              Tech      13   A09696  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2B             )                                              Tech      13   A09697  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2C             )                                              Tech      13   A09698  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2D             )                                              Tech      13   A09699  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2E             )                                              Tech      13   A09700  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2F             )                                              Tech      13   A09701  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2G             )                                              Tech      13   A09702  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2H             )                                              Tech      13   A09703  170?x 320?x 51.6
              ThinSat 2I             )                                              Tech      13   A09704  170?x 320?x 51.6
Feb 18 0946   Flock 4s-42                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06EQ S47612  520 x 538 x 97.5
Feb 19 1011   Flock 4s-41                                       ION-SCV 2, LEO      Imaging   06


Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
-----------------------------------

Iran test-flew its new Zoljanah space launch vehicle on a suborbital mission at some point on or
prior to Feb 1. Iran often announces such tests days or weeks after the event.

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


Jan 14 1717   RSS First Step    New Shepard        West Texas            Test          106       West Texas
Jan 16        Sejjil RV         Sejjil             Garmsar, Iran         Op. Test      800?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Sejjil RV         Sejjil             Garmsar, Iran         Op. Test      800?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Sejjil RV         Sejjil             Garmsar, Iran         Op. Test      800?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Emad RV           Emad               Garmsar, Iran         Op. Test      400?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Emad RV           Emad               Garmsar, Iran         Op. Test      400?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Ghadr RV          Ghadr              Garmsar, Iran         Op. Test      400?      Indian Ocean
Jan 20        RV                Shaheen 3          Somniani?             Test          500?      Arabian Sea
Jan?          Test payload      Zoljanah           Shahrud?              Test          500?      Arabian Sea
Feb  3        RV                Ghaznavi           Somniani?             Test           80?      Arabian Sea?
Feb  4        ABM Target        B-611?             Taiyuan               Test          200?      Urumqi        
Feb  4        Interceptor       DF-21?             Urumqi?               Interceptor   100?      Takla Makan
Feb  5 0905   OS-X6B            OS-X6B             Jiuquan?              Test          300       Jiuquan?
Feb  9 2330   USN RV            Trident II        Sub, 76W 28N           Op. Test     1000?      S Atlantic

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