SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 478
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, 1993
All information in this publication was received between
July 25, 1993, and August 24, 1993.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1993-052A (22745) Progress M-19 Aug 10 1993-050A (22739) NOAA 13 Aug 09
051A (22741) Cosmos 2261 Aug 10 049A (22729) Molniya 3-45 Aug 04
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
Progress M-19, a C.I.S. automatic cargo craft, was launched at 22:23
UT to dock with and deliver supplies to MIR space station. Initial
orbital parameters are period 88.5 min, apogee 243 km, perigee
192 km, and inclination 51.6 deg.
Cosmos 2261, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched from Plesetsk
cosmodrome by a Molniya booster. Initial orbital parameters are period
11 hr, 48 min; apogee 39,400 km; perigee 613 km; and inclination 62.8
- NOAA 13, a U.S.A. meteorological spacecraft, was launched from
Vandenberg Air Force Base by an Atlas-E rocket. It carried instruments
to monitor atmosphere and clouds; also on board were instruments to
monitor energetic electrons and protons. It has relaying capability
for data gathered from floating buoys, balloons, and remote ground
stations. There have been no radio communications with the spacecraft
since August 21, 1993, because of failure of power from the solar
panels to the instruments. Initial orbital parameters are period 102
min, apogee 876 km, perigee 860 km, and inclination 98.9 km.
Molniya 3-45, a C.I.S. communications spacecraft, was launched from
Plesetsk cosmodrome by a Molniya booster at 00:52 UT. Initial orbital
parameters are period 11 hr, 42 min; apogee 39,147 km; perigee 455 km;
and inclination 62.7 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 Common Name 1993
1993-052B (22746) R/B PROGRESS M-19 13 Aug
1993-047A (22721) COSMOS 2260 05 Aug
1993-045A (22716) COSMOS 2259 25 Jul
1993-047B (22722) R/B COSMOS 2260 24 Jul
1993-005A (22319) SOYUZ TM-16 Landed on 22 Jul
1993-045B (22717) R/B COSMOS 2259 19 Jul
- Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
Mars Observer (1992-063A) is reported to have lost contact with the tracking
stations since August 20, 1993, just prior to the scheduled Mars orbital phase.
Hipparcos (1989-062B) ended its mission with the final loss of communication
with the ground stations. During its mission it has provided accurate positions
of 100,000 stars.
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