SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 488
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
June 25, 1994
All information in this publication was received between
May 25, 1994, and June 24, 1994.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1994-034C (23126) STRV 1B Jun 17
-034B (23125) STRV 1A Jun 17
-034A (23124) INTELSAT 702 Jun 17
-033A (23122) FOTON 9 Jun 14
-032A (23119) Cosmos 2281 Jun 07
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
STRV 1B and STRV 1A are two mini-satellites of the British military,
launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou, French
Guiana. Each is a cube of side 50 cm and mass 50 kg and was
launched into orbit to test new solar cells and measure static
charge on its surfaces. Initial orbital parameters of each were
period 633 min, apogee 35,831, perigee 284 km, and inclination
INTELSAT 702, a geostationary communications spacecraft of
the ITSO consortium, was launched by an Ariane rocket
from Kourou, French Guiana, at 07:07 UT. The number 702
of this INTELSAT appears to be a revised or alternative
designation; preceding INTELSATs had been designated as
7-F1, 6-F5, etc.
FOTON 9, a Russian spacecraft, was launched by a SOYUZ
rocket from Plesetsk cosmodrome at 16:00 UT. The 8,200 kg
spacecraft, with a research payload of 700 kg, is expected to
orbit for 18 days, conducting microgravity experiments in solid
state and biological disciplines. Initial orbital parameters
were period 90.4 min, apogee 385 km, perigee 229 km, and
inclination 62.8 deg.
Cosmos 2281, a Russian military spacecraft, was launched
by a SOYUZ rocket from Plesetsk cosmodrome at 07:20 UT.
The number 2281 had earlier been assigned to an identical
spacecraft that was launched on May 26 but failed to attain
orbit. Initial orbital parameters are period 88.7 min,
apogee 265 km, perigee 192 km, and inclination 82.6 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.
The GPS 2-NN series orbit in six distinct planes that are 60 deg apart.
Each plane has four "slots." Following are the members of the planes/slots:
PLANE RAAN OF PLANE SLOT-1 SLOT-2 SLOT-3 SLOT-4
A 269 2-21 2-12 2-15 2-04
B 329 2-18 2-07 2-02 2-22
C 29 2-23 2-13 2-19 2-20
D 89 2-11 2-09 2-05 ----
E 149 2-01 2-08 2-03 2-10
F 209 2-16 2-14 2-06 2-17
- Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
only. Additional information is not available.
Designations Common Name 1994
1979-072C (13940) R/B WESTAR 3 13 Jun
1994-032B (23120) R/B COSMOS 2281 10 Jun
1963-024A (00604) TIROS 7 03 Jun
1994-019A (23035) PROGRESS M-24 23 May
- Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
It appears likely that the ISTP spacecraft Wind may be launched in early
November 1994 and Interball-Tail in September 1994; the launches/dates of the
other ISTP spacecraft, Polar and Interball-Aurora, remain to be determined.
TOMS-EP may be launched in July 1994 and FAST in August 1994. The May 1994
issue of STEP International, a monthly newsletter of the international
STEP program, provides tentative launch dates of several future science
missions of interest to solar-terrestrial physics.
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