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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 769 draft                                                 2019 Aug  22   Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 60 continues.

Soyuz MS-14, flying without a crew, completed a rendezvous with the ISS
at 0513 UTC on Aug 24. However, at 0532 UTC after a flyaround at a
distance of 400 metres, it failed to lock on to the Kurs system on the
Poisk module. It was later determined that Poisk's system was not
working correctly. The crew sent the abort signal at 0536 UTC and the
Soyuz was ordered to retreat to a safe distance.

On Aug 26 astronauts Skvortsov, Parmitano and Morgan undocked from the
Zvezda module in Soyuz MS-13 at 0335 UTC and redocked with the Poisk
module at 0359 UTC. This left the Zvezda module, with its working Kurs
system, free for a second docking attempt for Soyuz MS-14.
On Aug 27 at 0308 UTC Soyuz MS-14 indeed succeeded in docking with the
Zvezda aft port, delivering cargo and the Fyodor robot.

On Aug 27 the Canadarm-2 unberthed Dragon CRS-18 from the Harmony nadir
port and released it into orbit at 1459 UTC. Dragon fired its Draco
thrusters for a 12m53s deorbit burn at 1922 UTC and splashed down at
about 123.6W 32.5N at 2021 UTC.



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

Aug  5 2156   Kosmos-2539                Proton/Briz-M     Baykonur LC81/24 Comms     48A  S44457  35673 x 35851 x  0.0 
Aug  6 1930   EDRS C         )           Ariane 5 ECA      Kourou ELA3      Comms     49A  S44475?   217 x 35528 x  4.5
              Intelsat IS-39 )                                              Comms     49B  S44476?   231 x 35801 x  4.5
Aug  6 2323   AMOS 17                    Falcon 9          Canaveral SLC40  Comms     50A  S44479    215 x 35733 x 26.0
Aug  6 or 7?  RTFSat          )                          Chaffee, LEO       Tech      22G  S44417    470 x   485 x 51.6
              Quantum Radar 3 )                                             Tech      22F  S44416    470 x   485 x 51.6
              NARSScube-2     )                                             Tech      22H  S44418    470 x   485 x 51.6
              ORCA            )                                             Tech      22E  S44415    470 x   485 x 51.6
Aug  7 1300   Aerocube-10a  )                            Chaffee, LEO       Tech      22D  S44485    471 x   485 x 51.7
              Aerocube-10b  )                                               Tech      22C  S44484    469 x   481 x 51.7
Aug  8 1013   AEHF 5 )                   Atlas V 551       Canaveral SLC41  Comms     51A  S44481  14366 x 35286 x 10.0
              TDO    )                                                      Sp.Surv.  51B  S44482    207 x 35259 x 26.4
Aug 17 0411   Qiancheng-1 01 )           Jielong-1         Jiuquan          Imaging   52A  S44486    532 x   559 x 97.6
              Xingshidai-5   )                                              Tech      52   S44487?   529 x   559 x 97.6
              Tianqi-2       )                                              Comms     52   S44488?   529 x   560 x 97.6
Aug 19 1203   Zhongxing-18               Chang Zheng 3B    Xichang          Comms     53A  S44493    228 x 35879 x 28.4
Aug 19 1212   BlackSky Global 4)         Electron          Mahia            Imaging   54   S44496?   531 x   558 x 45.0
              Pearl White 1    )                                            Tech      54   S44497?   531 x   558 x 45.0
              Pearl White 2    )                                            Tech      54   S44498?   531 x   558 x 45.0
              BRO-ONE          )                                            Sigint    54   S44499?   531 x   558 x 45.0
Aug 22 0338   Soyuz MS-14                Soyuz-2-1a        Baykonur LC31    Spaceship  55A S44504    194 x   226 x 51.6
Aug 22 1306   GPS III SV02               Delta 4M+(4,2)    Canaveral SLC37B Navigation 56A S44506   1199 x 20177 x 55.0

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

Aug  1?       Warhead           Burkan-3           Yemen                 Weapon        300?      Dammam, S. Arabia
Aug  7 1500?  RV                DF-31/41?          Taiyuan               Test         3000?      Xinjiang
Aug 11 0607   SISTINE           Black Brant IX     White Sands           UV Astronomy  259       White Sands
Aug 12 0944   RockSat-X 9       Terrier Imp.Mal.   Wallops Island        Education     154       Atlantic
Aug 23 2145   RV                DPRK-MLRS          Sondok, N Korea       Test           97       Sea of Japan
Aug 23 2202   RV                DPRK-MLRS          Sondok, N Korea       Test           97       Sea of Japan

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