Table A contains the following index information: (1) State of Registry. Note that the satellite may be owned by a different State. In particular, a number of satellites launched by the United States for the United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries were registered by the United States rather than by the country which built and operated the payload. Some of these cases are noted in the Editorial Notes. States in the Registry: US United States of America USSR Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Republik (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) ITALY Italia (Italy) FRANCE France AUS Australia JAPAN Nippon (Japan) UK United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland CANADA Canada BRD Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany) INDIA India CSSR Ceskoslovensko (Czechoslovak Socialist Republic) CSFR Ceskoslovensko (Czechoslovak Federal Republic) CZECH Czech Republic ESA European Space Agency ISRAEL Israel SWEDEN Sverige (Sweden) MEXICO The United Mexican States CHINA People's Republic of China RF Russian Federation BRAS Brasil (Brazil) UKR Ukraine SPAIN Spain KOR Republic of Korea (South Korea) ARG Argentina LUX Luxembourg EUMET European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) CHILE Chile 342 PAK Pakistan UAE United Arab Emirates MALAY Malaysia ALG Algeria GREECE Greece EGYPT Egypt TURKEY Turkey PHIL The Phillipines NIGERIA Nigeria VENEZ Venezuela THAI Thailand In addition, objects launched by the following states: NED Netherlands INDNA Indonesia ARAB Saudi Arabia (and The Arab League) PORT Portugal THAI Thailand NOR Norway SING Singapore ROC Republic of China, Taiwan RSA South Africa DEN Denmark MAROC Morocco COLOM Colombia MAUR Mauritius VIET Vietnam are included in the table. They were not registered with the UN. Some of the satellites registered by France were the property of the European Space Research Organization (ESRO) or of ESA. (2) Number of object launched by State of Registry, for older satellites only. For USSR satellites, this number is the registration serial number provided to the United Nations, except for a few cases ( [U1], [U2], etc.) of satellites which were launched secretly by the USSR without registration. For all other satellites, the number is an unofficial serial number assigned by the editor. Serial numbers in square parentheses indicate that the object was not registered with the United Nations. For objects registered by France for ESRO, serials E1, E2, etc. are used. This column is no longer being updated. (3) International designation (originally 'Harvard number', also known as COSPAR designation). This designation is the official registration identification for United States satellites. For satellites launched by other states which did not provide this information, or for US satellites not registered with the UN, the designation has been taken from the COSPAR Bulletin. The original Harvard number system (COSPAR Bulletin, No. 1) gave the year of launch, a Greek letter for the order of launch within the year, and a serial number for objects within a single launch. Thus, 1961 Delta 2 is the second object from the fourth launch of 1961. In 1963 the system was changed to replace the Greek letters with numbers and the serial numbers with alphabetic suffixes. The suffixes ran from A to Z, then from AA to AZ, BA to BZ, etc., except that the letters I and O are never used (to avoid confusion with 1 and 0). Thus, 1965-82AB is the 26th object from the 82nd launch of 1965. (4) Name of satellite. The name is as given in the UN registration document, except for cases in square parentheses which are taken from the COSPAR Bulletin. (5) Date of launch. The date is nominally the Universal Time, Gregorian calendar date and is taken from the registration documents for all registered objects. (6) Document in which the satellite was registered. (7) For satellites prior to 1994, issue of the COSPAR Bulletin in which the satellite may be found in the listing of the Survey of Satellites and Space Probes. Note that no such listing was provided in 1963, and that secondary payloads are often not included in the COSPAR Bulletin listing. International designations for such satellites have been taken from the NASA Satellite Situation Report or the RAE Tables in the few cases where this was necessary. (8) Orbital period in minutes, where given. (9) Perigee height in km, where given (10) Apogee height in km, where given. (11) Inclination to the Earth's equator in degrees, where given. (12) Supplementary note, giving description of purpose of satellite. The entry in this column is a reference to the table of Notes. The given note contains the text used to describe the satellite in the registration document. These descriptions are very general and the same text is often used repeatedly for different satellites. (13) Further supplementary notes. The entry in this column refers to the table of Notes. (14) Editorial notes. The entry in this column refers to the table of Editorial Notes which include comments on errors in the registration documents, or information about objects which were not registered with the United Nations.