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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 813 draft                                                2022 Nov 18       Somerville, MA
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Note: the constellations stats pages, including the Starlink Statistics page, have been moved.
The Starlink Statistics page is now https://planet4589.org/space/con/star/stats.html

Artemis I
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Artemis I entered the lunar gravitational sphere of influence a 1910 UTC Nov 21.
It made the powered flyby burn at 1244 UTC Nov 21, and passed through a 130.6 km altitude
perilune over the farside crater Ibn Firnas at 1257 UTC. It is now heading outward from
the Moon and reached a 92712 km apolune height on Nov 25. A burn at 2152 UTC Nov 25
put Orion in a distant retrograde orbit (DRO).

The cubesats deployed from the SLS ICPS OSA have had mixed success. All of them flew
past the Moon on Nov 21 at heights of 1000 to 3000 km.

LunaHMap failed to fire its thrusters and was not able to enter lunar orbit, although
it did make science measurements from its 1351 km flyby at 1552 UTC on Nov 21. It
is hoped to fire the propulsion system in about a month from now in a second attempt
to achieve lunar orbit.

OMOTENASHI failed to establish stable comms with Earth and also made a lunar flyby
instead of diverting to the planned lunar landing.

Communications were also not established with the NEAScout solar sail craft.

The Team Miles cubesat also appears not to have communicated with the ground.

LunIR is communicating but with low signal strength.

Biosentinel, EQUULEUS, ArgoMoon, CuSP and Lunar IceCube are thought to be working
but few details are available.


International Space Station
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Expedition 68 continues.

Dragon cargo mission CRS-26 was launched on Nov 26 using capsule C211 and docked
with IDA-3/PMA-3 at 1239 UTC Nov 27.

Chinese Space Station
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Shenzhou-15 was launched at 1508 UTC Nov 29 and docked with the Tianhe forward
docking port at 2142 UTC the same day. Crew of Shenzhou-15 are Fei Junlong,
Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu.

X-37B
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X-37B mission OTV-6 was concluded on Nov 12. At about 0930 UTC the OTV
ejected an annular service module (the first time this had been
carried); this was cataloged as 54246 in a 234 x 239 km x 45.0 deg
orbit. Then, the OTV performed a deorbit burn over the South Pacific and
glided to a runway landing at the Kennedy Space Center's SLF (Shuttle
Landing Facility), touching down at 1022 UTC. OTV-6 was launched on 2020
May 17.

Eutelsat 10B
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SpaceX launched Eutelsat's Eutelsat 10B C/Ku-band communications satellite
to supersync geotransfer orbit on Nov 23. The satellite is a Thales Alenia Spacebus-NEO
with an electric propulsion system.

PSLV-C54
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India's NSIL launched a PSLV-XL from Sriharikota on Nov 26 with the
Oceansat-3 research satellite. Oceansat-3 (also called EOS-06) carries
an ocean color monitor, a sea surface temperature monitor, a Ku-band
scatterometer, and an ARGOS meteorological data relay payload.

The PSLV-XL PS4 fourth stage placed Oceansat-3 in a  740 km SSO and then
made two additional burns to a 510 km orbit where a set of small
satellites were deployed: Four Astrocast (Switzerland) 3U IoT
satellites, the Anand imaging satellite for India's Pixxel, two 0.5U
Thybolt communications satellites for Indian startup Dhruva Space, and
the INS-2B India-Bhutan imaging satellite developed by ISRO in
collaboration with Bhutan.

Glonass-M
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Russia launched a Glonass-M navigation satellite, codenamed Kosmos-2564, to
a circular 12-hour orbit on Nov 28.

Kosmos-2565
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A Russian Defense Ministry satellite launched on Nov 30 from Plesetsk is probably
a Lotos-S electronic intelligence satellite.

Erratum:
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Spacewalk VKD-55 was on Nov 17, not Nov 18.

Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT       Name			     Launch Vehicle	 Site		 Mission  INTL.  Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl	 Notes
Nov  1 1341   LDPE 2                                   Falcon Heavy         Kennedy LC39A    Tech     144A 36000 x 36000 x 2?
              USA 339                                                                        Unknown  144B 36000 x 36000 x 2?
Nov  2 0647   Kosmos-2563                              Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat    Plesetsk        EarlyWarn 145A  1622 x 38538 x 63.8
Nov  3 0522   Hot Bird 13G                             Falcon 9             Canaveral LC40   Comms    146A  410 x 57503 x 27.7
Nov  4 1727   MATS                                     Electron             Mahia 1B        Sci       147A  581 x 597 x 97.7
Nov  5 1150   Zhongxing-19                             Chang Zheng 3B       Xichang LC2     Comms     148A  220 x 35787 x 28.4
Nov  7 1032   S.S. Sally Ride                          Antares 230+         Wallops LA0A    Cargo     149A  227 x 332 x 51.7
Nov 10 0949   JPSS-2 (NOAA-21)                         Atlas V 401          Vandenberg SLC3E Weather  150A  801 x 819 x 98.7
              LOFTID                                                                         Tech     150    17 x 658 x 97.6
Nov 11 2252   Yunhai-3                                 Chang Zheng 6A       Taiyuan          Weather? 151A  840 x 856 x 98.8
Nov 12 0203   Tianzhou-5                               Chang Zheng 7        Wenchang LC201   Cargo    152A  200 x 421 x 41.8
Nov 12 1606   Galaxy 31                                Falcon 9             Canaveral LC40   Comms    153A  283 x 58433 x 24.2
              Galaxy 32                                                                      Comms    153B  306 x 58459 x 22.3
Nov 13 2202   Zhixing-3A                                                 Tianzhou-4, LEO     Tech?    50E   375 x 396 x 41.48
Nov 15 0138   Yaogan 34-03                             Chang Zheng 4C       Jiuquan         Imaging?  154A  1092 x 1097 x 63.4
Nov 16 0620   Jilin-1 GF03D-08                         Gushenxing-1         Jiuquan          Imaging  155A
              Jilin-1 GF03D-51                                                               Imaging  155
              Jilin-1 GF03D-52                                                               Imaging  155
              Jilin-1 GF03D-53                                                               Imaging  155
              Jilin-1 GF03D-54                                                               Imaging  155
Nov 16 0647   Artemis I                                SLS Block 1          Kennedy LC39B   Spaceship 156A 517 x 376794 x 30.5
Nov 16 1027?  Lunar IceCube                                         OSA/ICPS-1, deep orbit    Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
              OMOTENASHI                                                                      Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
              EQUULEUS                                                                        Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
              BioSentinel 1                                                                   Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
              ArgoMoon                                                                        Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
Nov 16 1157?  NEA Scout                                             OSA/ICPS-1, deep orbit    Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
Nov 16 1220?  Luna HMap                                             OSA/ICPS-1, deep orbit    Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
Nov 16 1250?  LunIR                                                 OSA/ICPS-1, deep orbit    Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
Nov 16 1350?  Miles                                                 OSA/ICPS-1, deep orbit    Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
Nov 16 1450?  CuSP                                                  OSA/ICPS-1, deep orbit    Science 156  532 x 377388 x 30.3
Nov 18 0114   Hwasong-17 RV                            Hwasong-17?          Sunan           ICBM test U03  -6260 x 6100 x 41.6
Nov 23 0257   EUTELSAT 10B                             Falcon 9             Canaveral LC40    Comms   157A 261 x 59831 x 22.8
Nov 26 0626   Oceansat-3                               PSLV-XL              Satish Dhawan     Rem.sens 158A 729 x 748 x 98.3
              India Bhutan Sat                                                                Imaging 158   501 x 530 x 97.5
              Anand                                                                           Imaging 158
              Astrocast-0301                                                                  Comms   158
              Astrocast-0302                                                                  Comms   158
              Astrocast-0303                                                                  Comms   158
              Astrocast-0304                                                                  Comms   158
              Thybolt 1                                                                       Comms   158
              Thybolt 2                                                                       Comms   158
Nov 26 1920   Dragon CRS-26                            Falcon 9             Kennedy LC39A     Cargo   159A 208 x 240 x 51.7
Nov 27 1223   Yaogan 36 hao 03 zu 01 xing              Chang Zheng 2D       Xichang           Sigint? 160A 487 x 502 x 35.0
              Yaogan 36 hao 03 zu 02 xing                                                     Sigint? 160
              Yaogan 36 hao 03 zu 03 xing                                                     Sigint? 160
Nov 28 1517   Kosmos-2564                              Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat    Plesetsk           Nav    161A 19149 x 19508 x 64.8
Nov 29 1508   Shenzhou 15                              Chang Zheng 2F       Jiuquan         Spaceship 162A 385 x 393 x 41.5
Nov 30 2110?  Kosmos-2565                              Soyuz-2-1B           Plesetsk          Sigint  163A 240 x 900 x 67.1

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

Nov  2        AAD AD-1          AAD AD-1           Kalam I.              Test          150?      Bay of Bengal
Nov  2 2340   RV                Hwasong-12?        Sunan                 Test         1920       Sea of Japan
Nov  3        RV x 4?           Bulava            G. Suvorov, White Sea  Test         1000?      Kura
Nov  3 1235   RV                Hwasong-6?         Koksan                Test          150       Sea of Japan
Nov  3 1239   RV                Hwasong-6?         Koksan                Test          150       Sea of Japan
Nov  3 1242   RV                Hwasong-6?         Koksan                Test          150       Sea of Japan
Nov  5        Dummy payload     Qaem-100           Shahroud              Test          200?      Arabian Sea?
Nov 16        JFTM-07 Target    Terr.Terr. Oriole  Kauai                 Target        300?      Pacific
Nov 16        SM KV             SM-3-IIA           DDG-179, Pacific      Interceptor   300?      Intercept target
Nov 18 0600   Prarambh          Vikram-S           Satish Dhawan         Test           89       Bay of Bengal
Nov 19        JFTM-07 Target    Unknown            Kauai                 Target        150?      Pacific
Nov 19        SM KV             SM-3-IB            DDG-180, Pacific      Interceptor   150?      Intercept target
Nov 20 1720   ACES II High      Black Brant IX     Andoya                Auroral       406       Norwegian Sea
Nov 20 1721   ACES II Low       Black Brant IX     Andoya                Auroral       188       Norwegian Sea
Nov 23 0342   Agni RV           Agni 3             Kalam I.              Test          300?      Bay of Bengal
Nov 23 0723   MASER 15/S1X-3    VSB-30             Kiruna                Microgravity  260       ESRANGE 

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