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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 763 draft                                                 2019 Mar  9  Somerville, MA
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JSR 762 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.762.txt


International Space Station
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Soyuz MS-12 was launched on Mar 14 carrying Aleksey Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Christina
Koch. It docked with the Rassvet module at 0101:43 UTC Mar 15, beginning ISS Expedition 59.


S5
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The US Air Force Research Lab's S5 satellite appears to have separated from its
Nusantara Satu host satellite at about 1800 UTC on Mar 4. Part of the Beresheet probe's
adapter structure was jettisoned in the `GEO graveyard' first to allow S5 to emerge.

Orbits of the three GEO objects on Mar 8 were:
 44048  Nusantara Satu             35779 x 35791 km x 0.1 deg  GEO 145.9E
 44065  S5                         36053 x 36055 km x 0.1 deg  GEO 139.3E+3.3deg W/day
 44066  Beresheet adapter          36131 x 36170 km x 0.1 deg  GEO 133.2E+4.6deg W/day

ZX-6C
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China launched the Zhongxing-6C satellite from Xichang on Mar 9. ZX-6C is a C-band
communications satellite using the DFH-4 bus.

WGS-10
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The US Air Force communications satellite Wideband Global Satcom 10 was launched
on Mar 16 by a Delta 4 Medium from Cape Canaveral into a supersynchronous transfer
orbit. The Boeing-built spacecraft carries X- and Ka-band communications payloads
and has both bipropellant and electric propulsion systems. 
  The orbital data for WGS satellites were declassified last year; it's nice to
see public TLE data flowing for the new satellite.

Beresheet
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The SpaceIL Beresheet probe (I'm told "B'reshit" is a better transliteration from the Hebrew)
has made a further orbit raising burn for translunar injection. The 60 second perigee burn
at 1230 UTC Mar 19 raised apogee beyond the Moon to 405 000 km.


Erratum
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In JSR 760 I said that Progress MS-10 did a reboost on Dec 2; this should have read Dec 27
(with further reboosts Jan 18 and Feb 26).



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

Feb  1?       SeeMe?                                     EXCITE, LEO     Imaging     99BS   S43822   571 x   594 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
Feb  5        Dousti                 Safir               Semnan          Imaging      F02   F01533 -6000?x    10?x 55.0
Feb  5 2101   Saudi Geosat 1 )       Ariane 5ECA         Kourou ELA3       Comms      07A   S44034   242 x 35770 x  3.0
              GSAT-31        )                                             Comms      07B   S44035   245 x 35841 x  3.0
Feb  9 0000   Quantum Radar 1 )                        Cygnus NG10,LEO     Tech     18092C  S44041   455 x   459 x 51.6 
              Quantum Radar 2 )                                            Tech     18092D  S44042   457 x   457 x 51.6 
Feb 13 1200   MySat-1  )                               Cygnus NG10,LEO     Tech     18092E  S44044?  455 x   471 x 51.6  
              CHEFSAT-2 )	                                           Tech     18092F  S44045?  455 x   471 x 51.6  
Feb 13 2245   Kicksat-2                                Cygnus NG10,LEO     Tech     18092G  S44046   297 x   306 x 51.6
Feb 21 1647   EgyptSat-A             Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat   Baykonur LC31     Imaging    08A   S44047   652 x   656 x 98.0 0950LT SSO
Feb 22 0145   Nusantara Satu  )      Falcon 9            Canaveral SLC40   Comms      09A   S44048 35779 x 35791 x  0.1
              Beresheet       )                                           Lunar probe 09B   S44049   242 x 68845 x 27.6
Feb 27 2137   OneWeb-0006 )          Soyuz ST-B/Fregat   CSG ELS           Comms      10E   S44061   984 x  1007 x 87.8
              OneWeb-0007 )                                                Comms      10D   S44060   984 x  1007 x 87.8
              OneWeb-0008 )                                                Comms      10C   S44059   985 x  1009 x 87.8
              OneWeb-0010 )                                                Comms      10B   S44058   986 x  1010 x 87.8
              OneWeb-0011 )                                                Comms      10F   S44062   987 x  1005 x 87.8
              OneWeb-0012 )                                                Comms      10A   S44057   985 x  1010 x 87.8
Mar  2 0749   Crew Dragon DM-1       Falcon 9            Kennedy LC39A    Spaceship   11A   S44063   235 x   351 x 51.6
Mar  4 1800?  S5                                       Nus.Satu, GEO       Imaging    09D? S44065? 36043 x 36055 x  1.0
Mar  9 1628   Zhongxing 6C           Chang Zheng 3B      Xichang LC3       Comms      12A   S44067   181 x 40603 x 24.6
Mar 14 1914   Soyuz MS-12            Soyuz-FG            Baykonur LC1     Spaceship   13A   S44069   406 x   411 x 51.6 Docked ISS 
Mar 16 0026   WGS 10                 Delta 4M+(5,4)      Canaveral SLC37B  Comms      14A   S44071   462 x 44261 x 27.0

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

Feb  6 0701   Mk 21 RV/FTU-1    Minuteman 3        Vandenberg            Test         1300?      Pacific Ocean
Feb  6 0831   Yars RV           Yars               Plesetsk              Test         1300?      Kura
Feb 22 1654   VSS Unity VF-01   Spaceship Two      Kelso Valley          Test           89.9     Mojave
Mar 11 0920   REXUS 25          Imp. Orion         Kiruna                Microgav       82       ESRANGE

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