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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 715 draft                                                 2015 Jul 25    Somerville, MA
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JSR 714 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.714

International Space Station
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Expedition 44 is underway with Commander Gennadiy Padalka
and flight engineers Mikhail Kornienko, Scott Kelly, 
Oleg Kononeko, Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren. 

Beidou
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China launched two Beidou navigation satellites on Jul 25. Following the
first 3rd-generation inclined-geosync Beidou in March,  this pair are
the first of the 3rd-gen medium-orbit type. The CZ-3B launch vehicle
deployed the YZ-1 upper stage in a 189 x 18390 km x 55 deg transfer
orbit.  CZ-3B stage 3 probably coasted in a low parking orbit for only a
minute or so before its second burn to the elliptical orbit. The YZ-1
then stage separated and made its first burn almost immediately at about
1245 UTC, raising apogee to 22000 km. The Beidou/YZ-1 stack then coasted
to that apogee altitude and at about 1610 UTC YZ-1's second burn
circularized orbit. The two payloads were quickly released in a 21523 x
22193 km x 55 deg orbit, and then about 1620 UTC YZ-1 made a disposal
burn to a 22151 x 27736 km x 55 deg orbit.



Erratum
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The GPS SVN 72 satellite is of course Block IIF flight 10, not Block IIR.
The MSG 4 satellite is still undergoing commissioning, and will not get the
name Meteosat 11 until it is operational.


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

Jul  3 0455   Progress M-28M      Soyuz-U            Baykonur LC1     Cargo          31A   S40713    398 x    402 x  51.6 Docked ISS
Jul 10 1628   DMC3-1     )                                            Imaging        32A   S40715    637 x    662 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              DMC3-2     )                                            Imaging        32B   S40716    637 x    662 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              DMC3-3     )        PSLV-XL            Sriharikota FLP  Imaging        32C   S40717    637 x    661 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              CBNT-1     )                                            Imaging        32D   S40718    636 x    658 x  98.3 2210LT SSO
              DeOrbitSail)                                            Tech           32E   S40719    635 x    657 x  98.0 2210LT SSO
Jul 13 1640   Flock 1e-1  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GF S40722    395 x    401 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-2  )                                           Imaging      98-67GE S40723    394 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 14 0431   Flock 1e-3  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GH S40725    395 x    400 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-4  )                                           Imaging      98-67GG S40724    396 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 14 1545   Flock 1e-5  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GL S40728    395 x    402 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-6  )                                           Imaging      98-67GM S40729    395 x    402 x  51.6
Jul 14 2340   Flock 1e-7  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GJ S40726    395 x    402 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-8  )                                           Imaging      98-67GK S40727    396 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 15 0601   Flock 1e-9  )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GN S40736    396 x    401 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-10 )                                           Imaging      98-67GP S40737    397 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 15 1315   Flock 1e-11 )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GQ S40738    395 x    402 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-12 )                                           Imaging      98-67GR S40739    396 x    402 x  51.6
Jul 15 1536   GPS SVN 72          Atlas V 401        Canaveral SLC41  Navigation     33A   S40730  20446 x  20459 x  55.0
Jul 15 2142   Star One C4  )      Ariane 5ECA        Kourou ELA3      Comms          34B   S40733  35727 x  35791 x   0.1 GEO drift
              MSG 4        )                                          Weather        34A   S40732  35376 x  35636 x   3.2 GEO drift
Jul 15 2249   Flock 1e-13 )                          ISS, LEO         Imaging      98-67GS S40740    396 x    401 x  51.6
              Flock 1e-14 )                                           Imaging      98-67GT S40741    396 x    400 x  51.6
Jul 16 0641   Centennial-1)                          ISS, LEO         Calib        98-67GU S40742?   395 x    401 x  51.6
              Arkyd-3R    )                                           Tech         98-67GV S40743?   395 x    401 x  51.6
Jul 22 2012   Soyuz TMA-17M       Soyuz-FG           Baykonur LC1     Spaceship      35A   S40744    400 x    402 x  51.7 at ISS
Jul 24 0007   WGS 7               Delta 4M+(5,4)     Canaveral SLC37B Comms          36A   S40746    494 x  66798 x  24.1
Jul 25 1229   Beidou DW17 )       Chang Zheng 3B     Xichang          Navigation     37A   S40748  21523 x  22195 x  55.0
              Beidou DW18 )                                           Navigation     37B   S40749  21528 x  21880 x  55.0

Table of Recent (suborbital) Launches
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Date UT     Payload/Flt Name  Launch Vehicle  Site                        Mission    Apogee/km

Jul  7 1015   NASA 36.313NP    Black Brant 9       Wallops, Virginia     Tech          350?

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