SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 470
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
December 25, 1992
All information in this publication was received between
November 25, 1992, and December 24, 1992.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1992-092A (22282) Cosmos 2226 Dec 22 1992-086A (22259) STS 53 Dec 02
091A (22280) Cosmos 2225 Dec 22 085A (22255) Molniya 3-43 Dec 02
090A (22278) AUSSAT B-2 Dec 21 084A (22253) Superbird A-1 Dec 01
089A (22275) USA 87 Dec 18 083A (22251) USA 86 Nov 28
088A (22269) Cosmos 2224 Dec 17 082A (22245) Gorizont 27 Nov 27
087A (22260) Cosmos 2223 Dec 09 081A (22238) Cosmos 2222 Nov 25
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
Cosmos 2226, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched by a Tsiklon booster
from Plesetsk cosmodrome. Initial orbital parameters are: period
116 min, apogee 1538 km, perigee 1498 km, and inclination 73.3 deg.
Cosmos 2225, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched by a Soyuz rocket from
Baykonur cosmodrome. Initial orbital parameters are: period 89.4 min,
apogee 337 km, perigee 179 km, and inclination 64.9 deg.
AUSSAT B-2, also known as OPTUS B-2, an Australian geostationary
communications spacecraft, was launched by a Long March booster from
Xichang in P.R.C. Tracking stations have been unable to receive any
signals from the spacecraft, at least for the first several days
after its launch.
USA 87, a GPS spacecraft, was launched. Initial orbital parameters
are: period 12 hr, apogee 20,541 km, perigee 20,137 km, and
inclination 54.74 deg.
Cosmos 2224, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched by a Proton rocket
from Baykonur cosmodrome. It is part of the PROGNOZ series of space
research spacecraft. It is a geostationary spacecraft at an
altitude of 35,837 km and inclination 2.3 deg.
Cosmos 2223, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched from Baykonur
cosmodrome. Initial orbital parameters are: period 89 min, apogee
300 km, perigee 189 km, and inclination 64.7 deg.
STS 53, a U.S.A space shuttle, was launched. Initial orbital
parameters are: period 92 min, apogee 381 km, perigee 372, and
inclination 57.0 deg.
Molniya 3-43, a C.I.S. communications spacecraft, was launched by a
Molniya carrier rocket from Plesetsk cosmodrome. Initial orbital
parameters are: period 701.2 min, apogee 39,103 km, perigee 466 km,
and inclination 62.5 deg.
Superbird A-1, a Japanese geostationary communication spacecraft, was
launched by an Arianne 42-P booster from Kourou in Fench Guiana.
Initial transfer orbital parameters are: period 818 min, apogee
35,990 km, perigee 192 km, and inclination 7.0 deg. The final
parking longitude will be at 158 deg east longitude.
USA 86 spacecraft was launched.
Gorizont 27, a C.I.S. nearly geostationary communications spacecraft,
was launched by a Proton rocket from Baykonur cosmodrome. Initial
period was 24 hr, 32 min, and inclination 1.4 deg.
Cosmos 2222, a C.I.S. science spacecraft, was launched by a Molniya
booster from Plesetsk cosmodrome. Initial orbital parameters are:
period 11 hr, 48 min, apogee 39,340 km, perigee 615 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.
- Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
only. Additional information is not available.
Designations National Name 1992
1992-088B (22270) RB/COSMOS 2224 19 Dec
1992-085B (22256) RB/MOLNIYA 3-43 14 Dec
1992-087B (22261) RB/COSMOS 2223 12 Dec
1992-054B (22088) RB/AUSSAT B-1 12 Dec
1991-072A (21743) COSMOS 2164 12 Dec
1978-024D (10803) RB/MOLNIYA 1-39 11 Dec
1992-086A (22259) STS-53 (landed) 09 Dec
1980-002F (11670) RB/MOLNIYA 1-46 04 Dec
1992-082B (22246) RB/GORIZONT 27 30 Nov
1991-060C (21670) RB/BS-3B 01 May (delayed finding)
- Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
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