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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 735 draft                                                 2017 Jan 17 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 50 continues.  The HTV 6 cargo ship separated from ISS on Jan
27 at 1546 UTC. However, its KITE tether experiment failed to deploy
when commanded to do so on Jan 28. HTV 6 was deorbited on Feb 5 at 1442
UTC and entered the atmosphere over the South Pacific at 1506 UTC.

On Jan 31 the Progress MS-03 cargo ship undocked at 1425 UTC
and was deorbited at 1734 UTC with impact in the South Pacific
at 1824 UTC.

On Feb 19 Dragon CRS-10 was launched from Kennedy Space Center LC39A
aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9; the first non-NASA launch operation ever from
KSC and the first launch from KSC since 2011. NASA KSC abuts USAF Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station on its northern side; previous Falcon 9 east
coast launches were from SLC40 at Cape Canaveral. On this flight the
Falcon 9 first stage, B1031, landed at Cape Canaveral's LZ1.

CRS-10 carries three packages in its trunk for installation on ISS.  The
USAF Space Test Program's STP-H5 experiment suite includes a NASA
lightning sensor and NRL ionosphere-study experiments. SAGE-III IP
continues a long series of NASA ozone monitoring studies. SAGE-III NVP
(Nadir Viewing Platform) is an adapter which will allow the IP to be
installed sideways on the ISS ELC platform.

TuPOD
-----

The TuPOD cubesat from the Italian group Gauss Srl ejected its two small
0.75kg Tubesats, TANCREDO-1 and OSNSAT, on Jan 19.
Meanwhile the University of Tokyo's EGG satellite deployed its
aeroshell and began rapid orbital decay (as intended) with reentry
late on Feb 5.

Falcon 9
--------

The 11th object cataloged with the Falcon 9 launch was a data error
(probably cross-tagging of the other 10 objects). 41927 has been
reassigned to a debris object from a 1964 Transit navigation satellite
launch.

SBIRS
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Atlas AV-066 launched the third SBIRS GEO early warning sat into geotransfer
orbit on Jan 21. SBIRS GEO uses an infrared telescope to detect missile
launches.

DSN 2
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The DSN Corporation is a Sky Perfect JSAT / NEC / NTT /Maeda consortium
to provide an X-band military communications satellite for the Japanese
Defense Ministry. DSN 2 (Kirameki 2) is their first satellite, based on
the Mitsubishi Electric DS-2000 bus.

Hispasat 36W-1
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The Spanish Hispasat 36W-1 communications satellite (3220 kg at launch,
1700 kg dry) is the first SmallGEO bus, made by OHB of Bremen, Germany.
It was launched to geotransfer orbit by a Soyuz ST-B/Fregat in the first
GTO launch by a Soyuz from Kourou.

Ariane 588
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The VA235 flight placed two satellites in geotransfer orbit: SkyBrasil-1
for AT&T/DirectTV Latin America and Intelsat (which calls the satellite
Intelsat-32e), and Telkom-3S for the Indonesian operator Telkom.

PSLV-C37
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India's PSLV placed a record 104 payloads in orbit on Feb 15. The main payload
was the  714 kg `Cartosat-2 series satellite', the fourth such imaging payload
from ISRO. Two 10 kg INS-1 (Indian Nanosatellite) technology payloads were
carried, as well as 25 QuadPack cubesat dispensers from the Dutch company ISISSpace.
One of these ejected cubesats for SpacePharma (a Swiss/Israeli company), Ben Gurion
University, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Rashid Space Center (Dubai),
and the Dutch research lab TNO. Another pair of QuadPacks carried 8 Lemur
satellites for SpireGlobal. The remaining 22 QuadPacks hosted 88 Flock-3p
imaging satellites for Planet (San Francisco).




Table of Recent Orbital Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
                                                                                                      km      km   deg
Jan  5 1518   Tongxin Jishu SW 2    Chang Zheng 3B    Xichang LC2      Sigint?       01A    S41911    201 x 35801 x  27.5
Jan  9 0411   Linye 1 (Jilin-1S3)   Kuaizhou-1A       Jiuquan          Imaging       02A    S41913    530 x   546 x  97.5 1030LT SSO
              Caton-1           )                                      Comms         02B?   S41914    513 x   545 x  97.5 1030LT SSO
              Xingyun Shiyan 1  )                                      Tech          02C?   S41915    529 x   541 x  97.5 1030LT SSO
Jan 14 1754   Iridium Next SV102 )  Falcon 9 v1.2     Vandenberg SLC4E Comms         03D    S41920    608 x   621 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV103 )                                     Comms         03B    S41918    610 x   622 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV104 )                                     Comms         03F    S41922    610 x   621 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV105 )                                     Comms         03E    S41921    605 x   619 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV106 )                                     Comms         03A    S41917    617 x   626 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV108 )                                     Comms         03H    S41924    607 x   622 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV109 )                                     Comms         03C    S41919    608 x   621 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV111 )                                     Comms         03K    S41926    609 x   622 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV112 )                                     Comms         03J    S41925    604 x   621 x  86.7
              Iridium Next SV114 )                                     Comms         03G    S41923    610 x   617 x  86.7
Jan 14 2333   TRICOM-1              SS-520            Uchinoura K      Tech          F01    F01486  -6340? x  200? x 30
Jan 16 0910   ITF-2          )                                         Tech      98-067KS   S41930    395 x   405 x  51.6
              FREEDOM        )                        ISS, LEO         Tech      98-067KU   S41932    396 x   408 x  51.6
              WASEDA-SAT3    )                                         Tech      98-067KW   S41934    397 x   408 x  51.6
Jan 16 0920   EGG                                     ISS, LEO         Tech      98-067KV   S41933    396 x   408 x  51.6
Jan 16 1040   AOBA-Velox-III                          ISS, LEO         Tech      98-067KX   S41935    396 x   409 x  51.6
Jan 16 1050   TuPOD                                   ISS, LEO         Tech      98-067KT   S41936    398 x   407 x  51.6
Jan 19 2330?  TANCREDO-1 )                            ISS, LEO         Comms?    98-067KY   S41931    395 x   408 x  51.6
              OSNSAT     )                                             Comms?    98-067KZ   S41939    394 x   408 x  51.6
Jan 21 0042   SBIRS GEO-3           Atlas V 401       Canaveral SLC41  Early Warn    04A    S41937    195 x 35847 x  23.3
Jan 24 0744   Kirameki-2            H-IIA 204         Tanegashima      Comms         05A    S41940    250?x 35860?x  22.0?
Jan 28 0103   Hispasat 36W-1        Soyuz ST-B/Fregat CSG ELS          Comms         06A    S41942    252 x 35754 x   5.4
Feb 14 2139   SkyBrasil-1)          Ariane 5ECA       Kourou ELA3      Comms         07A    S41944?   268 x 35780 x   4.0
              Telkom-3S  )                                             Comms         07B    S41945?   256 x 35752 x   4.0
Feb 15 0358   Cartosat-2 Series/4)  PSLV-XL           Sriharikota FLP  Imaging       08A    S41948
              INS-1A             )                                     Tech          08B    S41949
              INS-1B             )                                     Imaging       08C    S41950
              BGUSat             )                                     Tech          08     
              PEASSS             )                                     Tech          08     
              Al-Farabi 1        )                                     Tech          08     
              Dido-2             )                                     Micrograv     08     
              Nayif-1            )                                     Tech          08     
              Lemur-2-Jopanbutra   )                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Lemur-2-Spire-Minions)                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Lemur-2-Satchmo      )                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Lemur-2-RDeaton      )                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Lemur-2-Smita-Sharad )                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Lemur-2-Mia-Grace    )                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Lemur-2-NoguesCorreig)                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Lemur-2-Tachikoma    )                                   Com/Met-RO    08
              Flock 3p (88 sats) )                                     Imaging       08
Feb 19 1439   Dragon CRS-10         Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A    Cargo         09A    S42053


Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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News reports in the UK and discussion on nasaspaceflight.com indicate that the Trident II D-5
submarine-launched missile has had two previously unreported failures, a US launch sometime in 2011
and a UK launch in June 2016.

Pakistan made the first test flight of its Ababeel missile, which appears to be a Shaheen-3
with a third stage and a new payload of multiple reentry vehicles. Iran made the second
known test flight of the Khorramshahr, which is suspected to be a medium range missile
based on the Soviet R-27, similar to North Korea's Hwasong-10/Musudan. The missile's
reentry vehicle failed to survive reentry, according to US sources.


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

Jan 15        RV x10?           Dong Feng 5C       Taiyuan               Test         1000?      Taklimakan Desert
Jan 16        RV                Topol'-M           Plesetsk              Test         1000?      Kura
Jan 23 0230   MAIUS-1           VSB-30             Kiruna                Physics       238       ESRANGE
Jan 24        Ababeel RV        Ababeel            Somniani?             Test          300?      Arab.Sea
Jan 27 1345   PolarNOx          Black Brant 9      Poker Flat LC3        Atmos.Sci     283       Alaska
Jan 29        RV                Khorramshahr       Semnan                Test          300?      Iran?
Feb  4 0830   SFTM-1 Target     ?                  Kauai                 Target        200?      Pacific
Fab  4 0833?  SFTM-1 KV         SM-3-IIA           DDG-53, Pacific       Intercept     150?      SFTM-1 
Feb  9 0739   RV x 3?           Minuteman 3        Vandenberg LF10       Test         1300?      Kwajalein


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