SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 504
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
25 October 1995
All information in this publication was received between
September 25, 1995 and October 24, 1995.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1995-057A (23696) USA 114 Oct 22
1995-056A (23688) STS 73 Oct 20
1995-055A (23686) ASTRA 1-E Oct 19
1995-054A (23680) LUCH 1 Oct 11
1995-053A (23678) PROGRESS M-29 Oct 08
1995-052A (23676) Cosmos 2321 Oct 06
1995-051A (23674) Cosmos 2320 Sep 29
1995-050A (23672) RESURS F20 Sep 26
1995-049A (23670) TELSTAR 402-R Sep 24
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
USA 114 is an American military UHF communications spacecraft that
was launched by an Atlas-2 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station. Initial orbital parameters were period 479 min, apogee
27,571 km, perigee 277 km, and inclination 27.0 deg.
STS 73 is an American shuttle spacecraft that was launched from
Cape Canaveral after six postponements. The planned 16-day
mission carries a USML-2 spacelab to carry out microgravity
experiments related to fluid physics, material science, protein
crystals, and combustion science. Initial orbital parameters were
period 90 min, altitude 267 km, and inclination 39 deg.
ASTRA 1-E is a Luxembourg geostationary communications spacecraft
that was launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou in French Guiana.
The three-tonne spacecraft is capable of relaying 54 to 108 digital
TV programs to western Europe through its 18 Ku-band transponders.
LUCH 1 is a Russian geostationary military spacecraft that was
launched from Baykonur cosmodrome by a Proton-K rocket at 14:26 UT.
The parking longitude is 77 deg, E.
PROGRESS M-29 is a Russian automatic cargo spacecraft that was
launched from Baykonur cosmodrome by a Soyuz-U rocket at 18:51 UT
to ferry material, food, and fuel to MIR station. It docked with
MIR at 20:23 UT on 10 October, 95. Initial orbital parameters were
period 88.6 min, apogee 242 km, perigee 197 km, and inclination
Cosmos 2321 is a Russian military spacecraft that was launched by a
Cosmos-3M rocket from Plesetsk cosmodrome at 03:23 UT. Due to
malfunction of the second stage, the spacecraft failed to achieve
the desired orbit. About 10 days after the launch, the orbital
parameters were period 95 min, apogee 785 km, perigee 258 km, and
inclination 83 deg.
Cosmos 2320 is a Russian military spacecraft that was launched by
a Soyuz-U rocket from Baykonur cosmodrome at 05:25 UT. Initial
orbital parameters were period 89.2 min, apogee 308 km, perigee
189 km, and inclination 64.9 deg.
RESURS F20 is a Russian remote sensing ecological spacecraft that
was launched by a Soyuz-Y rocket from Plesetsk cosmodrome. The
six-tonne spacecraft is expected to release a descent module
carrying photographs at five-meter resolution after about 30 days
of operation. Initial orbital parameters were period 88.9 min,
apogee 276 km, perigee 194 km, and inclination 82.3 deg.
TELSTAR 402-R is an American geostationary spacecraft that
was launched by an Ariane rocket at 00:06 UT. The 6.4 kW spacecraft
replaces the failed 402 spacecraft launched in 1994 and will
provide 48 channels of direct television and telecommunications to
the continental USA for the next 13 years, after soon reaching the
parking longitude of 89 deg, W.
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
1995-054C (23682) R/B LUCH 1 12 Oct
1995-053B (23679) R/B PROGRESS M-29 10 Oct
1995-004D (23472) ODERACS 2B 29 Sep
1995-050B (23673) R/B RESURS F20 29 Sep
- Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
Pioneer 11 spacecraft operation was discontinued as of 30 September,
1995; signal too weak to be detected.
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:
This URL also enables executing several codes related to the orbits
of many geocentric science payload spacecraft. The codes related to
the heliospheric spacecraft trjectories can be executed through:
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V1.0: 25 October 1995
Last Updated: 09 November 1995, EVB II