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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 706 draft                                             2014 Nov 14    Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 42 continues with commander Barry Wilmore, FE-1 Aleksandr Samokutyaev and FE-2 Elena Serova.
Soyuz TMA-15M was launched at 2101 UTC Nov 23 with Anton Shkaplerov, Terry Virts and Samantha
Cristoforetti. It docked with the Rassvet at 0249 UTC Nov 24.


Question
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Do readers find the orbital launch table below useful? I'm considering extended it beyond 80 chars
wide to 120 chars, to add orbit parameters etc. - is that ok or are readers still stuck on
tiny browser windows/email readers?


Yaogan 24
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China launched Yaogan 24 on Nov 20 into a 630 x 652 km SSO. The satellite is an imaging spy satellite
in the same series as Yaogan 2, 4, 7, 11. The CZ-2D second stage was deorbited after deploying
the satellite.

Kuaizhou 2
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The second launch of the Chinese 2nd Artillery's operationally
responsive Kuaizhou (Swift Boat) launch vehicle on Nov 21 placed
Kuaizhou-2 in a 284 x 300 km x 96.6 deg orbit, with 1300 local time
descending node. Kuaizhou 1 was launched to a similar orbit with 1100
LTDN in Sep 2013; after  regular maintenance burns for a year, during
Oct 2014 Kuaizhou 1's orbit was raised to 365 x 390 km.




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


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        62A
              ARSAT-1        )                                       Comms        62B
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
Oct 23 1800   CE-5 FTD )         Chang Zheng 3C/G2 Xichang           Lunar probe  65A
              4M       )                                            Amateur radio 65B
Oct 27 0659   SJ-11 08           Chang Zheng 2C    Jiuquan         Surveillance?  66A
Oct 28 2220   SS Deke Slayton  ) Antares 130       Wallops MARS 0A   Cargo        F02
              RACE             )                                     Science      F02
              Arkyd-3          )                                     Tech         F02
              GOMX-2           )                                     Comms AIS    F02
              Flock-1d 1 to 26 )                                     Imaging      F02
Oct 29 0709   Progress M-25M     Soyuz-2-1a        Baykonur LC31     Cargo        67A
Oct 29 1721   GPS SVN 69         Atlas V 401       Canaveral SLC41   Navigation   68A
Oct 30 0143   Meridian No. 17L   Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat Plesetsk LC43/4   Comms        69A
Nov  6 0735   ASNARO      )      Dnepr             Yasniy            Imaging      70A
              Hodoyoshi-1 )                                          Imaging      70B
              Kinshachi-1 )                                          Imaging      70C
              Tsukushi    )                                          Imaging      70D
              Tsubame     )                                          XR Astron    70E
Nov 14 1853   Yaogan 23          Chang Zheng 2C    Taiyuan         Radar imaging  71A
Nov 20 0712   Yaogan 24          Chang Zheng 2D    Jiuquan           Imaging      72A
Nov 21 0637   Kuaizhou-2         Kuaizhou          Jiuquan           Imaging      73A
Nov 23 2101   Soyuz TMA-15M      Soyuz-FG          Baykonur LC1      Spaceship    74A

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

Oct  7 1310   SR-10            Sounding Rocket     Jiupeng          Ionosphere    286
Oct 12 0427   MDA Target?      Terrier Lynx        Wallops I        Target?       150?
Oct 17 0708   FTX-20           MRBM-T3?            Kauai            Target        300?
Oct 23 1333   SL-9             SpaceLoft XL        Spaceport America Micrograv    124
Oct 29 1727   RVs              Bulava            K-535, Barents Sea Test         1000?
Nov  1 0620   RV               Topol'-M            Plesetsk         Test         1000?
Nov  5        RV               Sineva            K-114, Barents Sea Test         1000?
Nov  6 1907   RAISE 2          Black Brant IX      White Sands      Solar         300?
Nov  6 2203   FTM-25 Target    Terrier Oriole?     Kauai            Target        150?
Nov  6 2206?  Aegis KV         SM-3-IB           DDG-53, Pacific    Interceptor   150?
Nov 13        RV               Shaheen 2           Somniani?        Test          300?
Nov 17        RV               Shaheen 1A          Somniani?        Test          150?

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