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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 726 draft                                                 2016 May 18 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 47 continues with  commander Tim Kopra and flight engineers
Yuriy Malenchenko, Tim Peake, Alexey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka and Jeff Williams.

The Nanoracks NRCSD-7 cubesat deploys were completed on May 18 with the release of four Lemur-2
satellites from Spire Global. The Lemur system carries GPS radio occultation meteorology payloads.
The four satellites are named  Theresacondor, Kane, Nick-Allain and Jeff after Spire employees.
(Theresa Condor is VP Corp.Development for Spire. Nick Allain is their director of brand.
Kane is probably named after Megan Kane, a Spire manager, and Jeff is possibly Spire
satellite engineer Jeff Kuehne.)

The MinXSS and Nodes cubesats released on May 16 are communicating with the ground,
as are the Flock-2e/2e' satellites (whose deployment order has been corrected in the
table below thanks to Mike Safyan of PlanetLabs). No signals have been reported
from CADRE or STMSat-1.


The CRS-8 Dragon which landed on May 11 brought back to Earth the EMU 3011 spacesuit
implicated in the Parmitano and Kopra water leaks. EMU 3011 was launched into space
on mission STS-132 in 2010. Also brought back aboard CRS-8 were the Flock-2b 11 and 12 cubesats
which failed to deploy from the ISS last October. Nanoracks deployers NRCSD-5 and NRCSD-6
were also likely returned to Earth on CRS-8.


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

May  6 0521   JCSAT 14            Falcon 9 FT        Canaveral SLC40   Comms          28A   S41471  35758 x 35864 x   0.0 GEO 176E
May 15 0243   Yaogan 30           Chang Zheng 2D     Jiuquan           Imaging        29A   S41473    628 x   656 x  98.1 0900LT SSO
May 16 1005   MinXSS )                               ISS, LEO          Astronomy   9867HV   S41475    398 x   402 x  51.6
              CADRE  )                                                 Science     9867HU   S41474    398 x   402 x  51.6
May 16 1440   STMSat-1 )                             ISS, LEO          Tech        9867HW   S41476    399 x   402 x  51.6
              Nodes 1  )                                               Tech        9867HX   S41477    398 x   403 x  51.6
              Nodes 2  )                                               Tech        9867HY   S41478    400 x   401 x  51.6
May 17 0845   Flock 2e'-1 )                          ISS, LEO          Imaging     9867HZ   S41479    399 x   402 x  51.6
              Flock 2e'-2 )                                            Imaging     9867JB   S41481    400 x   401 x  51.6
May 17 1200   Flock 2e'-3 )                          ISS, LEO          Imaging     9867JA   S41480    398 x   402 x  51.6
              Flock 2e'-4 )                                            Imaging     9867JC   S41482    399 x   402 x  51.6
May 17 2300   Flock 2e-1)                            ISS, LEO          Imaging     9867JD   S41483    398 x   403 x  51.6
              Flock 2e-2)                                              Imaging     9867JE   S41484    398 x   402 x  51.6
May 18 0215   Flock 2e-3)                            ISS, LEO          Imaging     9867JG   S41486    399 x   402 x  51.6
              Flock 2e-4)                                              Imaging     9867JH   S41487    398 x   403 x  51.6
May 18 0705   Lemur-2 5                              ISS, LEO          Met-RO      9867JF   S41485    400 x   401 x  51.6
              Lemur-2 6                                                Met-RO      9867JJ   S41488
May 18 1115   Lemur-2 7                              ISS, LEO          Met-RO      9867JK   S41489
              Lemur-2 8                                                Met-RO      9867JL   S41490

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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A US missile defense test on May 17 involved the launch of a medium-range target using an SR-19
solid motor.

HiFire-5B was a joint US/Australian hypersonic-research flight test from
Woomera on May 18. Some reports said it was going to use a Terrier Mk
70/Lynx rocket (following the partial failure of HF-5 from Andoya
in 2012) but a spokesperson at the U. of Queensland tells me it
was moved back to the originally planned VS-30/Orion.  Thanks to T.
Schiller for alerting me to these launches.

The Indian Space Research Organization launched an HS9 booster on May 23 carrying
the RLV-TD hypersonic experiment; the vehicle's apogee of 70 km was within the mesosphere,
so it's not included in the list here.


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

Apr  2 1518   New Shepard M4   New Shepard         West Texas            Test          103       West Texas
Apr 12        DF-41 RVs?       DF-41?              Taiyuan?              Test         1000?      ?
Apr 19 0641   Yu-71 No. 3      UR-100NU            Yasniy                Test         1000?      Kura?
Apr 19 0933   Test payload     Simorgh             Semnan                Test          200?      S Iran
Apr 26 1700   Kunpeng-1B       Tianying-3F         Hainan                Ionosphere    316       S China Sea
May 18 0045?  HiFire-5B        VS-30/Orion         Woomera               Hypersonic    278       Woomera Range
May 18 0702   FTX-21 Target    MRBM-T3             Kauai                 Target        300?      Pacific

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