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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 740 draft                                                 2017 Jul 2 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Dragon was unberthed from the ISS at about 1800 UTC Jul 2 and released at 0641 UTC Jul 3.
It splashed down in the Pacific at about 1214 UTC Jul 3.

On Jul 7 the five BIRDS cubesats were ejected from the J-SSOD No. 7 deployer, which
was extracted from the Kibo module by the JEM RMS arm.

CanX-7
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Henry Spencer reminds me that I didn't mention Toronto's CanX-7 satellite deployed its drag sails on May 2.

IS-35e
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The Intelsat IS-35e communications payload was launched into geotransfer orbit
by a Falcon 9 on Jul 5.


Soyuz cluster launch
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On Jul 14 Roskosmos launched a Soyuz with the Kanopus-V-IK imaging satellite and 72 small secondary
payloads. 

The Soyuz placed the Fregat upper stage on a suborbital trajectory. Fregat
made multiple burns to several different orbits to dispense its payloads.
 0636 UTC      Launch                Orbit
 0645-0652     Fregat burn 1         180? x 500? km
 0735-0736     Fregat burn 2         480  x 522
 0738          Kanopus deployed
 0813-0814     Fregat burn 3         500? x 600?
 0858-0859     Fregat burn 4         600? x 600?
 0901-0905     Deployed 5 satellites  - probably FLP, Technosat, WNISAT, Norsat-1/2
 0910-0926     Deployed 19 satellites - probably MKA-N 1/2, CICERO, Corvus, LEMUR, NanoACE, Mayak, Iskra, EUTE-YuzGU
 0951-0953     Fregat burn 5         485? x 600?
 1034-1035     Fregat burn 6         485  x 485 
 1418-1441     Deployed 48 Flock-2k Dove satellites
 1451-1453     Fregat burn 7         -50? x 485
 1518          Fregat reentry

 FLP, the Flying Laptop, is from the U. of Stuttgart. The 120 kg satellite has a Ka-band propagation
 study experiment and a multispectral camera.

 NORSAT-1 and 2 are Norwegian Space Center satellites with AIS payloads and an experiment to measure
 total solar irradiance. They use a variant of the Toronto UTIAS/SFL GNB bus.

 WNISAT-1R is a 40 kg Japanese commercial weather satellite using the AXELSPACE Hodoyoshi bus.

 Technosat from the Tech. U of Berlin carries a variety of technology tests using the new TUBiX20
 satellite bus.

 MKA-N 1 and 2 are  6U cubesats built by Russia's Dauria Aerospace for Rosksmos with 22-m resolution
 multispectral imagers. CICERO 1 to 3 are 6U cubesats for the US company GeoOptics built by Tyvak, with GPS-RO weather
 payloads. Corvus-BC 1 and 2 are 6U cubesats from the US company AstroDigital (formerly Canopus) with imaging payloads.
 NanoACE is a 3U technology test cubesat from Tyvak.
 
 Iskra-MAI-85 is a 3U student cubesat from MAI (Moscow Aviation Inst.); I don't know what payloads are on it.

 Ekvador-UTE-YuZGU is a 1U cubesat built by students at the SW State Univ in Kursk in collaboration with
 Ecuadorian engineers from Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial in Quito. I don't know whether it will be UN-registered
 as Russian or Ecuadorian.

 Mayak ("beacon") is a 3U cubesat from Moscow Polytechnic University. It is designed to deploy a highly
 reflective structure about 2m across which will act as a drag brake but also as an optical beacon.
 The intent is that Mayak will be one of the brightest objects in the night sky; different calculations
 put the maximum brightness in the mag -5 to mag -10 range; the lower (and more likely) value
 still would make it brighter than the ISS and potentially annoying to astronomical sky surveys.

 The mission also deployed 8 SpireGlobal 3U-cubesat Lemur satellites and 48 Planet 3U-cubesat Dove imaging
 satellites forming the Flock-2k constellation.


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

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       34D   S42761   536 x   546 x  43.0
              OVS-1B     )                                              Imaging       34B   S42759   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       36C   S42767   503 x   521 x  97.5
              CE-SAT-I                     )                            Imaging       36             496 x   518 x  97.5
              NIUSAT                       )                            Imaging       36B   S42766   497 x   516 x  97.5
              CICERO-6                     )                            Weather       36J   S42773?  497 x   516 x  97.5
              Max Valier                   )                            X-ray Astron  36P   S42778   497 x   513 x  97.5
              Venta-1                      )                            Comms (AIS)   36             497 x   517 x  97.5
              TYVAK-53b                    )                            Tech          36H   S42772?  497 x   517 x  97.5
              D-SAT                        )                            Tech          36AG  S42795?  497 x   509 x  97.5
              Aalto-1                      )                            Tech          36AF  S42794?  497 x   509 x  97.5
              Pegasus        (QB50-AT03)   )                            Science       36W   S42785?  497 x   512 x  97.5
              NUDTSat        (QB50-CN06)   )                            Science       36             497 x   518 x  97.5
              VZLUSat        (QB50-CZ03)   )                            X-ray Astron  36AB  S42790   497 x   511 x  97.5
              COMPASS-2      (QB50-DE04)   )                            Science       36             497 x   515 x  97.5
              UCLSat         (QB50-GB03)   )                            Science       36AA  S42789   497 x   512 x  97.5
              InflateSail    (QB50-GB06)   )                            Tech          36F   S42770   491 x   518 x  97.5
              URSA MAIOR     (QB50-IT02)   )                            Science       36M   S42776   497 x   515 x  97.5
              LituanicaSat-2 (QB50-LT01)   )                            Science       36D   S42768?  497 x   518 x  97.5
              Red Diamond                  )                            Comms         36Z   S42788?  497 x   512 x  97.5
              Green Diamond                )                            Comms         36             497 x   512 x  97.5
              Blue Diamond                 )                            Comms         36    S42796?  497 x   518 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-ShainaJohl           )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42780?  497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-XueniTerence         )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42782?  497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-LucyBryce            )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42781?  497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-KungFoo              )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42784?  497 x   512 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-McPeake              )                            Weather/AIS   36             497 x   513 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Sam-Amelia           )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42791?  497 x   511 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Lisasaurus           )                            Weather/AIS   36             497 x   512 x  97.5
              Lemur-2-Lynsey-Symo          )                            Weather/AIS   36    S42793?  497 x   510 x  97.5
              ROBUSTA 1B                   )                            Tech          36AD  S42792   497 x   511 x  97.5
              skCUBE                       )                            Tech          36    S42777?  497 x   514 x  97.5
              SUCHAI                       )                            Tech          36    S42787?  497 x   512 x  97.5
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
Jun 25 2025   Iridium SV 113 )      Falcon 9          Vandenberg SLC4E  Comms         39A   S42803   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 115 )                                          Comms         39D   S42806   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 117 )                                          Comms         39F   S42808   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 118 )                                          Comms         39E   S42807   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 120 )                                          Comms         39C   S42805   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 121 )                                          Comms         39K   S42812   609 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 123 )                                          Comms         39B   S42804   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 124 )                                          Comms         39H   S42810   608 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 126 )                                          Comms         39G   S42809   607 x   625 x  86.7
              Iridium SV 128 )                                          Comms         39J   S42811   609 x   625 x  86.7
Jun 26 2115   ROSA                                     ISS, LEO         Tech       98-067MT S42813   410 x   407 x  51.6
Jun 28 2115   HellasSat 3/Inmarsat S EAN ) Ariane 5    Kourou ELA3      Comms         40A   S42814   253 x 35750 x   2.9
              GSAT-17                    )                              Comms         40B   S42815   258 x 35817 x   3.0
Jul  2 1123   Shi Jian 18             Chang Zheng 5    Wenchang         Comms         F03   F01493 -5000?x   170 x  19.0?
Jul  5 2338   Intelsat IS-35e         Falcon 9         Kennedy LC39A    Comms         41A   S42818   294 x 42860 x  25.8
Jul  7 0850   TOKI      )                              ISS, LEO         Imaging    98-067MU S42820? 
              GhanaSat-1)                                               Imaging    98-067MV S42821? 
              Mazaalai  )                                               Imaging    98-067MW S42822? 
Jul  7 0910   BRAC ONNESHA     )                       ISS, LEO         Imaging    98-067MX S42823? 
              Nigeria EduSat-1 )                                        Imaging    98-067MY S42824? 
Jul 14 0637   Kanopus-V-IK        )   Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat Baykonur LC31   Imaging       42A   
              NORSAT-1            )                                     AIS           42
              NORSAT-2            )                                     AIS           42
              Technosat           )                                     Tech          42
              Corvus-BC 1         )                                     Imaging       42
              Corvus-BC 2         )                                     Imaging       42
              MKA-N No. 1         )                                     Tech          42
              MKA-N No. 2         )                                     Tech          42
              CICERO-1            )                                     Meteo         42
              CICERO-2            )                                     Meteo         42
              CICERO-3            )                                     Meteo         42 
              NanoACE             )                                     Tech          42 
              Iskra-MAI-85        )                                     Tech          42 
              Mayak               )                                     Tech          42 
              Ekvador-UTE-YuZGU   )                                     Tech          42 
              Flying Laptop       )                                     Tech          42 
              WNISAT-1R           )                                     Meteo         42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Lemur-2             )                                     AIS/Meteo     42 
              Flock-2K-1          )                                     Imaging       42
                to
              Flock-2K-48         )                                     Imaging       42

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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North Korea test-launched a missile from Kusong on Jul 4 to a range of 930 km and a high apogee.
If launched for maximum range, it appears this missile could reach over 6000 km, and so counts
as an ICBM. Later on Jul 4, the US 8th Army and South Korean forces launched two small missiles
from a beach near the N Korean border.


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

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  Terrier Terrier Oriole   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?
Jun 26        RV                Bulava             K-535, Barents Sea    Test         1000?      Kura
Jun 27 0510   CHESS 3           Black Brant IX     White Sands           UV Astron     300?      White Sands
Jun 29 0825   NASA 46.015GT    Terrier Imp.Malemute Wallops I.           Test/Aeron.   189       Atlantic
Jul  4 0040   RV                Hwasong-14         Kusong                Test         2802       Sea of Japan
Jul  4 2200?  RV                ATACMS             Goseong               Test           80?      Sea of Japan
Jul  4 2200?  RV                Hyunmoo-2B?        Goseong               Test          100?      Sea of Japan
Jul  9?       HiFire-4          VSB-30             Woomera               Hypersonic    300?      Woomera Range
Jul 11        MBRV-8?           IRBM-T1?           C-17, Pacific         Target        500?      Pacific
Jul 11        THAAD FTT-18      THAAD              Kodiak                Interceptor   100?      Intercepted IRBM target

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