All information in this publication was received between 1 November 2002 and 30 November 2002.
COSPAR/WWAS USSPACECOM SPACECRAFT LAUNCH INT.ID CAT. # NAME DATE (UT) --------------------------------------------------------- 2002-054B (27560) Mozhayets 28 November 2002 2002-054A (27559) Alsat 1 28 November 2002 2002-053A (27557) ASTRA 1K 25 November 2002 2002-052A (27556) STS 113 24 November 2002 2002-051A (27554) W5 20 November 2002
|2002-054B||Mozhayets is a Russian experimental, 90 kg minisatellite that was launched by a Kosmos-3M rocket from Plesetsk at 06:07 UT on 28 November 2002. It was designed and built by the cadets and teachers of a military space academy to learn about spacecraft operations. The initial orbital parameters of the Sun-synchronous orbit were period 98.5 min, altitude 700 km, and inclination 98°.|
|2002-054A||Alsat 1 is an Algerian imaging minisatellite that was launched by a Kosmos-3M rocket from Plesetsk at 06:07 UT on 28 November 2002. The 90 kg satellite is part of an international Disaster Monitoring System (DMS) for alerting natural/man-made disasters. The initial orbital parameters of the Sun-synchronous orbit were period 98.5 min, altitude 700 km, and inclination 98°.|
|2002-053A||ASTRA 1K was to be a European (Luxembourge-based) geostationary communications spacecraft that was launched by a Proton-K rocket from Baikonur at 23:04 UT on 25 November 2002. However, the DM-3 booster attached to the 5.0 tonne, 13 kW spacecraft (reported to be the most massive of civilian communications spacecraft, with its 52 Ku-band and two Ka-band transponders to cover 1,100 channels) was prematurely commanded to separate, resulting in the spacecraft orbiting at a very low orbit. In an effort to prevent imminent re-entry, the spacecraft was raised to a circular orbit at an altitude of 290 km. Three options are now under consideration: (a) to force its re-entry over the Pacific ocean; (b) to retrieve it by a US shuttle; or, (c) to use up all the fuel on board the satellite to move it to a geostationary orbit at 19.2° E longitude. The relative security provided by the current orbit provides adequate time for selecting the best option.|
|2002-052A||STS 113 is an American shuttle spacecraft that was launched from Cape Canaveral at 00:50 UT on 23 November 2002. It carried a crew of seven astronauts (six American and one Russian) and the main hardware, a 13.7 m truss of 12.5 tonne to the International Space Station (ISS). During several hours of EVA, the crew installed and secured the truss assembly which now has a total length of 40.8 m. The truss will provide structural support to the station's thermal control radiators, besides enabling a manually operated cart to move along it during EVAs. The total mass of the ISS is now about 200 tonnes. Prior to leaving the ISS, the shuttle will release a pair of tethered (15 m long) picosatellites. It is to leave the ISS on 2 December 2002 and return to Earth on 4 December 2002, leaving behind three of its astronauts for a long stay at the ISS and bringing back the rest of the crew and the three astronauts who have stayed in ISS for about six months. The initial orbital parameters of STS 113 were period 92.3 min, apogee 397 km, perigee 379 km, and inclination 51.6°.|
|2002-051A||W5 is a European (EUTELSAT Consortium) geostationary communications spacecraft that was launched by a Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 22:39 UT on 20 November 2002. It was the maiden flight of the Delta 4 model. W5 will provide voice, video and internet services to all countries in western Europe, central Asia and the Indian subcontinent through its 24 Ku-band transponders after parking over 70.5° E longitude.|
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: email@example.com
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) 1966-111B (02611) OV1 10 30 November 2002-053B (27558) R/B DM 3 28 November 1978-117B (11156) R/B that launched COSMOS 1063 20 November 1993-076B (22922) R/B(1) Delta 2 18 November 2002-031C (27452) R/B Breeze-KM 16 November 2001-020C (26772) R/B(2) Delta 2 14 November 2000-042A (26414) MIGHTYSAT 2 12 November 2002-020A (27416) SOYUZ TM-34 10 November 1980-008A (11682) COSMOS 1154 05 November 2002-050B (27553) R/B Soyuz-U 01 November 2000-050B (26482) R/B Long March 4B 01 November
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