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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 773 Draft                                                 2019 Dec 8 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 61 continues.

Progress MS-13 docked with the Pirs module at 1038 UTC Dec 9.

Glonass
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The Glonass M-59 navigation satellite, Kosmos-2544, was launched from Plesetsk on Dec 11.

PSLV-C48
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India's PSLV-C48 flight launched RISAT-2BR1, a 628 kg X-band synthetic aperture radar satellite.
Also aboard were some secondary payloads:
  - the 100-kg-class Izanagi (QPS-SAR-1), a 3.6m-dia-antenna radar satellite from QPS Labs of Fukuoka, Japan;
  - the 22 kg 12U Cubesat 1HOPSAT from Hera Systems of San Jose;
  - the 3U Duchifat 3 from Herzliya Science Center, Israel
  - four SpireGlobal Lemur-2 satellites;
  - a 3U satellite, Tyvak-0092 (possibly also called COMMTRAIL), built by Tyvak for an unnamed Italian company
    for search-and-rescue applications;
  - a 6U satellite, Tyvak-0129, or Pathfinder Demo Test 1, a mission built by Tyvak for NASA-Ames to test
    a Busek electrospray thruster.

Erratum
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The recent Beidou double launch, Beidou 50/51, were satellites M21 and M22 in the Beidou-3
system, and not M19/20 as I wrote in JSR 772.

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

Dec  5 1729   Dragon CRS-19               Falcon 9           Canaveral SLC40 Cargo     83A S44821    203 x   378 x 51.7
Dec  6 0800?  Kosmos-2543?                              Kosmos-2542, LEO     Inspector 79D S44835    368 x   858 x 97.9
Dec  6 0818   ALE-2     )                 Electron           Mahia LC1       Tech      84A S44824    397 x   415 x 97.0
              NOOR 1A   )                                                    Com       84            348 x   403 x 97.0
              NOOR 1B   )                                                    Com       84            348 x   403 x 97.0
              SMOG-P    )                                                    Sigint    84            348 x   403 x 97.0
              TRSI-Sat  )                                                    Tech      84            348 x   403 x 97.0
              FossaSat-1)                                                    Tech      84            348 x   403 x 97.0
              ATL-1     )                                                    Sigint/Tech 84          348 x   403 x 97.0
Dec  6 0934   Progress MS-13              Soyuz-2-1A         Baykonur LC31   Cargo     85A S44833    186 x   219 x 51.6
Dec  7 0255   Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B          Kuaizhou-1A        Taiyuan         Imaging   86B S44837    531 x   544 x 97.5
Dec  7 0852   HEDE-2A   )                 Kuaizhou-1A        Taiyuan         Comms     87  S44839    495 x   511 x 97.4
              HEDE-2B   )                                                    Comms     87            495 x   511 x 97.4
              Tianqi-4A )                                                    Comms     87            495 x   511 x 97.4
              Tianqi-4B )                                                    Comms     87            495 x   511 x 97.4
              Tianyi-16 )                                                    Imaging   87            495 x   511 x 97.4
              Tianyi-17 )                                                    Imaging   87            495 x   511 x 97.4
Dec 11 0854   Kosmos-2544                 Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat  Plesetsk LC43/3 Nav       88A S44850  19125 x 19150 x 64.8
Dec 11 0955   RISAT-2BR1)                 PSLV-QL            Satish Dhawan   Radar     89A S44852    564 x   574 x 37.0
              Izanagi   )                                                    Radar     89
              1HOPSAT   )                                                    Imaging   89
              Duchifat-3)                                                    Tech      89
              Tyvak-0092)                                                    SaR       89
              Tyval-0129)                                                    Tech      89
              Lemur-2-Unnamed)                                               AIS/Met   89
              Lemur-2-Unnamed)                                               AIS/Met   89
              Lemur-2-Unnamed)                                               AIS/Met   89
              Lemur-2-Unnamed)                                               AIS/Met   89



Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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On Dec 12 the US DoD's Strategic Capabilities Office and Northrop
Grumman launched what was reported to be a development test for a new
IRBM. The rocket flew from Vandenberg's Test Pad 1 west to the Pacific,
apparently to a range of about 1200 km (and not 3000 km which the US
defines as the lower end of IRBM range). Pictures suggest it was a
single-stage Castor 4B with an MBRV-class reentry vehicle, probably
surplus from the missile defense targets program. The Castor 4B solid
motor is thought to no longer be in production; I conclude this was 
likely largely a propaganda exercise rather than actually representing a
new capability.

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

Nov 26 0743   ICI 5             Terrer Imp.Malemute  Svalbard            Ionosphere    253       Arctic
Nov 28        Topol-E RV        Topol'               Kapustin Yar        Reentry test 1000?      Balkhash
Nov 28 0759   RV                DPRK MLRS            Ryonpo              Test           97       Sea of Japan
Nov 28 0759   RV                DPRK MLRS            Ryonpo              Test           97       Sea of Japan
Nov 30 1350   Agni 3 RV         Agni 3               Kalam Island        Test          500?      Indian O.
Dec 10 0930   CHI               Black Brant IX       Svalbard            Ionosphere    360       Arctic
Dec 11 1753   New Shepard NS12  New Shepard          West Texas          Test          105       West Texas
Dec 12 1630   IRBM Test         Castor 4B?           Vandenberg TP-01    Test          500?      Pacific

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