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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 832 draft                                                    2024 Mar 25   Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 70 continues. 

The new spare Pump Module (unknown serial number) was moved
from the Dragon trunk to the ESP-3 storage platform on Mar 27.

Visiting crewmembers Novitskiy and Vasilevskaya and Ex70 flight engineer
Loral O'Hara departed the ISS on Apr 6 aboard Soyuz MS-24. Soyuz MS-24
undocked from Rassvet at about 0353:57 UTC and landed in Kazakhstan at
about 0717:49 UTC.

On Apr 11, the J-SSOD-28 deployer delivered on CRS-30 was extracted
from the Kibo airlock and three cubesats were deployed:
Kyushu Tech's CURTIS was ejected 0905 UTC Apr 11.  Chiba U. Tech's
Kashiwa and Micro Orbiter's MO-1 were ejected 1035 UTC

Starlink launches
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Starlink Group 6-46 (23 sats) was launched from Canaveral on Mar 25.
Starlink Group 6-45 (23 sats) was launched from Canaveral on Mar 31.
Starlink Group 7-18 (22 sats) was launched from Vandenberg on Apr 2.
Starlink Group 6-47 (23 sats) was launched from Canaveral on Apr  5.
Starlink Group 8-1 (21 sats) was launched from Vandenberg on Apr 7.
Starlink Group 6-48 (23 sats) was launched from Canaveral on Apr 10.
Starlink Group 6-49 (23 sats) was launched from Canaveral on Apr 13.

New information on Space-Track.org confirms the launch of two secret satellites,  USA 350 and 351,
on the Group 7-16 Starlink launch.

The Starlink Group 8-1 satellites include six direct-to-cell (DTC)
satellites, as did the Group 7-9 launch on Jan 3. Both of these launches
used a 340 km deployment orbit, notably higher than the usual 290 km
deployment orbit used by other recent Starlink launches. Richard Cole points
out this is because the lower operating altitude of the DTC sats (360 km)
requires more propellant for orbit maintenance, so they can't afford to
use that propellant for orbit raising.

SAST launches
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On Mar 26 SAST launched a CZ-6A which placed the Yunhai-3 02 military
weather satellite in 06:00 LTDN sun-sync orbit.

On Apr 2 SAST launched a CZ-2D which placed the Yaogan 42-01 satellite in
a 500 km, 35 degree orbit.

On Apr 15 SAST launched a CZ-2D placing the Siwei Gaojing 3-01 commercial
imaging satellite in 10:30 LTDN sun-sync orbit for
the company Zhongguo Siwei Cehui Jishu YG.

Eutelsat
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On Mar 30 SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Center pad 39A
carrying the ~5000 kg Eutelsat 36D comms sat to a supersync geotransfer
orbit with apogee around 61000 km. EUTELSAT 36D is an Airbus Eurostar
Neo with electric propulsion and a Ku-band television broadcasting
payload for 36 deg E GEO.

As of Apr 15, Space Force had not issued any orbital data for the satellite since Apr 1.
The Falcon 9 second stage is in a 266 x 60865 km x 26.9 deg orbit.

Resurs-P4
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On Mar 31 Roskosmos launched the Resurs-P4 remote sensing satellite on a Soyuz-2-1B
from Baykonur to a 0230 LTDN sun-synch orbit. Resurs-P4 has a mass around 6000 kg
and carries the Geoton-L1 Earth-imaging telescope.

Bandwagon-1
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On Apr 7 SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 with the Bandwagon-1 rideshare mission.
The main payload was a secret Project 425 radar spy satellite for South Korea's ADD.
Also aboard were six Hawk commercial sigint satellites for Hawkeye 360, the Centauri 6 IoT comms sat for Fleet,
the QPS-SAR-7 radar sat for QPS (Japan), the Capella 14 radar satellite, and the TSAT 1 imaging
satellite built by Satellogic for Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (India).

NROL-70
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ULA launched the last Delta 4 Heavy from Canaveral on Apr 9 on the NROL-71 mission
carrying the USA 353 satellite. It is believed to be a large geostationary signals intelligence satellite.

Angara 
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Khrunichev's Angara A5 rocket flew a test mission from Vostochniy on Apr 11 carrying Energiya's
Orion upper stage (a modified Blok DM-03). Orion made four or five burns to reach a geosync graveyard
orbit, pausing in LEO to deploy the Gagarinets cubesat for Avant Space and a second dummy cubesat,
and pausing again in GEO to perform a simulated separation of a large dummy satellite (which
in fact remained attached to the stage, to avoid leaving debris in GEO).

USSF-62
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SpaceX launched the US Space Force's WSF-M (Weather Satellite Followon - Microwave) SV-1 satellite
from Vandenberg to a 0600 LTDN sun-synch orbit on Apr 11. The 1200 kg satellite was built
by Ball Aerospace.


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT       Name			     Launch Vehicle	 Site		 Mission  INTL.  Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl	 Notes
Mar  4 0353   Dragon Crew-8                     Falcon 9                 Kennedy LC39A    Spaceship 42A 191 x 215 x 51.6
Mar  4 2205   Transporter-10                    Falcon 9                 Vandenberg SLC4E  Rideshare 43  508 x 529 x 97.5
Mar  4 2356   Starlink Group 6-41               Falcon 9                 Canaveral         Comms    44   273 x 283 x 43.1
Mar 10 2305   Starlink Group 6-43               Falcon 9                 Canaveral         Comms    45   273 x 283 x 43.1
Mar 11 0409   Starlink Group 7-17               Falcon 9                 Vandenberg SLC4E  Comms    46   284 x 294 x 53.2
Mar 12 1503   Strix 3                           Electron                 Mahia LC1B        Radar    47A  553 x 579 x 97.6
Mar 13 0201   KAIROS TUGKE                      KAIROS                   Kii               Imaging  F01  -6378 x 0 x 97
Mar 13 1251   DRO-A/DRO-B                       Chang Zheng 2C/YZ-1S     Xichang           Lunar    48A  525 x 132577 x 27.7
Mar 14 1325   Starship 28                       Starship                 Starbase OLP1     Test     U01  -54 x 234 x 26.5
Mar 16 0021   Starlink Group 6-44               Falcon 9                 Kennedy LC39A     Comms    49   279 x 288 x 43.0
Mar 19 0228   Starlink Group 7-16               Falcon 9                 Vandenberg SLC4E  Comms    50   305 x 314 x 53.2
              USA 350                                                                      Sigint?  50W  305 x 314 x 53.2
              USA 351                                                                      Sigint?  50X  305 x 314 x 53.2
Mar 20 0031   Queqiao-2                         Chang Zheng 8            Wenchang LC201    Lunar    51A  200 x 420000 x 22.6
              Tiandu-1                                                                     Lunar    51B? 200 x 420000 x 22.6
              Tiandu-2                                                                     Lunar    51C? 200 x 420000 x 22.6
Mar 21 0527   Yunhai-2 02 zu 01 xing            Chang Zheng 2D/YZ-3      Jiuquan           Weather  52A  1130 x 1140 x 50.1
              Yunhai-2 02 zu 02 xing                                                       Weather  52B  1130 x 1140 x 50.1
              Yunhai-2 02 zu 03 xing                                                       Weather  52C  1130 x 1140 x 50.1
              Yunhai-2 02 zu 04 xing                                                       Weather  52D   475 x  486 x 50.1
              Yunhai-2 02 zu 05 xing                                                       Weather  52E   475 x  486 x 50.1
              Yunhai-2 02 zu 06 xing                                                       Weather  52F   475 x  486 x 50.1
Mar 21 0725   USA 352                           Electron                  MARS Pad 0C      Tech     53A   500?x500? x48
              Mola                                                                         Tech     53B
              Aerocube 16A                                                                 Tech     53C
              Aerocube 16B                                                                 Tech     53D
Mar 21 2055   Dragon CRS-30                     Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40   Cargo    54A  193 x 211 x 51.7
Mar 23 1236   Soyuz MS-25                       Soyuz-2-1a                Baykonur LC31  Spaceship  55A  330 x 367 x 51.6
Mar 24 0309   Starlink Group 6-42               Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A    Comms    56   284 x 292 x 43.0
Mar 25 2342   Starlink Group 6-46               Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40   Comms    57   284 x 293 x 43.0
Mar 26 2241   Yunhai-3 02                       Chang Zheng 6A            Taiyuan          Weather  58A  840 x 856 x 98,8
Mar 30 2152   Eutelsat 36D                      Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A    Comms    59A  265 x 61146 x 26.9
Mar 31 0130   Starlink Group 6-45               Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40   Comms    60   284 x 292 x 43.0
Mar 31 0936   Resurs-P4                         Soyuz-2-1B                Baykonur LC31    Imaging  61A  286 x 466 x 97.2
Apr  2 0230   Starlink Group 7-18               Falcon 9                  Vandenberg SLC4E Comms    62   284 x 293 x 53.2
Apr  2 2256   Yaogan 42-01                      Chang Zheng 2D            Xichang          Imaging? 63A  491 x 502 x 35.0
Apr  5 0912   Starlink Group 6-47               Falcon 9                  Canaveral LC40   Comms    64   284 x 292 x 43.0
Apr  7 0225   Starlink Group 8-1                Falcon 9                  Vandenberg SLC4E Comms    65   335 x 344 x 53.2
Apr  7 2316   Project 425 SAR                   Falcon 9                  Kennedy LC39A    Radar    66A  590 x 596 x 45.6
              Hawk 8A                                                                      Sigint   66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Hawk 8B                                                                      Sigint   66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Hawk 8C                                                                      Sigint   66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Hawk 9A                                                                      Sigint   66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Hawk 9B                                                                      Sigint   66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Hawk 9C                                                                      Sigint   66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Centauri 6                                                                   Comms    66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Tsukuyomi-II                                                                 Radar    66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              Capella 14                                                                   Radar    66   590 x 596 x 45.6
              TSAT 1A                                                                      Imaging  66   590 x 596 x 45.6
Apr  9 1653   USA 353                           Delta 4H                Canaveral SLC37    Sigint   67A  35780 x 35790 x 0  
Apr 10 0540   Starlink Group 6-48               Falcon 9                Canaveral LC40     Comms    68    284 x 292 x 43.0
Apr 11 0900   GMM KA                            Angara A5/Orion         Vostochniy 1A      Tech     69A
              Gagarinets                                                                   Tech     69B  196 x 450 x 51.7
              Dummy cubesat                                                                Tech     69C  196 x 450 x 51.7
Apr 11 0905   CURTIS                                                   ISS, LEO            Tech  98067WF 413 x 420 x 51.6
Apr 11 1035   Kashiwa                                                  ISS, LEO            Tech  98067WG 413 x 420 x 51.6
              MicroOrbiter-1                                                               Tech  98067WH 413 x 420 x 51.6
Apr 11 1425   WSF-M SV1                         Falcon 9                Vandenberg SLC4E   Weather  70A  819 x 828 x 98.7
Apr 13 0140   Starlink Group 6-49               Falcon 9                Canaveral LC40     Comms    71   283 x 291 x 43.0
Apr 15 0412   Siwei Gaojing 3-01                Chang Zheng 2D          Jiuquan            Imaging  72A  489 x 503 x 97.5

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches 
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Date UT       Payload           Rocket              Site                 Mission       Apogee    Target

Mar  1        Yars RV           Yars                Plesetsk             Op. test      1000?     Kura
Mar 11        RV x 3?           Agni 5              Kalam Island         Test          800?      Indian Ocean
Mar 12 0515   REXUS 32          Orion               ESRANGE              Microgravity   80?      ESRANGE
Mar 14 1200   REXUS 31          Orion               ESRANGE              Microgravity   80?      ESRANGE
Mar 24 0945   TEXUS 60          VSB-30              ESRANGE              Microgravity  264?      ESRANGE
Mar 28        FTM-32 Target     MRBM-T3c2           Kauai                Target        300?      Pacific
Apr  1 2152   HS-16B RV         Hwasong-16B         Chongdong            Test          101       Sea of Japan
Apr  8 1840   NASA 36.392UE     Black Brant 9       Wallops I            Eclipse       420?      Atlantic
Apr  8 1925   NASA 36.393UE     Black Brant 9       Wallops I            Eclipse       420?      Atlantic
Apr  8 2028   NASA 36.394UE     Black Brant 9       Wallops I            Eclipse       420?      Atlantic
Apr 12 1600?  Yars-E RV         Topol'-ME           Kapustin Yar         Test         1000?      Sary Shagan
Apr 13 2300?  Warheads          Emad? (many)        Iran                 Weapon        300?      Israel
Apr 13 2300?  Warheads          Kheibar Shekan?     Iran                 Weapon        300?      Israel
Apr 13 2300?  Warheads          Dezful?             Yemen?               Weapon        300?      Israel
Apr 13 2300?  Warheads          Ghadr-110?          Iran                 Weapon        300?      Israel
                                (total 110 Iran ballistic missile launches on Apr 14?)
Apr 13 2330?  Aegis KV          SM-3                DDG-51, E. Med.      Interceptor   100?      Intercept Iranian missiles
Apr 13 2330?  Aegis KV          SM-3                DDG-51, E. Med.      Interceptor   100?      Intercept Iranian missiles
Apr 13 2330?  Aegis KV          SM-3                DDG-64, E. Med.      Interceptor   100?      Intercept Iranian missiles
Apr 13 2330?  Aegis KV          SM-3                DDG-64, E. Med.      Interceptor   100?      Intercept Iranian missiles

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