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The Space Report ("JSR") is issued about twice a month. It describes all space launches, including both piloted missions and automated satellites. Back issues are available online. To receive the JSR each week by direct email, subscribe at http://www.planet4589.org/mailman/listinfo/jsr Feel free to reproduce the JSR as long as you're not doing it for profit. If you are doing so regularly, please inform Jonathan by email. Comments, suggestions, and corrections are encouraged. See here for translations to other languages.

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JSR STOP PRESS - the draft of NEXT week's JSR, updated throughout the week.

GEOSTATIONARY SATELLITE LOG with a catalog of all known satellites ever in the geosynchronous ring and their reasonably current positions.

LAUNCH LOG - My best attempt at a complete listing of all satellite launch attempts.

Jonathan's Space Home Page - with links to lots of other space data not available elsewhere.

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. 750                                                  2018 Jun 18   Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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During May Expedition 55 continued with  Anton Shkaplerov in command,
Scott Tingle, Norishige Kanai, Oleg Artemev, Ricky Arnold and Drew
Feustel as flight engineers. On Jun 1 Feustel took command as Soyuz
MS-07 prepared to undock.

Soyuz MS-07 undocked at 0916 UTC Jun 3 with Shkaplerov, Tingle and
Kanai. Feustel, Artemev and Arnold remained aboard ISS as Expedition 56.
Soyuz MS-07 made its deorbit burn at 1147 UTC; the modules separated at
1214 UTC, the descent module began reentry at 1217 UTC and landed in
Kazakhstan at 1239 UTC.

Soyuz MS-09 was launched on Jun 6, carrying Sergey Prokop'ev
(Roskosmos), Serena Aunon-Chancellor (NASA), and Alex Gerst (ESA). It
docked with the Rassvet module at 1301 UTC Jun 8.

Astronauts Arnold and Feustel made spacewalk US EVA-51 on Jun 14. They
installed cameras and wireless comm equipment next to the PMA-2/IDA-2
docking port on the Harmony module that will be used by approaching Crew
Dragon and Starliner vehicles; replaced a camera on the CP3 truss
position, and closed the telescope cover on the failed CATS atmosphere
observatory experiment. As a final task Feustel secured a a loose
component on the solar array blanket box on the S4 truss (the box that
one of the big solar panels unfurled from). In the process he dropped a
large `wire tie' that floated off and is now cataloged as 43498,
1998-067NS. 


GF-6
----

A SAST/Shanghai Chang Zheng 2D launched a DFH CAST-2000 high resolution
imaging satellite, Gao Fen 6, on Jun 2. Gao Fen 6 has a 2 metre
resolution imager and a hyperspectral imager. A secondary 6U cubesat
payload for Wuhan University was deployed; Luojia-1 kexue shiyan weixing
01 xing (Luojia-1 science experiment satellite S/C 01) carries a low
light level imager for studies of illumination on the Earth's night
side.

GF-6 is the 12th Gao Fen (`high resolution') satellite to be launched.
All are in sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) except for the geostationary GF-4.

  Gao Fen satellites
  ------------------
                 Launch         Orbit (km x km x deg)  
  Gao Fen 1-01   2013 Apr 26    628 x   653 x 97.9       SSO 1100 LT
  Gao Fen 2      2014 Aug 19    621 x   634 x 97.9       SSO 1100 LT
  Gao Fen 8      2015 Jun 26    483 x   490 x 97.4       SSO 1330 LT
  Gao Fen 9      2015 Sep 14    618 x   663 x 97.9       SSO 1100 LT
  Gao Fen 4      2015 Dec 28  35766 x 35808 x  0.0       GEO 105.8E
  Gao Fen 3      2016 Aug  9    750 x   752 x 98.4       SSO 0600 LT
  Gao Fen 10     2016 Aug 31   Failed to orbit          (SSO 0200 LT)
  Gao Fen 1-02   2018 Mar 31    637 x   644 x 98.0       SSO 1030 LT
  Gao Fen 1-03   2018 Mar 31    636 x   645 x 98.0       SSO 1030 LT
  Gao Fen 1-04   2018 Mar 31    637 x   644 x 98.0       SSO 1030 LT
  Gao Fen 5      2018 May  8    699 x   702 x 98.1       SSO 0130 LT
  Gao Fen 6      2018 Jun  2    632 x   647 x 98.1       SSO 1030 LT


SES-12
------

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 on Jun 4 with a 5384 kg Ku/Ka-band television
broadcast satellite, SES-12. SES-12 is an Airbus Eurostar 3000e with
electric propulsion. It was launched to a 210 x 58276 km x 25.9 deg
supersynchronous transfer orbit. By Jun 14 four perigee raising burns
had changed the orbit to 1032 x 59868 km x 23.8 deg.

FY-2-09
-------

Fengyun erhao 09 xing, also called Fengyun erhao H xing (FY-2H), was
launched on Jun 5. It is the last in the FY-2 series of Chinese
spin-stabilized geostationary meteorological satellites. On around Jun 7
the apogee motor was fired to circularize the orbit and was then
ejected. As of Jun 16 the satellite was on station at 94.0E in a 35775 x
35796 km x 2.3 deg orbit. The apogee motor was in a 35482 x 36212 km x
2.4 deg orbit, crossing the geostationary region  - which is an
undesirable place to leave space junk.


IGS R-6
-------

Japan's Information Gathering Satellite Radar-6  (Joho shushu eisei Reda 6-goki)
was launched from Tanegashima on Jun 12 into sun-synchronous orbit with
descending node local time of 13:15.

The IGS series is operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center
(Naikaku Eisei Joho Senta) and includes both optical and radar satellites.

  IGS satellites
  ------------------
                      Launch         Orbit (km x km x deg)  
  IGS Optical-1       2003 Mar 28    Reentered 2014 Jul         SSO 1020LT
  IGS Optical-2       2003 Nov 29    Failed to orbit            SSO 1330LT
  IGS Optical-2       2006 Sep 11    Reentered 2016 Oct         SSO 1330LT
  IGS Optical-3 Test  2007 Feb 24    Reentered 2013 Nov         SSO 1330LT
  IGS Optical-3       2009 Nov 28    584 x 590 x 97.7           SSO 1030LT 
  IGS Optical-4       2011 Sep 23    587 x 588 x 97.7           SSO 1315LT
  IGS Optical Demo    2013 Jan 27    425 x 429 x 97.2           SSO 1330LT
  IGS Optical-5       2015 Mar 26    510 x 516 x 97.5           SSO 1030LT
  IGS Optical-6       2018 Feb 27    485 x 499 x 97.2           SSO 2345LT

  IGS Radar-1         2003 Mar 28    Reentered 2012 Jul         SSO 1020LT
  IGS Radar-2         2003 Nov 29    Failed to orbit            SSO 1330LT
  IGS Radar-2         2007 Feb 24    Reentered 2014 Apr         SSO 1330LT
  IGS Radar-3         2011 Dec 12    510 x 515 x 97.5           SSO 1030LT    
  IGS Radar-4         2013 Jan 27    511 x 515 x 97.5           SSO 1330LT
  IGS Radar Spare     2015 Feb  1    481 x 484 x 97,4           SSO 1015LT
  IGS Radar-5         2017 Mar 17    486 x 489 x 97.4           SSO 1015LT
  IGS Radar-6         2018 Jun 12    500 x 502 x 97.4           SSO 1315LT


Glonass M-56
------------

Russia lanched another Glonass navigation satellite on Jun 16; it was given 
the cover name Kosmos-2527.

Hayabusa-2
----------

On Jun 18 Hayabusa-2 was under 180 km from asteroid Ryugu; it is making
trajectory correction burns about every 2 days. It is expected to be
stationkeeping 20 km from Ryugu by the end of the month.

TESS
----

On May 30 at 0130 UTC TESS made its final orbit insertion burn, changing
the orbit from 99036 x 435600 km x 36.6 deg to 99037 x 366905 km x 36.6
deg, a P/2 lunar resonant orbit. Instrument commissioning is underway
and TESS should begin its search for extrasolar planets soon.

LEO Vantage 1
-------------

Telesat's LEO Vantage 1 satellite was launched in January on PSLV-C40
into a 496 x 508 km orbit. While I wasn't paying attention, it raised
orbit slowly between Jan 21 and Apr 5 and is now in a 996 x 1004 km SSO.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
May  3 1606   Apstar 6C               Chang Zheng 3B    Xichang          Comms        41A   S43450   239 x 41827 x 27.2
May  5 1105   Mars Insight)           Atlas V 401       Vandenberg SLC3E Mars probe   42A   S43457   115 x-110126x 63.4
              MarCO-A     )                                              Mars probe   42B   S43458   115 x-110126x 63.4
              MarCO-B     )                                              Mars probe   42C   S43459   115 x-110126x 63.4
May  8 1828   GaoFen 5                Chang Zheng 4C    Taiyuan          Imaging      43A   S43461   682 x   688 x 98.1
May 11 1030   1KUNS-PF  )                              ISS, LEO          Tech       98-67NQ S43467   400 x   402 x 51.6
              Batsu-CS1 )                                                Tech       98-67NR S43468   400 x   402 x 51.6
May 11 1040   UBAKUSAT                                 ISS, LEO          Tech       98-67NP S43466   400 x   402 x 51.6
May 11 2014   Bangabandhu 1           Falcon 9 FT5      Kennedy SLC39A   Comms        44A   S43463   296 x 35515 x 19.3
May 12?       USA 287                                  EAGLE, high orbit Tech         36G   S43465 35290?x 35290?x  0.1
May 20 2128   Queqiao    )            Chang Zheng 4C    Xichang          Comms        45A   S43470   159 x376347 x 29.0
              Longjiang 1)                                               Radio Astron 45B   S43471   184 x400603 x 28.5
              Longjiang 2)                                               Radio Astron 45C   S43472   184 x400603 x 28.5
May 21 0844   SS J.R Thompson         Antares 230       MARS LA0B        Cargo        46A   S43474   228 x   319 x 51.6
May 22 1948   GRACE-FO 1  )           Falcon 9          Vandenberg SLC4E Science      47A   S43476   485 x   504 x 89.0
              GRACE-FO 2  )                                              Science      47B   S43477   485 x   504 x 89.0
              Iridium 110 )                                              Comms        47F   S43481   488 x   718 x 86.7
              Iridium 147 )                                              Comms        47E   S43480   489 x   714 x 86.7
              Iridium 152 )                                              Comms        47D   S43479   493 x   710 x 86.7
              Iridium 161 )                                              Comms        47C   S43478   489 x   714 x 86.7
              Iridium 162 )                                              Comms        47G   S43482   491 x   715 x 86.7
Jun  2 0413   Gao Fen 6       )       Chang Zheng 2D    Jiuquan          Imaging      48A   S43484   635 x   646 x 98.0
              Luojia-1 KSW 01 )                                          Imaging      48B   S43485   635 x   647 x 98.0
Jun  4 0445   SES-12                  Falcon 9 FT       Canaveral SLC40  Comms        49A   S43488   210 x 58276 x 25.9
Jun  5 1307   Fengyun 2 09            Chang Zheng 3A    Xichang LC2      Weather      50A   S43491   219 x 35906 x 24.6
Jun  6 1112   Soyuz MS-09             Soyuz-FG          Baykonur LC1     Spaceship    51A   S43493   190 x   247 x 51.6
Jun 12 0420   IGS R-6                 H-IIA             Tanegashima      Radar        52A   S43495   500 x   502 x 97.4
Jun 16 2146   Kosmos-2527             Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Plesetsk         Navigation   53A   S43508 19116 x 19155 x 64.8

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

The suborbital launches table includes known flights above 80 km.
The new Boosted Zombie rocket tested on Jun 7 has a Terrier Mk 70 first stage and a Zombie (ATACMS
derived) second stage; it is unclear how high it flew.

On Jun 18 the University of Colorado's EVE payload was launched to calibrate the Solar Dynamics Observatory
EVE instrument; this is the 7th launch in the series.


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

May  8        Burkan RV         Burkan 2H          Yemen                 Weapon        100?      Riyadh 
May  8        Burkan RV         Burkan 2H          Yemen                 Weapon        100?      Riyadh 
May 13 0830   TEXUS 54          VSB-30             Esrange               Microgravity  261       Esrange B zone
May 14 0823   Mk 12 or 21 RV?   Minuteman 3        Vandenberg LF04       Test         1300?      Kwajalein?
May 22        RV x ?            Bulava             K-535, White Sea      Test         1000?      Kura
May 22        RV x ?            Bulava             K-535, White Sea      Test         1000?      Kura
May 22        RV x ?            Bulava             K-535, White Sea      Test         1000?      Kura
May 22        RV x ?            Bulava             K-535, White Sea      Test         1000?      Kura
May 29 1854   Hi-C 2.1          Black Brant 9      White Sands           Solar EUV     290       White Sands
May 31 0400   TEXUS 55          VSB-30             Esrange               Microgravity  255       Esrange B zone
Jun  3 0418   Agni RV           Agni V             Kalam Island          Test          800       Indian O.
Jun  7        NASA 12.081BZ-DR  Boosted Zombie     White Sands           Test          100?      White Sands
Jun 18 1900   EVE 7             Black Brant 9      White Sands           Solar EUV     250?      White Sands

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