SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 499
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
25 May 1995
All information in this publication was received between
April 25, 1995, and May 24, 1995.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1995-025A (23582) GOES-J May 23
1995-024A (23579) SPEKTR May 20
1995-023A (23571) INTELSAT 706 May 17
1995-022A (23567) USA 110 May 14
1995-021A (23560) ERS 2 Apr 21
1986-017JE (23558) GFZ 1 Apr 19
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
GOES-J, named as GOES 9 after the launch, is an American
geostationary, meteorological spacecraft that was launched
from Cape Canaveral by an Atlas 1 rocket at 05:52 UT. It
will cover the central United States first but later will be
moved to cover either the east coast or the west coast. (Now
GOES 7 covers the west coast, and GOES 8 the west coast.) The
instruments on board will provide cloud cover images, and monitor
atmospheric temperatures and moistures at many altitudes.
SPEKTR, a Russian module to be docked with MIR station, was
launched from Baykonur cosmodrome by a Proton-K rocket at
05:33 UT. The 23.5 tonne spacecraft will remain with MIR
for at least three years. It carries a Belgian grating spectrometer
MIRAS that will monitor atmospheric gases such as ozone, carbon
dioxide, freon, and sulfur. It also carries some American equipments
to implement MIR-Shuttle rendezvous scheduled for later this year.
Initial orbital parameters were period 89.8 min, apogee 337 km,
perigee 221 km, and inclination 51.7 deg.
INTELSAT 706 is a geostationary communications spacecraft
of the INTELSAT consortium, and was launched from Kourou in
French Guiana by an Ariane rocket at 12:34 UT. The 4-tonne
spacecraft will be parked over the Atlantic ocean, and has the
capability to relay 110,000 telephone calls simultaneously.
USA 110 is an American military spacecraft that was launched by
a Titan-4 rocket from Cape Canaveral AFB at 13:45 UT.
ERS 2 is ESA's Earth resources spacecraft that was launched
by an Ariane rocket from Kourou Space Center in French Guiana
at 01:44 UT. The 2,516 kg spacecraft carries a synthetic aperture
radar for topographic studies, a wide beam radar (both in the
C-band), a radar altimeter for measuring ocean surface and waves,
a radiometer for measuring ocean surface temperatures, and an
optical Global Ozone Monitor (GOME) that will monitor ozone and
ozone-destroying gases and carries reflectors for laser tracking.
It has a 6.5 gigabit tape recorder to record data from a full orbit.
Initial orbital parameters of the Sun-synchronous orbit were
period 100 min , apogee 794 km, perigee 771 km, and inclination
GFZ 1 is a German microsatellite which was released from
the Russian MIR station. It carries reflectors for laser-ranged,
gravitational studies. Its orbital parameters are
presumed to be close to those of MIR. The international ID
is a derivative of the MIR ID, 1986-017A.
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
24 May, 95 RAAN longitudes.
PLANE RAAN OF PLANE SLOT-1 SLOT-2 SLOT-3 SLOT-4
A *243 2-21 2-12 2-15 2-04
B *303 2-18 2-07 2-02 2-22
C * 5 2-24 2-13 2-19 2-20
D * 67 2-11 2-09 2-05 2-23
E *125 2-01 2-08 2-03 2-10
F *185 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
Plane1 Plane2 Plane3
slot1 771 slot 9 slot17 760
slot2 757 slot10 slot18 758
slot3 763 slot11 slot19 777
slot4 762 slot12 767 slot20 765
slot5 249 slot13 slot21 756
slot6 764 slot14 770 slot22 766
slot7 759 slot15 slot23 761
slot8 769 slot16 775 slot24 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
1994-060F (23272) SL-12 Rocket Body 19 May
1994-069E (23338) SL-12 Rocket Body 11 May
1994-064B (23306) ATLAS 2 Rocket Body 11 May
1985-004D (15481) SL-6 Rocket Body 24 Apr
- 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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information (REQUEST@NSSDCA.GSFC.NASA.GOV). 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
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Last updated: 06 June 1995, EVB II