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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 739 draft                                                 2017 Jun 5 Somerville, MA
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JSR 738 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.738


International Space Station
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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.

It is now confirmed that the AFRL/DSTO Biarri Point cubesat was
clandestinely deployed from the ISS on May 18. 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.

GSLV-3
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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
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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
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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 
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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.


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                     100?
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       34B   S42759   536 x   546 x  43.0
              OVS-1B     )                                              Imaging       34D   S42761   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       36A   S42766   497 x   518 x  97.5
              CE-SAT-I                     )                            Imaging       36
              NIUSAT                       )                            Imaging       36
              CICERO-6                     )                            Weather       36
              Max Valier                   )                            X-ray Astron  36
              Venta-1                      )                            Comms (AIS)   36
              TYVAK-53b                    )                            Tech          36
              D-SAT                        )                            Tech          36
              Aalto-1                      )                            Tech          36
              Pegasus        (QB50-AT03)   )                            Science       36
              NUDTSat        (QB50-CN06)   )                            Science       36
              VZLUSat        (QB50-CZ03)   )                            Science       36
              COMPASS-2      (QB50-DE04)   )                            Science       36
              UCLSat         (QB50-GB03)   )                            Science       36
              InflateSail    (QB50-GB06)   )                            Tech          36
              URSA MAIOR     (QB50-IT02)   )                            Science       36
              LituanicaSat-2 (QB50-LT01)   )                            Science       36
              Blue Diamond                 )                            Comms         36
              Green Diamond                )                            Comms         36
              Red Diamond                  )                            Comms         36
              Lemur-2-ShainaJohl           )                            Weather/AIS   36
              Lemur-2-XueniTerence         )                            Weather/AIS   36
              Lemur-2-LucyBryce            )                            Weather/AIS   36
              Lemur-2-KungFoo              )                            Weather/AIS   36
              Lemur-2-McPeake              )                            Weather/AIS   36
              Lemur-2-Sam-Amelia           )                            Weather/AIS   36
              Lemur-2-Lisasaurus           )                            Weather/AIS   36
              Lemur-2-Lynsey-Symo          )                            Weather/AIS   36
              ROBUSAT 1B                   )                            Tech          36
              skCUBE                       )                            Tech          36
              SUCHAI                       )                            Tech          36
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


Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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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    UNKNOWN            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?

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