SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 506
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites as the WWAS for IUWDS/COSPAR
25 December 1995
All information in this publication was received between
25 November 1995 and 24 December 1995.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1995-071A (23748) Cosmos 2326 20 Dec
1995-070A (23744) Progress M-30 18 Dec
1995-069A (23741) GALAXY 3R 15 Dec
1995-068C (23736) Cosmos 2325 14 Dec
1995-068B (23735) Cosmos 2324 14 Dec
1995-068A (23734) Cosmos 2323 14 Dec
1995-067B (23731) INSAT 2C 06 Dec
1995-067A (23730) TELCOM 2C 06 Dec
1995-066A (23728) USA 116 05 Dec
1995-065A (23726) SOHO 02 Dec
1995-064A (23723) ASIASAT 2 28 Nov
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
Cosmos 2326 is a Russian military spacecraft that was launched
from Baykonur cosmodrome by a Tsiklon-2 rocket at 00:52 UT. Initial
orbital parameters were period 92.7 min, apogee 435 km, perigee 415
km, and inclination 65 deg.
Progress M-30 is a Russian automatic cargo ship for transporting
provisions and equipment to/from the Mir space station. It was
launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baykonur cosmodrome at 14:42 UT
and docked with Mir at 16:30 UT on 20 December to deliver 2,000
kg of material. Initial orbital parameters were period 88.5 min,
apogee 236 km, perigee 190 km, and inclination 51.6 deg.
GALAXY 3R is an American geostationary communications spacecraft
that was launched by an Atlas 2A rocket from Cape Canaveral Air
Station at 00:23 UT. After parking at 95 deg W longitude it will
provide 140 television channels to Mexico, Carribean, and central
American countries through its 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band
1995-068C, 1995-068B, 1995-068A
Cosmos 2325, Cosmos 2324, and Cosmos 2323 are part of the Russian
constellation of GLONASS spacecraft (see section C-3 below) and
complete the list of 24 planned spacecraft. They were launched by a
Proton-K booster from Baykonur at 06:10 UT. Initial orbital
parameters were period 11 hr 15 min, apogee 19,146 km, perigee
19,101 km, and inclination 64.8 deg.
INSAT 2C is an Indian geostationary communications spacecraft that
was launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at
23:23 UT. The 2,050 kg, 1,620 W spacecraft will be co-located at
93.5 deg E longitude alongside INSAT 2B, providing television
coverage to all countries from central Europe to southeast Asia
through its 24 transponders.
TELCOM 2C is a French geostationary military communications
spacecraft that was launched by an Ariane rocket from Kourou in
French Guiana at 23:23 UT. It will operate what is called the
Syracuse II system on the 7-8 GHz band, after parking at 3 deg, E
USA 116 is an American military reconnaissance spacecraft that was
launched from Vandenberg AFB by a Titan 4 rocket at 21:18 UT. The
Russian ITAR-TASS news agency reported that the 26,000 kg spacecraft
is a member of the Keyhole constellation that provides images at 15
m resolution; the agency also reported that the initial orbital
parameters were period 95.7 min, apogee 976 km, perigee 156 km, and
inclination 97.8 km and that it will be maneuvered to the planned
SOHO is an ESA-NASA spacecraft that was launched from Cape Canaveral
Air Station by an Atlas 2AS rocket. It carries three American and
nine European instruments to observe the Sun and its corona. It was
maneuvered to orbit around the first Lagrangian point (L-1) at
1,500,000 km in the sunward direction. The triaxially stabilized
1,850 kg spacecraft has a cylindrical shape with a diameter of 3.7 m
and height 3.8 m and is associated with the international program,
ISTP. It carries 12 instruments to provide solar images and spectra
in the UV band, intensity and polarization of light scattered by the
coronal electrons, and the composition of cold and hot plasma
ejected by the Sun.
ASIASAT 2 is a Hong Kong geostationary spacecraft that was launched
at 11:30 UT by a Long March 2E rocket from Xichang launch center in
Sichun province, PRC. After parking at 100.5 deg E longitude, it
will provide TV communications to 53 countries between eastern
Europe and Japan through its 24 C-band and nine Ku-band transponders.
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
approximate RAAN longitudes in November 95.
PLANE RAAN OF PLANE SLOT-1 SLOT-2 SLOT-3 SLOT-4
A 235 2-21 2-12 2-15 2-04
B 296 2-18 2-07 2-02 2-22
C 357 2-24 2-13 2-19 2-20
D 62 2-11 2-09 2-05 2-23
E 119 2-01 2-08 2-03 2-10
F 177 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
Plane 1 Plane 2 Plane 3
slot-1 771 slot-9 776/778 slot-17 760
slot-2 757 slot-10 781 slot-18 758
slot-3 763 slot-11 785 slot-19 777
slot-4 762 slot-12 767 slot-20 765
slot-5 249 slot-13 782 slot-21 756
slot-6 764 slot-14 770 slot-22 766
slot-7 759 slot-15 780 slot-23 761
slot-8 769 slot-16 775 slot-24 774
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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
1995-053A (23678) PROGESS M-29 19 Dec
1971-016A ( ?? ) COSMOS 398 10 Dec
1995-064B (23724) R/B Long March 05 Dec
1995-063B (23718) R/B SL-12 21 Nov
1995-061A (23714) STS 74 20 Nov
1980-092A (12066) MOLNIYA 1-48 18 Nov
1995-025B (23582) R/B Centaur 13 Nov
1995-023B (23572) R/B Ariane 44-LP 13 Nov
1995-056A (23688) STS 73 Landed on 05 Nov
- 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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V1.0: 28 December 1995
Last Updated: 05 January 1996, EVB II