SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 475
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
May 25, 1993
All information in this publication was received between
April 25, 1993, and May 24, 1993.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1993-034A (22666) Progress M-18 May 22 1993 -030C (22648) Cosmos 2247 May 11
-033A (22663) RESURS F-2 May 21 -030B (22647) Cosmos 2246 May 11
-032A (22657) USA 91 May 13 -030A (22646) Cosmos 2245 May 11
-031B (22654) ARASENE May 12 -029A (22643) Cosmos 2244 Apr 28
-031A (22653) ASTRA 1-C May 12 -028A (22641) Cosmos 2243 Apr 27
-030F (22651) Cosmos 2250 May 11 -027A (22640) STS 55 Apr 26
-030E (22650) Cosmos 2249 May 11 -026A (22638) ALEXIS Apr 25
-030D (22649) Cosmos 2248 May 11
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
Progress M-18, a C.I.S. automatic cargo craft, was launched from
Baykonur cosmodrome to supply instruments and other supplies to
MIR space station. Initial orbital parameters are period 88.7 min,
apogee 258 km, perigee 194 km, and inclination 51.6 deg.
RESURS F-2, a C.I.S. natural resources spacecraft, was launched from
Plesetsk cosmodrome by a Soyuz booster at 10:15 UT. It carried
spectro-photometers. Initial orbital parameters are period 88.9
min, apogee 285 km, perigee 194 km, and inclination 82.6 deg.
USA 91, a U.S.A. spacecraft in the GPS fleet, was launched by a
Delta rocket from Vandenberg AFB. It replaces the oldest of the
GPS constellation, NAVSTAR 8, which was deactivated. The current
total of GPS spacecraft is 23. Initial orbital parameters are period
356 min, apogee 20,334 km, perigee 175 km, and inclination 34.9 deg.
ARASENE, a French amateur radio relay spacecraft, was launched by an
Ariane 4 rocket from French Guiana Space Center. It was built by
university students. Two of the three VHF relays are functioning
normally. Initial orbital parameters are period 637 min, apogee
36,075 km, perigee 223 km, and inclination 5 deg.
ASTRA 1-C, a Luxembourg geostationary communications spacecraft, was
launched by an Ariane 4 rocket from French Guiana Space Center. It
is to join its two predecessors, 1-A and 1-B, at 19.2 deg longitude.
It has a capacity of 16 transponders that cater for 48 channels, all
to become operational by August 1993.
1993-030F, -030E, -030D, -030C, -030B, -030A
Cosmos 2250, Cosmos 2249, Cosmos 2248, Cosmos 2247, Cosmos 2246, and
Cosmos 2245, six C.I.S. spacecraft, were launched by a Tsiklon
rocket. Approximate initial orbital parameters of the constellation
are period 114 min, apogee 1,400 km, perigee 1,400 km, and inclination
Cosmos 2244, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched by a Soyuz rocket from
Baykonur cosmodrome. Initial orbital parameters are period 89 min,
apogee 274.4 min, perigee 204.4 km, and inclination 70.4 deg.
Cosmos 2243, a C.I.S. spacecraft, was launched by a Soyuz rocket from
Baykonur cosmodrome. Official response is unavailable at this time on
reports that soon after launch the spacecraft broke up into 170
pieces, the largest of which re-entered over the Indian Ocean.
STS 55, a U.S.A. shuttle spacecraft, was launched. It carried a
German-sponsored Spacelab D-2 for experiments in material science, life science,
and technology, and for observations of Earth and celestial objects.
Initial orbital parameters are period 90.5 min, apogee 306 km, perigee
298 km, and inclination 28.4 km.
ALEXIS, a U.S.A. spacecraft, was launched by a Pegasus rocket from off
the coast near Edwards AFB. As of this time, it has not been possible
to establish communications with the spacecraft. It carried an array
of low-energy x-ray imaging sensors. Orbital parameters are not
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.
- Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
only. Additional information is not available.
Designations Common Name 1993
1993-034B (22667) R/B PROGRESS M-18 25 May
1993-033B (22664) R/B RESURS F-2 24 May
1977-054A (10092) MOLNIYA 1-37 20 May
1993-022B (22595) R/B COSMOS 2241 10 May
1993-028A (22641) COSMOS 2243 06 May
1993-027A (22640) STS 55 (landed) 06 May
1977-061A (10134) COSMOS 925 29 Apr
1993-029B (22644) R/B COSMOS 2244 28 Apr
1993-028B (22642) R/B COSMOS 2243 27 Apr
The following are presumed by USSPACECOM to have decayed. Dates are unknown.
Designations Common Name 1993
1970-027A (04366) NO NAME
1970-027B (04368) R/B NO NAME
1980-103A (12116) PROGNOZ 8
1985-033A (15661) PROGNOZ 10
- 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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