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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 745 draft                                                 2018 Jan 17  Somerville, MA
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JSR 744 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.744

The 2017 annual summary report at http://planet4589.org/space/papers/space17.pdf has been
updated to Rev 2, correcting mistakes in the payload mass figures in table 5.

International Space Station
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Expedition 54 continues with ISS Commander Aleskandr Misurkin and flight
engineers Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba, Anton Shkaplerov, Scott Tingle and
Norishige Kanai.

ASNARO-2
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On Jan 17 the Japanese space agency JAXA launched the third Epsilon rocket
carrying the Asnaro-2 radar satellite to orbit. Asnaro-2 is operated by
the trade ministry's USEF space applications center.

CZ-11
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The CALT Chang Zheng 11 rocket made its third flight on Jan 19, placing
two more Jilin-1 video satellites in orbit as well as 4 cubesats.

- Jilin-1 Shipin 07, 08 xing (Jilin-1 Video 7 and 8), imaging sats
  for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Ltd (CGSTL) in Changchun, Jilin province.
- Hunan xiangjiang xinqu hao weixing  (Hunan Xiangjiang New Area satellite, also Tianyi-2),
  a 6U cubesat with technology experiments.
  developed by Tianyi Research Institute in Changsha, Hunan province,
- Quan Tu Tong 1 (also Tianyi-6), a 6U cubesat for search-and-rescue service experiments 
  built by Changsha-based Tianyi for Beijing-based Quan Tu Tong Co
  (``Full Map Network Co.'') It carries navigation, comm, imaging, AIS, and amateur radio payloads
- KIPP, a 3U cubesat for Kepler Communications of Toronto, to server as a pathfinder for their 
  proposed constellation.
- Huia'an hao Enlai xing, a 2U cubesat from schoolkids at Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base,
  Jiangsu province, and named in honour of Zhou Enlai who was from the area. It has a drag brake experiment.

 The satellites were launched to 500 km SSO; as with the previous CZ-11 mission, some objects were
 also placed in higher apogee 530 x 1070 km orbits.


SBIRS
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United Launch Alliance flew Atlas mission AV-076 on Jan 20 to place the SBIRS GEO-4 missile
early warning satellite in geotransfer orbit. The Centaur stage made an additional maneuver
at 0202 UTC to lower its perigee, and reentered around 1013 UTC over the Pacific SW of Hawaii.


Zuma redux
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Bill Harwood (CBS) notes that NRO has denied ownership of Zuma.
However, it could still be that NRO is the customer for the data and the
contractor, e.g. Northrop Grumman, was to operate the satellite on NRO's
behalf. Other possibilities are that, after 50 years of subsuming its
space activities within NRO, CIA is back to having its own satellites;
or that a new US secret agency has started space activities. Some have
suggested the possibility that the satellite is actually  for a foreign
ally of the US, but this seems unlikely to me as the most obvious
suspects have been pretty open about their military satellites.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
Jan  8 0100   Zuma (USA 280)          Falcon 9          Canaveral LC40   Radar?       01A   S43098  1000?x  1000?x  50.0
Jan  9 0324   Gaojing-1 03 )          Chang Zheng 2D    Taiyuan          Imaging      02A   S43099   523 x   536 x  97.6
              Gaojing-1 04 )                                             Imaging      02B   S43100   510 x   529 x  97.6
Jan 11 2318   Beidou DW 26  )         Chang Zheng 3B    Xichang          Navigation   03A   S43107 21538 x 22194 x  55.0 
              Beidou DW 27  )                                            Navigation   03B   S43108 21543 x 22194 x  55.0
Jan 12 0359   Cartosat 2ER    )       PSLV-XL          Satish Dhawan FLP Imaging      04A?  S43111   495 x   510 x  97.6  0930LT
              INS-1C          )                                          Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              LEO Vantage 1   )                                          Comms        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              ICEYE-X1        )                                          Radar        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              VividX2         )                                          Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Arkyd-6A        )                                          Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              CICERO 7        )                                          Weather      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Landmapper-BC3  )                                          Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              PICSAT          )                                          Astronomy    04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Tyvak-61C       )                                          Astronomy    04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              CANYVAL-X1/X2   )                                          Tech         04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              CNUSail-1       )                                          Tech         04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              STEP Cube Lab   )                                          Tech         04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              KAUSAT-5        )                                          Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              KHUSAT-3        )                                          Tech         04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Fox-1D          )                                          Comms        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Micromas-2A     )                                          Science      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              DemoSat-2       )                                          Comms        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              SpaceBEE-1      )                                          Comms        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              SpaceBEE-2      )                                          Comms        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              SpaceBEE-3      )                                          Comms        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              SpaceBEE-4      )                                          Comms        04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Lemur-2-PW        )                                        AIS/Weather  04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Lemur-2-DaveWilson)                                        AIS/Weather  04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Lemur-2-McCafferty)                                        AIS/Weather  04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Lemur-2-BrownCow  )                                        AIS/Weather  04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Flock 3p'-1       )                                        Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Flock 3p'-2       )                                        Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Flock 3p'-3       )                                        Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Flock 3p'-4       )                                        Imaging      04             495 x   508 x  97.6
              Microsat-TD     )                                          Imaging      04T?  S43128   346 x   371 x  96.9
Jan 12 2211   USA 281                 Delta 4M+(5,2)    Vandenberg SLC6  Radar        05A   S43145  1052 x  1053 x 106.0
Jan 13 0710   Ludi Kancha Weixing 3   Chang Zheng 2D    Jiuquan          Imaging      06A   S43146   496 x   506 x  97.3 1330LT
Jan 17 2106   ASNARO 2                Epsilon           Uchinoura        Radar        07A   S43152   493 x   506 x  97.4 0546LT
Jan 19 0412   Jilin-1 Shipin 07 )     Chang Zheng 11    Jiuquan          Imaging      08A   S43155   523 x   547 x  97.5 1030LT
              Jilin-1 Shipin 08 )                                        Imaging      08B   S43156   523 x   547 x  97.5 1030LT
              KIPP              )                                        Comms        08
              Huai'an           )                                        Education    08
              Quan Tu Tong 1        )                                    SAR          08
              Hunan xiangjian xinqu )                                    Tech         08
Jan 20 0048   SBIRS GEO-4             Atlas V 411       Canaveral SLC40  Missile Warn 09A   

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

Dec 12 1659   New Shepard CC2   New Shepard        West Texas            Test           99       West Texas
Dec 19        RV/Warhead        Burkan 2H          Sa'dah                Weapon        150?      Riyadh
Dec 26 0330?  RV                Topol'-E?          Kapustin Yar          Test         1000?      Balkhash?
Jan 18 0423   RV                Agni V             Abdul Kalam I.        Test         1000?      Indian Ocean

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