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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 789 draft                                                   2021 Jan 25  Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 64 continues under the command of Sergey Ryzhikov.


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 was deorbited in the south Pacifc west of Chile 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.

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             (ICEYE, Finland?)  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
B5      -                                Capella-3             (Capella Space)    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 XSAT GNOMES-2 ??          (PlanetIQ?)        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 4c-1 to 36 (Planet)      Imaging
C6      -                                Capella-4             (Capella Space)    Radar imaging
Aft     Maverick MERCURY         3 x 1U  V-R3X                 (NASA-Ames/CMU)    Tech

The additional payloads to be released later are thought to be:

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


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    02
              ExoCube 2   )                                                        Tech    02
              MiTEE 1     )                                                        Tech    02
              PolarCube   )                                                        Tech    02
              Q-PACE      )                                                        Tech    02
              TechEdSat-7 )                                                        Tech    02
              RadFxSat-2  )                                                        Tech    02
              PICS 1      )                                                        Tech    02
              PICS 2      )                                                        Tech    02
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            256 x 284 x 53.0
              Starlink 2011     )
              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         )
              Starlink 2199-2208    )           Falcon 9           Canaveral LC40    Comms   06          517 x 536 x 97.5
              ION SVC LAURENTIUS    )
              SHERPA-FX 1           )
              Izanami QPS-SAR-2     )
              Capella-3             )
              Capella-4             )
              ICEYE X8              ) 
              ICEYE X9              ) 
              ICEYE X10             ) 
              V-3RX 1               )
              V-3RX 2               )
              V-3RX 3               )
              GHGSat Hugo           )
              Flock-4s 1 to 36      )
              Flock-4s 37 to 40     )
              Kepler-8 to 15        )
              UVSQ-SAT              )
              Yushan Weixing        )
              Feishu Weixing        )
              ASELSAT               )
              PIXL 1                )
              SOMP 2b               )
              GNOMES-2??            )
              Aurora Insight Charlie)
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              Lemur-2-Unnamed       )
              SpaceBEE-40 to 63     )

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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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             ?, Iran               Op. Test      800?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Sejjil RV         Sejjil             ?, Iran               Op. Test      800?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Sejjil RV         Sejjil             ?, Iran               Op. Test      800?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Emad RV           Emad               ?, Iran               Op. Test      400?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Emad RV           Emad               ?, Iran               Op. Test      400?      Indian Ocean
Jan 16        Ghadr RV          Ghadr              ?, Iran               Op. Test      400?      Indian Ocean

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