SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 461
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
March 25, 1992
All information in this publication was received between
February 25, 1992, and March 24, 1992.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1992-014A (21908) Soyuz TM-14 Mar 17 1992-011A (21897) Molniya 1-83 Mar 4
013A (21906) Galaxy 5 Mar 14 010B (21894) ARABSAT-1C Feb 26
012A (21902) Cosmos 2181 Mar 9 010A (21893) SPRBIRD-B1 Feb 26
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
Soyuz TM-14 was launched by the C.I.S from Baykonur cosmodrome, with
three cosmonauts on board, and docked with the MIR station on March 19,
1992. They will conduct zero-gravity biological experiments.
Galaxy 5, a commercial communications spacecraft, was launched by the
U.S.A. from Cape Canavaral by an Atlas rocket. It carries 24 C-band
transponders. Initial orbital parameters are: period 653.9 min,
apogee 36135 km, perigee 1092 km, and inclination 19.6 deg.
Cosmos 2181, a navigational satellite of the TSIKADA program,
was launched by the C.I.S from Plesetsk cosmodrome. Initial orbital
parameters are: period 105 min, apogee 1,027 km, perigee 994 km,
and inclination 82.9 deg.
Molniya 1-83, a communications satellite, was launched on March 4,
1992 by the C.I.S. using a Molniya booster rocket. The satellite
has been placed in a highly elliptical orbit with the following
initial orbital parameters are: period 11 hr 42 min, apogee 38,998 km
in the Northern Hemisphere, perigee 629 km in the Southern Hemisphere,
and inclination 62.9 deg.
ARABSAT-1C, a Saudi Arabian communications satellite, was launched on
February 26, 1992 utilizing the same launch vehicle that launched
SPRBIRD-B1. Initial orbital parameters are: period 632.4 min, apogee
35,832 km, perigee 222 km, and inclination 7.0 deg.
SPRBIRD-B1, a Japanese communications satellite, was launched on
February 26, 1992 using the Ariane-44L launch vehicle from the Kourou
Space Center, French Guiana. Initial orbital parameters are: period
631.3 min, apogee 35,776 km, perigee 222 km, and inclination 7.0 deg.
C. Spacecraft Particularly Suited for International Participation
- Spacecraft with essentially continuous radio beacons on frequencies
less than 150 MHz, or higher frequencies if especially suited for ionospheric
or geodetic studies. To see a list select here.
- Global Positioning System satellites useful for navigational
purposes and geodetic studies. To see a list select here.
- Satellites useful for simultaneous observation programs with small
cameras; and for gravitational and atmospheric studies. (* indicates updated
information since the last issue. The magnitude is an approximation; it assumes
75% illumination of the satellite and 900 km range. SPACEWARN would appreciate
suggestions to update this list.) To see a list select here.
- Satellite objects that are nearing their decay into the atmosphere.
(Orbital observations of these objects during the decaying phase are useful for
atmospheric studies. Note: For maneuverable spacecraft the prediction may be
Due to budgetary constraints, this category has not been listed.
- Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
only. Additional information is not available.
Designations National Name 1992 Designations National Name 1992
1961-RHO 3 (00166) Mar 2 1986-019BV (17223) Mar 16
1963-047B (00696) ATLAS/CENTAUR Mar 20 1988-006C (18846) Mar 12
1970-025PB (17169) Feb 28 1989-062D (20171) Mar 8
1972-058FS (08497) Mar 16 1990-043G (20613) Mar 1
1975-004AS (08960) Mar 8 1990-058A (20683) GAMMA Feb 28
1975-052DQ (21432) Mar 3 1991-046F (21541) Feb 26
1976-085B (09390) COSMOS 851 RB Mar 22 1991-049A (21560) COSMOS 2153 Mar 13
1977-015A (09853) COSMOS 895 Mar 22 1991-072B (21744) Mar 14
1978-024A (10696) MOLNYA 1-39 Mar 9 1992-001A (21844) COSMOS 2175 Mar 20
1980-051A (11848) METEOR 1-30 Mar 1 1992-004A (21851) PROGRSS M-11 Mar 13
1986-017FK (21810) Feb 28 1992-011C (21899) MOLNYA PLTFOM Mar 19
1986-017FV (21883) Feb 25 1992-014B (21909) SOYUZ TM14 RB Mar 19
D. Launching Reports and Updated Information.
1992-009A (21890) USA-79
Initial orbital parameters are: period 714.7, apogee 20,318 km, perigee
19,913 km, and inclination 54.7 deg
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