SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 503
A publication of NASA's National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center-A for Rockets
and Satellites on behalf of IUWDS/COSPAR
25 September 1995
All information in this publication was received between
August 24, 1995 and September 24, 1995.
A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
1995-048C (23669) WSF 2 Sep 11
1995-048B (23668) SPARTAN 201 Sep 08
1995-048A (23667) STS 69 Sep 07
1995-047A (23665) Soyuz TM-22 Sep 03
1995-046A (23657) SICH 1 Aug 31
1995-045A (23653) Cosmos 2319 Aug 30
1995-044A (23651) N-STAR-A Aug 29
1995-043A (23649) JCSAT 3 Aug 29
B. Text of Launch Announcements.
WSF 2, also known as Wake Shield Facility 2, is an American
spacecraft that was released from STS 69. The wake region behind
the disk-shaped, 1935 kg spacecraft would have been even more
vacuous than the ambient region and could have enabled growth of
slimmer thin-film semiconductors through molecular beam epitaxy
technique during a planned two-day mission. The experiment had to be
terminated and the spacecraft retrieved sooner than was planned due
to overheating problems; the result of the experiment is unavailable
at this time. Initial orbital parameters were close to those of
SPARTAN 201, an Amereican spacecraft, was released from STS 69 at
15:42 UT. It carried X-ray, and far-UV, and visible light
instruments to study the solar Corona and galactic clusters during
its two-day mission. At the time of its retrieval, it was unexpectedly
found to be spinning; it remains to be determined whether any
usable data were collected during its free flight. Initial orbital
parameters were close to those of STS 69.
STS 69 is an American shuttle spacecraft that was launched from Cape
Canaveral at 15:09 UT. Its main mission was to release and recapture
SPARTAN 201 and WSF 2. Initial orbital parameters were period 91.9
min, altitude 370 km, and inclination 28.4 deg.
Soyuz TM-22 is a Russian transport spacecraft that transported
cosmonauts to Mir station for a 135 days stay. It was launched from
Baykonur cosmodrome at 15:58 UT and docked at 17:30 UT on 5
September, 95 with Mir's KVANT-2 module, at the port that was
vacated by Progress M-28 a day before. Initial orbital parameters
were period 99.5 min, apogee 740 km, perigee 738 km, and
inclination 69.9 deg.
SICH 1 is a Ukrainian remote sensing satellite that was launched
from Plesetsk cosmodrome by a Tsiklon-3 rocket at 13:50 UT. The
spacecraft and instruments on board are similar to those of the
Soviet Okean series. Its main mission is to monitor objects of
several hundred meters in size, such as Arctic ice. A second
payload, FASAT-ALPHA, which is a Chilean spacecraft of 50 kg mass,
could not be separated from SICH 1, and so had to be muted. Initial
orbital parameters were period 98.7 min, apogee 682 km, perigee 651
km, and inclination 82.53 km.
Cosmos 2319 is a Russian geostationary, military communications
spacecraft that was launched by a Proton-K rocket from Baykonur
cosmodrome at 02:30 UT.
N-STAR-A is a Japanese geostationary communications spacecraft that
was launched by an Ariane 4-P rocket from Kourou in French Guiana
at 06:41 UT. The 3.4-ton spacecraft will enter the parking longitude
of 132 deg, east.
JCSAT 3 is a Japanese communications spacecraft that was
launched by a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral at 00:53 UT.
It carries eight transponders to provide 50 channels of digital
television from its highly eccentric orbit. Initial orbital
parameters were period 1,681.6 min, apogee 80,684 km, perigee 248 km,
and inclination 23.1 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.
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 781 slot18 758
slot3 763 slot11 785 slot19 777
slot4 762 slot12 767 slot20 765
slot5 249 slot13 slot21 756
slot6 764 slot14 770 slot22 766
slot7 759 slot15 780 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
1995-010A (23519) SOYUZ TM21 11 Sep
1995-048A (23667) STS 69 Landed on 18 Sep
1995-049C (23669) WSF 2 Retrieved by STS 69 14 Sep
1995-049B (23668) SPARTAN 201 Retrieved by STS 69 10 Sep
1995-047B (23666) R/B SOYUZ TM22 06 Sep
1995-031A (23601) COSMOS 2314 06 Sep
1995-042B (23643) R/B MOLNIYA 3-47 05 Sep
1995-036A (23617) PROGRESS M28 04 Sep
1995-045B (23664) R/B COSMOS 2319 03 Sep
1995-018B (23550) R/B OFEQ 3 25 Aug
1994-012F (23015) R/B RADUGA 31 25 Aug
1983-058C (14130) R/B ECS 1 19 Aug
1994-067E (23325) R/B EXPRESS 1 12 Aug
- Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
Pioneer 11 spacecraft operation was discontinued as of 30 September,
1995; signal too weak to be detected.
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 (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
several subdirectories. (See About the SPACEWARN Bulletin
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V1.0: 29 September 1995
Last updated: 03 October 1995, EVB II