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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 759 draft                                                 2018 Dec 9 Somerville, MA
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Spaceship Two
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Virgin Galactic completed its first suborbital spaceflight on Dec 13.
The White Knight Two carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, took off from runway
30/12 at Mojave Air and Space Port, California, at 1511:35 UTC, on its
flight WK2-261.  After looping around to the east and north, VMS Eve
headed back south towards Mojave and at 1559:39 UTC, over  118.22W
35.39N near Kelso Valley, dropped the Spaceship Two vehicle VSS Unity on
its flight N202VG-015/VP-03. After 2 second free fall the hybrid motor
was ignited for a 60.0 second burn. The spacecraft, carrying astronauts
Mark 'Forger' Stucky and  Frederick 'C.J.' Sturckow, flew to an apogee
of 82.682 km and descended safely to a landing on the same runway at
Mojave with wheels stop at 1613:47UTC for a flight time of 14m08s.


International Space Station
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Expedition 57 continues aboard the ISS.

On Dec 11 astronauts Kononenko and Prokop'ev made spacewalk VKD-45a from the
Pirs airlock, using suits Orlan MKS-5 and MKS-4 respectively. 
The airlock was depressurized at 1539 UTC and the hatch was opened at 1559 UTC;
hatch was closed at 2344 UTC and the airlock was repressurizaed at 2348 UTC.
The spacewalkers used the GStM-1 and GStM-2 booms to traverse from the Pirs module
to the orbital module (bitovoy otsek, BO) of the Soyuz MS-09 ferry ship to inspect
the mysterious hole drilled in its pressure hull that caused a leak detected on Aug 29.
They worked in the Soyuz MS-09 area from 1920 to 2230 UTC.

Kononenko and Prokop'ev cut into the fabric thermal insulation of the
Soyuz MS-09 BO and then used a knife and shears to cut away a section of
the metal MMOD (micrometeorite and orbital debris) shield layer that
covers the pressure hull. They took samples from the epoxy in the hole
and a part of the MMOD shield for return and analysis.

The first cut in the BO covering was made at 1953 UTC; by 2010 UTC
small mm-scale debris from the insulation was visible on video coverage
floating away from the worksite.  This was soon to be followed by much
larger pieces. Between 2037-2053 UTC, 2103-2117 UTC and to a lesser extent
from 2121 to 2210 UTC at least 30 cm-scale and probably
20 5-cm to 10-cm scale pieces of insulation floated away. The largest amount of
debris generation happened from 2047 to 2050 UTC with many small pieces.

Probably the largest piece, possibly about 15 x 5 cm or larger, was
ejected at 2051 UTC and may be the one cataloged as object 43847.  The
hole was located at 2118 UTC; the MMOD shield sample was cut at 2121
UTC.

On Dec 14 the SSRMS removed the GEDI Earth observing experiment from the
Dragon trunk and handed it to the JRMS which installed it at EFU6 on the
Kibo Exposed Facility. On about Dec 16, SSRMS and SPDM moved RRM-3
from Dragon's trunk to ELC-1 site 3.

On Dec 17 the SSRMS relocated the HTV-7 EP from the MBS, I'm not sure where yet.

On Dec 18 the Kibo RMS arm moved the 450 kg SEDA-AP package from EFU-11
on the Kibo Exposed Facility to the top of the Kibo pressurized logistics
module ELM-PS. SEDA-AP will be jettisoned later this week; the package's
mast failed to retract, preventing its disposal aboard Dragon.


Chang'e-4
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Chang'e-4 completed its lunar orbit insertion burn at 0845 UTC Dec 12; China
reports the vehicle is in a 100 x 400 km orbit, presumably polar.

Electron
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Rocket Lab launched its 4th Electron vehicle, "This One's For Pickering", on Dec 16, carrying 13
cubesats as follows:
 Space technology - Albus (NASA-Glenn, testing advanced electrical bus);
                   CHOMPTT (U. Florida; laser transfer of time calibration)
                   CubeSail  (U. Illinois/Catholic U.; 260-m tether)
                   RSat-P (US Naval Academy; robot arm tests)
                   Shields (NASA-Langley, radiation shielding)
                   Aerocube-11A/11B (Aerospace Corp, tests of new imagers)
 Space weather and radiation - ISX-CP11 (Cal Poly), NMTSat (New Mexico Tech),
                     CeReS (GSFC), STF (GSFC/West Virginia U)
 Astronomy -    SHFT-1 (DARPA/JPL) for HF radio astronomy
 Student test satellite - DaVinci (North Idaho STEM Charter Academy 


Errata
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The PSLV launch carried Centauri-2 and Hiber 1;
the SSO-A launch carried Centauri-1 and Hiber 2. I got this the wrong way
round in the last JSR.


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

Nov 15 2046   Es'hailsat-2            Falcon 9          Kennedy LC39A     Comms       90A   S43700   201 x 37688 x 25.0
Nov 16 1814   Progress MS-10          Soyuz-FG          Baykonur LC1      Cargo       91A   S43702   186 x   226 x 51.6 Docked to ISS
Nov 17 0901   S.S. John Young         Antares 230       MARS LA0B         Cargo       92A   S43704   211 x   252 x 51.6
Nov 18 1807   Beidou DW42 )           Chang Zheng 3B/YZ1 Xichang          Navigation  93A   S43706 21523 x 22194 x 55.0
              Beidou DW43 )                                               Navigation  93B   S43707 21531 x 22194 x 55.0
Nov 19 2340   Shiyan 6   )                                                Unknown     94A   S43710   488 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Jiading-1  )            Chang Zheng 2D    Jiuquan           Comms       94B?  S43711   489 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Tianzhi 1  )                                                Tech        94C?  S43712   488 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Tianping-1A)                                                Calib       94D?  S43713   487 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
              Tianping-1B)                                                Calib       94E?  S43714   489 x   504 x 97.4 0600LT SSO  
Nov 21 0142   Mohammed VI-B           Vega              CSG ELV           Imaging     95A   S43717   601 x   606 x 98.0 1020LT SSO
Nov 29 0427   HySIS              )    PSLV-CA           Satish Dhawan     Imaging     96A   S43719   647 x   648 x 98.0 1000LT SSO
              Global-1           )                                        Imaging     96B?  S43720?  484 x   500 x 97.5 1000LT SSO
              CICERO-8           )                                        Weather     96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Hiber 1            )                                        Comms IoT   96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              HSAT-1             )                                        Tech        96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Centauri 2         )                                        Comms IoT   96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              CASE               )                                        Comms IoT   96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              FACSAT             )                                        Imaging     96D   S43722   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Reaktor Hello World)                                        Comms       96K   S43728   476 x   500 x 97.5
              InnoSAT-2          )                                        Tech        96V   S43738   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Orzulak    )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Vladimir   )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Kobyszcze  )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Lemur-2-Duly       )                                        Weather/AIS 96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-1         )                                        Imaging     96AE  S43747   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-2         )                                        Imaging     96AF  S43748   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-3         )                                        Imaging     96R   S43734   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-4         )                                        Imaging     96Q   S43733   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-5         )                                        Imaging     96H   S43726   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-6         )                                        Imaging     96Y   S43741   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-7         )                                        Imaging     96Z   S43742   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-8         )                                        Imaging     96J   S43727   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-9         )                                        Imaging     96             476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-10        )                                        Imaging     96E   S43723   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-11        )                                        Imaging     96G   S43725   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-12        )                                        Imaging     96F   S43724   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-13        )                                        Imaging     96AH  S43750   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-14        )                                        Imaging     96AG  S43749   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-15        )                                        Imaging     96T   S43736   476 x   500 x 97.5
              Flock 3r-16        )                                        Imaging     96S   S43735   476 x   500 x 97.5
Nov 30 0227   Kosmos-2530 )         Rokot         Plesetsk LC133/3        Comms       97A   S43751  1485 x  1508 x 82.5
              Kosmos-2531 )                                               Comms       97B   S43752  1485 x  1508 x 82.5
              Kosmos-2532 )                                               Comms       97C   S43753  1485 x  1508 x 82.5
Dec  3 1131   Soyuz MS-11           R-7           Baykonur LC1            Spaceship   98A   S43756   200 x   239 x 51.6

Dec  3 1834   SSO-A UFF     )       Falcon 9      Vandenberg SLC4E        Tech        99    S43758   574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SSO-A LFF     )                                             Tech        99    S43759?  574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Eu:CROPIS     )                                             Rem.Sensing 99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SkySat C12    )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SkySat C13    )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              STPSat 5      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              KazSTSat      )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              NEXTSat-1     )                                             IR Astron   99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              eXCITe        )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ICEYE-X2      )                                             Radar       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Global-2      )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              FalconSat-6   )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ESEO          )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hawk A        )                                             Elint       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hawk B        )                                             Elint       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hawk C        )                                             Elint       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Flock 3s-1    )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Flock 3s-2    )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Flock 3s-3    )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              AISTechSat-2  )                                             Imaging/Com 99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Hiber-2       )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Landmapper-BC4)                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              VESTA         )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ORS-7A        )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ORS-7B        )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SIRION PF 2   )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ITASAT-1      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Audacy Zero   )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              BRIO          )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Astrocast-0.1 )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Centauri 1    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Eaglet 1      )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Denali        )                                             Radar       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ICE-Cap       )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              K2SAT         )                                             Imaging/Com 99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              KazSciSat     )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              MinXSS 2      )                                             Solar X     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Orbital Reflector)                                          Art         99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              RAAF M1       )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SeaHawk       )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SNUSAT 2      )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              THEA          )                                             Sigint      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Blackhawk     )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              ENOCH         )                                             Art         99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SNUGLITE      )                                             Tech/Comms  99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              PW-Sat 2      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              VisionCube    )                                             Atmos Sci   99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              RANGE A       )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              RANGE B       )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              MOVE 2        )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Suomi-100     )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Elysium Star 2)                                             Burial      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Exseedsat-1   )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              Fox-1Cliff    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              JY1SAT        )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              KNACKSAT      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SpaceBEE 5    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SpaceBEE 6    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SpaceBEE 7    )                                             Comms       99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 1A   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 1B   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 2A   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 2B   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              DoD Cube 2C   )                                             Comms?      99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              WeissSat 1    )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              IRVINE02      )                                             Tech        99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO
              SeeMe         )                                             Imaging     99             574 x   590 x 97.8 1017LT SSO

Dec  4 2037   GSAT-11        )      Ariane 5ECA   Kourou ELA3             Comms      100A?  S43823   245 x 35741 x  3.5
              Geo-Kompsat 2A )                                            Comms      100B?  S43824   250 x 35742 x  3.5
Dec  5 1816   Dragon CRS-16         Falcon 9      Canaveral SLC40         Cargo      101A   S43827   204 x   358 x 51.6
Dec  7 0412   SaudiSat-5A  )        Chang Zheng 2D Jiuquan                Tech       102A   S43831   535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              SaudiSat-5B  )                                              Tech       102B   S43832   535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Tianyi X1    )                                              Imaging?   102C?  S43833?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Tianyi X2    )                                              Imaging?   102D?  S43834?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Tianyi X3    )                                              Imaging?   102E?  S43835?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 1 )                                              Comms      102F?  S43836?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 2 )                                              Comms      102G?  S43837?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 3 )                                              Comms      102H?  S43838?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 4 )                                              Comms      102J?  S43839?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 5 )                                              Comms      102K?  S43840?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Piao chong 6 )                                              Comms      102L?  S43841?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
              Weina-1 03   )                                              Imaging    102M?  S43842?  535 x   551 x 97.6 1030LT SSO
Dec  7 1823   Chang'e 4   )         Chang Zheng 3B  Xichang              Lunar probe 103A            200 x 420000x 29.4
              Lunar rover )                                              Lunar rover 103 
Dec 16 0633   Albus            )                                          Tech       104
              CeReS            )                                          Science    104
              CHOMPTT          )    Electron        Mahia                 Tech       104
              Cubesail         )                                          Tech       104
              DaVinci          )                                          Education  104
              ISX-CP11         )                                          Science    104
              NMTSat           )                                          Science    104
              RSat-P           )                                          Tech       104
              Shields          )                                          Tech       104
              STF-1            )                                          Science    104
              SHFT-1           )                                          Rad Astron 104
              AC11-Eagle Scout )                                          Imaging    104
              AC11-R3          )                                          Imaging    104

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

Nov  7 0701   GT228GM           Minuteman 3        Vandenberg            Op. Test     1300?      Kwajalein?
Nov 22?       RV?               JL-3               Sub, Bohai?           Test         1000?      
Nov 28 0700   TLV               KSLV-II TLV        Naro                  R&D           209       near Jeju
Nov 30        RVs?              Khorramshahr?      Semnan?               Test          500?      Iranian desert?
Dec  7 1106   VISIONS-2 1       Black Brant X      Svalbard              Auroral       805       Svalbard
Dec  7 1108   VISIONS-2 2       Black Brant X      Svalbard              Auroral       600       Svalbard
Dec  8 0826   TRICE-2 High      Black Brant XIIA   Andoya                Plasma       1042       Norwegian Sea
Dec  8 0828   TRICE-2 Low       Black Brant XIIA   Andoya                Plasma        756       Norwegian Sea
Dec  9 1543   PSR-01            VS-30              Alcantara             Tech          120?      Atlantic
Dec 10        FTI-03 Target     IRBM-T1            C-17, Pacific         Target        300?      Pacific
Dec 10        FTI-03 KV         SM-3-IIA           Kauai AAMDTC          Interceptor   300?      FTI-03
Dec 10 0800   Agni KV           Agni V             Kalam Island          Test          800?      Indian Ocean
Dec 13 1600   VSS Unity VP03    Spaceship Two      Lake Isabella         Test           82.7     Mojave
Dec 18 0746   DEUCE 2           Black Brant IX     White Sands           UV Astron     282       White Sands

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