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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 704 draft                                          2014 Oct 17  Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 41 is underway with commander Max Suraev and flight engineers 
FE-1 Aleksandr Samokutyaev, FE-2 Elena Serova,
FE-3 Barry 'Butch' Wilmore. FE-5 Reid Wiseman and FE-6 Alex Gerst.

Ekspress AM-6
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The Russian Satellite Communication Company (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz)'s
Ekspress AM-6 satellite was launched from Baykonur on Oct 21.
Waiting for orbital data.


X-37B
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X-37B flight vehicle 1 completed its second flight on Oct 17, landing at
Vandenberg AFB at 1624 UTC after 674.9 days in space.

 Satellite Retrievals
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In the last JSR I gave a list of spacecraft which landed back on Earth
after spending long times in space. Here I give a table of spacecraft or
parts of spacecraft which were brought back to Earth aboard other
spacecraft - so, not needing reentry systems of their own. All the
entries in this list were Shuttle retrievals, except for a few low-mass
recovered experiments on Soyuz missions (only the longest-duration two
are noted) and the leading entries are all parts of the Hubble Space
Telescope. 

(As usual, I solicit corrections and additions to this list).

   Spacecraft                               Mass/kg  Duration   In space

   HST SICDH and battery units BMU1, BMU2   498      19.08 yr   1990-2009
   HST WFPC-2 and COSTAR                    571      15.48 yr   1993-2009
   HST FOC, PCU, DBA1/2                     380      11.88 yr   1990-2002
   HST FGS-2, RSU-1, DF-2224                281       9.68 yr   1990-1999
   ISS P6 Battery ORU 7-12                 1020       9.48 yr   2000-2010
   HST FGS-2R, RSU-1R/2R/3R                 253       9.43 yr   1999-2009
   ISS Pump Module S/N 02                   354       8.78 yr   2002-2011
   ISS P6 Battery ORU 1-6                  1020       8.66 yr   2000-2009
   HST SA-II array                          308       8.27 yr   1993-2002
   ISS RGA S0-1                              20       8.03 yr   2002-2010
   ISS S1 ATA                               500?      7.53 yr   2002-2010
   ISS S0 RGA S0-2/RPCM S0-1A-D              25?      7.43 yr   2002-2009
   ISS Z1 CMG-3                             281       7.36 yr   2000-2008
   HST FOS,GHRS,RWA-1                       671       6.83 yr   1990-1997
   ISS ROKVISS                                7       6.22 yr   2004-2011 (Soyuz TMA-1M)
   HST RSU-2R,3R, CoProc                     84       6.07 yr   1993-1999
  LDEF Satellite                           9705       5.79 yr   1984-1990
   ISS P1 NTA                               484       5.24 yr   2002-2008
   ISS Z1 SASA-3                            103       5.08 yr   2002-2007
   HST RWA-1R                                45       5.08 yr   1997-2002
   ISS Z1 CMG-1                             281       4.83 yr   2000-2005
   ISS TUS-RA ORU                           153       4.27 yr   2002-2006
   Solar Max MACS box                       194       4.16 yr   1980-1984
   ISS JAXA MPAC/SEED C3                      9?      4.14 yr   2001-2005 (Soyuz TMA-6)
   EMU 3013 spacesuit                       130       4.11 yr   2002-2006
   ISS MISSE 1/2                            100?      4.00 yr   2001-2005
   Orlan DMA-18 spacesuit                    77       3.91 yr   1992-1996
   HST HSP,WFPC,SA I/-V2,RSU 2/3            785       3.64 yr   1990-1993
   EMU 3011 spacesuit                       130       3.18 yr   2002-2005
   EMU 3015 spacesuit                       130       2.86 yr   2011-2014
   EMU 3005 spacesuit                       130       2.71 yr   2002-2005
   Surveyor 3 SMSS scoop                      5?      2.61 yr   1967-1969 (Apollo 12)
   EMU 3018 spacesuit                       130      722 days   2006-2008
   EMU 3009 spacesuit                       130      691 days   2009-2011
   EMU 3006 spacesuit                       130      631 days   2006-2008
   EMU 3008 spacesuit                       130      631 days   2006-2008
   ISS EuTeF                                297      582 days   2008-2009
   ISS SSRMS WRJ                            167      426 days   2001-2002
   EMU 3004 spacesuit                       130      382 days   2008-2009
   EMU 3011 spacesuit                       130      377 days   2008-2009
   EMU 3009 spacesuit                       130      367 days   2001-2002
   EMU 3009 spacesuit                       130      356 days   2005-2006
   EMU 3010 spacesuit                       130      356 days   2005-2006
  EURECA 1 Satellite                       3741      335 days   1992-1993
   EMU 3005 spacesuit                       130      301 days   2008-2009
  SFU Satellite                            2736      308 days   1995-1996
  Westar 6 Satellite                       1202      287 days   1984
  Palapa B2 Satellite                      1202      287 days   1984

For convenience, the list of spacecraft that landed by themselves after long periods
in space (from JSR 703) is repeated here with updated data:

     Hayabusa               7.1 years
     Stardust               6.9 years
     Genesis                3.1 years (crashed) 
     X-37B FLT-3            675 d
     X-37B FLT-2            469 d
     HEXAGON 1218-4         270 d
     USERS                  261 d
     HEXAGON 1216-4         260 d
     Salyut 5 KSI           249 d
     X-37B FLT-1            224 d
     Soyuz TMA-9            215 d
     Kosmos-2290 SpK-22   ca. 210 d?
     Soyuz TM-27            207 d

UN Registration
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Congratulations to Norway which has registered its remaining satellites with the
UN (except for the recently launched AISSat-2).  Norway's registered satellites are the
Thor 2,3, 5 and 6 communications satellites and the NCUBE-2 and AISSat-1 satellites in
polar orbit. I plan to update the on-line table of registrations once the UN OOSA
have makde public recent outstanding filings by Russia and the USA.



Table of Recent (orbital) Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission    INTL.  


Sep  4 0015   Chuangxin 1-04 )                     Jiuquan           Comms        51B
              Ling Qiao      )                                       Comms        51A
Sep  5 0929   Flock 1b-17 )                        ISS, LEO          Imaging     98-67FF
              Flock 1b-18 )                                          Imaging     98-67FE
Sep  7 0500   Asiasat 6          Falcon 9 v1.1     Canaveral SLC40   Comms        52A
Sep  8 0322   Yaogan 21  )       Chang Zheng 4B    Taiyuan           Imaging      53A
              Tiantuo 2  )                                           Imaging      53B
Sep 11 2205   Measat 3b )        Ariane 5ECA       Kourou ELA3       Comms        54A
              Optus 10  )                                            Comms        54B
Sep 17 0010   CLIO               Atlas V 401       Canaveral SLC41   Sigint?      55A
Sep 21 0552   Dragon CRS-4       Falcon 9 v1.1     Canaveral SLC40   Cargo        56A
Sep 25 2025   Soyuz TMA-14M      Soyuz-FG          Baykonur LC1      Spaceship    57A
Sep 27 2028   Luch               Proton-M/Briz-M   Baykonur LC81/24  Data relay   58A
Sep 28 0513   SJ-11 07           Chang Zheng 2C    Jiuquan         Surveillance?  59A
Oct  7 0516   Himawari-8         H-IIA             Tanegashima       Weather      60A
Oct 15 2002   IRNSS-1C           PSLV-XL           Sriharikota FLP   Navigation   61A
Oct 16 2144   Intelsat IS-30 )   Ariane 5ECA       Kourou ELA3       Comms        62
              ARSAT-1        )                                       Comms        62
Oct 20 0631   Yaogan 21          Chang Zheng 4C    Taiyuan           Imaging?     63A
Oct 21 1509   Ekspress AM-6      Proton-M/Briz-M   Baykonur LC81/24  Comms        64A

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

Sep  2 0202   EPL-ME           VS-30/EPL           Alcantara        Test          130?
Sep  9        Sparrow Target   Blue Sparrow?       F-15D, Med.Sea   Target        100?
Sep 10        RV               Bulava              K-551,White Sea  Test         1000?
Sep 11 0541   Agni RV          Agni I              Chandipur        Op. Test      500?
Sep 12 1300   USN RV           Trident D-5         Sub, Pacific O.  Test         1000?
Sep 12 1300   USN RV           Trident D-5         Sub, Pacific O.  Test         1000?
Sep 12 1300   USN RV           Trident D-5         Sub, Pacific O.  Test         1000?
Sep 23 1445   Mk 12/21 RV?     Minuteman III       Vandenberg LF09  Op. Test     1300?
Sep 30        VAULT 2.0        Black Brant IX      White Sands      Solar UV      290?
Oct 12 0427   MDA Target?      Terrier Lynx        Wallops I        Target?       150?

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