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SATELLITE CATALOG - My version of the Space Command satellite catalog, providing a cross reference between catalog number and international designation. Corrections are welcome.


Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 736                                                      2017 Mar 21    Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
---------------------------

Expedition 50 continues. Soyuz MS-02 is docked at Poisk. Soyuz MS-03 is docked at Rassvet.
Progress MS-05 is docked at Pirs. Dragon CRS-10 was berthed at Harmony nadir until Mar 18.

The NanoRacks NRCSD-10 deployer was extracted from the Kibo airlock on Mar 6.
Four SpireGlobal Lemur satellites and the TechEdSat-5 satellite were deployed
from it the same day. The satellites were launched aboard HTV-6 in December.
TechEdSat-5 carries an ExoBrake experiment to perform a semi-controlled reentry.

The Dextre and Canadarm-2 robot arms were used to unload the experiments in the
Dragon external cargo trunk on Feb 25-Mar 7 in a rather complicated sequence
involving Dextre's two main arms and its EOTP (Enhanced ORU Temp Platform, a
storage position). The experiments were installed on the Express Logistics Carriers
ELC-1 and ELC-4 on the station truss. Older experiments from ELC-1, ELC-2
and ELC-4 were removed for disposal.

  Feb 25       Dextre Arm 2 removes STP-H5 from Dragon
  Feb 27       Dextre Arm 1 removes OPALS from ELC-1 F8
  Feb 28       Dextre Arm 1 installs OPALS on Dextre EOTP
  Feb 28       STP-H5 transferred from Arm 2 to Arm 1
  Feb 28       Dextre Arm 1 installs STP-H5 on ELC-1 F8.
  Mar  2 2313  Dextre Arm 2 moves SAGE-IP from Dragon to Dextre EOTP
  Mar  3 1547  Dextre Arm 1 removes SAGE-NVP from Dragon 
  Mar  3 2222  Dextre Arm 2 moves OPALS from EOTP to Dragon trunk
  Mar  5       Dextre Arm 2 removes RRM from ELC-4 F3
  Mar  5       Dextre Arm 1 installs SAGE-NVP on ELC-4 F3
  Mar  7       Dextre Arm 1 removes SAGE-IP from EOTP, installs it on SAGE-NVP.
  Mar  8       Dextre Arm 2 installs RRM on EOTP.
  Mar 10       Dextre       removes DCSU from ELC-2 F2
  Mar 10       Dextre       removes MISSE FSE from ELC-2 F3
  Mar 10       Dextre       reinstalls DCSU on ELC-2 F2
  Mar 13       Dextre       installs MISSE FSE in Dragon trunk.
  Mar 16       Dextre Arm 1 moves RRM from EOTP to Dragon trunk.

The OPALS laser comm payload was launched in 2014; the RRM Robotic
Refuelling Mission experiment in 2011. The MISSE FSE is an adapter that
mounted the MISSE 7 and 8 materials exposure experiments; it was
launched with ELC-2 in 2009. These packages, with a total mass of 811
kg, were destroyed on reentry when the Dragon trunk was jettisoned
following Dragon's deorbit burn.

Dragon was unberthed from the Harmony module at 2145 UTC Mar 18
and released by Canadarm-2 at 0911 UTC Mar 19. After a deorbit burn
at 1355 UTC it splashed down in the Pacific near 31 44N 121 15W
at 1446 UTC, carrying 1652 kg of ISS return cargo. This return
cargo includes 104 kg of unspecified EVA equipment, per Stephen
Clark of spaceflightnow.com.


NROL-79
-------

ULA launched Atlas V serial AV-068 on Mar 1 from Vandenberg, carrying a
National Reconnaissance Office payload to orbit on NRO launch NROL-79.
The payload is thought to be an NRO/Navy signals intelligence system
code-named INTRUDER consisting of a pair of satellites in 1010 x 1200 km
x 63 deg orbit. Both satellites were observed by hobbyists on Mar 3. The
Centaur second stage was deorbited south of Australia on the first orbit
with impact around 1956 UTC.

KT-2
----

On Mar 2 China's CASIC missile agency launched the KT-2, a new orbital
launch vehicle developed by CASIC's 4th Academy. 
It placed a small satellite, Tiankun-1, in orbit.
Tiankun 1, built by the CASIC 2nd Academy (CCMETA), is a test
of a new satellite bus and probably has a mass of a few hundred kg.

So far as I know the only large missile developed previously by CASIC
was the DF-21 and its JL-1 submarine sibling; the KT-1 and KZ-1 launch
vehicles are thought to be based on the DF-21. It has been suggested
that KT-2 is based on the DF-31 missile which was originally developed
by CASIC's rival CALT which built the CZ-11 rocket based on that
missile. This is a bit strange, but would be similar to the way China's
leaders made  Beijing's CALT and the Shanghai bureau develop the
rival-but-similar CZ-2 and FB-1 launch vehicles in the 1970s.


PSLV launch
-----------

Identification of the 104 satellites from the PSLV launch is continuing
with most of the Flock-3p now associated with a catalog number. The
Nayif-1 satellite with its Funcube-5 amateur radio payload has been
designated Emirates-OSCAR-88 by AMSAT. The SpireGlobal Lemur satellites
are not yet identified.

Sentinel-2B
-----------

The ESA Sentinel-2B imaging satellite, part of the EU's Copernicus Earth observing
system, was launched by Vega VV09 on Mar 7.

Echostar 23
-----------

The Echostar 23 communications sat will provide television services to Brazil and Latin
America for Echostar Corp. It was launched by Falcon 9 F31; the first stage on this
mission did not have landing legs and no recovery was attempted.

IGS R5
-------

At 0120 UTC Mar 17, Japan launched the Joho shushu eisei Reda 5-goki (IGS Radar 5) spy
satellite into polar orbit.


WGS 9
-----

Wideband Global Satcom 9 is to be added to the US DoD communications
satellite constellation. This WGS was partly funded by allied countries,
although it is still owned and operated by USAF. A United Launch
Alliance Delta 4 sent the satellite aloft on Mar 19, first into a 185 x
6097 km x 27.6 deg parking orbit and then to a 430 x 44262 km x 27.0 deg
supersynchronous transfer orbit. The Delta 377 second stage was
deorbited over the Pacific near the Phillipines with reentry around 1230
UTC.

Cassini
-------

Cassini continues ring close approaches in a 86600 x 1226000 km x 63.6
deg orbit around Saturn. This 'Molniya'-style frozen orbit exploits a
peculiarity of orbital mechanics: an object in orbit with inclination i
around an oblate (flattened) planet like  Earth or Saturn causes the
orbital ellipse to rotate in its orbital plane at a rate proportional to
4 - 5 sin-squared i, which is zero if i = 63.4 degrees. Using this
'magic' inclination keeps the close approach to Saturn in the ring plane
instead of letting it drift to higher latitudes.  On Apr 22 Cassini will
make its last close flyby of Titan; this will lower the orbital
periapsis to only 2600 km above Saturn's cloud tops and begin the
Proximal Orbits phase of the mission. It will also mark a record
close approach to Saturn, finally beating the record it set in Jun 2004
when it came within 18100 km during Saturn arrival.



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
Feb 14 2139   SkyBrasil-1)          Ariane 5ECA       Kourou ELA3      Comms         07B    S41945  35662 x 35785 x   0.1
              Telkom-3S  )                                             Comms         07A    S41944  35641 x 35810 x   0.0
Feb 15 0358   Cartosat-2 Series/4)  PSLV-XL           Sriharikota FLP  Imaging       08A    S41948    505 x   520 x  97.5
              INS-1A             )                                     Tech          08B    S41949    496 x   508 x  97.5
              INS-1B             )                                     Imaging       08G    S41954    496 x   507 x  97.5
              BGUSat             )                                     Tech          08BW?  S42016?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              PEASSS             )                                     Tech          08BV   S42015   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Al-Farabi 1        )                                     Tech          08BD?  S41999?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Dido-2             )                                     Micrograv     08BE   S42000   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Nayif-1            )                                     Tech          08BX   S42017   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Jopanbutra   )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AV?  S41991?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Spire-Minions)                                   Com/Met-RO    08AW?  S41992?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Satchmo      )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AX?  S41993?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-RDeaton      )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AY?  S41994?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Smita-Sharad )                                   Com/Met-RO    08AZ?  S41995?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Mia-Grace    )                                   Com/Met-RO    08BA?  S41996?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-NoguesCorreig)                                   Com/Met-RO    08BB?  S41997?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Tachikoma    )                                   Com/Met-RO    08BC?  S41998?  496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-1         )                                     Imaging       08V    S41967   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-2         )                                     Imaging       08U    S41966   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-3         )                                     Imaging       08W    S41968   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-4         )                                     Imaging       08T    S41965   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-5         )                                     Imaging       08Z    S41971   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-6         )                                     Imaging       08X    S41969   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-7         )                                     Imaging       08Y    S41970   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-8         )                                     Imaging       08D    S41951   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-9         )                                     Imaging       08AB   S41973   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-10        )                                     Imaging       08AC   S41974   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-11        )                                     Imaging       08AD   S41975   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-12        )                                     Imaging       08AA   S41972   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-13        )                                     Imaging       08CW   S42040   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-14        )                                     Imaging       08BS   S42012   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-15        )                                     Imaging       08CV   S42039   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-16        )                                     Imaging       08BR   S42011   496 x   506 x  97.5
              Flock 3p-17        )                                     Imaging       08Q    S41962   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-18        )                                     Imaging       08K    S41957   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-19        )                                     Imaging       08H    S41955   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-20        )                                     Imaging       08C    S41950   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-21        )                                     Imaging       08M    S41959   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-22        )                                     Imaging       08L    S41958   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-23        )                                     Imaging       08BY   S42018   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-24        )                                     Imaging       08J    S41956   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-25        )                                     Imaging       08S    S41964   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-26        )                                     Imaging       08P    S41961   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-27        )                                     Imaging       08R    S41963   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-28        )                                     Imaging       08N    S41960   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-29        )                                     Imaging       08DB?  S42045?  496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-30        )                                     Imaging       08AR   S41987   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-31        )                                     Imaging       08DF   S42049   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-32        )                                     Imaging       08CD   S42023   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-33        )                                     Imaging       08AU   S41990   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-34        )                                     Imaging       08AS   S41988   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-35        )                                     Imaging       08AT   S41989   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-36        )                                     Imaging       08AQ   S41986   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-37        )                                     Imaging       08F    S41953   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-38        )                                     Imaging       08CT   S42037   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-39        )                                     Imaging       08CU   S42038   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-40        )                                     Imaging       08BQ   S42010   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-41        )                                     Imaging       08BJ   S42004   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-42        )                                     Imaging       08BN   S42008   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-43        )                                     Imaging       08BM   S42007   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-44        )                                     Imaging       08CP   S42033   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-45        )                                     Imaging       08BK   S42005   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-46        )                                     Imaging       08CM   S42032   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-47        )                                     Imaging       08CN   S42033   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-48        )                                     Imaging       08BL   S42006   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-49        )                                     Imaging       08BF   S42001   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-50        )                                     Imaging       08CK   S42029   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-51        )                                     Imaging       08E    S41952   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-52        )                                     Imaging       08CL   S42030   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-53        )                                     Imaging       08BT   S42013   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-54        )                                     Imaging       08BU   S42014   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-55        )                                     Imaging       08CX   S42041   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-56        )                                     Imaging       08CY   S42042   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-57        )                                     Imaging       08AG   S41978   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-58        )                                     Imaging       08AF   S41977   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-59        )                                     Imaging       08CB   S42021   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-60        )                                     Imaging       08AE   S41976   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-61        )                                     Imaging       08BP   S42009   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-62        )                                     Imaging       08CS   S42036   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-63        )                                     Imaging       08CR   S42035   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-64        )                                     Imaging       08CQ   S42034   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-65        )                                     Imaging       08CJ   S42028   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-66        )                                     Imaging       08CH   S42027   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-67        )                                     Imaging       08BG   S42002   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-68        )                                     Imaging       08BH   S42003   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-69        )                                     Imaging       08BZ   S42019   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-70        )                                     Imaging       08AJ   S41980   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-71        )                                     Imaging       08DH   S42051   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-72        )                                     Imaging       08CE?  S42024?  496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-73        )                                     Imaging       08AK   S41981   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-74        )                                     Imaging       08DE   S42048   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-75        )                                     Imaging       08AH   S41979   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-76        )                                     Imaging       08CA   S42020   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-77        )                                     Imaging       08CF   S42025   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-78        )                                     Imaging       08DD   S42047   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-79        )                                     Imaging       08AN   S41984   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-80        )                                     Imaging       08CG   S42026   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-81        )                                     Imaging       08CZ   S42043   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-82        )                                     Imaging       08DC?  S42046?  496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-83        )                                     Imaging       08DG?  S42050?  496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-84        )                                     Imaging       08CC   S42022   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-85        )                                     Imaging       08AM   S41983   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-86        )                                     Imaging       08AP   S41985   496 x   506 x  97.5	
              Flock 3p-87        )                                     Imaging       08DA   S42044   496 x   506 x  97.5	 
              Flock 3p-88        )                                     Imaging       08AL   S41982   496 x   506 x  97.5	
Feb 19 1439   Dragon CRS-10         Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A    Cargo         09A    S42053   204 x   359 x  51.6
Feb 22 0558   Progress MS-05        Soyuz-U           Baykonur LC1     Cargo         10A    S42056   186 x   210 x  51.6
Mar  1 1749   USA 274      )        Atlas V 401       Vandenberg SLC3E Sigint        11A    S42058  1010 x  1204 x  63.4
              USA 274 P/L 2)                                           Sigint        11B    -       1009 x  1204 x  63.5
Mar  2 2353   Tiankun-1             KT-2              Jiuquan          Tech          12A    S42062   373 x   404 x  96.9
Mar  6 1025   Lemur-2-Trutna     )                    ISS, LEO         AIS/MetRO   98067LA? S42059?  396 x   409 x  51.6
              Lemur-2-TrutnaHD   )                                     AIS/MetRO   98067LB?          396 x   409 x  51.6
Mar  6 1505   Lemur-2-Austintacious )                 ISS, LEO         AIS/MetRO   98067LC?          396 x   409 x  51.6
              Lemur-2-Redfern-Goes  )                                  AIS/MetRO   98067LD?          396 x   409 x  51.6
Mar  6 1820   TechEdSat-5                             ISS, LEO         Tech        98067LE?          396 x   409 x  51.6
Mar  7 0149   Sentinel-2B           Vega              CSG ZLV          Imaging       13A    S42063   776 x   782 x  98.6
Mar 16 0600   Echostar 23           Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A    Comms         14A    S42070   179 x 35903 x  22.4
Mar 17 0120   IGS Radar 5           H-IIA 202         Tanegashima      Radar Imaging 15A    S42072   500?x   510?x  97.5
Mar 19 0018   WGS 9                 Delta 4M+(5,4)    Canaveral SLC37B Comms         16A    S42075   430 x 44262 x  27.0

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
-----------------------------------



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

Feb  4 0830   SFTM-1 Target     ?                  Kauai                 Target        200?      Pacific
Fab  4 0833?  SFTM-1 KV         SM-3-IIA           DDG-53, Pacific       Intercept     150?      SFTM-1 
Feb  9 0739   RV x 3?           Minuteman 3        Vandenberg LF10       Test         1300?      Kwajalein
Feb 11 2255   RV                Bukgueksong-2      North Pyongan         Test          500?      Sea of Japan
Feb 14 1130   RV x 8?           Trident D-5   Unknown sub, Cape Arguello Test         1000?      Wake Island
Feb 14 1420   RV x 8?           Trident D-5   Unknown sub, Cape Arguello Test         1000?      Wake Island
Feb 15?       RV x 8?           Trident D-5   Unknown sub, Cape Arguello Test         1000?      Wake Island
Feb 16?       RV x 8?           Trident D-5   Unknown sub, Cape Arguello Test         1000?      Wake Island
Feb 22 1014   ISINGLASS-1       Black Brant 9      Poker Flat, Alaska    Auroral       362       Poker Flat zone 4
Mar  2 0541   NASA 36.301GE     Black Brant 9      Poker Flat, Alaska    Auroral       330       Poker Flat zone 4
Mar  2 0542   NASA 36.306GE     Black Brant 9      Poker Flat, Alaska    Auroral       190       Poker Flat zone 4
Mar  2 0750   ISINGLASS-2       Black Brant 9      Poker Flat, Alaska    Auroral       365       Poker Flat zone 4
Mar  5 2237   RV                Hwasong ER?        Sohae?                Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar  5        RV                Hwasong ER?        Sohae?                Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar  6?       RV                Hwasong ER?        Sohae?                Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar  6?       RV                Hwasong ER?        Sohae?                Test          260?      Sea of Japan
Mar 15 1043   REXUS 21          Imp. Orion         Kiruna                Micrograv      86       ESRANGE B zone
Mar 16 1300   REXUS 22          Imp. Orion         Kiruna                Micrograv      84       ESRANGE B zone

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