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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 743 draft                                                 2017 Dec  3 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 53 continues.

Cygnus OA-8 (SS Gene Cernan) was unberthed from Unity at 1752 UTC Dec 5 and released into
orbit at 1311 UTC Dec 6.

On the night of Dec 6 to 7 the Cygnus deployed 14 cubesats in three 12U batches.


Meteor-M launch failure
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On Nov 28 Russia's Roskosmos launched a Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat from
Vostochniy, the second launch from that new spaceport (formerly
Svobodniy). The Soyuz reached its planned orbit of around 35 x 200 km
but then the Fregat upper stage fired in the wrong direction. Its first
burn should have put the stack in an orbit of roughly 200 x 800 km, but
instead reached about -580 x 202 km and drove the payload down into the
atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean. Airliners flying near 50N 35W saw
the reentry. The third stage continued on in the original orbit and
plunged into the ocean further south, near 45W 15N off the north coast
of S America.

The primary payload was the Meteor-M No. 2-1 weather satellite.
Secondary payloads lost on the launch were LEO Vantage 2
(Telesat/Canada, built by UTIAS/Toronto and SSLMDA); Baumanets-2 from
Bauman Technical University; the Astroscale IDEA-OSG-1 space debris
experiment, Corvus-BC-3 and 4 for AstroDigital, AISSAT-3 for Norway, the
SEAM and D-Star cubesas from KTH/Sweden and German Orbital Systems, and
ten Lemur-2 satellites from Spire Global.

Kosmos-2524
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Russia launched a signals intelligence satellite on Dec 2 into an elliptical orbit of 240 x 900 km.
The satellite, Lotos-S1 No. 803 (codenamed Kosmos-2524), is expected to maneuver on Dec 4 into
a circular 900 km orbit.

LKW
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China launched a high resolution imaging satellite, Ludi Kancha Weixing 1 (Land Survey Satellite 1),
into 500 km sun-sync orbit on Dec 3.

Alcomsat 1
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On Dec 10 China launched a 5200 kg CAST DFH-4 model communications
satellite for the Algerian space agency ASAL. The satellite was placed
in supersynchronous transfer orbit. So far, CAST/Beijing has built
5-tonne-class geostationary communications sats for Nigeria, Venezuela,
Pakistan, Bolivia, Laos, Belarus and Algeria.




Table of Recent Orbital Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
Oct 30        Kosmos-2523                              Kosmos-2521, LEO  Tech         37E   S42986   555 x   664 x 97.9
Nov  5 1145   Beidou DW 24 )          Chang Zheng 3B/YZ1  Xichang LC3    Comms        69A   S43001 21485 x 21614 x 55.0
              Beidou DW 25 )                                             Comms        69B   S43002 21541 x 22194 x 55.0
Nov  8 0142   Mohammed VI-A           Vega              CSG ZLV          Imaging      70A   S43005   620 x   673 x 98.0
Nov 12 1219   SS Gene Cernan          Antares 230       MARS LA0B        Cargo        71A   S43006   200 x   299 x 51.6
Nov 14 1835   FY-3D  )                Chang Zheng 4C    Taiyuan          Weather      72A   S43010   798 x   812 x 98.7
              HEAD-1 )                                                   Imaging      72B   S43011   798 x   809 x 98.7
Nov 18 0947   NOAA-20/JPSS-1 )        Delta 7920-10C    Vandenberg SLC2W Weather      73A   S43013   817 x   820 x 98.7
              EagleSat       )                                           Tech         73    S43016?  455 x   818 x 98.7   
              MakerSat-0     )                                           Tech         73    S43017?  454 x   818 x 97.7
              RadFxSat       )                                           Tech         73    S43018?  454 x   818 x 97.7
              Buccaneer-RMM  )                                           Tech         73B   S43014   460 x   819 x 97.7
              MiRaTa         )                                           Tech         73C   S43015   455 x   818 x 97.7
Nov 20 0805   EcAMSat                                   ISS, LEO         Sci        98-67NG S43019   399 x   407 x 51.6
Nov 20 1225   ASTERIA                                   ISS, LEO         Ast        98-67NH S43020   401 x   405 x 51.6
Nov 20 1702   Dellingr                                  ISS, LEO         Sci        98-67NJ S43021   401 x   405 x 51.6
Nov 21 0450   Jilin-1 Shipin 4  )     Chang Zheng 6     Taiyuan          Imaging      74A   S43022   532 x   545 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 Shipin 5  )                                        Imaging      74B   S43023   532 x   545 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 Shipin 6  )                                        Imaging      74C   S43024   532 x   545 x 97.5
Nov 21 0825   TechEdSat-6                               ISS, LEO         Tech       98-67NJ S43026   398 x   406 x 51.6
Nov 21 1140   OSIRIS-3U                                 ISS, LEO         Sci        98-67NJ S43027   395 x   409 x 51.6
Nov 24 1810   Yaogan-30 02 zu 01 xing ) Chang Zheng 2C  Xichang          Sigint       75A   S43028   590 x   604 x 35.0
              Yaogan-30 02 zu 02 xing )                                  Sigint       75B   S43029   590 x   604 x 35.0
              Yaogan-30 02 zu 03 xing )                                  Sigint       75C   S43030   590 x   604 x 35.0
Nov 28 0541   Meteor-M No. 2-1 )      Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Vostochniy       Weather      F05   F01505    35?x   200?x 97.4
              LEO Vantage 2    )                                         Comms        F05   F01506    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Baumanets 2      )                                         Tech         F05   F01507    35?x   200?x 97.4
              IDEA-OSG 1       )                                         Sci          F05   F01508    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Corvus-BC 3      )                                         Imaging      F05   F01509    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Corvus-BC 4      )                                         Imaging      F05   F01510    35?x   200?x 97.4
              AISSAT-3         )                                         AIS          F05   F01511    35?x   200?x 97.4
              SEAM             )                                         Tech         F05   F01522    35?x   200?x 97.4
              D-Star One       )                                         Tech         F05   F01523    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-McGarvey   )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01512    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-BenYeoh    )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01513    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-Harvey     )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01514    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-Matthew    )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01515    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-MaxiMillie )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01516    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-SMillieFace)                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01517    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-NRE-Metts  )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01518    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-CylonRadier)                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01519    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-Ector      )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01520    35?x   200?x 97.4
              Lemur-2-Craig      )                                       AIS/Weather  F05   F01521    35?x   200?x 97.4
Dec  2 1043   Kosmos-2524             Soyuz-2-1B        Plesetsk LC43/4  Sigint       76A   S43032   245 x   900 x 67.1
Dec  3 0411   LKW-1                   Chang Zheng 2D    Jiuquan LC603    Imaging      77A   S43034   478 x   592 x 97.5 1030LT SSO
Dec  6 1924   Lemur-2-YongLin        )                 SS Cernan, LEO    AIS/Weather  71
              Lemur-2-Kevin          )                                   AIS/Weather  71
              CHEFSat              )                                     Tech         71
              Aerocube 7B          )                                     Tech         71
              Aerocube 7C          )                                     Tech         71
Dec  6 2240   ISARA                  )                 SS Cernan, LEO    Tech         71  
              Lemur-2-BrianDavie     )                                   AIS/Weather  71
              Lemur-2-RomaCoste      )                                   AIS/Weather  71
              Asgardia 1             )                                   Tech         71
              PropCube Fauna         )                                   Tech         71
Dec  7 0200   Lemur-2-RocketJonah  )                   SS Cernan, LEO    AIS/Weather  71
              Lemur-2-Liu-Poh-Chun )                                     AIS/Weather  71
              Lemur-2-McCullagh    )                                     AIS/Weather  71
              Lemur-2-Dunlop       )                                     AIS/Weather  71
Dec 10 1641   Alcomsat 1               Chang Zheng 3B   Xichang LC2      Comms        78A   S43053?  200?x 41991 x 26.4

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

Nov  4 1707   RV/Warhead        Burkan 2H          Yemen?                Weapon        150?      Riyadh
Nov 28 1817   RV                Hwasong-15         Pyongsong             Test         4475       Sea of Japan
Nov 28 1823   RV                Hyunmoo 2          Goeseong?             Demo          150?      Sea of Japan

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