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Jonathan's Space Report 
No. 708 draft                                             2015 Jan 12     Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 42 continues with commander Barry Wilmore, FE-1 Aleksandr Samokutyaev, FE-2 Elena Serova,
FE-3 Anton Shkaplerov, FE-4 Samantha Cristoforetti, and FE-5 Terry Virts.
Soyuz TMA-14M is docked at Poisk; Soyuz TMA-15M is docked at Rassvet; Progress M-25M is docked at Pirs;
ATV-5 Georges Lemaitre is docked at Zvezda. 

Dragon CRS-5 (SC7) was launched from Cape Canaveral on Jan 10 into a 206 x 353 km x 51.6 deg orbit.
The 9700 kg spacecraft carries 1823 kg of internal cargo and the 494 kg CATS lidar experiment
from NASA-GSFC in the trunk; CATS will be installed on the Kibo External Facility.
Inside Dragon are two PlanetLabs Flock-1d' cubesats and the AESP-14 1U cubesat from Brazil's
space agency AEB and the ITA technical institute. On Jan 12 Dragon was grappled by the SSRMS arm at 1054 UTC
and berthed on the Harmony module at 1354 UTC.

The Falcon 9 first stage performed a flyback attempt to land around 360 km downrange at circa
78W 31N. The stage made a 'hard' landing on the ASDS (Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship); it was
apparently destroyed, but did not cause serious damage to the ship.

RRTV-SM
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China's Reentry Return Test Vehicle Service Module departed the Earth-Moon L2 region on Jan 4 at 1500 UTC,
arriving in a 200 x 5300 km lunar orbit at 0700 UTC on Jan 11. Following two further lunar orbit
burns on Jan 12 and 13 it is now in a 200 x 200 km orbit around the Moon- orbit inclination has not been
announced.


Beagle 2
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The UK Mars probe Beagle 2 was never heard from after it entered the
Martian atmosphere on 2003 Dec 25. It has now been discovered on the
surface in Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images at 90.4295E, 11.5265N 
(position measured by Doug Ellison from the released image), apparently
intact and with at least one solar panel deployed.

MUOS 3
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The US Navy MUOS 3 communications satellite was launched into geotransfer orbit by an Atlas V 551
rocket on Jan 21. MUOS 3 has a mass of around 6800 kg.

Erratum
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The FY satellites are operated by China's National Satellite Meteorological Centre
(Guojia weixing qixiang zhongxin), established in 1971.

Table of Recent (orbital) Launches 
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Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
                                                                                                      km      km   deg

Dec  3 0422   Hayabusa-2    )    H-IIA 202         Tanegashima Y1    Space probe    76A    S40319    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              Shin'en-2     )                                        Comms tech     76B    S40320    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              DESPATCH      )                                        Art satellite  76C    S40321    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              PROCYON       )                                        Space probe    76D    S40322    245 x -50912 x  29.9
              MASCOT        )                                                        76    A08308   Attached to S40319
              Minerva II-1a )                                                        76    A08305   Attached to S40319
              Minerva II-1b )                                                        76    A08306   Attached to S40319
              Minerva II-2  )                                                        76    A08307   Attached to S40319
              SCI           )                                                        76    A08309   Attached to S40319
              DCAM-3        )                                                        76    A08310   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 1)                                                       76    A08311   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 2)                                                       76    A08312   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 3)                                                       76    A08313   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 4)                                                       76    A08314   Attached to S40319
              Target Marker 5)                                                       76    A08315   Attached to S40319
Dec  5 1205   Orion EFT-1        Delta 4H           Canaveral SLC37B Spaceship test  77A   S40329    -37 x   5809 x  28.8 
Dec  6 2040   DirecTV-14 )       Ariane 5ECA        Kourou ELA3      Comms           78B   S40333  35778 x  35795 x   0.0 GEO 76W
              GSAT-16    )                                           Comms           78A   S40332  35777 x  35793 x   0.1 GEO 55E
Dec  7 0326   CBERS 4            Chang Zheng 4B     Taiyuan LC9      Imaging         79A   S40336    742 x    751 x  98.5 1030LT SSO
Dec 10 1933   Yaogan 25          ) Chang Zheng 4C   Jiuquan          Sigint          80A   S40338   1089 x   1097 x  63.4
              Yaogan 25 fu xing 1)                                   Sigint          80B   S40339   1091 x   1097 x  63.4
              Yaogan 25 fu xing 2)                                   Sigint          80C   S40340   1090 x   1098 x  63.4
Dec 13 0319   USA 259            Atlas V 541        Vandenberg SLC3E Sigint          81A   S40344   2157 x  38204 x  62.8
Dec 15 0016   Yamal 401          Proton-M/Briz-M    Baykonur LC81/24 Comms           82    S40345  35786 x  35787 x   0.0 GEO 90E
Dec 18 1837   O3b FM9  )         Soyuz ST-B         CSG ELS          Comms           83D   S40351   8062 x   8068 x   0.0
              O3b FM10 )                                             Comms           83A   S40349   8063 x   8068 x   0.0
              O3b FM11 )                                             Comms           83B   S40349   8062 x   8068 x   0.0
              O3b FM12 )                                             Comms           83C   S40350   8062 x   8068 x   0.0
Dec 19 0443   Kondor-E No. 2     Strela             Baykonur LC175   Radar Imager    84A   S40353    498 x    501 x  74.7
Dec 23 0557   IPM                Angara A5          Plesetsk LC35/1  Vehicle test    85    S40355  36155 x  39089 x   0.3
Dec 25 0301   Lotos-S No. 802    Soyuz-2-1B         Plesetsk LC43/4  Sigint          86A   S40358    900 x    910 x  67.1
Dec 26 1855   Resurs-P No. 2     Soyuz-2-1B         Baykonur LC31/6  Imaging         87A   S40360    330 x    471 x  97.3 1150LT
Dec 27 0322   Yaogan 26          Chang Zheng 4B     Taiyuan LC9      Imaging         88A   S40362    485 x    491 x  97.4 1030LT
Dec 27 2137   Astra 2G           Proton             Baykonur LC200/39 Comms          89A   S40364  35783 x  35789 x   0.1 GEO  21E
Dec 31 0102   Fengyun 2-08       Chang Zheng 3A     Xichang LC2       Weather        90A   S40367  35770 x  35800 x   2.3 GEO 100E
Jan 10 0947   Dragon CRS-5       Falcon 9 v1.1      Canaveral SLC40  Cargo           01A   S40370    403 x    411 x  51.6
Jan 21 0104   MUOS 3             Atlas V 551        Canaveral SLC41  Comms           02A   S40374?  3800?x  35786?x  19.1

Table of Recent (suborbital) Launches
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Date UT     Payload/Flt Name  Launch Vehicle  Site                   Mission    Apogee/km

Dec  2 0449   Agni RV          Agni 4              Wheeler I.       Test          300?
Dec 11 1911   NASA 36.295US    Black Brant IX      White Sands      Solar X-ray   338
Dec 13        RVs ?            DF-41?              Taiyuan          Test         1000?
Dec 16        Target           Blue Sparrow??    F-15, Med. Sea     ABM Target    100?
Dec 18 0400   CARE/LVM3-X      GSLV-3              Srikarikota SLP  Test flight   126 
Dec 26 0802   RV x 4?          Yars                Plesetsk         Test         1000?

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