SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 550

01 September 1999
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets and Satellites as the WWAS for ISES/COSPAR

SPACEWARN Activities

All information in this publication was received between 01 August 1999 and 31 August 1999.

A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.

USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
            1999-045A (25892) Cosmos 2366               26 August 99
            1999-044A (25889) Cosmos 2365               18 August 99
            1999-043D (25886) Globalstar M054           17 August 99
            1999-043C (25885) Globalstar M053           17 August 99
            1999-043B (25884) Globalstar M027           17 August 99
            1999-043A (25883) Globalstar M024           17 August 99
            1999-042A (25880) TELKOM 1                  12 August 99

B. Text of Launch Announcements.

1999-045A Cosmos 2366 is a Russian military spacecraft that was launched from Plesetsk at 12:30 UT by a Cosmos 3M rocket. Initial orbital parameters were period 104.8 min, apogee 1,007 km, perigee 964 km, and inclination 82.9 deg.
1999-044A Cosmos 2365 is a Russian military spacecraft that was launched from Plesetsk at 18:00 UT by a Soyuz-U rocket. Initial orbital parameters were period 90 min, apogee 368 km, perigee 176 km, and inclination 67 deg.
1999-043A, 1999-043B,
1999-043C, 1999-043D
Globalstar M024, M027, M053, and M054 are the latest to join the American fleet of communications satellites. They were launched by a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 16:37 UT. The fleet now totals 36 satellites and enables voice and data transmissions to/from stations located far away from cellular networks. Averaged initial orbital parameters were period 113.3 min, apogee 1386 km, perigee 1368 km, and inclination 52.0 deg.
1999-042A TELKOM 1 is an Indonesian geosynchronous communications spacecraft that was launched by an Ariane 44P rocket from Kourou at 22:52 UT. The 1.7 tonne, 4 kW spacecraft carries 24 C-band and 12 extended C-band transponders to provide voice and video communications to Indonesia and other regional countries after parking over 108 deg-E longitude.

C. Spacecraft Particularly Suited for International Participation

Category I
  1. Spacecraft with essentially continuous radio beacons on frequencies less than 150 MHz, or higher frequencies if especially suited for ionospheric or geodetic studies.

    Note: The full list appeared in SPX 545. The list will not be repeated in future issues until significantly revised again.

  2. Global Positioning System satellites useful for navigational purposes and geodetic studies. ("NNN" denotes no national name. SPACEWARN would appreciate suggestions to update this list. An asterisk [*] denotes changes in this issue.)

    High precision (<20 cm) GPS constellation tracking data obtained from the network of about 80 dedicated global stations that are of interest to geodetic study may be obtained through the following services provided by the International Association of Geodesy (IGS)

         FTP:  [directory /igscb]

    The standard format of the GPS situation appeared in SPX-518. It will not be repeated since an excellent source of trajectory- and science-related GPS information is at It provides many links to GPS related databases.

    The latest member of the GPS fleet is NAVSTAR 38 (1997-067A), launched on 6 November 1997.

  3. Russian Global Navigational (Positioning) Spacecraft, GLONASS constellation. (SPACEWARN requests updates/additions from readers to this list. Entries marked "*" are updates or additions to the list.)

    All GLONASS spacecraft are in the general COSMOS series. The COSMOS numbers (nnnn) invoked by USSPACECOM have often differed from the numbers (NNNN) associated in Russia; when different, the USSPACECOM COSMOS numbers are shown in parentheses. The corresponding GLONASS numbers are Russian numbers, followed by the numbers in parentheses that are sometimes attributed to them outside Russia.

    The operating frequencies in MHz are computed from the channel number K. Frequencies (MHz) = 1602.0 + 0.5625K and L2 = 1246.0 + 0.4375K.

    The standard format of the GLONASS situation appeared in SPX-515. It will not be repeated in view of the excellent updated source at: maintained by the Coordinational Scientific Information Center (CSIC),Russian Space Forces.

  4. Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B) only. Additional information is not available.
    Designations         Common Name                       1999
    1999-007A   (25632)  SOYUZ TM29                        28 Aug
    1999-004E   (25625)  R/B Soyuz 4                       16 Aug
    1999-035B   (25792)  R/B Delta 2                       04 Aug

    The following had decayed long ago, but certified only now.

    1998-033B   (25355) R/B Long March 3                   12 Jul 98
    1999-007B   (24733) R/B Atlas 2AS-Centaur              25 Feb 97
    1995-043B   (23658) R/B Atlas 2AS-Centaur              12 Feb 96
    1996-006B   (23780) R/B Atlas 2AS-Centaur              03 Feb 96
    1984-088C   (15201) AMPTE-UKS                          08 Dec 98
    1976-053F   (08910) R/B Delta 1                        05 Mar 88
    1984-088B   (15200) AMPTE-IRM                          08 Dec 87
    1975-072A   (08062) COS B                              18 Jan 86
    1980-103A   (12116) PROGNOZ 8                          28 Dec 84
    1966-049A   (02195) OGO 3                              15 Sep 81
    1964-054A   (00879) OGO 1                              10 Aug 80
    1974-097B   (07568) R/B Titan 3E-Centaur               22 Nov 79
    1976-112A   (09557) PROGNOZ 5                          12 Jul 79
    1969-053B   (03993) R/B Delta 1                        10 Dec 76
    1963-039B   (00675) ERS 12                             05 Feb 66

  5. Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the SPACEWARN Bulletin.)

    The names of 1999-029A, 1999-029B, and 1999-029C that were launched by an Indian PSLV rocket were reported in SPX 547 as IRS-P4/OCEANSAT, KITSAT 3, and TUBSAT. However, USSPACECOM continues to list the names as KITSAT 3, TUBSAT, and OCEANSAT. We have contacted USSPACECOM and are awaiting their confirmation or correction. No response as of 31 August 1999.

    The encounter phase of the Deep Space 1 (1998-061A) spacecraft with the kilometer-sized asteroid, Braille, was only a partial success. The camera was not oriented correctly to obtain images of the asteroid close up. However, the orbital parameters of the asteroid determined during the cruise phase has indicated that the asteroid will probably enter an Earth orbit and soon burn out in the atmosphere in a few thousand years.

    The Saturn-bound Cassini (1997-061A) spacecraft made a near-Earth pass (1,171 km) on 18 August 1999, 03:28 UT, to gain an extra speed of 5.5 km/s on the way to reaching Jupiter (on 30 December 2000) so as to get an additional boost of several more km/s necessary to reach Saturn.

  6. Related NSSDC resources.

    NSSDC/WDC-A-R&S is an archival center for science data from many spacecraft. Many space physics datasets are on-line for electronic access through:

    For off-line data, please contact the Request Office, NSSDC, Code 633, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, U.S.A., for specific information ( 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 accessed via anonymous FTP from NSSDC. (See About the SPACEWARN Bulletin for access method; a file in the active directory named AAREADME.TXT, outlines the contents.)

    Other files interest for Earth-centered spacecraft can be generated thru the URL,

    Programs related to the heliospheric spacecraft trajectories can be executed through the URL,

    Magnetospheric, Planetary, and Astronomical science data from many spacecraft may be accessed through links from the URL:

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