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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 756 draft                                                 2018 Oct 18 Somerville, MA
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JSR 755 is now permalinked at http://planet4589.org/space/jsr/back/news.755.txt

International Space Station
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Expedition 57 continues aboard the ISS with astronauts Gerst, 
Prokop'ev, and Aunon-Chancellor. 

BepiColombo
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The BepiColombo space probe was launched on Oct 20 from Kourou directly into Earth hyperbolic
escape orbit. 

BepiColombo consists of two payloads, the ESA Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the JAXA 'Mio'
Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), together with two other modules, the MTM (Mercury Transfer
Module, with electric propulsion) and the MOSIF (MMO Sunshield and Interface).

MTM will be jettisoned just before Mercury orbit capture, in Dec 2025; the remaining three pieces will separate
in Mercury orbit. MTM will make a Mercury flyby and end up in solar orbit; by 2025 my orbit code may
be good enough to figure out what the post-encounter orbit for it will be.


Hayabusa-2
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On Oct 15 Hayabusa-2 made a descent to only 22 metres above Ryugu.
The TD1-R1-A touchdown rehearsal will be followed by another in October;
operations will then be suspended for a couple of months while
Ryugu is behind the Sun as seen from Earth.

OSIRIS-REX
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NASA's OSIRIS-REX asteroid probe continues its approach to asteroid
Bennu. On Oct 15 the AAM-2 burn changed the probe's speed by 141 m/s and
reduced  its Bennu-relative velocity to 5.2 m/s. On Oct 17 the 1.1 kg,
0.4 x 0.4m TAGSAM sampler head cover plate was ejected into solar orbit.
Current heliocentric orbit is 0.896 x 1.355 AU x 6.0 deg. On Oct 18
the probe was 5500 km from Bennu and was expected to arrive in Bennu's
gravitational sphere of influence on Nov 30.


ZU1CE58
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5-metre asteroidlet ZU1CE58 passed through perigee 2018 Oct 19 at 1446 UTC,
only 7274 km above the Earth, on a hyperbolic 7274 x -25650 km x 20.6
deg orbit.

Erratum
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The intermediate transfer orbit apogee for AEHF 4 was 32578 km, not 22578 km.
Apologies for the typo.


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

Sep 16 2306   DebrisSat-1                               RemDeb, LEO      Tech        9867PM S43621   400 x   404 x 51.7
Sep 16 2308?  RemDeb Net                                RemDeb, LEO      Tech        9867PM A09713   Now attached to DebrisSat-1
Sep 19 1407   Beidou DW 37 )          Chang Zheng 3B/YZ-1 Xichang LC2    Navigation   72A   S43622 21533 x 22193 x 55.0
              Beidou DW 38 )                                             Navigation   72B   S43623 21545 x 22197 x 55.0
Sep 22 1752   Kounotori 7             H-IIB              Tanegashima     Cargo        73A   S43630   187 x   301 x 51.6
Sep 25 2238   Horizons 3e       )     Ariane 5ECA        Kourou ELA3     Comms        74B   S43633   280 x 35741 x  5.9
              Azerspace-2/IS-38 )                                        Comms        74A   S43632   246 x 35712 x  6.0
Sep 29 0413   Xiangrikui 1            Kuaizhou-1A        Jiuquan         Tech         75A   S43636   696 x   710 x 98.2 1030LT SSO
Oct  6 0800   STARS-Me )                                ISS, LEO         Tech        9867PN S43638?  403 x   408 x 51.6
              RSP-00   )                                                 Tech        9867PP S43639?  403 x   408 x 51.6
              SPATIUM-I)                                                 Tech        9867PQ S43640?  403 x   408 x 51.6
Oct  8 0221   SAOCOM-1A               Falcon 9          Vandenberg SLC4E Radar        76A   S43641   607 x   634 x 97.9 1800LT SSO
Oct  9 0234   Yaogan 32 01 zu )       Chang Zheng 2C/YZ-1S Jiuquan       Sigint       77A   S43642   689 x   705 x 98.3 2100LT SSO
              Yaogan 32 02 zu )                                          Sigint       77B   S43643   689 x   704 x 98.3 2100LT SSO
Oct 11 0840   Soyuz MS-10             Soyuz-FG          Baykonur LC1     Spaceship    F01   F01526 -6180?x    93 x 51.6
Oct 15 0423   Beidou DW 39 )          Chang Zheng 3B/YZ-1  Xichang       Navigation   78A   S43647 21537 x 22193 x 55.0
              Beidou DW 40 )                                             Navigation   78B   S43648 21530 x 22193 x 55.0
Oct 17 0415   AEHF 4                  Atlas V 551       Canaveral SLC41  Comms        79A   S43651  8194?x 35300 x 12.8
Oct 20 0145   BepiColombo             Ariane 5ECA         Kourou ELA3    Probe        80A   S43653  

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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The suborbital launches table includes known flights above 80 km.


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

Sep 17 1409   FOP-5?/Celestis   SpaceLoft XL       Spaceport America     Tech          114       Spaceport America, NM
Sep 27 1215   NAMMO Nucleus     Nucleus            Andoya U3             Test          107       Norwegian Sea
Oct  1 0000?  Warhead           Zulfiqar           Kermanshah?,Iran      Weapon        200?      Syria
Oct  1 0000?  Warhead           Zulfiqar           Kermanshah?,Iran      Weapon        200?      Syria
Oct  1 0000?  Warhead           Qiam-1             Kermanshah?,Iran      Weapon        200?      Syria
Oct  1 0000?  Warhead           Qiam-1             Kermanshah?,Iran      Weapon        200?      Syria
Oct  8        Ghauri RV         Ghauri             Somniani?             Training      400?      Arabian Sea?
Oct 11 1100?  RV                DF-11?             Jiuquan               Test          500?      Urumqi?
Oct 11        RV x 4?           Sineva?           Sub, Barents Sea       Exercise      1000?     Kura
Oct 11        RV x 4?           Sineva?           Sub, Barents Sea       Exercise      1000?     Kura
Oct 11        RV x 4?           Volna?            Sub, Sea of Okhotsk    Exercise      1000?     Chiza
Oct 11        RV x 4?           Volna?            Sub, Sea of Okhotsk    Exercise      1000?     Chiza

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