Status Report

SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 562 (DRAFT)

By SpaceRef Editor
September 1, 2000
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SPACEWARN Bulletin Number 562 (DRAFT)

01 September 2000

A publication of NASA’s National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center for Satellite Information as the WWAS for ISES/COSPAR

SPACEWARN Activities

All information in this publication was received between
1 August 2000 and 31 August 2000.

A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates (UTC).

USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.

    INT.ID    CAT. #      NAME                 DATE (2000)
   2000-049A   (26477)   Raduga-1 5                28 Aug
   2000-048A   (26475)   DM-F3                     23 Aug
   2000-047A   (26473)   USA 152                   17 Aug
   2000-046B   (26470)   Nilesat 102               17 Aug
   2000-046A   (26469)   Brazilsat B4              17 Aug
   2000-045B   (26464)   Cluster 2/FM8 (Tango)     09 Aug
   2000-045A   (26463)   Cluster 2/FM5 (Rumba)     09 Aug
   2000-044A   (26461)   Progress M1-3             06 Aug

B. Text of Launch Announcements.

2000-049A Raduga-1 5
is a Russian military communications geosynchronous
spacecraft that was launched by a Proton-K rocket from Baikonur at
20:27 UT. The spacecraft also has the alternative names Cosmos 2372
and Globus-1. There are many Radugas still in orbit, but only
about five of them are operational.
2000-048A DM-F3
is an American dummy satellite that was used to test
the launch capability of the new model Delta 3 rocket. It was
launched from Cape Canaveral at 11:05 UT. The 4,300 kg dummy is a
two-meter diameter steel spool on which the US Air Force had marked
black stripes to enable a novel tracking technique. Initial orbital
parameters were period 361 min, apogee 20,634 km, perigee 192 km,
and inclination 27.6 deg.
2000-047A USA 152
is an American radar-imaging military/NRO satellite that
was launched by a Titan 4B rocket from Vandenberg AFB at 23:45 UT.
It is the fourth in the Lacrosse series, and is probably a
replacement for the aging Lacrosse 2.
2000-046B Nilesat 102
is an Egyptian geosynchronous communications spacecraft
that was launched by an Ariane 44LP rocket from Kourou at 23:16 UT.
The 1,827 kg (with fuel) spacecraft carries 12 Ku-band 100 W
transponders to provide digital communications for countries in
North Africa and Middle East, after parking over 7 deg-E.
2000-046A Brazilsat B4
is a Brazilian geosynchronous communications
spacecraft that was launched by an Ariane 44LP rocket from Kourou
at 23:16 UT. The 1,757 kg (with fuel) spacecraft carries 28 C-band
transponders to provide voice and video communications to the
entire South American continent after parking over 92 deg-W.
2000-045A, 2000-045B Cluster 2/FM5 (Rumba) and Cluster 2/FM8 (Tango)
are the second
pair of the Cluster quadruplet that were launched by a Soyuz-Fregat
rocket from Baikonur at 11:13 UT. The spacecraft and their
payloads are identical to those of the earlier Cluster pair
(2000-041A, 2000-041B) reported in
SPX 561,
and will not be repeated here.
The orbits of all these four will be frequently maneuvered so as
to achieve the targeted investigations. For ongoing updates
of orbital information and other status, see
Initial orbital parameters of both were similar: period
3,426 min, apogee 120,500 km, perigee 17,200 km, and inclination
90.7 deg.

Note: This is to summarize the nomenclature for the recently launched
Cluster spacecraft.

   ESA     ESA     ESA flight International  NORAD  NSSDC/    Launch
   number  name    model         ID          Number WDC-SI     date
                   number                           Name

     1     Rumba     FM5      2000-045A      26463  Cluster 1  09AUG00
     2     Salsa     FM6      2000-041B      26411  Cluster 2  16JUL00
     3     Samba     FM7      2000-041A      26410  Cluster 3  16JUL00
     4     Tango     FM8      2000-045B      26464  Cluster 4  09AUG00

Note that NSSDC will carry the name “Cluster96” in its information
files to designate the unsuccessful 1996 four-spacecraft launch.

Joseph H. King
Director, World Data Center for Satellite Information
30 August 2000

2000-044A Progress M1-3
is a Russian automatic cargo carrier that was
launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur at 18:26 UT. It carried
1.5 tonnes of fuel, and 615 kg of various equipment, water, and food
to deliver to the Zvezda module of the ISS. It docked with Zvezda
at 08:56 UT on 8 August. The cargo will be unloaded into Zvezda
when an American shuttle arrives with a Russian-American crew in
September 2000. Initial orbital parameters were period 91.8 min,
apogee 369 km, perigee 357 km, and inclination 51.6 deg.

C. Spacecraft Particularly Suited for International Participation

  1. Spacecraft with essentially continuous radio beacons on frequencies
    less than 150 MHz, or higher frequencies if especially suited for ionospheric
    or geodetic studies. (NNSS denotes U.S. Navy Navigational
    Satellite System. Updates or corrections to the list are possible only with
    information from the user community.)

    The full list appeared in SPX 545.
    The list will not be repeated in future issues until significantly revised again.

  2. Global Positioning System satellites useful for navigational
    purposes and geodetic studies. (“NNN” denotes no national name. SPACEWARN
    would appreciate suggestions to update this list. An asterisk [*] denotes
    changes in this issue.)

    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:  [directory /igscb]

    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 GPS fleet is Navstar 48 (USA 151).

  3. Russian Global Navigational (Positioning) Spacecraft, GLONASS
    constellation. (SPACEWARN requests updates/additions from readers to this list.
    Entries marked “*” are updates or additions to the list.)

    All GLONASS spacecraft are in the general COSMOS series. The COSMOS numbers
    (nnnn) 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

    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 appeared in SPX-545. It
    will not be repeated in view of the excellent updated source at:
    maintained by the Coordinational
    Scientific Information Center (CSIC),Russian Space Forces.

  4. Actual decays/landings of payload spacecraft and rocket bodies (R/B)
    only. No further information is available.

    Designations         Common Name              Decay Date (2000)
    1991-046E (21538) R/B(Aux) Proton                    22 Aug
    1983-025D (13967) R/B that launched MOLNIYA 1-57     16 Aug
    1996-056C (24321) R/B Delta 2                        15 Aug
    2000-045C (26465) R/B Soyuz-U                        09 Aug
    2000-044B (26462) R/B Soyuz-U                        08 Aug
    2000-024B (26357) R/B Titan 4                        28 Jul
    1997-085A (25123) EARLY BIRD                         27 Jul
    1994-021H (23050) R/B Proton-K                       25 Jul

  5. Miscellaneous Items. (This section contains information/data that
    are entered on occasion and may not be repeated in each issue of the
    SPACEWARN Bulletin.)

    USSPACECOM has now the final, matching names and numbers for the following

    • 2000-039A (26404) NINA (MITA-O)
    • 2000-039B (26405) CHAMP
    • 2000-039C (26406) BIRD-RUBEN + Rocket Body

    These correspond to what were reported in
    SPX 561,
    but not to the late-July revision by USSPACECOM.

  6. Related NSSDC resources.

    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 accessed via anonymous FTP from NSSDC.
    (See About the SPACEWARN Bulletin
    for access method; a file in the active directory named AAREADME.TXT,
    outlines the contents.)

    Other files interest for Earth-centered spacecraft can be generated through 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:

SpaceRef staff editor.