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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 785 draft                                                     2020 Oct 7    Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 63 concluded on Oct 21 with the undocking of Soyuz MS-16. 
Expedition 64 is now underway under the command of Sergey Ryzhikov.

Soyuz MS-17 was launched on Oct 14 at 0545 UTC with Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud'-Sverchkov and Kate Rubins.
It docked with the Rassvet module at 0848 UTC. The 3 hr 3min 49s flight from Earth to ISS is
a record for the ISS program.

Soyuz MS-16 undocked from the Poisk module at 2332 UTC Oct 21 and landed
in Kazakhstan at 0254 UTC Oct 22, returning Anatoliy Ivanishin, Ivan
Vagner and Chris Cassidy to Earth.


Starlink
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The Falcon 9 stage 2 from the Oct 6 launch did not perform a deorbit burn and was left in a 262 x 277 km orbit.

Another 60 Starlinks (launch 14, V1.0-L13) were launched on Oct 18 from
KSC. The first stage, B1051, made its sixth flight and landed on OCISLY.
The second stage made a two-burn insertion.

One of this batch, Starlink 1819, failed at deployment and reentered over Chad on Oct 25.

60 more Starlinks (launch 15, V1.0-L14) went up on Oct 24 from Cape
Canaveral using booster B1060 on its third flight, landing on JRTI. The
two-burn insertion profile was used again. 

Glonass-K
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The third Glonass-K navigation satellite, No. 15L, was launched on Oct 25. The Glonass-K series
is expected to replace the current Glonass-M type, but with only 3 launches in 9 years
the system's deployment rate is not impressive.

The Glonass site confirms that the satellite has been given the cover name Kosmos-2547.


Yaogan 30 Group 7
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On Oct 26 China's CALT launched a CZ-2C from Xichang with three
Yaogan 30 hao 07 zu  (YG-30 Group 7) satellites. A small Tianqi Xingzuo 06
secondary payload was also carried.


ION-SVC
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Deployment of cubesats from the ION-SVC carrier continues.

OSIRIS-REX
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx probe performed a touch-and-go sample retrieval from the surface of minor
planet (101955) Bennu on Oct 20. It left the 1 km parking orbit at 1730 UTC, began a steep
descent from 125m at 2133 UTC (Checkpoint Burn), matched horizontal speed with Bennu's rotation
(Matchpoint Burn) at around 2143 UTC at 50m altitude, and landed at 2153 UTC.

After activation of the TAGSAM sampler, the probe took off again after
about 9 seconds on the surface. It departed from Bennu at 0.4 m/s, which
exceeds escape velocity, and left the 48-km-radius Sun-Bennu Hill sphere
at about 0700 UTC Oct 22. Sample stow was expected on Oct 26, with the TAGSAM observed
to be overflowing with material.




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

Oct  2?       Flock 4v-17)                                      ION-SVC, LEO   Imaging   61BF S46529    516 x 521 x 97.5
              Flock 4v-18)                                                     Imaging   61BG S46597    514 x 527 x 97.5
Oct  3 0116   S.S. Kalpana Chawla           Antares 230+         MARS Pad 0A   Cargo     69A  S46530    185 x 238 x 51.6
Oct  6 1129   Starlink 1531      )
              Starlink 1644      )          Falcon 9             Kennedy LC39A  Comms    70A  S46532    262 x 277 x 53.0
              Starlink 1648-1650 )                                                         to S46591
              Starlink 1659-1660 )
              Starlink 1663-1664 )
              Starlink 1668      )
              Starlink 1671-1672 )
              Starlink 1674-1685 )
              Starlink 1687      )
              Starlink 1692-1694 )
              Starlink 1696-1702 )
              Starlink 1705-1706 )
              Starlink 1708-1709 )
              Starlink 1712      )
              Starlink 1714      )
              Starlink 1728-1730 )
              Starlink 1732-1733 )
              Starlink 1735-1737 )
              Starlink 1740-1741 )
              Starlink 1743-1744 )
              Starlink 1746-1749 )
              Starlink 1753-1755 )
Oct  9?       Flock 4v-19)                                      ION-SVC, LEO   Imaging   61BH S46529    516 x 521 x 97.5
              Flock 4v-20)                                                     Imaging   61BJ S46597    514 x 527 x 97.5
Oct 14?       Flock 4v-21)                                      ION-SVC, LEO   Imaging   61BK S46596    515 x 521 x 97.5
              Flock 4v-22)                                                     Imaging   61BL S46735    515 x 526 x 97.5
Oct 18 1226   Starlink 1715-1718)  
              Starlink 1720     )          Falcon 9             Kennedy LC39A  Comms     73A  S46670    263 x 277 x 53.0
              Starlink 1731     )                                                          to S46729  
              Starlink 1766     )
              Starlink 1772-1776)
              Starlink 1778     )
              Starlink 1780-1781)
              Starlink 1783     )
              Starlink 1784     )
              Starlink 1786     )
              Starlink 1788-1797)
              Starlink 1799-1805)
              Starlink 1807-1811)
              Starlink 1813-1831)
              Starlink 1841     )
Oct 20?       Flock 4v-23)                                      ION-SVC, LEO   Imaging   61BM S46737    515 x 521 x 97.5
              Flock 4v-24)                                                     Imaging   61BN S46738    515 x 526 x 97.5
Oct 24 1531   Starlink 1798     )          Falcon 9             Canaveral LC40 Comms     74A  S46739    263 x 277 x 53.0
              Starlink 1832-1835)                                                          to S46798
              Starlink 1847-1848)
              Starlink 1851     )
              Starlink 1865     )
              Starlink 1872     )
              Starlink 1882-1883)
              Starlink 1892-1894)
              Starlink 1896-1899)
              Starlink 1901-1903)
              Starlink 1905-1906)
              Starlink 1908     )
              Starlink 1910-1911)
              Starlink 1915-1926)
              Starlink 1928-1937)
              Starlink 1939     )
              Starlink 1941-1950)
Oct 25 1908   Glonass-K No. 15L              Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat   Plesetsk LC43/4 Navigation 75A S46805 19125 x 19150 x 64.8
Oct 26 1519   Yaogan 30 hao 07 zu 01 xing)   Chang Zheng 2C      Xichang         Sigint     76A
              Yaogan 30 hao 07 zu 01 xing)                                       Sigint     76B
              Yaogan 30 hao 07 zu 01 xing)                                       Sigint     76C
              Tianqi Xingzuo 06          )                                       Comms      76D

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


Oct  1        Black Dagger      Boosted Zombie     Fort Wingate?         Target        100?      White Sands
Oct 13 1336   NS-13             New Shepard        W Texas               Test          106       W Texas

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