SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 502
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
25 August 1995
All information in this publication was received between
July 25, 1995, and August 24, 1995.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1995-042A (23642) Molniya 3-47 Aug 09
1995-041A (23639) KOREASAT 1 Aug 05
1995-040A (23636) PANAMSAT 4 Aug 03
1995-039F (23646) Magion 4 Aug 03
1995-039A (23632) Interball Tail Aug 02
1995-038A (23628) USA 113 Jul 31
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
Molniya 3-47 is a Russian communications spacecraft that
was launched by a Molniya-M booster from Plesetsk cosmodrome at
03:21 UT. It is expected to provide voice and TV coverage for
a wide area between western Europe and eastern Siberia. Initial
orbital parameters were period 13 hr, 17 min, apogee 40,851 km,
perigee 472 km, and inclination 62.8 deg.
KOREASAT 1, also known as MUGUNGHWA 1 is a South Korean
communications spacecraft that was launched by a Delta-2 rocket
from Cape Canaveral at 11:10 UT. It carries 15 Ku-band transponders
to provide TV coverage for South Korea and other Asian countries.
The final stage of the rocket failed to separate from the
spacecraft which, therefore, failed to achieve a geostationary orbit.
Plans are to use up some of the reserved fuel to move it to the
geostationary orbit (over the Solomon Islands); this fuel loss will
entail a reduced operational lifetime. Initial orbital parameters
were period 17.7 hr, apogee 29,798 km, perigee 26,777 km, and
inclination 0.07 deg.
PANAMSAT 4, also known as PAS 4, is an American geostationary
spacecraft that was launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou in
French Guiana at 22:58 UT. The 3,043 kg spacecraft carries 16
30-Watt C-band transponders and 24 60-Watt Ku-band transponders,
and is expected provide 320 radio channels and 120 "DirecTV"
channels. The parking longitude is 69 deg, E.
Magion 4, sometimes known as S2-X or S2-T, is a Czech subsatellite
of the Russian Interball Tail, and was released from it 9 hr, 21 min
after its launch. The 50 kg subsatellite carries a number of
instruments: two for plasma measurements, three for E/B waves,
three for energetic particles/x-rays, and a magnetometer. Initial
orbital parameters were very close to those of Interball Tail; it
will be maneuvered to remain at desired locations within 100,000 km
from the main spacecraft.
Interball Tail (occasionally refered to as INTERBOL 1, or Prognoz M2)
is a Russian spacecraft that was launched at 23:59 UT from Plesetsk
cosmodrome by a Molniya-M booster. The 1,250 kg spacecraft carried
many instruments: five for energetic particles/x-rays, nine for E/B
fields and waves, and eight for cold/hot plasma. It released
the subsatellite Magion 4 after nine hours into flight. Both
spacecraft are part of the multinational ISTP program. Initial
orbital parameters were period 91 hr, apogee 192,000 km, perigee 776
km, and inclination 63 degrees.
USA 113, also known as DSCS 3, is an American military spacecraft
that was launched by an Atlas-2A rocket at 11:30 UT from Cape
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 about 60 deg apart.
Each plane has four "slots." Following are the 2-NN members in the planes/slots.
The RAAN decreases by about 1.0 deg each month; below are their
24 May, 95 RAAN longitudes.
PLANE RAAN OF PLANE SLOT-1 SLOT-2 SLOT-3 SLOT-4
A 243 2-21 2-12 2-15 2-04
B 303 2-18 2-07 2-02 2-22
C 5 2-24 2-13 2-19 2-20
D 67 2-11 2-09 2-05 2-23
E 125 2-01 2-08 2-03 2-10
F 185 2-16 2-14 2-06 2-17
- Russian Global Navigational (Positioning) Spacecraft, GLONASS
constellation. To see a list select here.
The GLONASS NNN series orbit in three distinct planes that are 120
deg apart. Each plane has eight "slots". Following are the members of
Plane1 Plane2 Plane3
slot1 771 slot 9 slot17 760
slot2 757 slot10 781 slot18 758
slot3 763 slot11 785 slot19 777
slot4 762 slot12 767 slot20 765
slot5 249 slot13 slot21 756
slot6 764 slot14 770 slot22 766
slot7 759 slot15 780 slot23 761
slot8 769 slot16 775 slot24 774
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- Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
only. Additional information is not available.
Designations Common Name 1995
1995-026B (23585) R/B COSMOS 2312 08 Aug
1993-060A (22808) COSMOS 2264 07 Aug
1994-060E (23271) R/B COSMOS 2291 29 Jul
1995-037D (23623) R/B COSMOS 2316-2318 25 Jul
1995-036B (23618) R/B PROGRESS M-28 23 Jul
1995-035A (23612) STS 70 Landed on 22 Jul
- Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
NSSDC/WDC-A-R&S is an archival center for science data from many spacecraft.
Some data are on line for electronic access. Please contact the NSSDC Request Coordination
Code 633, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, U.S.A., for specific
information (REQUEST@NSSDCA.GSFC.NASA.GOV). Precomputed trajectory files
and orbital parameters of many magnetospheric and heliospheric science-payload
spacecraft may be FTP'ed from NSSDC's ANON_DIR:[000000.ACTIVE] and its
several subdirectories. (See About the SPACEWARN Bulletin
for access method; a file in the ACTIVE directory named AAREADME.DOC, outlines the contents.)
It can also be accessed via the WWW at:
ERRATUM: In SPX 501, the International ID's for
Cosmos 2314 and STS 71 in Sec. B have been
corrected to 1995-031A and 1995-030A, respectively (rather than 1994).
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Last updated: 01 September 1995, EVB II