SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 468
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
October 25, 1992
All information in this publication was received between
September 25, 1992, and October 24, 1992.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1992-070B (22195) LAGEOS-2 Oct 22 1992-068A (22182) Cosmos 2211 Oct 20
070A (22194) STS 52 Oct 22 067A (22178) Molniya 3-42 Oct 14
069A (22189) Cosmos 2217 Oct 21 066A (22175) DFS 3 Oct 12
068F (22187) Cosmos 2216 Oct 20 065A (22173) Foton 5 Oct 08
068E (22186) Cosmos 2215 Oct 20 064B (22162) PRC 36 Oct 06
068D (22185) Cosmos 2214 Oct 20 064A (22161) Freja Oct 06
068C (22184) Cosmos 2213 Oct 20 063A (22136) Mars Observer Sep 25
068B (22183) Cosmos 2212 Oct 20
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
LAGEOS-2 is a passive Italian spacecraft with a 60 centimeter
diameter and 400 kg mass;it is covered by 426 laser beam reflectors.
It was released from STS 52, to be positioned eventually into a
circular orbit of 5800 km altitude.
STS 52, a U.S.A. space shuttle, was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL.
It carried several microgravity experimental packages; among them
were the growth of cadmium telluride crystals from vapor phase, growth of
protein/enzyme crystals, and a number of high school experiments such
as the clotting action of snake venom on blood plasma proteins,
germination of Florida's official flower seeds, and microgravity
effect on dry mustard seeds that will be germinated after return.
Also on-board were six rats that had been given anti-osteoporotic
treatment with an experimental drug. Initial orbital parameters are:
period 90.5 min, perigee/apogee 296 km, and inclination 28.5 deg.
Cosmos 2217, a C.I.S spacecraft, was launched from Plesetsk cosmo-
drome by a Molniya rocket. Initial orbital parameters are: period
708 min, apogee 39400 km, perigee 600 km, and inclination 62.8 deg.
1992-068F, -068E, -068D, -068C, -068B, and -068A.
Cosmos 2216, 2215, 2214, 2213, 2212, and 2211-the six C.I.S
spacecraft-were launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome by a single
Tsiklon rocket. Initial orbital parameters for all of them are:
period 114.3 min, apogee 1449 km, perigee 1416 km, and inclination
Molniya 3-42, a C.I.S communications spacecraft, was launched from
Plesetsk cosmodrome by a Molniya rocket. Initial orbital parameters
are: period 737 min, apogee 40854 km, perigee 561 km, and
inclination 62.8 deg.
DFS 3, a German geostationary communications spacecraft, was launched
from Cape Canaveral, FL, by a Delta 2/7925 rocket. It has 10 carrier
- Foton 5, a C.I.S spacecraft, was launched. The initial orbital
parameters are: period 90 min, apogee 372 km, perigee 225 km, and
inclination 62.8 km.
PRC 36, a People's Republic of China spacecraft, was launched from
Jiuquan Center by a Long March rocket.It is a retrievable spacecraft.
Initial orbital parameters are: period 89.7 min, apogee 318 km,
perigee 211 km, and inclination 63 deg.
Freja, a Swedish space research spacecraft, was launched from Jiuquan
Center by a Long March rocket. Initial orbital parameters are: period
109 min, apogee 1769 km, perigee 619 km, and inclination 63 deg.
It carried a complement of scientific instruments for measuring
electric currents and precipitating energetic particles in the
Mars Observer, a U.S.A spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral,
by a Titan 3 rocket. It was on travel to orbit around Mars, and
carried a magnetometer, a gamma ray spectrometer, an electron reflectometer,
a laser altimeter, and a high-resolution camera.
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.
- Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
only. Additional information is not available.
Designations National Name 1992
1992-065A (22173) FOTON 5 24 Oct
1980-002A (11662) MOLNIYA 1-46 22 Oct
1992-065B (22174) RB/FOTON 5 22 Oct
1992-055A (22090) PROGRESS M 14 (landed) 21 Oct
1992-064C (22163) RB/PRC 36 20 Oct
1981-030A (12368) MOLNIYA 3-15 19 Oct
1991-024A (21213) ALMAZ 1 17 Oct
1992-031B (21988) RB/EUVE 16 Oct
1982-074A (13383) MOLNIYA 1-55 08 Oct
1992-063B (22137) RB/MARS OBSERVER 01 Oct
1990-103C (20961) RB/USA 66 30 Sep
1973-080B ( 6908) RB/COSMOS 604 30 Sep
1992-062B (22134) RB/COSMOS 2210 26 Sep
1979-048A (11384) MOLNIYA 3-12 26 Sep
1992-056C (22099) PION 1 25 Sep
1992-056D (22100) PION 2 24 Sep
1992-050B (22069) RB/MOLNIYA 1-84 20 Sep
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