All information in this publication was received between 1 January 2002 and 31 January 2002.
COSPAR/WWAS USSPACECOM SPACECRAFT LAUNCH INT.ID CAT. # NAME DATE (UT) -------------------------------------------------------- 2002-002A (27298) INSAT 3C 23 Janaury 2002 2002-001A (27168) USA 164 16 January 2002 2001-058F (27060) Gonets 14 28 December 2001 2001-058E (27059) Gonets 13 28 December 2001 2001-058D (27058) Gonets 12 28 December 2001 2001-058C (27057) Cosmos 2386 28 December 2001 2001-058B (27056) Cosmos 2385 28 December 2001 2001-058A (27055) Cosmos 2384 28 December 2001
|2002-002A||INSAT 3C is an Indian (ISRO) geosynchronous communications spacecraft that was launched by an Ariane 44L rocket from Kourou at 23:47 UT on 23 January 2002. The 2,750 kg, triaxially-stabilized spacecraft carries 24 C-band, six extended C-band, and two S-band transponders to provide voice, video and digital data services to India and neighboring countries during the next 12 years, after parking over 74-E longitude. It carries also a separate S-band (up)/C-band (down) transponder to enable links between mobile vehicles.|
|2002-001A||USA 164 is an American geosynchronous military communications spacecraft that was launched by a Titan 4B rocket from Cape Canaveral at 00:30 UT on 16 January 2002. The 4,545 kg, 5 kW satellite belongs to the fleet of Milstar 2 satellites that are extra-secure against jamming and radiation/blast attacks, and enables secure links among ships, submarines, aircraft, and ground forces. Being the fifth in the Milstar 2 series, it also carries the alternate names of Milstar 5 and Milstar 2-5, being actually the fourth and final memeber of the four-satellite grid. (Milstar 4 was a launch failure.)|
|Gonets 12, Gonets 13, and Gonets 14 are Russian civilian reconnaissance/communications spacecraft that were launched by a Tsiklon 3 rocket from Plesetsk at 04:09 UT on 28 December 2001. (Some Russian reports have carried the series name as Gonets D1, instead of just Gonets.) These were reported as Payload D, Payload E, and Payload F in SPX-578. The Gonets' are to locate and report natural and man-made environmental disasters around the world, and to relay messages from/to mobile telephones, like the earlier six Gonets' are doing. The initial orbital parameters of all three were period 114 min, apogee 1,447 km, perigee 1,415 km, and inclination 82.5°.|
|Cosmos 2384, Cosmos 2385, and Cosmos 2386 (previously unidentified and reported in SPX-578 as Payload A, B, C) are Russian military communications satellites that were launched by a Tsiklon 3 rocket from Plesetsk at 04:09 UT on 28 December 2001. Initial orbital parameters of all three were period 114 min, apogee 1447 km, perigee 1415 km, and inclintion 82.5°.|
Note: The full list appeared in SPX 545. The list will not be repeated in future issues until significantly revised again.
High precision (<20 cm) GPS constellation tracking data obtained from the network of about 400 dedicated global stations that are of interest to geodetic study may be obtained through the following services provided by the International GNSS Service (IGS). The IGS is a service of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG).
FTP: igscb.jpl.nasa.gov [directory /igscb] WWW: http://igscb.jpl.nasa.gov/ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The standard format of the GPS situation appeared in SPACEWARN Bulletin No. 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.
All GLONASS spacecraft are in the general Cosmos series. The Cosmos numbers 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 last appeared in SPACEWARN Bulletin No. 545. It will not be repeated in view of the excellent updated source at: http://www.glonass-ianc.rsa.ru/ maintained by the Information-Analytical Center (IAC), Russian Space Agency.
The latest addition to the GLONASS fleet are Cosmos 2380, Cosmos 2381, and Cosmos 2382.
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Designations Common Name Decay Date (2002) 2001-035B (26889) SIMPLESAT 1 30 Jan 2001-031B (26872) R/B Atlas 2A/Centaur 28 Jan 1992-038B (22013) R/B Scout G-1 28 Jan 2000-076B (26625) R/B Ariane 44L 25 Jan 1978-094B (11056) R/B that launched COSMOS 1043 19 Jan 1983-090D (14319) R/B(2) that launched Molniya 3-21 16 Jan 1982-083A (13432) MOLNIYA 3-19 13 Jan 1980-069A (11932) COSMOS 1206 13 Jan 2001-055C (26999) R/B Delta 2 01 Jan
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