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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 795 draft                                                     2021  Jun 30   Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 65 continues.

On Jun 30 the Canadarm-2 removed the IROSA FSE carrier from the POA (Payload ORU Accomodation)
storage point on the ISS truss Mobile Base System and stowed it in the trunk of Dragon CRS-22,
wrapping up the operations to install the 2B and 4B IROSA solar arrays.

Cygnus NG-15, in free flight after departing ISS, released three cubesats from its SEOPS LLC Slingshot
deployer on Jul 1. The deployment time and the identity of two of the satellites were not announced.
NG-15 was deorbited over the Pacific at about 0130 UTC Jul 2.

According to reporting by Novosti, the BD-28 satellite deployed from ISS
on Jun 22 is actually G-SATELLITE 2. The satellite is owned by OneTeam,
a collaboration of Tokyo U's Nakasuka Funase Lab and various companies.
G-SATELLITE 1 was deployed in similar secrecy in Apr 2020.  That
satellite's mission was advertising, to promote the Tokyo Olympics.  It
contained mechanisms to deploy to the exterior (but remaining attached)
a display with figurines of robot characters from the 'Mobile Suit
Gundam' anime television series, and a camera to image them against the
Earth in the background. I assume G-SATELLITE 2 is a duplicate of the
first one.

Virgin Orbit
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Virgin Orbit's third orbital attempt, with LauncherOne S/N R4, was carried out on Jun 30.
The Boeing 747 'Cosmic Girl' took off from Mojave at 1353 UTC and flew to 120.1W 33.2N where
it dropped the LauncherOne at 1447 UTC. The first stage ignited a few seconds later. The two-stage rocket
reached transfer orbit at 1455 UTC and then made an orbit circularization burn at 1525 UTC.
Payload deployment began at 1527 UTC.
The payloads were:
   CNCE Block 1 (two 3U satellites) for the Missile Defense Agency's Cubesat Networked Communications Experiment
    - the two cubesats will mimic two suborbital interceptor kill vehicles and test communications between them.
    Control from MDA/Schriever in Colorado Springs; unclear who built the satellites.
   
   Gunsmoke-J, a 3U communications test satellite for the US Army Space and Missile Defence Center, built by
     TriSept Corp. Two other Gunsmoke-J satellites were launched on Electron 19 and Cygnus NG-15.

   Halo-NET Free Flyer, a 3U test of a laser retroreflector array for the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Center's
    laser communications program. An earlier Halo-NET payload flew attached to STPSAT-5 in 2018.

   Brik-II, a 6U test satellite for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

   STORK 4 and STORK 5, 3U imaging satellites for SatRevolution of Poland.
   


Transporter-2
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SpaceX launched the Transporter-2 rideshare mission and three Starlink satlelites on Jun 30.
The main payload was a stack of 4 ESPA rings from which satellites were ejected. The three
Starlink satellites were on a truss structure at the top of the stack and ejected last. It is not yet clear if
the usual four tension rods were also released. Three of the ejected payloads - Sherpa-FX2, Sherpa-LTE1
and ION-SVC-003 - were `tugs' that carried satellite stacks of their own. The Sherpa subsatellites
were released within a few hours of launch. Two NASA satellites were released from a Mandrake dispenser
attached to the aft end of the second stage. The second stage was deorbited over the Indian Ocean
at about 2130 UTC, with the ESPA stack still attached. (On Transporter 1, the Starlinks were between
the ESPA stack and the second stage, so the ESPA stack had to be itself ejected and remains in orbit as debris.)

OneWeb
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36 more OneWeb satellites were launched by Soyuz from Vostochniy on Jul 1.

CZ-2D
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SAST (Shanghai) launched a CZ-2D from Taiyuan on Jul 3 with five imaging
satellites. The Jilin-1 series of commercial Earth imaging satellites is
operated by the Changguang Sat Tech Ltd in Changchun, Jilin province.
The Jilin-1 Kuanfu (wide) series has a large field of view while the
Jilin-1 Gaofen (hi-res) series has narrow hi-res imagers. Xingshidai-10
(also called Guangdong Hengjian) is a small imaging satellite from
Guoxing Yuhang Keji YG (ADA Space).

Jilin-1 Kuanfu 01B is also called Neimenggu 1 (Inner Mongolia 1).


Tianhe
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Chinese astronauts Liu and Tang made the first spacewalk from the new Chinese station on Jul 4.
The hatch was opened at 0011 UTC and closed at 0657 UTC. They installed foot restraints on
the robot arm and tested moving Liu on the arm, and deployed an exterior camera.

CZ-4C
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SAST (Shanghai) launched a CZ-4C from Jiuquan on Jul 4 with the Fengyun 3E polar weather 
satellite. The satellite entered a sun-sync orbit with 0541 local time descending node.

CZ-3C
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CALT (Beijing) launched a CZ-3C from Xichang on Jul 6 with the TianLian 1-05 data relay satellite.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT       Name                           Launch Vehicle      Site            Mission  INTL.  Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes
Jun 18 0630   Yaogan 30 hao 09 zu 01 xing)    Chang Zheng 2C        Xichang           Sigint?  55A  S48860 590 x  603 x 35.0
              Yaogan 30 hao 09 zu 02 xing)                                            Sigint?  55B  S48861 591 x  602 x 35.0
              Yaogan 30 hao 09 zu 03 xing)                                            Sigint?  55D  S48863 592 x  602 x 35.0
              Tianqi 14                  )                                            Comms    55E  S48864 571 x  681 x 35.1
Jun 22 1055   MIR-SAT1                                              ISS, LEO          Tech   9867SP S48868 416 x 420 x  51.6
Jun 22 1200?  G-SATELLITE 2                                         ISS, LEO          Tech   9867SN S48867 415 x 419 x 51.6
Jun 23?       Test satellite?                 Simorgh?              Khomeini          Test?    F03
Jun 25 1950   Kosmos-2550                     Soyuz-2-1b            Plesetsk LC43/4   Sigint   56A  S48865 195 x 466 x 67.1
Jun 29 2250   IT-SPINS )                                            Cygnus NG-15, LEO Sci      13C     
              MySat-2  )                                                              Tech     13D
Jun 29 2327   Progress MS-17                  Soyuz-2-1a            Baykonur LC31     Cargo    57A  S48869
Jun 30 1447   CNCE Blk 1A          )          Launcher One         B747, Mojave       Com      58B? S48872 495 x 520 x 60.7
              CNCE Blk 1B          )                                                  Com      58C?
              Gunsmoke-J 3?        )                                                  Com      58D?
              HALO-Net FF          )                                                  Tech     58E?
              Brik-II              )                                                  Tech/Com 58F?
              STORK 4              )                                                  Imaging  58
              STORK 5              )                                                  Imaging  58
Jun 30 1931   Transporter-2           )       Falcon 9              Canaveral SLC40  Dispenser 59
              Starlink 3003           )                                               Comms    59
              Starlink 3004           )                                               Comms    59
              Starlink 3005           )                                               Comms    59
              SHERPA-LTE-1            )                                              Dispenser 59
              SHERPA-FX-2             )                                              Dispenser 59
              ION-SVC-003             )                                              Dispenser 59
              YAM-2                   )                                               Tech     59
              YAM-3                   )                                               Tech     59
              Nusat-19 (Rosalind)     )                                               Imaging  59
              Nusat-20 (Grace)        )                                               Imaging  59
              Nusat-21 (Elisa)        )                                               Imaging  59
              Nusat-22 (Sofya)        )                                               Imaging  59
              Umbra-SAR 2001          )                                               Radar    59
              ICEYE-X11               )                                               Radar    59
              ICEYE-X12               )                                               Radar    59
              ICEYE-X13               )                                               Radar    59
              ICEYE-X14               )                                               Radar    59
              Capella 5               )                                               Radar    59
              TUBIN                   )                                               Tech     59
              Lemur                   )                                               Com/Met  59
              Lemur                   )                                               Com/Met  59
              D2/AtlaCom-1            )                                               Tech     59
              PACE-1                  )                                               Tech     59
              TROPICS Pathfinder      )                                               Sci      59
              Mandrake 2A             )                                               Com      59
              Mandrake 2B             )                                               Com      59
              LINCS 1                 )                                               Com      59
              LINCS 2                 )                                               Com      59
              Centauri 4              )                                               Com      59
              GNOMES 2                )                                               Com      59
              EG-3                    )                                               Com      59
              SpaceBEE  x 28          )                                               Com      59
Jun 30 2300?  Astrocast-2.x1     )                                  Sherpa-FX2, LEO   Com      59
              Astrocast-2.x2     )                                                    Com      59
              Astrocast-2.x3     )                                                    Com      59
              Astrocast-2.x4     )                                                    Com      59
              Astrocast-2.x5     )                                                    Com      59
              Hawk 3A            )                                                    Sigint   59
              Hawk 3B            )                                                    Sigint   59
              Hawk 3C            )                                                    Sigint   59
              Lynk 06 (Shannon)  )                                                    Com      59
              Painani-2          )                                                    Tech     59
              Lemur                   )                                               Com/Met  59
              Lemur                   )                                               Com/Met  59
              Lemur                   )                                               Com/Met  59
Jun 30 2300?  Aurora/Shasta        )                                Sherpa-LTE1, LEO  Sigint   59
              Polar Vigilance 1    )                                                  Sigint   59  
              Polar Vigilance 2    )                                                  Sigint   59  
              Polar Vigilance 3    )                                                  Sigint   59  
              Polar Vigilance 4    )                                                  Sigint   59  
              Faraday Phoenix      )                                                  Tech     59  
              Lemur                )                                                  Com/Met  59
              Tiger-2              )                                                  Tech     59  
              ARTHUR-1             )                                                  Tech     59  
              Tenzing              )                                                  Tech     59  
              Lemur                   )                                               Com/Met  59
Jul 1         Gunsmoke-J 2 )                                         Cygnus NG-15, LEO Com     59
              Prometheus?  )                                                           Com     59
              Prometheus?  )                                                           Com     59
Jul 1 1238    OneWeb SL0249-SL0284 )          Soyuz/Fregat          Vostochniy PU1     Com    60A-AM       443 x 454 x 87.4
Jul 3 0251    Jilin-1 KF01B   )               Chang Zheng 2D         Taiyuan           Imaging 61A         531 x 545 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 GF03D-01)                                                        Imaging 61          530 x 543 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 GF03D-02)                                                        Imaging 61          526 x 543 x 97.5
              Jilin-1 GF03D-03)                                                        Imaging 61          525 x 543 x 97.5
              Xingshidai 10   )                                                        Imaging 61          525 x 543 x 97.5
Jul 4 2328    Fengyun-3 05                    Chang Zheng 4C         Jiuquan           Meteo   62A S49008  792 x 815 x 98.7
Jul 6 1553    TianLian 1-05                   Chang Zheng 3C         Xichang           Comms   63A

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

Jun 23 0050   DLR BOLT-1        VS-31/Orion        Kiruna                Hypersonic    280?      ESRANGE
Jun 25 1232   RockOn            Terrier/Imp.Orion  Wallops Island        Education     116       Atlantic
Jun 28 0525   Agni P RV         Agni P             Kalam Island          Test          800?      Indian O.
Jul  3 0845   MOMO F7           MOMO               Hokkaido              Test           99       Pacific
Jul  7 1800   Dynamo 2A         Black Brant 9      Wallops I             Ionosphere    123       Atlantic

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