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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 808 draft                                                2022 Jun 28        Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 67 continues with Oleg Artem'ev, Denis Matveev,  Kjell
Lindgren, Robert Hines, Samantha Cristoforetti, and Jessica Watkins
aboard the ISS.

On Jun 28 (at about 0700 UTC?) the Canadarm-2 unberthed the Cygnus NG-17 freighter S.S. Piers Sellers.
The Sellers was released into orbit at 1107 UTC. It ejected the Los Alamos NACHOS-1 cubesat on
Jun 28 and was deorbited over the Pacific at about 0645 UTC Jun 29.

On Jul 2 about 2230 UTC the Canadarm-2 unberthed the Bishop Airlock
from the ISS and held it out facing opposite the ISS velocity vector.
Bishop then ejected a large trash bag at 0005 UTC Jul 3. Bishop
was reberthed on the Tranquility module around 0130 UTC Jul 3.
This was the first use of the Nanoracks Airlock Trash Deployer system,
brought up on Cygnus NG-17. Mass of the trash bag may be around 250 kg;
size is around 1.5m diameter.


CAPSTONE
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The CAPSTONE mission began on Jun 28 with the launch of a Rocket Lab Electron from Mahia.
The 12U spacecraft has a mass of 25 kg and will be used to validate navigation
in near-rectilinear lunar halo orbit. The mission is sponsored by NASA-Ames and carried out
by the company Advanced Space (Colorado); CAPSTONE was built by Tyvak. 

At 1004 UTC Jun 28 the Electron second stage placed CAPSTONE in a 154 x
171 km x 39.1 deg Earth orbit, attached to a Photon Lunar stage.
Combined wet mass of CAPSTONE/Photon Lunar was around 300 kg, and Photon
Lunar is around 275 kg wet 55 kg dry. Photon Lunar is an enlarged
Electron kick stage and marks the first flight of the improved
HyperCurie rocket engine.  At 1005 and 1045 UTC Photon made two burns to
raise the vehicle's orbit to 220 x 1075 km. On Jul 1 the orbit was
raised to 258 x 70215 km. On Jul4 at 0656 UTC the Photon made a further
416 m/s burn to reach a 264 x 1060200 km x 39.1 deg transfer orbit
towards Sun-Earth Lagrange 1 (SEL1). Photon and CAPSTONE separated at
0718 UTC.

[Late on Jul 4 some sources expressed concern at evidence that CAPSTONE
was not communicating with Earth. This has not been officially confirmed
as of this writing.]


SES-22
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SES-22 is a C-band cable TV distribution satellite for the western US, to be stationed
at 135W. The Thales Alenia Spacebus satellite has a launch mass of 3500 kg. It was
launched by Falcon 9 on Jun 29.

PSLV-C53
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India's PSLV flight C53 placed three satellites in orbit for Singapore.
DS-EO and NeuSAR are imaging and radar satellites for Singapore's
Defense Science and Technology Agency, in collaboration with ST
Electronics, and built by S Korea's SATRECI. SCOOB-1 is a 3U cubesat
from Nanyang Tech U. with a solar multi-band photometer. POEM (PSLV
Orbital Experimental Module) is a set of ISRO technology experiments
attached to the PSLV PS4 fourth stage, which has been supplied with
solar panels to turn it into an operational satellite.

WFOV
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ULA launched Atlas AV-094 on Jul 1. The Centaur stage made a three burn ascent
to a circular orbit a few hundred km above GEO. The main payload was
the WFOV Testbed, an experimental infrared missile early warning satellite
built by Boeing Millennium Space for the Space Force's Space Systems Command.
After WFOV was deployed an adapter was jettisoned, and finally the USSF 12 Ring
payload separated from the Centaur. USSF 12 Ring is an ESPA ring with solar
panels and a small propulsion system, carrying a set of secret experiments.

STP-S28A
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Virgin Orbit carried out a LauncherOne flight  on Jul 2 carrying
payloads for  the US Space Force's Space Test Program flight STP-S28A
and NASA's Elana 39 flight. The Boeing 747 carrier, Cosmic Girl, took
off from Mojave at 0549 UTC and flew out to the drop point at 120.8W
32.3N. Cosmic Girl dropped LauncherOne R6 at 0653:00 UTC; the two-stage
rocket reached a 170 x 500 km x 45 deg parking orbit at 0701 UTC; and at
0747 UTC the upper stage restarted to circularize the orbit at 492 x 498
km x 45.0 deg and released seven cubesats. The payloads are:

 CTIM-FD, a Univ. of Colorado 6U satellite to measure total solar flux.
 GPX-2, a NASA-LaRC 3U satellite to test commercial differential GPS receivers.
 Recurve, an AFRL 12U satellite to demonstrate communications with a ground-based mesh communications network.
 Slingshot-1, an Aerospace Corp 12U satellite to demonstrate use of internal ethernet to connect multiple
   payloads on a spacecraft.
 NACHOS-2, a Los Alamos 3U satellite to study trace atmospheric gases for volcanology and climate research.
 MISR-B, a 6U US SOCOM (Special Operations Command) satellite for `Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance'.
 Gunsmoke-L, a 6U Army SMDC tactical communications satellite.

PVSAT
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S Korea's PVSAT ejected its first cubesat passenger, STEP Cube Lab II for Chosun University, on Jun 29.
RANDEV, for KAIST, was ejected on Jun 30. SNUGLITE-2, for SNU, was ejected Jul 3.

Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT       Name			     Launch Vehicle	 Site		 Mission  INTL.  Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl	 Notes
Jun  2 0400   Geely Xingguo 01 zu 01 xing )       Chang Zheng 2C            Xichang         Comm/Nav 58A  600 x 617 x 50.0
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 02 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58B
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 03 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58C
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 04 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58D
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 05 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58E
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 06 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58F
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 07 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58G
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 08 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58H
              Geely Xingguo 01 zu 09 xing )                                                 Comm/Nav 58J
Jun  3 0932   Progress MS-20                      Soyuz-2-1a                Baykonur        Cargo    59A  189 x 220 x 51.7
Jun  5 0244   Shenzhou 14                         Chang Zheng 2F            Jiuquan        Spaceship 60A  194 x 321 x 41.5
Jun  8 2104   Nilesat 301                         Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40  Comms    61A  313 x 44926 x 18.7
Jun 12 1743   TROPICS 1                           Rocket 3.3                Canaveral LC46  Sci      F03  -1250 x 532 x 29.5?
              TROPICS 2                                                                     Sci      F03  -1250 x 532 x 29.5?
Jun 17 1608   Starlink (Group 4-19)               Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A   Comms    62    253 x 327 x 53.2
Jun 18 1419   SARah-1                             Falcon 9                  Vandenberg SLC4E Radar   63A   743 x 751 x 98.4
Jun 19 0427   Globalstar-2 FM19                   Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40  Comms    64   1111 x 1125 x 52.0
              USA 328                                                                       Sigint?  64    520 x  531 x 53.0
              USA 329                                                                       Sigint?  64    520 x  531 x 53.0
              USA 330                                                                       Sigint?  64    520 x  531 x 53.0
              USA 331                                                                       Sigint?  64    520 x  531 x 53.0
Jun 21 0700   Wiseong-mosache                     Nuri                      Naro            Dummy    65A   694 x  708 x 98.0
              PVSAT                                                                         Tech     65B   695 x  704 x 98.0
Jun 22 0208   Tianxing-1                          Kuaizhou-1A               Jiuquan         Sci      66A   275 x  290 x 96.8
Jun 22 2150   Measat-3D                           Ariane 5ECA+              Kourou ELA3     Comms    67    274 x 35814 x 6.0
              GSAT-24                                                                       Comms    67    260 x 35739 x 6.0
Jun 23 0222   Yaogan 35 02 zu 01 xing             Chang Zheng 2D            Xichang         Sigint?  68    488 x 500 x 35.0
              Yaogan 35 02 zu 02 xing                                                       Sigint?  68    488 x 500 x 35.0
              Yaogan 35 02 zu 03 xing                                                       Sigint?  68    488 x 500 x 35.0
Jun 27 1546   Gao Fen 12-03                       Chang Zheng 4C            Jiuquan         Radar?   69A   595 x 599 x 98.0
Jun 28 0955   CAPSTONE                            Electron                  Mahia LC1B   Lunar probe 70A   220 x 1075 x 39.1
Jun 28 2020   NACHOS                                                     Cygnus NG17, LEO   Sci      15D   399 x 409 x 51.6
Jun 29 0750   STEP Cube Lab II                                             PVSAT, LEO       Tech     65D   693 x 704 x 98.0
Jun 29 2104   SES-22                              Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40  Comms    71A   310 x 35627 x 16.5
Jun 30 1232   DS-EO                               PSLV-CA                 Satish Dhawan SLP Imaging  72A
              NeuSAR                                                                        Radar    72
              SCOOB-1                                                                    Solar phys  72
              POEM                                                                          Tech     72    533 x 567 x 9.9
Jun 30 2300?  RANDEV                                                       PVSAT, LEO       Tech     65D   693 x 704 x 98.0
Jul  1 2315   WFOV                                Atlas V 541              Canaveral LC41 Early Warn 73A  36106 x 36168 x 0.0
              USSF 12 Ring                                                                  Tech     73B  36167 x 36323 x 0.0
Jul  2 0653   CTIM-FD                             LauncherOne          Cosmic Girl, Pacific Solar    74    492 x 498 x 45.0
              GPX-2                                                                         Tech     74
              Recurve                                                                       Tech     74
              Slingshot-1                                                                   Tech     74
              NACHOS-2                                                                      Sci      74
              Gunsmoke-L1                                                                   Comms    74
              MISR-B                                                                        Imaging? 74
Jul  3 0750?  SNUGLITE-2                                                   PVSAT, LEO       Tech     65E   693 x 704 x 98.0

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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On Jun 26 Equatorial Launch Australia inaugurated use of their Arnhem Space Centre launch site
with a NASA launch of a Black Brant 9 carrying the Wisconsin XQC X-ray astronomy payload.


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

Jun  4 1325   New Shepard       NS PM4-4           W Texas               Tourism       107       W Texas
Jun  6 1400   Agni RV           Agni 4             Kalam I.              Test          500?      Indian Ocean
Jun 15        USN RV x 4?       Trident II D-5     SSBN 737, Pacific     Test         1000?      Guam
Jun 15        USN RV x 4?       Trident II D-5     SSBN 737, Pacific     Test         1000?      Guam
Jun 17        USN RV x 4?       Trident II D-5     SSBN 737, Pacific     Test         1000?      Guam
Jun 17        USN RV x 4?       Trident II D-5     SSBN 737, Pacific     Test         1000?      Guam
Jun 24 0935   RockOn            Terrier Imp. Orion Wallops I             Education     117       Atlantic
Jun 24?       Dummy stage       Zoljanah           Semnan                Test          500?      Arabian Sea
Jun 26 0219   STORT             VS-30/IO?          Andoya                Hypersonic    100?      Norw. Sea
Jun 26 1429   XQC               Black Brant 9      Arnhem                X-ray Astron  327       N. Terr.

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