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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. 739                                                 2017 Jul  2     Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
---------------------------

Expedition 52 continues with commander Fyodor Yurchikin and flight
engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer.

The Dragon CRS-11 cargo ship was launched on Jun 3 and arrived at the
ISS on Jun 5. It was grappled by the Canadarm-2 at 1352 UTC and berthed
on the Harmony module at about 1610 UTC.

In the CRS-11 trunk there are three experiments: the NICER X-ray
astronomy payload, the ROSA flexible solar array, and a facility to
support future Earth observing experiments called MUSES. Inside the
Dragon are supplies, experiments, and the J-SSOD#7 cubesat deployer with
five 1U cubesats.

The Cygnus OA-7 cargo ship, SS John Glenn, was unberthed from the Unity
module at 1105 UTC Jun 4 and released at 1310 UTC into orbit.
On Jun 8 four SpireGlobal Lemur-2 satellites were ejected from the Nanoracks
NRCSD-E deployer on the service module; the ejections were at 1753 UTC and
2103 UTC. OA-7 was deorbited on Jun 11, entering the atmosphere over
the South Pacific at 1702 UTC.

Australian sources have reported that the AFRL/DSTO Biarri Point cubesat
was clandestinely deployed from the ISS on May 18. If this is true, it
has not been assigned a public catalog number in the US satellite
catalog.

On Jun 3 the classified USA-276 spacecraft (launched by Falcon 9 on May
1) passed within 10 kilometers of the ISS. No public announcement of
this close encounter was made, and it is unclear whether or not the US
government alerted the other ISS partners of the close pass.

On Jun 7-8 MUSES was moved from the Dragon trunk to ELC-4.
The transfer of NICER from the Dragon trunk to ELC-2 Site 7 began on Jun
11, and took several days with stops to restore NICER power to prevent
it getting too cold. By Jun 14 it was at ELC-2. 

Progress MS-06 was launched on Jun 14 carrying 2400 kg of supplies
and four small satellites for later EVA deployment. It docked with
the Zvezda module on Jun 16 at 1137 UTC.

The ROSA solar array was unberthed from Dragon's trunk on Jun 17
and was deployed on the end of the SPDM/SSRMS. It remained deployed
until Jun 26, and was extended and retracted several times. The
final retraction was unsuccessful and ROSA was jettisoned into orbit
at 2115 UTC Jun 26.

Dragon was unberthed from the ISS at about 1800 UTC Jul 2 and is
scheduled to be released early on Jul 3.

SJ-18
-----

The 7600 kg Shi Jian 18 communications satellite was lost on Jul 2 when
the second Chang Zheng 5 rocket failed to reach orbit. Problems during
first stage burn made the rocket lose altitude from an apogee of around
170 km, and an apparently successful but truncated second stage burn was
unable to prevent the vehicle falling back into the atmosphere.


GSLV-3
------

The first orbital launch of ISRO's GSLV Mk 3 launch vehicle was a success.
GSLV Mk 3-D1 took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Sriharikota Island
on Jun 5. The design of the rocket is broadly similar to the Ariane 5, with
two strapon boosters, a core stage, and an upper stage wich performs
direct insertion to geotransfer orbit without first entering a parking orbit.
The payload was the 3136 kg GSAT-19 communications satellite.

Proton
------

After a year's gap, the Proton rocket is flying again. Echostar 21 was launched
on Jun 8. The 6900 kg Loral LS-1300 satellite, with an 18-metre deployable
dish antenna, provides S-band mobile communications for Echostar Mobile.

HXMT
----

The long-awaited first Chinese astronomical satellite flew on Jun 15. The Hard
X-ray Modulation Telescope, named Huiyan after launch, was placed in orbit
with three small satellites. Milanesat is the third Nusat/Aleph-1 imaging
payload from the Uruguayan/Argentine firm Satellogic. OVS-1A and OVS-1B
are 50 kg imaging satellites from Zhuhai Orbital Control Engineering Ltd.

ZX-9A 
----- 

The China Satcom ZX-9A (Zhongxing-9A, Chinasat-9A, also known as
Xinnuo-4, Chinastar-4) broadcasting satellite payload was launched on
Jun 18 according to chinaspaceflight.com. The CZ-3B third stage reached
parking orbit on its first burn and reignited as it crossed the equator
to put the vehicle in geotransfer; however the second burn was
incomplete and left the payload in an elliptical orbit with much lower
apogee than planned. For statistical purposes (see JSR669) I score this
launch with a weight of 0.40 (reached an orbit but not a usable one);
however, the payload probably does have enough fuel to reach GEO, albeit
with a much reduced operational lifetime. At of Jul 2, there had been
no new orbital data for ZX-9A since Jun 19; probably it has raised its
orbit but not yet been re-identified by US sensors.

PSLV-C38
--------

The Cartosat 2E satellite was orbited by India's PSLV on Jun 23,
together with 31 small secondary payloads. These included cubesat
payloads for Finland, Slovakia and Austria and a small Latvian payload,
Venta-1. The Italian amateur X-ray astronomy satellite Max Valier
carries the MPE/Garching MicroROSI X-ray telescope. The VZLUSat cubesat
from the Czech Republic also carries an X-ray astronomy experiment with
a `lobster-eye' hard X-ray optic. Mike Rupprecht (DK3WN) at dk3wn.info
is doing great work identifying which cubesat has which catalog number.

The PSLV-C38 fourth stage (PS4) made a series of test burns in
preparation for future launches to deploy secondary payloads in multiple
orbits. After reaching an initial 510 x 518 km x 97.5 deg orbit at 0414
UTC and deploying the payloads, PS4 made a second burn at about 0457 UTC
to 350 x 505  km x 97.5 deg; a third burn at about 0543 UTC to 334 x 348
km x 96.9 deg; and a fourth burn to change inclination at about 1830 UTC
to 336 x 370 km x 94.6 deg.


Napryazhenie
------------

On Jun 23 Russia launched a Defense Ministry satellite codenamed
Kosmos-2519 into a 650 km polar orbit. It is believed that 
the satellite's real name is Napryazhenie No. 1,  and is probably built by the
Lavochkin company. It may be carrying a geodetic payload and a space
surveillance (space debris monitoring) payload.

Bulgariasat and Iridium
-----------------------

East and West coast Falcon 9 launches on Jun 23 and 25 successfully
put their payloads in orbit and saw the landing of their first stages
on droneships. On Jun 23 Bulgariasat went to supersynchronous transfer
orbit, and first stage B1029, on its second flight, landed on
the Of Course I Still Love You. On Jun 25 ten Iridium communications
satellites entered 625 km parking orbits and first stage B1036,
on its first flight, landed on Just Read The Instructions.
On Jul 2 launch of a further Falcon 9, with the Intelsat IS-35e satellite,
was called off 10 seconds before ignition.


AMC-9
-----

The AMC-9 satellite has failed in geostationary orbit. AMC 9, a Thales
Alenia Spacebus 3000B3 model with a launch mass of 4100 kg, belongs to
SES World Skies (formerly to SES Americom; AMC 9 is short for
Americom-9). At about 0727 UTC on 2017 Jun 17, an event occurred to the
satellite which made a significant change to its orbit. I estimate the
prograde component of the velocity change was about 0.45m/s, causing its
orbital period to increase and the satellite to drift off its 83.0W station at
about 0.17 degree/day west. A larger in-plane nadir velocity change of
about 13m/s increased the satellite's orbital eccentricity. On Jul 1,
with AMC 9 drifting over 84.6W, SES reestablished contact with the satellite.
On Jul 2, it was revealed that several debris objects had been observed
in the vicinity of the satellite, suggesting partial disintegration of
the spacecraft.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes


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 0415?  Biarri-Point                           ISS,LEO            Tech         NONE   NONE     398 x   408 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    F01490 -5000?x   100?x 83
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
Jun  3 2107   Dragon CRS-11         Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A     Cargo         30A   S42744   204 x   360 x  51.6
Jun  5 1158   GSAT-19E              GSLV-III          Sriharikota SLP   Comms         31A   S42747   163 x 34592 x  21.5
Jun  8 0345   Echostar 21           Proton-M/Briz-M   Baykonur LC81     Comms         32A   S42749  2217 x 35810 x  30.7
Jun  8 1753   Lemur-2-JennyBarna)                     Cygnus OA7,LEO    Weather/AIS   19B   S42752   477 x   491 x  51.6
              Lemur-2-Angela    )                                       Weather/AIS   19C   S42753   477 x   491 x  51.6
Jun  8 2103   Lemur-2-Spirovision)                    Cygnus OA7,LEO    Weather/AIS   19D   S42754   477 x   491 x  51.6
              Lemur-2-RobMoore   )                                      Weather/AIS   19E   S42755   477 x   491 x  51.6
Jun 14 0920   Progress MS-06        Soyuz-2-1A        Baykonur LC31     Cargo         33A   S42756   300 x   321 x  51.6  
Jun 15 0300   Huiyan     )          Chang Zheng 4B    Jiuquan           X-ray Astron  34A   S42758   536 x   546 x  43.0
              OVS-1A     )                                              Imaging       34D   S42761   536 x   546 x  43.0
              OVS-1B     )                                              Imaging       34B   S42759   536 x   546 x  43.0
              Milanesat  )                                              Imaging       34C   S42760   536 x   546 x  43.0
Jun 18 1611   Zhongxing 9A          Chang Zheng 3B    Xichang LC2       Comms         35A   S42763   193 x 16357 x  25.7
Jun 23 0359   Cartosat 2 Series )   PSLV XL           Sriharikota FLP   Imaging       36C   S42767   503 x   521 x  97.5
              CE-SAT-I                     )                            Imaging       36             496 x   518 x  97.5
              NIUSAT                       )                            Imaging       36B   S42766   497 x   516 x  97.5
              CICERO-6                     )                            Weather       36J   S42773?  497 x   516 x  97.5
              Max Valier                   )                            X-ray Astron  36P   S42778   497 x   513 x  97.5
              Venta-1                      )                            Comms (AIS)   36             497 x   517 x  97.5
              TYVAK-53b                    )                            Tech          36H   S42772?  497 x   517 x  97.5
              D-SAT                        )                            Tech          36AG  S42795?  497 x   509 x  97.5
              Aalto-1                      )                            Tech          36AF  S42794?  497 x   509 x  97.5
              Pegasus        (QB50-AT03)   )                            Science       36W   S42785?  497 x   512 x  97.5
              NUDTSat        (QB50-CN06)   )                            Science       36             497 x   518 x  97.5
              VZLUSat        (QB50-CZ03)   )                            X-ray Astron  36AB  S42790   497 x   511 x  97.5
              COMPASS-2      (QB50-DE04)   )                            Science       36             497 x   515 x  97.5
              UCLSat         (QB50-GB03)   )                            Science       36AA  S42789   497 x   512 x  97.5
              InflateSail    (QB50-GB06)   )                            Tech          36F   S42770   491 x   518 x  97.5
              URSA MAIOR     (QB50-IT02)   )                            Science       36M   S42776   497 x   515 x  97.5
              LituanicaSat-2 (QB50-LT01)   )                            Science       36D   S42768?  497 x   518 x  97.5
              Red Diamond                  )                            Comms         36Z   S42788?  497 x   512 x  97.5
              Green Diamond                )                            Comms         36             497 x   512 x  97.5
              Blue Diamond                 )                            Comms         36    S42796?  497 x   518 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-ShainaJohl           )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42780?  497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-XueniTerence         )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42782?  497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-LucyBryce            )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42781?  497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-KungFoo              )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42784?  497 x   512 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-McPeake              )                            Weather/AIS   36             497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Sam-Amelia           )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42791?  497 x   511 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Lisasaurus           )                            Weather/AIS   36             497 x   512 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Lynsey-Symo          )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42793?  497 x   510 x  97.5
              ROBUSAT 1B                   )                            Tech          36AD  S42792   497 x   511 x  97.5
              skCUBE                       )                            Tech          36    S42777?  497 x   514 x  97.5
              SUCHAI                       )                            Tech          36    S42787?  497 x   512 x  97.5
Jun 23 1804   Kosmos-2519           Soyuz-2-1V        Plesetsk LC43/4   Geodesy?      37A   S42798   654 x   669 x  98.0
Jun 23 1910   BulgariaSat-1         Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A     Comms         38A   S42801   212 x 65512 x  24.1
Jun 25 2025   Iridium SV 113 )      Falcon 9          Vandenberg SLC4E  Comms         39A   S42803   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 115 )                                          Comms         39D   S42806   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 117 )                                          Comms         39F   S42808   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 118 )                                          Comms         39E   S42807   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 120 )                                          Comms         39C   S42805   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 121 )                                          Comms         39K   S42812   609 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 123 )                                          Comms         39B   S42804   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 124 )                                          Comms         39H   S42810   608 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 126 )                                          Comms         39G   S42809   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 128 )                                          Comms         39J   S42811   609 x   625 x  86.7
Jun 26 2115   ROSA                                     ISS, LEO         Tech       98-067MT S42813   410 x   407 x  51.6
Jun 28 2115   HellasSat 3/Inmarsat S EAN ) Ariane 5    Kourou ELA3      Comms         40A   S42814   253 x 35750 x   2.9
              GSAT-17                    )                              Comms         40B   S42815   258 x 35817 x   3.0
Jul  2 1123   Shi Jian 18             Chang Zheng 5    Wenchang         Comms         F03   F01493 -5000?x   170 x  19.0?

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

6 missiles were launched from Iran on Jun 18 to attack (so-called) Islamic State forces in Syria.
Iranian reports say the launches were from both Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces although
only confirmed launches from the Kermanshah air base.

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

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?      FTG-15 intercept
Jun 18        HE Warhead        Zulfiqar           Kermanshah            Weapon        200?      Deir-es-Zor,Syria
Jun 18        HE Warhead        Zulfiqar           Kermanshah?           Weapon        200?      Deir-es-Zor,Syria
Jun 18        HE Warhead        Zulfiqar           Kermanshah?           Weapon        200?      Deir-es-Zor,Syria
Jun 18        HE Warhead        Zulfiqar           Kermanshah?           Weapon        200?      Deir-es-Zor,Syria
Jun 18        HE Warhead        Zulfiqar           Kurdistan Prov.?      Weapon        200?      Deir-es-Zor,Syria
Jun 18        HE Warhead        Zulfiqar           Kurdistan Prov.       Weapon        200?      Deir-es-Zor,Syria
Jun 22 0520   SFTM-02 Target  Terrier Terrier Oriole   Kauai             Target        300?      Pacific
Jun 22 0523?  SFTM-02 KV        SM-3 Block IIA     DDG-53, Pacific       Interceptor   100?      (Failed?)
Jun 22 0930   NASA 41.121UO     Terrier Imp.Orion  Wallops I.            Education     118       Atlantic
Jun 23 0130?  RV                Hyunmoo-2C         Anhueng               Test          200?      E China Sea?
Jun 26        RV                Bulava             K-535, Barents Sea    Test         1000?      Kura
Jun 27 0510   CHESS 3           Black Brant IX     White Sands           UV Astron     300?      White Sands
Jun 29 0825   NASA 46.015GT    Terrier Imp.Malemute Wallops I.           Test/Aeron.   189       Atlantic

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