SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 519
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites as the WWAS for ISES/COSPAR
25 January 1997
All information in this publication was received between
25 December 1996 and 24 January 1997.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1997-001A (24711) STS 81 12 Jan 97
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
STS 81 is an American shuttle spacecraft that was launched
from Cape Canaveral to reach the Russian space station, Mir. It
docked with Mir at 04:00 UT on 15 Jaunuary 1997 and delivered 2,250
kg of oxygen, food supplies, water, equipments and an American
astronaut (for a six-month stay); and took back from Mir 900 kg of
scientific samples, equipments, and an American astronaut who had
been on board for some months. It undocked from Mir at 02:20 UT on
20 January and landed back at Cape Canaveral on 22 January at
00:57 UT. Among other activities on STS 81 was the execution of
the second KidSat program wherein middle and high school students
from 15 schools could initiate commands to photograph specific
locations and load them into http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/kidsat.
The initial orbital parameters of the shuttle were period 92.2 min,
apogee 392 km, perigee 380 km, and inclination 51.6 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.
- Russian Global Navigational (Positioning) Spacecraft, GLONASS
constellation. 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 1997
1996-060B (24641) R/B MOLNIYA 3-48 11 Jan
1981-105A (12915) MOLNIYA 3-17 09 Jan
1996-073A (24701) BION 2 07 Jan
- Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
1996-067A HOT BIRD 2, reported in SPX-518,
has a mass of 2,800 kg and
carries 20 transponders. Its parking longitude is 13 degrees, East.
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 on the current
status of the instruments on board from the investigators will be most
welcomed. 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:
Magnetospheric, Planetary, and Astronomical science data from many spacecraft
may be accessed through links from the URL:
SPACEWARN Bulletin Index
About the SPACEWARN Bulletin
About Spacecraft Categories
Questions/comments about the content of these pages should be directed to:
The World Warning Agency for Satellites, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Space Science Data Center, Mail Code 633
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771
Dr. Edwin V. Bell, II, email@example.com, +1-301-286-1187
NSSDC, Mail Code 633, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771
NASA Official: J. H. King, firstname.lastname@example.org
V1.0: 29 January 1997
Last Updated: 31 January 1997, EVB II