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Jonathan's Space Report No. 738 [Corrected] 2017 Jun 3 Somerville, MA --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Because the original version of this issue had some Unicode characters in it, it got processed by mail as an attachment which got stripped off by some receiving mailers. That'll teach me to be too clever. I am therefore resending without the offending accents and taking the opportunity to fix one error in the launch table. For those of you who already got this twice, my profound apologies and please discard earlier versions. - Jonathan International Space Station --------------------------- During May, Expedition 51 continued with Soyuz MS-03 (vehicle No. 733) and MS-04 (vehicle No. 735) docked at the Station. On Jun 2 with the undocking of Soyuz MS-03 carrying Novitskiy and Pesquet, Expedition 52 began under the command of Fyodor Yurchikin, with Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer as flight engineers. The SS John Glenn (Cygnus OA-7) arrived at ISS on Apr 22, with grapple by Canadarm-2 at 1005 UTC and berthing on the Unity module at 1239 UTC. On May 4 to 6 the SSRMS and SPDM robot arms were used to exchange the MBSU (Main Bus Switching Unit) No. 2 on the S0 truss with a spare stored on ESP-2. The old MBSU was launched with S0 in 2002; the spare was launched with ESP-2 in 2005. On May 12 astronauts Whitson and Fischer performed spacewalk US EVA-42. One of the two SCU (Service and Cooling Umbilicals) in the Quest airlock developed a leak. The SCUs provide power and oxygen during spacewalk preps; the astronauts took turns using the one working one, but that meant less battery power was available during the actual EVA. Whitson went onto battery power at 1222 UTC; airlock depressurizatin began about 1230 UTC and reached 50 mbar at 1303 UTC. At 1306 UTC the hatch was opened, and at 1308 UTC Fischer went on to battery power. This latter event seems to be what NASA is recording as the start time of the spacewalk. The astronauts went to Express Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC-4) on the S3 truss. ELC-4 was launched in Feb 2011; its ExPCA (Express Pallet Controller Assembly, basically the pallet's computer) has failed. The astronauts replaced it with a new ExPCA launched on OA-7 and brought the old one back to the airlock. Also launched on OA-7 was the PMA-3 forward shield, which they installed at the base of PMA-3. The astronauts entered Quest and closed the hatch at 1714 UTC; Quest was repressurized starting at 1721 UTC. On May 23 Whitson and Fischer headed out again on EVA-43, two days after the new MDM EXT-1 computer on the S0 truss, installed Mar 30, unexpectedly failed. The astronauts brought out a spare computer and swapped it with the failed one. They also installed new wireless antennas on the Destiny module. Between May 16 and May 18, 17 cubesats were deployed from the Nanoracks NRCSD-11 dispenser attached to the JEM RMS robot arm on Kibo. On May 24 the dispensers were swapped out in the Kibo airlock and bet ween May 25 and May 26 a further 17 cubesats were deployed from NRCSD-12. Twenty-eight of these cubesats were part of the QB50 mission led by Belgium's Von Karman Institute (VKI), and carry sensors (mass spectrometer, flux probe, Langmuir probe) to study the upper atmosphere. The cubesats deployed were: May 16 0825 SOMP-2 2U QB50-DE02, TU Dresden Havelsat 2U QB50-TR02, from the Turkish company HAVELSAN A.S. and Istanbul Tech U. Columbia Sat 2U QB50-US04, part of the QBUS quartet, from Univ. Turabo, Puerto Rico May 16 1155 KySat-3/SGSAT 1U cubesat with a stellar gyroscope experiment from KentuckySpace. CXBN 2 2U cubesat with X-ray astronomy experiment from Morehead State U, Kentucky IceCube 3U cubesat from NASA-Goddard to test an 874GHz submm receiver for mapping atmospheric ice (not to be confused with the Cornell cubesats IceCube-1 and 2, lost in a 2006 launch failure) May 17 0145 Phoenix 2U QB50-TW01, from National Chen Kung Univ in Tainan City, Taiwan X-Cubesat 2U QB50-FR01, from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris qbee50-LTU-OC 2U QB50-SE01, from Lulea Technical University in Lulea, Sweden and OpenCosmos in Didcot, Oxfordshire. May 17 0813 Altair An unusual cubesat 6U long (0.1 x 0.1 x 0.6m) to test the Altair spacecraft bus for Millenium Space Systems of California. May 17 1240 SHARC SHARC is a radar calibration satellite for the US Air Force Research Lab; different sources give it as 1x5U or 1x6U. May 18 0100 ZA-Aerosat 2U QB50-AZ01, from Cubespace in Stellenbosch, S. Africa, a spinoff company from Stellenbosch University which built 2 previous South African sats. LINK 2U QB50-KR01, from the KAIST space research institute in South Korea. May 18 0415 CSUNSat 1 A 2U cubesat from California State Univ. Northridge, with a JPL low temperature energy storage experiment. May 18 0825 UPSat 2U QB50-GR02, from the University of Patras in Greece. SpaceCube 2U QB50-FR05, from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines in Paris. Hoopoe 2U QB50-IL01, from Herzliya Science Center in Israel May 25 0525 Challenger Sat 2U QB50-US01, a QBUS satellite from the University of Colorado. NJUST-1 2U QB50-CN03, from Nanjing University of Science and Technology and VKI. USNW-EC0 2U QB50-AU02, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. May 25 0835 DUTHSat 2U QB50-GR01, from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. Zidingxiang-1 2U QB50-CN02, also called LilacSat-1, from Harbin Inst. of Technology, Manchuria. nSIGHT 1 2U QB50-AZ02, from SCS-Space of Cape Town, South Africa. May 25 1155 QBITO 2U QB50-ES01, from Universita Politecnica de Madrid. Aalto-2 2U QB50-FI01, from Aalto Univ. in Finland SUSat 2U QB50-AU01, from the Univ. of Adelaide May 25 2340 SNUSAT 1b 2U QB50-KR03, from Seoul National University May 26 0400 i-INSPIRE 2 2U QB50-AU03, from the Univ. of Sydney PolyITAN-2-SAU 2U QB50-UA01, from Kiev Polytechnical Institute SNUSAT 1 2U QB50-KR02, from Seoul National University May 26 0855 Ex-Alta 1 2U QB50-CA03, from the Univ. of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta May 26 1215 Aoxiang 1 2U QB50-CN04, from Shaanxi Engineering Laboratory for Microsatellites in Xi'an BeEagleSat 2U QB50-TR01, from Istanbul Tech U. and the Turkish AF Academy Atlantis Sat 2U QB50-US02, a QBUS collaboration satellite from the U. of Michigan. In addition, the US DoD/Australian DoD technology cubesat Biarri Point is reported to have been carried to the ISS on OA-7; it is not clear whether or not the satellite is still on ISS or was deployed clandestinely. On Jun 2 astronauts Novitskiy and Pesquet transferred to Soyuz MS-03 and undocked from the Rassvet module at 1047 UTC. After a deorbit burn at 1317 UTC they landed in Kazakhstan at 1410 UTC. Launch of the Dragon CRS-11 cargo ship is currently scheduled for Jun 3. NROL-76 ------- SpaceX carried out its first launch of an NRO payload on May 1. The launch was codenamed NROL-76. Falcon 9 core stage B1032 took off from Kennedy Space center's LC39A and landed at nearby Cape Canaveral's Landing Zone 1. The second stage entered a low Earth orbit with a 51 degree inclination and deployed the USA 276 payload. The stage then carried out a long duration coast as a technology test before being deorbited. USA 276, which was reportedly built by Ball Aerospace, is apparently an experimental NRO technology demonstration satellite, possibly a followon to USA 193 whch failed a decade ago. Hobbyist observers soon located USA 276 in a 389 x 409 km x 50.0 deg orbit; Marco Langbroeck notes that it will pass relatively close to the ISS in early June. Ariane 5 -------- After delays due to social unrest in French Guiana, Arianespace on May 4 resumed launches with flight VA236 on launcher L589, placing the Brazilian military communications satellite 'Satelite Geoestacionario de Defesa e Comunicacoes Estrategicas 1 (SGDC) 1 (SGDC) and the Korea Telecom satellite Koreasat-7 in geotransfer orbit. On Jun 2 SGDC was on station at 74.4W and Koreasat 7 was on station at 114.5E. On Jun 1 Ariane 5 vehicle 590 (flight VA237) placed Viasat-2 and Eutelsat 172B in geotransfer orbit. Eutelsat 172B is the first Airbus/Toulouse Eurostar 3000e satellite, using electric propulsion for orbit raising. It carries 600 kg of xenon, saving 2500 kg of mass compared to the earlier bipropellant chemical-propulsion model. South Asia Satellite -------------------- India launched a GSLV Mk II rocket on May 5 placing the GSAT-9 Ku-band communications satellite and the CUS-08 cryogenic upper stage in geotransfer orbit. GSAT-9 has been named South Asia Satellite; India has donated the use of one transponder each to neighbouring countries in SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation): Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The remaining SAARC country, Pakistan, refused to participate. By May 22 GSAT-9 was on station at 97.3E. RocketLabs ---------- RocketLabs, a California-based company with a New Zealand subsidiary, made its first orbital launch attempt on May 25. The Electron rocket took off from Rocket Labs Launch Complex 1 on Mahia Peninsula on North Island, New Zealand carrying a non-separable launch vehicle instrumentation payload. The first stage, with 9 Rutherford LOX/kero engines, completed its burn and separated from the second stage which ignited its single Rutherford vac engine and propelled the rocket above the atmosphere; however, orbit was not achieved. Further details are not yet available. Inmarsat -------- SpaceX launched another Falcon 9 on May 15, placing Inmarsat's broadband communications satellite 5F4 in a supersynchronous geotransfer orbit of 385 x 70134 km x 24.5 deg. No attempt was made to recover the first stage. By Jun 1 Inmarsat 5F4 was in a 28061 x 43518 km x 0.2 deg elliptical synchronous orbit while the Falcon 9 second stage remained in a 388 x 69831 km x 24.6 deg orbit. SES-15 ------ The SES-15 communications satellite was launched from French Guiana on May 18 aboard an Arianespace Soyuz-ST-A with a Fregat-M upper stage into geotransfer orbit. SES-15 is the fifth Boeing 702SP electric-propulsion satellite and has a launch mass of 2302 kg. The satellite began orbit raising on May 24 and as of Jun 2 was in a 3017 x 32594 km x 5.3 deg orbit. Kosmos-2518 ----------- The second EKS missile early warning satellite was launched by Russia on May 25. It was given the cover name Kosmos-2518. The satellite is in an elliptical Molniya orbit with a period of 12 hours; reports that the system uses the 24-hour Tundra orbit are incorrect and apparently reflect an early design option for the system that was not adopted. QZSS ---- Japan's second Quasi Zenith Satellite System navigation satellite, Michibiki-2, was launched on Jun 1. As well as a navigation signal, the payload has a space weather monitor. Tianzhou 1 ----------- The Tianzhou cargo ship docked with the Tiangong-2 lab at 0416 UTC Apr 22. It carried out a refuelling test on Apr 27; another is expected in late June. Table of Recent Orbital Launches ---------------------------------- Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes km km deg Apr 12 1104 Shi Jian 13 Chang Zheng 3B Xichang LC2 Comms 18A S42662 237 x 41743 x 21.0 Apr 18 1511 SS John Glenn Atlas V 401 Canaveral SLC41 Cargo 19A S42681 398 x 412 x 51.6 Apr 20 0713 Soyuz MS-04 Soyuz-FG Baykonur LC1 Spaceship 20A S42682 399 x 409 x 51.6 Apr 20 1141 Tianzhou-1 Chang Zheng 7 Wenchang LC201 Cargo 21A S42684 311 x 369 x 42.8 May 1 1115 USA 276 Falcon 9 FT Kennedy LC39A Unknown 22A S42689 387 x 410 x 50.0 May 4 2150 SDGC ) Ariane 5ECA Kourou ELA3 Comms 23B S42692 259 x 35765 x 4.0 Koreasat-7 ) Comms 23A S42691 260 x 35741 x 4.0 May 5 1127 South Asia Satellite GSLV Mk II Satish Dhawan SLP Comms 24A S42695 156 x 35936 x 20.7 May 15 2321 Inmarsat 5F4 Falcon 9 FT Kennedy LC39A Comms 25A S42698 381 x 69843 x 24.5 May 16 0825 SOMP-2 ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067LH S42700 398 x 406 x 51.6 Havelsat ) Space sci 98067LJ S42701 398 x 406 x 51.6 Columbia Sat ) Space sci 98067LK S42702 398 x 406 x 51.6 May 16 1155 KySat-3/SGSAT ) ISS, LEO Tech 98067LL S42703 401 x 402 x 51.6 CXBN 2 ) Astronomy 98067LM S42704 401 x 402 x 51.6 IceCube ) Tech/sci 98067LN S42705 401 x 402 x 51.6 May 17 0145 Phoenix ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067LP S42706 401 x 402 x 51.6 X-Cubesat ) Space sci 98067LQ S42707 401 x 402 x 51.6 qbee50-LTU-OC ) Space sci 98067LR S42708 401 x 403 x 51.6 May 17 0813 Altair ISS, LEO Tech 98067LS S42711 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 17 1240 SHARC ISS, LEO Tech 98067LT S42712 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 18 0100 ZA-Aerosat ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067LU S42713 400 x 404 x 51.6 LINK ) Space sci 98067LV S42714 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 18 0415 CSUNSat 1 ISS, LEO Space sci 98067LW S42715 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 18 0825 UPSat ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067LX S42716 400 x 404 x 51.6 SpaceCube) Space sci 98067LY S42717 400 x 404 x 51.6 Hoopoe ) Space sci 98067LZ S42718 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 18 1154 SES-15 Soyuz-ST-A CSG ELS Comms 26A S42709 300 x 31336 x 6.1 May 25 0420? It's A Test Electron RLLC 1 Test F02 100? May 25 0525 Challenger Sat ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067MA S42721 400 x 404 x 51.6 NJUST-1 ) Space sci 98067MB S42722 400 x 404 x 51.6 USNW-EC0 ) Space sci 98067MC S42723 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 25 0634 EKS No. 2 Soyuz-2-1B Plesetsk LC43/4 Early Warn 27A S42719 1651 x 38512 x 63.8 May 25 0835 DUTHSat ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067MD S42724 400 x 404 x 51.6 Zidingxiang-1 ) Space sci 98067ME S42725 400 x 404 x 51.6 nSIGHT 1 ) Space sci 98067MF S42726 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 25 1155 QBITO ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067MG S42728 400 x 404 x 51.6 Aalto-2 ) Space sci 98067MH S42729 400 x 404 x 51.6 SUSat ) Space sci 98067MJ S42730 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 25 2340 SNUSAT 1b ISS, LEO Space sci 98067MK S42727 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 26 0400 i-INSPIRE 2 ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067ML S42731 400 x 404 x 51.6 PolyITAN-2-SAU ) Space sci 98067MM S42732 400 x 404 x 51.6 SNUSAT 1 ) Space sci 98067MN S42733 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 26 0855 Ex-Alta 1 ISS, LEO Tech 98067NP S42734 400 x 404 x 51.6 May 26 1215 Aoxiang 1 ) ISS, LEO Space sci 98067MN S42735 400 x 404 x 51.6 BeEagleSat ) Space sci 98067MN S42736 400 x 404 x 51.6 Atlantis Sat ) Space sci 98067MN S42737 400 x 404 x 51.6 Jun 1 0017 Michibiki 2 H-2A Tanegashima Navigation 28A S42738 7090 x 35991 x 38.8 Jun 1 2345 ViaSat 2 ) Ariane 5ECA Kourou ELA3 Comms 29A S42740 266 x 35686 x 6.0 EUTELSAT 172B ) Comms 29B S42741 262 x 35689 x 5.9 Table of Recent Suborbital Launches ----------------------------------- North Korea launched the Hwasong-12, a one (or possibly two)-stage IRBM (intermediate range ballistic missile), on May 13 on a high apogee trajectory. The US claimed that the reentry vehicle fell into the sea only 100 km from Vladivostok after a 30 minute flight, but Russia reported it fell 500 km from Russian territory in the central part of the Sea of Japan, after a 23 minute flight. A picture of Kim Jong Un looking at the trajectory shows that the target was actually about 260 km from Vladivostok and 150 km from the Russian coastline. The missile is thought to be the smaller derivative of the KN-08 (US designation) seen in this year's North Korean military parade. On May 30 the US Missile Defense Agency launched an ICBM-T2 target missile from Kwajalein. The Orbital ATK missile has a new 2-meter diameter first stage, possibly a recycled Trident C-4 first stage; the upper stages are thought to be the Orion 50SXLT and the Orion 50. A GBI-OBV missile with a CE-II `kill vehicle' was launched from Vandenberg to intercept it. The MDA claims that the intercept was successful. Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target Apr 4 2142 RV Hwasong ER? Sinpo Test 189 Sea of Japan Apr 7 0930 MAXUS 9 Maxus Kiruna Micrograv 678 ESRANGE B zone Apr 26 0703 GT220GM RV Minuteman 3 Vandenberg LF09 Test 1300? Kwajalein May 3 0702 GT222GM RV Minuteman 3 Vandenberg LF04 Test 1300? Kwajalein May 5 1824 RAISE 3 Black Brant IX White Sands Solar EUV 296 White Sands May 13 0920 MAPHEUS 6 VSB-30 Kiruna Micrograv 254 ESRANGE B zone May 13 2028 RV Hwasong-12 Kusong Test 2111 Sea of Japan May 16 0945 SubTec-7 Black Brant IX Wallops I Tech 248 Atlantic May 21 0759 RV Bukguekseong-2 Pukchang Test 560 Sea of Japan May 28 2039 RV Hwasong ER? Wonsan Test 150? Sea of Japan May 30 1910? FTG-15 Target ICBM-T2 Kwajalein Meck Target 1000? Pacific May 30 1928 FTG-15 GBI Vandenberg LF23 Interceptor 500? 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