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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 730 draft                                                 2016 Aug 16 Somerville, MA
JSR 729 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.729

International Space Station

Expedition 48 continues.

On Aug 17 at about 2315 UTC the SPDM Dextre, on the end of the Canadarm-2,
grappled the IDA-2 docking unit stored in the Dragon cargo ship's trunk.
At about 0120UTC Aug 18 SPDM unberthed the IDA-2 and by 0645 had it
positioned around 1m from the old Shuttle docking port, PMA-2.

IDA-2 fits over the end of PMA-2 to convert it from a Shuttle port to
one that can acommodate Crew Dragon and Starliner. The first docking
with IDA-2 will be an uncrewed Dragon test mission, Demo Mission 1,
which is expected in mid 2017.

On Aug 19 at 1016 UTC SPDM moved IDA-2 inward until it was just touching
PMA-2. Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins, in spacesuits EMU 3003 and 3008, 
entered the Quest airlock. Quest was depressurized by 1158 UTC and its
hatch was open at 1203 UTC. Williams and Rubins attached tethers to
IDA-2 and connected it loosely to PMA-2; at 1316 UTC the SPDM released
IDA-2, which was firmly mated to PMA-2 by 1440 UTC. After removing a
soft cover and carrying out some cabling work, the astronauts were ready
for other tasks when at 1731 UTC further work was cancelled due to a
communications problem in Williams' suit. The astronauts returned to
Quest, closed the hatch at 1757 UTC and repressurized the airlock at
1802 UTC. 

On Aug 25 at about 2100 UTC the SSRMS (Canadarm-2) unberthed Dragon
CRS-9 from the Harmony module. At 1011 UTC the Dragon was released into
orbit; at 1456 UTC Dragon fired its Draco thrusters in a deorbit burn
which sent it plunging into the atmosphere at about 1520 UTC. The empty
trunk was jettisoned at 1513 UTC. Dragon splashed down off the coast of
Baja at 1547 UTC.


The Lixing-1 upper atmosphere study satellite lowered its orbit on Aug 16
from 488 x 504 km to only 124 x 140 km, the lowest ever orbit
for an active spacecraft. It reentered on Aug 19.


The USAF GSSAP 3 and 4 satellites were launched on Aug 19. The satellites will drift in the geostationary
ring making observations of the orbits of other satellites.


Arianespace launched two communications satellites for Intelsat on Aug 24. IS-33e is the second Epic high
throughput broadband satellite, while IS-36 is a smaller Ku/C-band satellite for video distribution.
Both satellites will be stationed over the Indian Ocean.

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

Jun 25 1200   DFFC                ) Chang Zheng 7    Wenchang LC201    Reentry test  42     A08387    288 x   382 x  40.8
              Aoxiang zhixing     )                                    Tech          42B    S41625    289 x   376 x  40.8
              Aolong 1            )                                    Tech          42F    S41629    198 x   367 x  40.8
              Tiange feixingqi 1  )                                    Tech          42L    S41636    277 x   289 x  40.8
              Tiange feixingqi 2  )                                    Tech          42M    S41637    277 x   287 x  40.8
              ZGZ shiyan zhuangzhi)                                    Tech          42A    S41624    287 x   381 x  40.8
Jun 29 0321   Shi Jian 16-02        Chang Zheng 4B   Jiuquan           Sigint?       43A    S41634    596 x   616 x  75.0
Jul  7 0136   Soyuz MS-01           Soyuz-FG         Baykonur LC1      Spaceship     44A    S41639    181 x   239 x  51.7 Docked ISS
Jul 16 2141   Progress MS-03        Soyuz-U          Baykonur LC31     Cargo         45A    S41670    182 x   225 x  51.6 Docked ISS
Jul 18 0445   Dragon CRS-9          Falcon 9         Canaveral SLC40   Cargo         46A    S41672    204 x   355 x  51.6
Jul 28 1237   USA 269               Atlas V 541      Canaveral SLC41   Comms         47A    S41724  35576 x 35996 x   5.0
Aug  6 1622   Tiantong-1 01 xing    Chang Zheng 3B   Xichang LC3       Comms         48A    S41725  35751 x 35903 x   5.0
Aug  9 2255   Gaofen 3              Chang Zheng 4C   Taiyuan           Radar imager  49A    S41727    750 x   751 x  98.4 0600LT SSO
Aug 14 0526   JCSAT-16              Falcon 9         Canaveral SLC40   Comms         50A    S41729    151 x 36183 x  20.9
Aug 15 1740   Mozi          )       Chang Zheng 2D   Jiuquan           Science       51A    S41731    488 x   584 x  97.4 0000LT SSO
              Lixing-1      )                                          Atmosphere    51C    S41733    124 x   140 x  97.4 0000LT SSO
              3Cat-2        )                                          Altimeter     51B    S41732    485 x   503 x  97.4 0000LT SSO
Aug 19 0452   GSSAP 3    )          Delta 4M+(4,2)   Canaveral SLC37B  Space Surv    52A    S41744  36100?x 36100?x   0.5
              GSSAP 4    )                                             Space Surv    52B    S41745  36100?x 36100?x   0.5
Aug 24 2216   Intelsat IS-33e )     Ariane 5ECA      Kourou ELA3       Comms         53A?
              Intelsat IS-36  )                                        Comms         53B?

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches

Erratum: Last issue had the wrong date for ROTEX-T.

On Aug 23 N Korea launched its first successful submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM),
on a lofted trajectory with an apogee around 500 km. 

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

Jul  1 0718   RV x 6?          M51               S616, Baie d'Audierne   Test         1000?      North Atlantic
Jul  8 1301   MaxiDusty 1b     Imp. Malemute       Andoya U3             Atmosphere    117       Andoya Range
Jul 18 2045   RV               Hwasong-6?          Eunyul, N Korea       Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Jul 18 2050?  RV               Hwasong-6?          Eunyul, N Korea       Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Jul 18 2140   RV               Hwasong-7?          Eunyul, N Korea       Test          200?      Sea of Japan
Jul 19 0405   ROTEX-T          Terrier Imp.Orion   Kiruna                Hypersonic    182       ESRANGE
Jul 27 1826   Hi-C             Black Brant 9       White Sands           Solar physics 250?      White Sands
Aug  2 2253   RV               Hwasong-7?          Eunyul, N Korea       Test          200?      Sea of Japan
Aug 17 1133   RockSat-X        Terrier Imp.Malemute Wallops I.           Education     153       Atlantic Ocean
Aug 23 2030   RV               Bukguekseong      Sub, Sinpo, N Korea     Test          500       Sea of Japan

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