SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 466
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
August 25, 1992
All information in this publication was received between
July 25, 1992, and August 24, 1992.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1992-056A (22093) RESURS F-16 Aug 19 1992-050A (22068) Molniya 1-84 Aug 06
055A (22090) Progress M-14 Aug 15 049B (22065) EURECA-1 Jul 31
054A (22087) AUSSAT B-1 Aug 13 049A (22064) STS 46 Jul 31
053A (22080) Cosmos 2208 Aug 12 048A (22062) Cosmos 2207 Jul 30
052C (22078) S 80/T Aug 10 047C (22058) Cosmos 2206 Jul 30
052B (22077) KITSAT-A/URIBYOL Aug 10 047B (22057) Cosmos 2205 Jul 30
052A (22076) TOPEX-POSEIDON Aug 10 047A (22056) Cosmos 2204 Jul 30
051A (22072) PRC 35 Aug 09 046A (22054) Soyuz TM-15 Jul 27
045A (22052) Cosmos 2203 Jul 24
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
RESURS F-16, a C.I.S. remote sensing spacecraft, was launched from
Plesetsk cosmodroCme by a Soyuz rocket. Initial orbital parameters
are: period 88.7 min, apogee 258 km, perigee 193 km, and inclination
Progress M-14, a C.I.S. cargo spacecraft, was launched from Baykonur
launch site, to deliver supplies to the manned MIR space station. It
docked with MIR on August 18. It carried a capsule for returning
research output materials from MIR. Initial orbital parameters are:
period 88.6 min, apogee 251 km, perigee 191 km, and inclination
AUSSAT B-1 (also known as OPTUS B-1), an Australian communications
spacecraft, was launched from Xichang site by a Long March 2-E
rocket. Initial, pre-geostationary orbital parameters are: period
802 min; apogee 37,299 km; perigee 7134 km; and inclination 10.7 deg.
Cosmos 2208, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched from Plesetsk
cosmodrome. Initial orbital parameters are: period 101 min, apogee
826 km, perigee 790 km, and inclination 74.1 deg.
S 80/T, a French technology spacecraft, was launched from Kourou in
French Guiana by an Ariane booster. Initial orbital parameters are
period 120 min, apogee 1338 km, perigee 1315 km, and inclination 66 deg.
KITSAT-A, also known as URIBYOL (meaning "our star"), a South Korean
spacecraft, was launched from Kourou in French Guiana by an Ariane
booster. It carried an electronic mail system, an Earth-picture
camera, and a device to measure cosmic rays. Initial orbital
parameters are: period 112 min, apogee 1328 km, perigee 1316 km,
and inclination 66 deg.
TOPEX-POSEIDON, a French-U.S.A. spacecraft, was launched from Kourou,
French Guiana, by an Ariane booster. It carried instruments to study
ocean levels and currents. Initial orbital parameters are: period
112 min, apogee 1341 km, perigee 1322 km, and inclination 66.5 deg.
PRC 35, a Chinese experimental, retrievable spacecraft, was launched
from Jiuquan launch center by a Long March 2-D booster. It carried
instruments for microgravity research. Initial orbital parameters
are: period 90 min, apogee 354 km, perigee 173 km, and inclination
Molniya 1-84, a C.I.S. communications spacecraft, was launched from
Plesetck cosmodrome by a Molniya booster rocket. Initial orbital
parameters are: period 12 hr, 17 min; apogee 40,603; perigee 636 km;
and inclination 63.6 deg.
EURECA-1, a European research spacecraft, was released from the
shuttle STS 46 on August 2, 1992. It carried material for micro-
gravity experiments on organisms and an X-ray astronomy instrument.
Initial orbital parameters are: period 93.4 min, apogee 447 km,
perigee 438 km, and inclination 28.5 deg.
STS 46, a manned U.S.A. shuttle, was launched from Cape Canaveral. It
released a European spacecraft on August 2, 1992. Attempts by the
crew to deploy an Italian tethered probe, TSS-1, failed. Initial
orbital parameters of STS 46 are: period 90.6 min, apogee 306 km,
perigee 299 km, and inclination 28.5 deg.
Cosmos 2207, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched from Plesetsk
cosmodrome by a Soyuz booster. Initial orbital parameters are:
period 82.3 min, apogee 313 km, perigee 228 km, and inclination
1992-047A, -047B, -047C
Cosmos 2204, 2205, and 2206 were launched from Baykonur cosmodrome
by a Proton booster. Their initial orbital parameters are: period
11 hr, 15 min; apogee 19,135; perigee 19,125.
Soyuz TM-15, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched from Baykonur
cosmodrome on its way to dock with MIR station. It carried one
French and two Russian cosmonauts. Initial orbital parameters are:
period 88.6 min, apogee 233 km, perigee 200 km, and inclination
Cosmos 2203, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched. Initial orbital
parameters are period 89.5 min, apogee 326 km, perigee 173 km, and
inclination 62.8 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.)
Due to budgetary constraints, this category has not been listed.
- 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
1992-055B (22091) RB/PROGRESS M-14 Aug 18
1992-055B (22073) RB/PRC 35 Aug 16
1992-040B (22018) RB/COSMOS 2196 Aug 15
1992-048A (22062) COSMOS 2207 Aug 13
1992-014A (21908) SOYUZ TM-14 (landed) Aug 10
1992-049A (22064) STS 46 (landed) Aug 08
1992-048B (22063) RB/COSMOS 2207 Aug 01
1992-045B (22053) RB/COSMOS 2203 Aug 01
1992-047D (22059) RB/COSMOS 2204-2206 Jul 30
1992-046B (22055) RB/SOYUZ TM-15 Jul 29
1992-035A (22004) PROGRESS M-13 Jul 24
1992-029A (21973) COSMOS 2186 Jul 24
D. Launching Reports and Updated Information.
Due to budgetary constraints, reports on future launches are not included.
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