From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Saturday, December 6, 2003
A monthly publication of the National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center for Satellite Information
All information in this publication was received between 1 November 2003 and 30 November 2003.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
COSPAR/WWAS USSPACECOM SPACECRAFT LAUNCH INT.ID CAT. # NAME DATE (UT) ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2003-052A (28082) Zhongxing 20 14 November 2003 2003-051C (28078) FSW-3 1 03 November 2003
|2003-052A||Zhongxing 20 is a Chinese (PRC) military communications spacecraft that was launched by a Long March 3A rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) on 14 November 2003. Initial orbital parameters were period 756 min, apogee 42,041 km, perigee 202 km, and inclination 63°.|
|2003-051C||FSW-3 1 is a Chinese (PRC) recoverable satellite that was launched at 07:20 UT on 3 November 2003, by a Long March 2-D rocket. During the few weeks of orbiting, it was to collect "scientific and other" data through its imaging instruments. It reentered on 25 November 2003, probably as a soft-landing. Initial orbital parameters were period 89.7 min, apogee 330 km, perigee 191 km, and inclination 63°.|
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 80 dedicated global stations that are of interest to geodetic study may be obtained through the following services provided by the International Association of Geodesy (IGS)
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 SPX-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.
The latest addition to the fleet is Navstar 51 (GPS 2R-8), 2003-005A.
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 SPX-545. It will not be repeated in view of the excellent updated source at: http://www.rssi.ru/SFCSIC/english.html maintained by the Coordinational Scientific Information Center (CSIC), Russian Space Forces.
A comprehensive list of visually bright objects with their two-line orbital elements is available through a NASA site as follows:
The list does not provide visual magnitude, but are expected to be brighter than magnitude 5. Note: The login requirement is enforced due to the events on 11 September 2001.
Designations Common Name Decay Date (2003) 1970-113A (04813) COSMOS 389 24 Nov 2003-015D (27778) R/B (Aux.) Proton-K 22 Nov 1999-022B (25722) MEGSAT 04 Nov 2002-027B (27439) R/B Ariane 44L 01 Nov
The USSPACECOM forecasts and maintains a list of decays of orbiting objects expected in the next 60 days , with fair accuracy. The list may be accessed through a NASA site as follows:
Note: The login requirement is enforced due to the events on 11 September 2001.
NSSDC/WDC for Satellite Information is an archival center for science
data from many spacecraft. Many space physics datasets are on-line for
electronic access through:
For off-line data, please contact the Request Office, NSSDC, Code 633,
NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, U.S.A., for specific information
Information on the current status of the instruments on board from the
investigators will be most welcomed. Precomputed trajectory files
and orbital parameters of many magnetospheric and heliospheric science-payload
spacecraft may be obtained from:
Other files of interest for Earth-centered spacecraft can be generated via the URL,
Programs related to the heliospheric spacecraft trajectories can be executed
through the URL,
Magnetospheric, Planetary, and Astronomical science data from many spacecraft
may be accessed through links from the URL:
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