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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 775 draft                                                    2020 Jan 31  Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 61 continued until undocking of Soyuz MS-13 on Feb 6, which began Expedition 62
under the command of Oleg Skripochka.

On Jan 29 the Cyclops deployer was used to deploy the USAF STPSAT-4
satellite delivered to ISS aboard NG-12. STPSAT-4/Cyclops was extracted
from the Kibo airlock and STPSAT-4 was ejected into orbit at 0720 UTC
Jan 29.

On Jan 31 at about 1115 UTC the Canadarm-2 unberthed Cygnus NG-12, the S.S. Alan Bean,
from the Unity nadir port. Cygnus NG-12 was released into orbit at 1436 UTC.

On Jan 31 to Feb 1 Cygnus NG-12 released seven cubesats from the Nanoracks NRCSD-E dispenser and
seven cubesats from the SEOPS/SpaceflightInc Slingshot system.

On Feb 6, Soyuz MS-13 undocked from Poisk at 0550 UTC carrying Skvortsov, Koch and Parmitano.
The spacecraft fired its deorbit engine at 0818 UTC, lowering perigee below the Earth's surface.
At 0846 UTC the orbital and service modules were jettisoned, and at 0850 UTC the descent module
began reentry, with landing in Kazakhstan at 0912 UTC Feb 6.


NROL-151
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RocketLab flew its 11th Electron mission from New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula on Jan 31.
It placed a satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office in low Earth orbit
with approximately 70 degrees inclination. The mission was designated NROL-151 and the
satellite is codenamed USA 294. Exact orbit of NROL-151 is not yet known. US registration
documents supplied to the UN are apparently stuck in a backlog - the latest made public
online covers up to early 2017.

Errata
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- There is still some confusion about which spacesuits were on which astronaut for the
recent EVAs. In particular, Andrey Krasilnikov tells me for EVA 64 it was
Morgan - EMU 3008 and Parmitano - EMU 3004.

- I put the wrong orbit in last time for Yinhe 1, it's in a 621 x 638 km orbit.

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

Jan  7 0219   Starlink 1066      )       Falcon 9            Canaveral SLC40  Comms    01AS S44954   301 x   305 x 53.0
              Starlink 1069-1104 )                                            Comms    )
              Starlink 1106-1119 )                                            Comms    ) 
              Starlink 1121-1126 )                                            Comms    ) 
              Starlink 1128      )                                            Comms    ) 01A-01BM
              Starlink 1130      )                                            Comms    ) 44914-
              Starlink 1144      )                                            Comms    ) 44973
Jan  7 1520   TJS 5                      Chang Zheng 3B      Xichang          Comms    02A S44978    195 x 35804 x 27.5
Jan 15 0253   Jilin-1 Kuanfu 1 )         Chang Zheng 2D      Taiyuan          Imaging  03A S45016    477 x   492 x 97.3
              Sophie           )                                              Imaging  03B S45017    475 x   492 x 97.3
              Marie            )                                              Imaging  03C S45018    477 x   493 x 97.3
              Tianqi-5         )                                              Comms    03D?S45019    475 x   492 x 97.3
Jan 16 0302   Yinhe 1                    Kuaizhou 1A         Jiuquan          Comms    04A S45024    621 x   638 x 86.4
Jan 16 2105   Eutelsat Konnect )         Ariane 5ECA         Kourou ELA3      Comms    05B S45027    499 x 36234 x  6.0
              GSAT-30          )                                              Comms    05A S45026  35775 x 35799 x  0.1
Jan 29 0720   STPSAT-4                                       ISS, LEO         Tech  9867QY S45043    415 x   423 x 51.6
Jan 29 1406   Starlink 1120     )        Falcon 9            Canaveral SLC40  Comms    )
              Starlink 1127     )                                             Comms    )
              Starlink 1129     )                                             Comms    )
              Starlink 1131-1137)                                             Comms    ) 06A-06BM    276 x   291 x 53.0
              Starlink 1139-1142)                                             Comms    )
              Starlink 1145-1153)                                             Comms    )
              Starlink 1155-1186)                                             Comms    )
              Starlink 1190     )                                             Comms    )
              Starlink 1193-1196)                                             Comms    )
Jan 31 0256   USA 294                    Electron            Mahia LC1        Unknown  07A           
Jan 31?       Aerocube-14A )                             NRCSD-E/NG-12, LEO   Tech  19071
              Aerocube-14B )                                                  Tech  19071
Jan 31?       Aerocube-15A )                             NRCSD-E/NG-12, LEO   Tech  19071
              Aerocube-15B )                                                  Tech  19071
Jan 31 2230?  SwampSat-2 )                               NRCSD-E/NG-12, LEO   Tech  19071
              HuskySat-1 )                                                    Tech  19071
Jan 31?       Orbital Factory 2                          NRCSD-E/NG-12, LEO   Tech  19071
Feb  1 1544   CIRiS                                      Slingshot/NG-12,LEO  Sci   19071
Feb  1 1943   ORCA-2                                     Slingshot/NG-12,LEO  Tech  19071
Feb  1 2115   EdgeCube   )                               Slingshot/NG-12,LEO  Rem.sen. 19071
              MakerSat-1?)                                                    Tech  19071
Feb  1?       MiniCarb                                   Slingshot/NG-12,LEO  Sci   19071
Feb  1?       VPM                                        Slingshot/NG-12,LEO  Sci   19071
Feb  1?       Lynk                                       Slingshot/NG-12,LEO  Comms 19071
Feb  6 2142   OneWeb L2-1 )               Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat  Baykonur LC31    Comms    08A
              ...         )                                                            to
              OneWeb L2-34)                                                   Comms    08AK

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
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On Jan 7 Iran launched a series of Zulfiqar and Qiam-1 missiles against US military targets in Iraq.
The exact number and mix of missiles is unknown.


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

Jan  7 2245?  HE Warhead        Zulfiqar             ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Al Asad, Iraq
Jan  7 2245?  HE Warhead        Zulfiqar             ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Erbil, Iraq
Jan  7 2245?  HE Warhead        Zulfiqar             ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Al Asad, Iraq
Jan  7 2245?  HE Warhead        Zulfiqar             ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Al Asad, Iraq
Jan  7 2245?  HE Warhead        Qiam-1               ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Al Asad, Iraq
Jan  7 2245?  HE Warhead        Qiam-1               ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Al Asad, Iraq
Jan  7 2315?  HE Warhead        Zulfiqar             ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Al Asad, Iraq
Jan  7 2315?  HE Warhead        Zulfiqar             ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Erbil, Iraq
Jan  7 2315?  HE Warhead        Qiam-1               ?, Iran             Weapon        100?      Erbil, Iraq
Jan  9 0800   S-310-45          S-310                Uchinoura           Test          131       Pacific
Jan 19        RV                K-4                  Visakhapatnam       Test          500?      Indian Ocean
Jan 27 1340   Polar NOx 2       Black Brant 9        Poker Flat          Aeronomy      260       Alaska
Feb  5 0833   FTU-2             Minuteman 3          Vandenberg          Test         1300?      Kwajalein

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