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GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE LOG with a catalog of all known satellites ever in the geosynchronous ring and their reasonably current positions.

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Jonathan's Space Home Page - with links to lots of other space data not available elsewhere.

SATELLITE CATALOG - My version of the Space Command satellite catalog, providing a cross reference between catalog number and international designation. Corrections are welcome.


Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 759                                                        2019 Jan 2 Somerville, MA
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Spaceship Two
--------------

Virgin Galactic completed its first suborbital spaceflight on Dec 13.
The White Knight Two carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, took off from runway
30/12 at Mojave Air and Space Port, California, at 1511:35 UTC, on its
flight WK2-261.  After looping around to the east and north, VMS Eve
headed back south towards Mojave and at 1559:39 UTC, over  118.22W
35.39N near Kelso Valley, dropped the Spaceship Two vehicle VSS Unity on
its flight N202VG-015/VP-03. After 2 second free fall the hybrid motor
was ignited for a 60.0 second burn. The spacecraft, carrying astronauts
Mark 'Forger' Stucky and  Frederick 'C.J.' Sturckow, flew to an apogee
of 82.682 km and descended safely to a landing on the same runway at
Mojave with wheels stop at 1613:47UTC for a flight time of 14m08s.


Chang'e-4
----------

Chang'e-4 completed its lunar orbit insertion burn at 0845 UTC Dec 12;
China reported the vehicle is in a 100 x 400 km orbit, presumably polar.
Radio tracking by S. Tilley and others derive a 138 x 445 km x 85.0 deg
orbit. On Dec 30 at 0054, the orbit was lowered to 15 x 100 km. Landing
is expected on Jan 3.

Osiris-Rex
----------

The Osiris-Rex probe arrived in the vicinity of Bennu on Dec 1.
On Dec 31 at 1943:55 UTC it carried out an orbit insertion burn to enter
a 1.4 x 2.0 km orbit around the asteroid.

New Horizons
------------

The New Horizons probe passed about 3500 km from the cold classical
Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 at 0533 UTC on 2019 Jan 1; the encounter
occured 43 astronomical units (6.0 light hours) from the Sun. Early images
show the body is a contact binary with a rotation period of 15 +/- 1
hours.


International Space Station
---------------------------

Expedition 57 continued aboard the ISS until the undocking of Soyuz MS-09;
Expedition 58 is now underway.

On Dec 11 astronauts Kononenko and Prokop'ev made spacewalk VKD-45a from the
Pirs airlock, using suits Orlan MKS-5 and MKS-4 respectively. 
The airlock was depressurized at 1539 UTC and the hatch was opened at 1559 UTC;
hatch was closed at 2344 UTC and the airlock was repressurizaed at 2348 UTC.
The spacewalkers used the GStM-1 and GStM-2 booms to traverse from the Pirs module
to the orbital module (bitovoy otsek, BO) of the Soyuz MS-09 ferry ship to inspect
the mysterious hole drilled in its pressure hull that caused a leak detected on Aug 29.
They worked in the Soyuz MS-09 area from 1920 to 2230 UTC.

Kononenko and Prokop'ev cut into the fabric thermal insulation of the
Soyuz MS-09 BO and then used a knife and shears to cut away a section of
the metal MMOD (micrometeorite and orbital debris) shield layer that
covers the pressure hull. They took samples from the epoxy in the hole
and a part of the MMOD shield for return and analysis.

The first cut in the BO covering was made at 1953 UTC; by 2010 UTC
small mm-scale debris from the insulation was visible on video coverage
floating away from the worksite.  This was soon to be followed by much
larger pieces. Between 2037-2053 UTC, 2103-2117 UTC and to a lesser extent
from 2121 to 2210 UTC at least 30 cm-scale and probably
20 5-cm to 10-cm scale pieces of insulation floated away. The largest amount of
debris generation happened from 2047 to 2050 UTC with many small pieces.

Probably the largest piece, possibly about 15 x 5 cm or larger, was
ejected at 2051 UTC and may be the one cataloged as object 43847.  The
hole was located at 2118 UTC; the MMOD shield sample was cut at 2121
UTC.

On Dec 14 the SSRMS removed the GEDI Earth observing experiment from the
Dragon trunk and handed it to the JRMS which installed it at EFU6 on the
Kibo Exposed Facility. On about Dec 16, SSRMS and SPDM moved RRM-3
from Dragon's trunk to ELC-1 site 3.

On Dec 18 the Kibo RMS arm moved the 450 kg SEDA-AP package from EFU-11
on the Kibo Exposed Facility to the top of the Kibo pressurized
logistics module ELM-PS.  The package's mast failed to retract,
preventing its disposal aboard Dragon. SEDA-AP was jettisoned on Dec 20
around 2250 UTC and cataloged as 1998-067PU/43870.


On Dec 20 at 0140 UTC Soyuz MS-09 undocked from Rassvet, marking the end
of Expedition 57 and the beginning of Expedition 58. Astronauts Prokop'ev,
Gerst and Aunon-Chancellor departed the ISS leaving Kononenko (new ISS
commander), Saint-Jacques and McClain aboard. Soyuz MS-09 deorbit
burn was at 0410:52 UTC, the much-abused orbital module was jettisoned
at 0438 UTC, and reentry began 0441 UTC.



Electron
--------

Rocket Lab launched its 4th Electron vehicle, "This One's For Pickering", on Dec 16, carrying 13
cubesats as follows:
 Space technology - Albus (NASA-Glenn, testing advanced electrical bus);
                   CHOMPTT (U. Florida; laser transfer of time calibration)
                   CubeSail  (U. Illinois/Catholic U.; 260-m tether)
                   RSat-P (US Naval Academy; robot arm tests)
                   Shields (NASA-Langley, radiation shielding)
                   Aerocube-11A/11B (Aerospace Corp, tests of new imagers)
 Space weather and radiation - ISX-CP11 (Cal Poly), NMTSat (New Mexico Tech),
                     CeReS (GSFC), STF (GSFC/West Virginia U)
 Astronomy -    SHFT-1 'Goergen' (DARPA/JPL) for HF radio astronomy
 Student test satellite - DaVinci (North Idaho STEM Charter Academy 

GSAT-7A
--------

On Dec 19 India launched GSAT-7A, a Ku-band communications satellite for the Indian Air Force.
Launch vehicle was GSLV-F11, which introduced the newly stretched CUS-15 upper stage replacing
the old CUS-12. By Jan 1, GSAT-7A was on station at 63E.

Kosmos-2533
------------

Russia launched a Blagovest military communications satellite on Dec 21
aboard a Proton-M/Briz-M rocket from Baykonur. Some reports suggested a
problem with the final Briz-M burn, but on Dec 29 it was shown by US
tracking in a 35421 x 35802 km x 0.2 deg orbit drifting over 77E.

Hongyun
-------

At 2351 UTC on Dec 21 China's CALT launched the 5th CZ-11, carrying the
first Hongyun broadband wifi distribution satellite for CASIC. The
satellite's name is Hongyun gongcheng jishu yanzheng weixing (Hongyun
Engineering Technology Verification Satellite). It was inserted in a
1065 x 1072 km x 99.9 deg sun-sync orbit at 0600 local time descending
node; the CZ-11 4th stage made a depletion burn at 0008 UTC to a 642 x
1140 km x 100.4 deg orbit.

GPS-3
-----

The first GPS III satellite, SV01 'Vespucci', was launched on Dec 23
after many years of delays. GPS 3 is based on Lockheed Martin's A2100
bus. GPS 3 has a range of improvements, notably increased power and the
new L1C civilian signal which will improve accuracy for non-military
users. The satellite has a mass of 4400 kg including propellant.


TJS-3
-----

On Dec 24 China's CALT launched a CZ-3C from Xichang with the TJS-3
(Tongxing Jishu Shiyan 3, Communications Engineering Test Sat 3).  TJS
seems to be a cover name for several military GEO programs. The TJS-1 is
thought to be a large GEO SIGINT, Qianshao-3; TJS-2 is thought to be the
Huoyan-1 missile early warning test satellite.  The use of the CZ-3C
instead of the CZ-3B for the TJS-3 launch (CZ-3C has only 2 strapons
rather than 4) suggests it may be different from both of the first two;
TJS-3 is reported to be a SAST/Shanghai payload. TJS-3 reached GEO over
58E by Dec 31 and released a possible debris object or small secondary
payload.


Vostochniy launch
-----------------

Roskosmos flew a Soyuz-2-1A/Fregat from Vostochniy on Dec 27, placing
the 473-kg Kanopus-V 5 and 6 imaging payloads in orbit along with
the 80-kg GRUS imager from Japanese weather company AXELSPACE and
a cluster of cubesats:
  Eight Lemur-2 AIS/ADS-B/GNSS-RO payloads from Spire Global;
  16 Flock-3k Dove imaging payloads from Planet;
  ZACUBE-2 from CPUT-FSATI, Cape Town, S Africa;
  UWE-4 from the University of Wurzburg, Germany;
  Lume-1 from the University of Vigo, Spain;
  D-Star ONE Sparrow from German Orbital Systems, Berlin;
  iSat, another GOS/Berlin D-Star ONE to be delivered on orbit to iSky Tech of Prague.

Hongyan launch
---------------

China's SAST launched the first YZ-3 upper stage on a CZ-2D from Jiuquan on Dec 29.

The CZ-2D puth the YZ-3 stage in a 190 km x 50 deg parking orbit. The
first two YZ-3 burns reached a 515 x 525 km x 50.0 deg orbit; the
Chongqing test satellite for the Hongyan LEO comms constellation was
deployed together with the first three Yunhai-2 payloads. The YZ-3 then
made two more burns to a 1090 x 1100 km x 50.0 deg orbit and deployed
the remaining 3 Yunhai-2 satellites.  The Yunhai-2 satellits are GNSS-RO 
meteorology satellites. I believe the YZ-3 stage then made a
deorbit burn; it probably reentered near Australia around 1145 UTC.

Saudisat launch
---------------

The Chinese rocket that put Saudisat-5A/5B in orbit also orbited 10 small
satellites. Their identities have become more clear.
The 7 Piao chong (Ladybird) satellites from CommSat/Jiutian Weixing Keji Fazhan YG (Beijing)
consist of the 100 kg Piao chong 1 and 6 smaller satellites for relaying IoT data
for various customers:
    Piao chong 2 (6U) is also known as Maowang Shouyinji Xing  (Elvis Radio Sat)
    Piao chong 3 (6U) is also known as Huami xing and relays data from wearable Huami Tech 
         fitness devices.
    Piao chong 4 (6U)'s mission has not been revealed although it is thought that one of the
         satellites is involved in relaying data from instrumented collars on giant pandas.
    Piao chong 5 (3U) is also called Li ke Da Jiaoyu Weixing (Lida Education Satellite),
     for Li Da Education Technology Group YG of Shanghai. 
    Piao chong 6 (3U) is called Tianmao guoji xing and is connected to the Tmall International 
     subsidiary of the AliBaba online shopping group.
    Piao chong 7 (3U) is called RE:X xing, and is owned by Luhan Studio, associated with
     the Seoul-based Chinese musician Lu Han.
The remaining three payloads use the Sagittarius-1 cubesat bus (probably 3U?) jointly developed
by ADA Space (Guoxing Yuhang Keji, Chengdu) and Tianyi Research:
    Xinjiang Jiaotong-01 relays IoT data from traffic in Xinjiang
    TFSTAR, or Douyu-666, connects users of the Douyu.com video streaming platform
    TY/DF-1 is a test satellite for Tianyi's Xingshidai constellation.



Errata
------

The PSLV launch carried Centauri-2 and Hiber 1;
the SSO-A launch carried Centauri-1 and Hiber 2. I got this the wrong way
round in the last JSR. Identifications for the SSO-A satellites are trickling
in; the table below gives what I believe to be the current state of play.


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

Nov 15 2046   Es'hailsat-2            Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A     Comms       90A   S43700   201 x 37688 x 25.0
Nov 16 1814   Progress MS-10          Soyuz-FG          Baykonur LC1      Cargo       91A   S43702   186 x   226 x 51.6 Docked to ISS
Nov 17 0901   S.S. John Young         Antares 230       MARS LA0B         Cargo       92A   S43704   211 x   252 x 51.6
Nov 18 1807   Beidou DW42 )           Chang Zheng 3B/YZ1 Xichang          Navigation  93A   S43706 21523 x 22194 x 55.0
              Beidou DW43 )                                               Navigation  93B   S43707 21531 x 22194 x 55.0
Nov 19 2340   Shiyan 6   )                                                Unknown     94A   S43710   488 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Jiading-1  )            Chang Zheng 2D    Jiuquan           Comms       94B?  S43711   489 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Tianzhi 1  )                                                Tech        94C?  S43712   488 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Tianping-1A)                                                Calib       94D?  S43713   487 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Tianping-1B)                                                Calib       94E?  S43714   489 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
Nov 21 0142   Mohammed VI-B           Vega              CSG ELV           Imaging     95A   S43717   601 x   606 x 98.0 1020LT SSO
Nov 29 0427   HySIS              )    PSLV-CA           Satish Dhawan     Imaging     96A   S43719   647 x   648 x 98.0 1000LT SSO
              Global-1           )                                        Imaging     96B?  S43720?  484 x   500 x 97.5 1000LT SSO
              CICERO-8           )                                        Weather     96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Hiber 1            )                                        Comms IoT   96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              HSAT-1             )                                        Tech        96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Centauri 2         )                                        Comms IoT   96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              CASE               )                                        Comms IoT   96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              FACSAT             )                                        Imaging     96D   S43722   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Reaktor Hello World)                                        Comms       96K   S43728   476 x   500 x 97.5
              InnoSAT-2          )                                        Tech        96V   S43738   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Orzulak    )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Vladimir   )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Kobyszcze  )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Duly       )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-1         )                                        Imaging     96AE  S43747   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-2         )                                        Imaging     96AF  S43748   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-3         )                                        Imaging     96R   S43734   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-4         )                                        Imaging     96Q   S43733   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-5         )                                        Imaging     96H   S43726   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-6         )                                        Imaging     96Y   S43741   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-7         )                                        Imaging     96Z   S43742   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-8         )                                        Imaging     96J   S43727   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-9         )                                        Imaging     96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-10        )                                        Imaging     96E   S43723   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-11        )                                        Imaging     96G   S43725   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-12        )                                        Imaging     96F   S43724   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-13        )                                        Imaging     96AH  S43750   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-14        )                                        Imaging     96AG  S43749   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-15        )                                        Imaging     96T   S43736   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-16        )                                        Imaging     96S   S43735   476 x   500 x 97.5
Nov 30 0227   Kosmos-2530 )         Rokot         Plesetsk LC133/3        Comms       97A   S43751  1485 x  1508 x 82.5
              Kosmos-2531 )                                               Comms       97B   S43752  1485 x  1508 x 82.5
              Kosmos-2532 )                                               Comms       97C   S43753  1485 x  1508 x 82.5
Dec  3 1131   Soyuz MS-11           R-7           Baykonur LC1            Spaceship   98A   S43756   200 x   239 x 51.6
Dec  3 1834   SSO-A UFF     )       Falcon 9      Vandenberg SLC4E        Tech        99    S43758   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SSO-A LFF     )                                             Tech        99    S43759?  574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Eu:CROPIS     )                                             Rem.Sensing 99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SkySat C12    )                                             Imaging     99AR  S43797   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SkySat C13    )                                             Imaging     99AW  S43802   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              STPSat 5      )                                             Tech        99E   S43762   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              KazSTSat      )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              NEXTSat-1     )                                             IR Astron   99BF  S43811   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              eXCITe        )                                             Tech        99A   S43758   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ICEYE-X2      )                                             Radar       99D   S43761   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Global-2      )                                             Imaging     99BG  S43812   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              FalconSat-6   )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ESEO          )                                             Tech        99AL  S43792   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hawk A        )                                             Elint       99H   S43765   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hawk B        )                                             Elint       99AN  S43794   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hawk C        )                                             Elint       99AT  S43799   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Flock 3s-1    )                                             Imaging     99N   S43770   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Flock 3s-2    )                                             Imaging     99BR  S43821   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Flock 3s-3    )                                             Imaging     99AG  S43788   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              AISTechSat-2  )                                             Imaging/Com 99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hiber-2       )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Landmapper-BC4)                                             Imaging     99K   S43767   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              VESTA         )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Yukon         )                                             Comms       99G   S43764   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Kodiak        )                                             Comms       99BC  S43808   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SIRION PF 2   )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ITASAT-1      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Audacy Zero   )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              BRIO          )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Astrocast-0.1 )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Centauri 1    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Eaglet 1      )                                             Imaging     99AJ  S43790   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Al Farabi 2   )                                             Comms       99AZ  S43805   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Denali        )                                             Radar       99AK  S43791   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ICE-Cap       )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              K2SAT         )                                             Imaging/Com 99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              KazSciSat     )                                             Tech        99AB  S43783   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              MinXSS 2      )                                             Solar X     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Orbital Reflector)                                          Art         99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              RAAF M1       )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SeaHawk       )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SNUSAT 2      )                                             Imaging     99AA  S43782   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              THEA          )                                             Sigint      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Blackhawk     )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ENOCH         )                                             Art         99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SNUGLITE      )                                             Tech/Comms  99AC  S43784   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              PW-Sat 2      )                                             Tech        99BJ  S43814   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              VisionCube    )                                             Atmos Sci   99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              RANGE A       )                                             Tech        99Q   S43772   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              RANGE B       )                                             Tech        99R   S43773   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              CSIM-FD       )                                             Tech        99AM  S43793   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              MOVE 2        )                                             Tech        99Y   S43780   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Suomi-100     )                                             Tech        99AY  S43804   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Elysium Star 2)                                             Burial      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Exseedsat-1   )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Fox-1Cliff    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              JY1SAT        )                                             Comms       99AX  S43803   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              KNACKSAT      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SpaceBEE 5    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SpaceBEE 6    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SpaceBEE 7    )                                             Comms       99BL  S43816   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 1A   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 1B   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 2A   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 2B   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 2C   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              WeissSat 1    )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              IRVINE02      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SeeMe         )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
Dec  4 2037   GSAT-11        )      Ariane 5ECA   Kourou ELA3             Comms      100A?  S43823   245 x 35741 x  3.5
              Geo-Kompsat 2A )                                            Comms      100B?  S43824   250 x 35742 x  3.5
Dec  5 1816   Dragon CRS-16         Falcon 9      Canaveral SLC40         Cargo      101A   S43827   204 x   358 x 51.6
Dec  7 0412   SaudiSat-5A  )        Chang Zheng 2D Jiuquan                Tech       102A   S43831   535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              SaudiSat-5B  )                                              Tech       102B   S43832   535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              TY/DF-1      )                                              Tech       102C?  S43833?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              TFSTAR       )                                              Comms      102D?  S43834?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Xinjiang Jiaotong--01)                                      Comms      102E?  S43835?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 1 )                                              Comms      102F?  S43836?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 2 )                                              Comms      102G?  S43837?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 3 )                                              Comms      102H?  S43838?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 4 )                                              Comms      102J?  S43839?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 5 )                                              Comms      102K?  S43840?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 6 )                                              Comms      102L?  S43841?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 7 )                                              Imaging    102M?  S43842?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
Dec  7 1823   Chang'e 4   )         Chang Zheng 3B  Xichang              Lunar probe 103A   S43845   200 x 420000x 29.4
              Lunar rover )                                              Lunar rover 103    A09236   200 x 420000x 29.4
Dec 16 0633   Albus            )                                          Tech       104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              CeReS            )                                          Science    104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              CHOMPTT          )    Electron        Mahia                 Tech       104G   S43855   489 x   511 x 85.0
              Cubesail         )                                          Tech       104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              DaVinci          )                                          Education  104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              ISX-CP11         )                                          Science    104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              NMTSat           )                                          Science    104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              RSat-P           )                                          Tech       104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              Shields          )                                          Tech       104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              STF-1            )                                          Science    104             489 x   511 x 85.0
              Goergen (SHFT-1) )                                          Rad Astron 104M   S43860   496 x   511 x 85.0
              AC11-Eagle Scout )                                          Imaging    104N   S43861   489 x   511 x 85.0
              AC11-R3          )                                          Imaging    104A   S43849   489 x   511 x 85.0
Dec 19 1040   GSAT-7A               GSLV Mk II      Sriharikota           Comms      105A   S43864   145 x 38932 x 19.4
Dec 19 1637   CSO-1                 Soyuz ST-B      CSG ELS               Imaging    106A   S43866?  800?x   800?x 98?
Dec 21 0020   Kosmos-2533           Proton-M        Baykonur              Comms      107A   S43867 35421 x 35802 x  0.2 
Dec 21        SEDA-AP                               ISS, LEO              Science   98067PU S43870   401 x   408 x 51.6
Dec 21 2351   Honygun GJYW          Chang Zheng 11  Jiuquan               Comms      108A   S43871  1065 x  1072 x 99.9 0600LT SSO
Dec 23 1351   GPS III SV01          Falcon 9        Canaveral SLC40       Navigation 109A   S43873  1192 x 20199 x 55.0 
Dec 24 1653   TJS 3                 Chang Zheng 3C  Xichang               Unknown    110A   S43874   182 x 35815 x 28.5
Dec 27 0207   Kanopus-V No. 5   )   Soyuz-2-1A/Fregat Vostochniy          Imaging    111A   S43876   504 x   511 x 97.5 2322LT SSO
              Kanopus-V No. 6   )                                         Imaging    111B   S43877   499 x   511 x 97.5 2322LT SSO
              GRUS 1            )                                         Imaging    111    S43878   486 x   562 x 97.6 2322LT SSO
              UWE-4             )                                         Tech       111    S43879?  571 x   587 x 97.3
              D-Star ONE Sparrow   )                                      Tech/Comms 111    S43880?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              iSky                 )                                      Comms      111    S43881?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-RemyColton   )                                      Met/Comms  111    S43882?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-Gustavo      )                                      Met/Comms  111    S43883?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-ChristinaHolt)                                      Met/Comms  111    S43884?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-Zo           )                                      Met/Comms  111    S43885?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-TinyKev      )                                      Met/Comms  111    S43886?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-SarahBettyBoo)                                      Met/Comms  111    S43887?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-NatalieMurray)                                      Met/Comms  111    S43888?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              Lemur-2-DaisyHarper  )                                      Met/Comms  111    S43889?  571 x   583 x 97.3
              ZACube-2          )                                         Comms      111    S43891?  495 x   515 x 97.30
              Lume-1            )                                         Comms      111    S43892?  480 x   512 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-1/Dove 1062 )                                      Imaging    111U   S43894   480 x   512 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-2/Dove 106c )                                      Imaging    111V   S43895   480 x   512 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-3/Dove 1068 )                                      Imaging    111S   S43892   480 x   512 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-4/Dove 1063 )                                      Imaging    111T   S43893   480 x   512 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-5/Dove 1067 )                                      Imaging    111Z   S43899   480 x   512 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-6/Dove 1069 )                                      Imaging    111W   S43896   480 x   512 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-7/Dove 106a )                                      Imaging    111AC  S43902   480 x   510 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-8/Dove 106b )                                      Imaging    111AB  S43901   480 x   510 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-9/Dove 1065 )                                      Imaging    111AG  S43906   480 x   510 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-10/Dove 106d)                                      Imaging    111AF  S43905   480 x   510 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-11/Dove 106e)                                      Imaging    111AE  S43904   480 x   510 x 97.30
              Flock 3k-12/Dove 106f)                                      Imaging    111AD  S43903   480 x   509 x 97.30
Dec 29 0800   Chongqing   )          Chang Zheng 2D/YZ3  Jiuquan          Comms      112A   S43909   515 x   525 x 50.0
              Yunhai-2 01 )                                               Meteo?     112B   S43910   515 x   525 x 50.0
              Yunhai-2 02 )                                               Meteo?     112C   S43911   515 x   525 x 50.0
              Yunhai-2 03 )                                               Meteo?     112D   S43912  1088 x  1098 x 50.0
              Yunhai-2 04 )                                               Meteo?     112E   S43913  1090 x  1099 x 50.0
              Yunhai-2 05 )                                               Meteo?     112F   S43914  1091 x  1100 x 50.0
              Yunhai-2 06 )                                               Meteo?     112G   S43915  1092 x  1100 x 50.0

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

Nov  7 0701   GT228GM           Minuteman 3        Vandenberg            Op. Test     1300?      Kwajalein?
Nov 22?       RV?               JL-3               Sub, Bohai?           Test         1000?      
Nov 28 0700   TLV               KSLV-II TLV        Naro                  R&D           209       near Jeju
Nov 30        RVs?              Khorramshahr?      Semnan?               Test          500?      Iranian desert?
Dec  7 1106   VISIONS-2 1       Black Brant X      Svalbard              Auroral       805       Svalbard
Dec  7 1108   VISIONS-2 2       Black Brant X      Svalbard              Auroral       600       Svalbard
Dec  8 0826   TRICE-2 High      Black Brant XIIA   Andoya                Plasma       1042       Norwegian Sea
Dec  8 0828   TRICE-2 Low       Black Brant XIIA   Andoya                Plasma        756       Norwegian Sea
Dec  9 1543   PSR-01            VS-30              Alcantara             Tech          120?      Atlantic
Dec 10        FTI-03 Target     IRBM-T1            C-17, Pacific         Target        300?      Pacific
Dec 10        FTI-03 KV         SM-3-IIA           Kauai AAMDTC          Interceptor   300?      FTI-03
Dec 10 0800   Agni KV           Agni V             Kalam Island          Test          800?      Indian Ocean
Dec 13 1600   VSS Unity VP03    Spaceship Two      Lake Isabella         Test           82.7     Mojave
Dec 18 0746   DEUCE 2           Black Brant IX     White Sands           UV Astron     282       White Sands
Dec 26        Avangard          UR-100NU?          Yasniy                Test         1000?      Kura

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