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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 629 draft                                        2010 Jun 8 Somerville, MA

NOTE: I am recovering from a disk crash: some things on the site may currently
be missing or old versions.

Shuttle and Station

Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi returned to Earth on Jun 2 aboard Soyuz
TMA-17. They undocked from the Zvezda module at 0004 UTC and touched
down in Kazakhstan at 0325 UTC. Aleksandr Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko
and Tracy Caldwell Dyson officially began Expedition 24 upon TMA-17's

Falcon 9

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket reached orbit on its first launch on Jun 2. 
The Dragon Qualification Unit, attached to the Falcon 9 second stage, is
in a 235 x 276 km x 34.5 deg orbit. Orbit insertion was at 1853 UTC with
a test 'burp' of the engines probably at 2025 UTC.


The first Block IIF Global Positioning System satellite, SVN 62, was
launched from Cape Canaveral on May 28. The satellite was built by
Boeing/El Segundo and has a launch mass of 1630 kg including an unknown
amount of  stationkeeping propellant. The Block IIF satellites carry the
L1M and L2M military GPS channels, the L2C civilian channel and a new L5
civilian channel as well as a nuclear explosion detection system
(descendant of the Vela satellites, to monitor the test ban treaty) and
the a classified instrument.

The Delta rocket entered a low parking orbit, probably around 270 x 320
km x 37.5 deg, at 0312 UTC. At 0324 UTC it restarted to enter a transfer
orbit of 252 x  20464 x  43.3 deg. At 0620 UTC the stage made
a third burn to a 20437 x 20460 km x 55.0 deg orbit and then deployed
the GPS satellite. (The ULA mission book, in a break with past practice for
GPS launches, did not provide details on the intermediate orbits for this mission.)


Japan's SERVIS-2 satellite, which will test out new commercial satellite
electronics and components, was launched by a Russian Rokot vehicle from
Plesetsk on Jun 2 into an 1186 x 1210 km x 100.4 deg polar orbit.
China launched the 4th Beidou Navigation Satellite (di si ke beidou daohang
weixing) on Jun 2 into a 205 x 35647 km x 20.5 deg geostationary transfer


Russia's International Launch Services carried Badr 5 (Arabsat 5B)
into orbit on a Khrunichev Proton-M/Briz-M on Jun 3.

I regret to announce the death of Rex Hall, former president of the
British Interplanetary Society and the world expert on the biographies
of Soviet cosmonauts. I met Rex when I was a teenage
proto-space-historian and he was always a wonderful mentor and colleague.

Table of Recent (orbital) Launches 
Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle  Site            Mission    INTL.  
May 14 1820   Atlantis (STS-132)  Space Shuttle    Kennedy LC39A    Spaceship  19A
May 20 2158   Akatsuki    )       H-IIA 202        Tanegashima     Venus Probe 20D
              Ikaros      )                                         Solar sail 20E
              Unitec-1    )                                         Tech       20F
              Negai*      )                                       Tech/imaging 20A
              Waseda-Sat 2)                                         Imaging    20B
              KSAT        )                                         Science    20C
May 21 2201   Astra 3B  )         Ariane 5ECA      Kourou ELA3      Comms      21A
              ComsatBw-2)                                           Comms      21B
May 28 0300   GPS SVN 62 (IIF SV-1) Delta 4M+(4,2) Canaveral SLC37B Navigation 22A
Jun  2 0159   SERVIS 2            Rokot            Plesetsk LC133/3 Tech       23A
Jun  2 1553   Beidou DW4          Chang Zheng 3C   Xichang          Navigation 24A
Jun  3 2200   Arabsat 5B          Proton-M/Briz-M  Baykonur LC200/39 Comms     25A
Jun  4 1845   Dragon Qual Unit    Falcon 9         Canaveral SLC40  Test       26A

Table of Recent (suborbital) Launches

Date UT     Payload/Flt Name  Launch Vehicle  Site            Mission    Apogee/km
Apr 22 2300   HTV-2a          Minotaur IVL     Vandenberg SLC8 Hypersonic  100?
May  3 0947   NASA 36.248DR   Black Brant IX   San Nicholas I  Target      150?
May  3 1832   NASA 36.258UE   Black Brant IX   White Sands     Solar EUV   280?
May  4 1241   SpaceLoft SL-4  SpaceLoft XL     SW Regional     Micrograv   113?
May  5 1150   SR VII          Sounding Rocket  Jiu Peng        Ionosphere  287
May 17 0348   Agni RV         Agni A2          Wheeler I       Training    300?
May 21 0900?  NASA 36.270UG   Black Brant IX   White Sands     UV Astron   325?

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