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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 796 draft                                                     2021  Jul 22   Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 65 continues.

The Nauka module made a 15m/s orbit raising burn on Jul 22. Further
orbit raising burns left it in a 334 x 406 km orbit by Jul 25, with the
initial propulsion system problems resolved.

On Jul 26 at 1055 UTC the docked Progress MS-16/Pirs complex undocked
from the nadir port of the Zvezda module. Pirs had been attached to
Zvezda since 2001. At 1401 UTC Progress MS-16 performed a 120 m/s
deorbit burn and the 9-tonne Progress MS-16/Pirs reentered the
atmosphere over the South Pacific at 1442 UTC, with debris reaching the
ocean surface at 1452 UTC.

Nauka successfully docked with the Zvezda nadir port at 1329 UTC Jul 29.
Oleg Novitskiy was within seconds of taking over manual TORU remote
control for the final 10 metres of the approach, as the automatic system
was experiencing some oscillations in alignment, but according to a
report by Anatoliy Zak the issue straightened itself out just in time
and automatic docking was allowed to run to completion. 

Nauka's adventures were not over At 1645 UTC the Nauka thrusters began
unexpectedly firing, threatening loss of attitude control for the ISS.
The Zvezda and Progress MS-17 thrusters tried to counteract the unwanted
torque, but ISS tumbled until Nauka's propellant was depleted and the
other modules could restore attitude. Note that initial reports of a
mere 45 degree attitude deviation were superseded; one flight controller
commented `we [i.e. ISS] proceeded to do headstands and cartwheels.
Olympic judges would be proud' and reported that the station made 1.5
full rotations in pitch before being brought under control.  However, by
around 1800 UTC the situation on ISS was stable. Hatches to Nauka were
opened on Jul 30.

Rocket Lab
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Electron mission 21 was launched from New Zealand on Jul 29, placing the
US Air Force Research Lab's Monolith (STP-27RM) satellite in orbit.
Monolith will test the ability of a cubesat to stably deploy an external
sensor whose size is comparable to the satellite.

Tianhui 1-04
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China's SAST launched a CZ-2D on Jul 29 placing the TH1-04 mapping
satellite in orbit.

Ariane VA254
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Following a redesign of the nose fairing, Ariane 5 returned to flight on Jul 30 with the
launch of flight VA254 (probably vehicle 5113?) carrying the Star One D2 and Eutelsat Quantum
satellites to geotransfer orbit.

KLEO
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Two Ka-band communications test satellites for the German company KLEO
Connect, KL-Beta A and B, were launched by CZ-6 from Taiyuan on Aug 4.


Transporter-2
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The D-Orbit ION SVC-03 'Dauntless David' released two more of its passengers on
Jul 21 and Jul 22:  Reaktor's W-Cube to test W-band propagation and Endurosat's SPARTAN
with a variety of experiments. The final payload, Neptuno, was released on Jul 24.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT       Name                           Launch Vehicle      Site            Mission  INTL.  Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
Jun 18 0630   Yaogan 30 hao 09 zu 01 xing)    Chang Zheng 2C        Xichang           Sigint?  55A  S48860 590 x  603 x 35.0
              Yaogan 30 hao 09 zu 02 xing)                                            Sigint?  55B  S48861 591 x  602 x 35.0
              Yaogan 30 hao 09 zu 03 xing)                                            Sigint?  55D  S48863 592 x  602 x 35.0
              Tianqi 14                  )                                            Comms    55E  S48864 571 x  681 x 35.1
Jun 22 1055   MIR-SAT1                                              ISS, LEO          Tech   9867SP S48868 416 x 420 x  51.6
Jun 22 1200?  G-SATELLITE 2                                         ISS, LEO          Tech   9867SN S48867 415 x 419 x 51.6
Jun 23?       Test satellite?                 Simorgh?              Khomeini          Test?    F03
Jun 25 1950   Kosmos-2550                     Soyuz-2-1b            Plesetsk LC43/4   Sigint   56A  S48865 195 x 466 x 67.1
Jun 29 2250   IT-SPINS )                                            Cygnus NG-15, LEO Sci      13G  S49017 489 x 503 x 51.6
              MySat-2  )                                                              Tech     13F  S49016 489 x 503 x 51.6
Jun 29 2327   Progress MS-17                  Soyuz-2-1a            Baykonur LC31     Cargo    57A  S48869 280 x 383 x 51.7
Jun 30 1447   CNCE 1               )          Launcher One         B747, Mojave       Com      58E  S48875 495 x 520 x 60.7
              CNCE 3               )                                                  Com      58D  S48874 495 x 520 x 60.7
              Gunsmoke-J 4         )                                                  Com      58H  S48878 495 x 526 x 60.7
              HALO-Net FF          )                                                  Tech     58G  S48877 495 x 522 x 60.7
              Brik-II              )                                                  Tech/Com 58F  S48876 495 x 522 x 60.7
              STORK 4              )                                                  Imaging  58C  S48873 495 x 526 x 60.7
              STORK 5              )                                                  Imaging  58B  S48872 495 x 522 x 60.7
Jun 30 1931   Transporter-2           )       Falcon 9              Canaveral SLC40  Dispenser 59          530 x 545 x 97.5
              Starlink 3003           )                                               Comms    59A  S48879 515 x 536 x 97.5
              Starlink 3004           )                                               Comms    59B  S48880 515 x 536 x 97.5
              Starlink 3005           )                                               Comms    59C  S48881 510 x 525 x 97.5
              SHERPA-LTE-1            )                                              Dispenser 59BQ S48941 524 x 536 x 97.5
              SHERPA-FX-2             )                                              Dispenser 59CH S48958 511 x 537 x 97.5
              ION-SVC-003             )                                              Dispenser 59AK S48912 520 x 537 x 97.5
              YAM-2                   )                                               Tech     59
              YAM-3                   )                                               Tech     59AN S48915 519 x 537 x 97.5
              Nusat-19 (Rosalind)     )                                               Imaging  59AC S48905 521 x 537 x 97.5
              Nusat-20 (Grace)        )                                               Imaging  59AU S48921 521 x 537 x 97.5
              Nusat-21 (Elisa)        )                                               Imaging  59AT S48920 521 x 537 x 97.5
              Nusat-22 (Sofya)        )                                               Imaging  59AS S48919 521 x 537 x 97.5
              Umbra-SAR 2001          )                                               Radar    59AD S48906 521 x 537 x 97.5
              ICEYE-X11               )                                               Radar    59AR S48918 519 x 537 x 97.5
              ICEYE-X12               )                                               Radar    59AM S48914 519 x 537 x 97.5
              ICEYE-X13               )                                               Radar    59AP S48916 519 x 537 x 97.5
              ICEYE-X15               )                                               Radar    59AQ S48917 519 x 537 x 97.5
              Capella 5               )                                               Radar    59AL S48913 520 x 536 x 97.5
              TUBIN                   )                                               Tech     59X  S48900 523 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Jackson         )                                               Com/Met  59G  S48885 524 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-AnnaBanana      )                                               Com/Met  59AW S48923 524 x 537 x 97.5
              D2/AtlaCom-1            )                                               Tech     59AV S48922 516 x 537 x 97.5
              PACE-1                  )                                               Tech     59
              TROPICS Pathfinder      )                                               Sci      59Y  S48901 522 x 537 x 97.5
              Mandrake 2A             )                                               Com      59AE S48907 521 x 537 x 97.5
              Mandrake 2B             )                                               Com      59AF S48908 521 x 537 x 97.5
              LINCS 1                 )                                               Com      59Z  S48902 521 x 538 x 97.5
              LINCS 2                 )                                               Com      59AA S48903 521 x 538 x 97.5
              Centauri 4              )                                               Com      59V  S48898 522 x 538 x 97.5
              GNOMES 2                )                                               Com      59AH S48910 519 x 537 x 97.5
              EG-3                    )                                               Com      59P  S48892 642 x 655 x 97.5
              SpaceBEENZ-7            )                                               Com      59L S48889  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEENZ-8            )                                               Com      59N S48891  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEENZ-9            )                                               Com      59J S48887  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEENZ-10           )                                               Com      59D S48882  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-88             )                                               Com      59BJ S48935 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-89             )                                               Com      59BG S48933 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-90             )                                               Com      59BW S48947 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-91             )                                               Com      59BP S48940 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-92             )                                               Com      59BF S48932 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-93             )                                               Com      59BN S48939 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-94             )                                               Com      59BL S48937 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-95             )                                               Com      59BU S48945 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-96             )                                               Com      59BH S48934 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-97             )                                               Com      59BK S48936 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-98             )                                               Com      59BY S48949 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-99             )                                               Com      59BV S48946 525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-100            )                                               Com      59E S48883  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-101            )                                               Com      59F S48884  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-102            )                                               Com      59H S48886  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-103            )                                               Com      59K S48888  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-104            )                                               Com      59M S48890  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-105            )                                               Com      59T S48896  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-106            )                                               Com      59Q S48893  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-107            )                                               Com      59R S48894  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-108            )                                               Com      59S S48895  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-109            )                                               Com      59U S48897  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-110            )                                               Com      59W S48899  525 x 536 x 97.5
              SpaceBEE-111            )                                               Com      59AB S48904 521 x 536 x 97.5
Jun 30 2300?  Astrocast-0201     )                                  Sherpa-FX2, LEO   Com      59CD S48954 512 x 533 x 97.5
              Astrocast-0202     )                                                    Com      59CL S48961 512 x 533 x 97.5
              Astrocast-0203     )                                                    Com      59CE S48955 512 x 533 x 97.5
              Astrocast-0204     )                                                    Com      59CB S48952 512 x 533 x 97.5
              Astrocast-0205     )                                                    Com      59CK S48960 512 x 533 x 97.5
              Hawk 3A            )                                                    Sigint   59CG S48957 513 x 536 x 97.5
              Hawk 3B            )                                                    Sigint   59BE S48931 513 x 536 x 97.5
              Hawk 3C            )                                                    Sigint   59BX S48948 513 x 536 x 97.5
              Lynk 06 (Shannon)  )                                                    Com      59BM S48938 513 x 536 x 97.5
              Painani-2          )                                                    Tech     59
              Lemur-2-John-Treires    )                                               Com/Met  59AY S48925 524 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-AC-Cubed        )                                               Com/Met  59BA S48927 524 x 537 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Merima          )                                               Com/Met  59BC S48929 524 x 537 x 97.5
Jun 30 2300?  Aurora/Shasta        )                                Sherpa-LTE1, LEO  Sigint   59CF S48956 511 x 537 x 97.5
              Polar Vigilance 1    )                                                  Sigint   59BD S48930 513 x 534 x 97.5
              Polar Vigilance 2    )                                                  Sigint   59AZ S48926 513 x 534 x 97.5
              Polar Vigilance 3    )                                                  Sigint   59BR S48942 513 x 534 x 97.5
              Polar Vigilance 4    )                                                  Sigint   59  
              Faraday Phoenix      )                                                  Tech     59  
              Lemur-2-CarlSantaMari   )                                               Com/Met  59CJ S48959 524 x 537 x 97.5
              Ayan-21              )                                                  Tech     59BT S48944 512 x 536 x 97.5
              ARTHUR-1             )                                                  Tech     59CC S48953 513 x 534 x 97.5
              Tenzing              )                                                  Tech     59CA S48951 512 x 537 x 97.5
Jun 30 1500   ORCA-7                                                 Cygnus NG-15,LEO  Tech?   13C  S49013 492 x 501 x 51.6
Jun 30 1630   UNKNOWN SAT                                            Cygnus NG-15,LEO  Com     13E? S49015 487 x 503 x 51.6
Jun 30 1830   Gunsmoke-J 2                                           Cygnus NG-15, LEO Com     13D  S49014 487 x 503 x 51.6
Jul 1 1238    OneWeb SL0249-SL0284 )          Soyuz/Fregat          Vostochniy PU1     Com    60A-AM       443 x 454 x 87.4
Jul 3 0251    Jilin-1 KF01B   )               Chang Zheng 2D         Taiyuan           Imaging 61A  S49003 531 x 545 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 GF03D-01)                                                        Imaging 61   S49004 530 x 543 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 GF03D-02)                                                        Imaging 61   S49005 526 x 543 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 GF03D-03)                                                        Imaging 61   S49006 525 x 543 x 97.5
              Xingshidai 10   )                                                        Imaging 61   S49007 525 x 543 x 97.5
Jul 4 2328    Fengyun-3 05                    Chang Zheng 4C         Jiuquan           Meteo   62A S49008  792 x 815 x 98.7
Jul 6 1553    TianLian 1-05                   Chang Zheng 3C         Xichang           Comms   63A S49010  180 x 39784 x 17.6
Jul 9 1159    Zhongzi 2-01 )                  Chang Zheng 6          Taiyuan           Sigint  64A S49018  857 x 867 x 45.0
              Zhongzi 2-02 )                                                           Sigint  64B S49019  857 x 867 x 45.0
              Zhongzi 2-03 )                                                           Sigint  64C S49020  857 x 867 x 45.0
              Zhongzi 2-04 )                                                           Sigint  64D S49021  857 x 867 x 45.0
              Zhongzi 2-05 )                                                           Sigint  64E S49022  857 x 867 x 45.0
Jul 16        QMR-KWT)                                             ION-SVC03, LEO      Tech    59
              Ghalib )                                                                 Tech    59
Jul 18        NAPA-2                                               ION-SVC03, LEO      Img     59CN S48963 519 x 541 x 97.5
Jul 19 0019   Yaogan 30 hao 10 zu 01 xing )   Chang Zheng 2C         Xichang           Sigint  65A? S49026 588 x 599 x 35.0
              Yaogan 30 hao 10 zu 02 xing )                                            Sigint  65B? S49027 588 x 599 x 35.0
              Yaogan 30 hao 10 zu 03 xing )                                            Sigint  65C? S49028 588 x 599 x 35.0
              Tianqi 15                   )                                            Com     65D? S49029 591 x 602 x 35.0
Jul 21 1458   Nauka                           Proton-M              Baykonur LC39/200  Module  66A S49044  190 x 346 x 51.6
Jul 21        SPARTAN                                               ION-SVC03, LEO     Tech    59          519 x 533 x 97.5
Jul 22        W-Cube                                                ION-SVC03, LEO     Tech    59CQ S48965 520 x 540 x 97.5
Jul 24        Neptuno                                               ION-SVC03, LEO     Sigint  59          519 x 533 x 97.5
Jul 29 0401   Tianhui 1-04                     Chang Zheng 2D       Jiuquan            Imaging 67A S49049  488 x 503 x 97.5
Jul 29 0600   Monolith                         Electron             Mahia LC1A         Tech    68A S49052? 598 x 610 x 37.0
Jul 30 2100   Star One D2      )               Ariane 5ECA+         Kourou ELA3        Comms   69A S49055  261 x 35771 x 3.0
              Eutelsat Quantum )                                                       Comms   69B S49056  232 x 35555 x 3.0

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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Date UT       Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle      Site                  Mission    Apogee/km    Target

Jul 11 1525   Unity 22          Spaceship Two      Spaceport America     Test           86       Spaceport America
Jul 11 1756   Dynamo 2B         Black Brant 9      Wallops I             Ionosphere    133       Atlantic
Jul 16        YG Chongfu Shiyong   YGCS            Jiuquan               Test          200?      Alashan Youqi
Jul 20 1311   RSS First Step    New Shepard        West Texas            Tourism       107       West Texas
Jul 24        FTM-33 Target     Terrier Oriole?    Kauai                 Target        100?      Pacific
Jul 24        FTM-33 Target     Terrier Oriole?    Kauai                 Target        100?      Pacific
Jul 26 2030   S-520-31          S-520              Uchinoura             Technology    235       Pacific
Jul 30 1820   MaGIXS            Black Brant 9      White Sands           Solar X-ray   300       White Sands

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