Wednesday, July 31, 2019

ARISS News Release No. 19-13

ARISS News Release                                                                                                  No. 19-13

Dave Jordan, AA4KN
July 31, 2019

          ARISS Next Generation Radio System Completes Critical Flight Certification Tests

The Interoperable Radio System (IORS), ARISS' next generation radio system successfully completed a battery of stressful tests required as part of the final certification of the hardware for launch to and operation on the International Space Station.

During the week of July 8, the IORS, consisting of the JVC Kenwood D-710GA Radio and the AMSAT developed Multi-Voltage Power Supply, successfully completed a series of Electro-magnetic Interference (EMI)/Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) tests to ensure that the ARISS hardware will not interfere with the ISS systems or other payloads. Testing continued into the following week, where the IORS successfully passed power quality and acoustics testing. These tests verified that the ARISS IORS will not introduce harmful signals back into the ISS power system and is quiet enough to meet ISS acoustic requirements. ARISS Hardware Team members Lou McFadin, W5DID and Kerry Banke, N6IZW were at the NASA Johnson Space Center supporting this two week battery of tests in concert with the NASA test and certification team.

Kerry Banke states, "Since the IORS is being qualified to operate on 120VDC, 28VDC and Russian 28VDC as well as transmitting on VHF or UHF, a lot of test combinations were required to cover all cases. Each input voltage type was also tested at low, medium and high line voltage. Moreover, additional permutations were required to test the IORS under no load, medium load and full load at each voltage level. So it should not be surprising why the tests took two weeks to complete."

 Successful completion of these tests represents a key milestone in preparing the IORS for launch. ARISS can now begin final assembly of the flight safety certification in preparation for launch. ARISS is working towards launch ready status by the end of the year.  

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS).  In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the ISS National Lab and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see

Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN

This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.
Sent via AMSAT-NA makes this open forum available
to all interested persons worldwide without requiring membership. Opinions expressed
are solely those of the author, and do not reflect the official views of AMSAT-NA.
Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!
Subscription settings:

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Chinese CAS-7B Satellite Carrying an FM Transponder to Launch

The ARRL is reporting that another Amateur Radio satellite is set to launch from China. CAMSAT CEO Alan Kung, BA1DU, reports that CAS-7B (BP-1B) is expected to launch on July 22 at 0500 UTC, on the Hyperbola 1 vehicle. CAS-7B is a spherical spacecraft, 500 millimeters (approximately 19.7 inches) in diameter with a mass of 3 kilograms (about 6.6 pounds). The CW telemetry beacon will be on 435.715 MHz. The V/U FM 16 kHz wide transponder downlink is 435.690 MHz, and the uplink is 145.900 MHz. The launch from Jiuquan will be into a 300-kilometer (approximately 186-mile), 42.7° inclination orbit.

And from AMSAT-UK

CAS-7B with FM transponder launched

CAS-7B / BP-1B satellite schematic diagram
CAS-7B / BP-1B satellite schematic diagram
The Amateur Radio satellite CAS-7B (BP-1B), carrying an FM transponder, was launched at 05:00 GMT on July 25, 2019 and the FM transponder and Telemetry Beacon have been received.
The satellite was launched on Hyperbola-1 from Jiuquan into a 300 km 42.7 degree inclination orbit. CAS-7B is expected to have a lifetime of less than a month before reentry.
CAS-7B is a spheriform spacecraft of 500 mm diameter with a mass of 3 kg
• CW Telemetry Beacon: 435.715 MHz 20 dBm
• V/U FM Transponder Downlink: 435.690 MHz 20 dBm, 16 kHz bandwidth
• V/U FM Transponder Uplink: 145.900 MHz 16 kHz bandwidth
Update July 30, 2019: CAS-7B Designated BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 (BO-102)
On July 25, 2019, the CAS-7B (BP-1B) microsatellite was launched on a Hyperbola-1 launch vehicle from the Jiuquan Space Center, China.
CAS-7B (BP-1B) was developed by the Chinese Amateur Satellite Group (CAMSAT), and in cooperation with the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT). CAMSAT completed the project planning, design, build, and testing, and manages the on-orbit operation of the satellite. BIT provided the satellite environmental testing, launch support, and financial support. Many students from BIT were involved with the project, learning about satellite technology and amateur radio. The satellite carries a CW telemetry beacon and FM repeater that has been active since launch.
At the request of CAMSAT and the BIT team, AMSAT hereby designates CAS-7B (BP-1B) as BIT Progress-OSCAR 102 (BO-102). We congratulate the owners and operators of BO-102, thank them for their contribution to the amateur satellite community, and wish them continued success on this and future projects.
Further CAS-7B information from Alan Kung BA1DU

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Jonathan's Space Report No. 766

Jonathan's Space Report
No. 766                                                       2019 Jul 7  Somerville, MA

International Space Station

Cargo ship Dragon CRS-17 returned to Earth on Jun 3. The 9-tonne CRS-17
was unberthed from the Harmony module at 1235 UTC, released by
Canadarm-2 at 1601 UTC, and fired its engines to deorbit at about 2056
UTC. The trunk, containing the old CATS and SCAN experiments, was
jettisoned and destroyed on reentry about 2120 UTC. Capsule C113 landed
in the Pacific at about 121W 32N at roughly 2150 UTC.

Cargo ship Progress MS-10 undocked from the Zvezda module at 0840 UTC
Jun 4. After a deorbit burn at 1146 UTC, it reentered the atmosphere and
fragments fell in the  Pacific east of New Zealand at 1229 UTC.

Cygnus CRS-11 remains berthed at Unity nadir, and Progress MS-11 is docked
to Pirs.

On Jun 13-15 the Dextre arm was used to relocate several spares on the external pallets:
    LDU spare     ESP-3 Site 4 to ESP-3 Site 3
    CMG spare     ELC-2 Site 5 to ESP-3 Site 4
    BCDU spare    ESP-3 Site 6 to ELC-1 Site 4
    BCDU FSE      ELC-1 Site 4 to ESP-3 Site 6

On Jun 17 four cubesats were deployed from the J-SSOD-11 dispensers on
the end of the Kibo module's JRMS robot arm. The three 1U BIRDS-3
satellites were Uguisu, for Kyushu Inst. of Technology; NepaliSat-1 for
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (Kathmandu); and Raavana-1 for
the Arthur C. Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies (Colombo/Moratuwa,
Sri Lanka).  The fourth cubesat, of 3U size, is SpooQy-1, for the
National University of Singapore, with an experiment to transmit
entangled photon pairs to an optical ground station.

At 2352 UTC on Jun 24 astronauts Konononeko, McClain and Saint-Jacques undocked from the Poisk
module in Soyuz MS-11. The ship landed in Kazakhstan at 0247 UTC Jun 25.

The undocking of Soyuz MS-11 marked the start of Expedition 60 under the command
of Aleksey Ovchinin.

On Jun 27 the Dextre robot arm was used to remove the Kaber deployer from the Kibo module airlock
and deploy DARPA's RED-EYE microsatellite, launched to ISS aboard Dragon CRS-17.

On Jul  3 the Kibo RMS extracted the NanoRacks NRCSD-16 payload from the Kibo airlock.
7 cubesats (described in JSR764) were deployed from NRCSD-16.


China carried out its first sea-launched orbital attempt on Jun 5. A CZ-11H
(ocean version of the Chang Zheng 11) was launched from a barge in the Hwang Hai (Yellow Sea)
at 121.19E 34.90N. It carried seven satellites to a 560 x 585 km x 45.0 deg orbit.
The fourth stage and one other object were cataloged in a 270 x 634 km x 44.9 deg

The payloads are:
 Jilin-1 Gaofen 03A, for Changguang Sat Tech Co. of Jilin province;
 Bufeng-1A and 1B, formation flying sats from CAST/Beijing for remote sensing of wind velocities.
 Tianxiang 1 and 2 (also called Zhongdian Wangtong 1A and 1B), 65 kg satellites for the China
  Electronic Technology Group,
  to test Ka-band intersatellite links and a space-based router. Also carrying multispectral camera and ADS-B.
 Xiaoxiang-1-04, from Tianyi Research Inst., has a 7-metre-resolution RGB camera and a deorbit sail.
 Tianqi-3 (also called Xingzhi Jiaoyu 1) built by Guodian Gaokeji for the Tao Zhixing Education Foundation,
   has a camera and an IoT relay payload.

As usual China and the US military space tracking team are not communicating, so we don't
know which tracked object (catalog number) corresponds to which satellite.


Canada's Radarsat Constellation Mission was launched on Jun 12. A Falcon
9 took off from a foggy Vandenberg and flew to sun-synchronous orbit.
The first stage landed back at Vandenberg's Landing Zone 4 while the
second stage deployed the three RCM satellites. RCM uses the Magellan
Aerospace MAC-200 bus previously used for the Cassiope mission; the
satellites have a wet mass of 1450 kg each and carry a 7-meter-long
C-band synthetic aperture radar. The SAR has a maximum resolution of 3m
with a 20 km swath, but can also operate in lower resolution modes down
to 100m resolution/500 km swath. Radarsat 1 operated from 1995 to 2013;
Radarsat 2 was launched in 2007 and will be replaced by the new trio.

Ariane 5

Arianespace launched mission VA248,  launcher L5107, on Jun 20.
It carried two communication satellite payloads to geotransfer orbit.
Eutelsat 7C for Eutelsat S.A. is a Maxar 1300 satellite with an
all-electric xenon propulsion system and a Ku-band broadcast payload.
T-16 for AT&T is an Airbus Eurostar 3000LX Hybrid of 6330 kg launch mass
and a Ku/Ka-band communications payload. T-16 was originally going to be
DirectTV-16 before DirecTV was absorbed into AT&T.

By Jul 3 T-16 was in geostationary orbit at 134.8W.

By Jul 3 E7C had begun slow orbit raising and was in a 1409 x 37079 km x 6.0 deg


On Jun 24 China's CALT launched Chang Zheng 3B no. Y60 with the No. 46
Beidou Navigation Satellite into geotransfer orbit. The payload is
made an apogee burn to a 55 degree inclined synchronous
orbit sometime prior to Jul 5, and is now in a 35730 x 35831 km x 55.0 deg
drift orbit.


SpaceX's third Falcon Heavy was launched at 0630 UTC on Jun 25 with the US Air Force Space Test Program's STP-2
paylaod cluster. The side boosters landed at Cape Canaveral's LZ1 and LZ2; the core stage nearly
landed 1240 km downrange on the OCISLY but just missed the ship. Musk reported that the hot, fast reentry
breached the engine bay and the center engine's thrust vector control failed, causing the stage to divert.
Even further downrange, one fairing half was recovered, landing in the net carried by the ship Ms. Tree.

Stage 2 entered a 305 x 850 km x 28.5 km orbit at 0638 UTC and deployed a series of payloads:

  0642 UTC  OCULUS-ASR for Michigan Tech, a 70 kg satellite with space surveillance calibration experiments.
  0649 UTC  PPOD-1 deployed the TEPCE 1/2 cubesat, two 1.5U cubesats with a 1 km tether.
  0654 UTC  PPOD-2 deployed Falconsat-7, a USAF Academy 3U cubesat with an experimental membrane-optic solar telescope
  0658 UTC  PPOD-3 deployed ARMADILLO, a U. Texas 3U cubesat to study the LEO dust environment
  0701 UTC  PPOD-4 deployed PSAT-2 and BRICSAT-2, US Naval Academy 1.5U amateur radio cubesats. BRICSAT (Ballistically
    Reinforced Cubesat) also has an electric thruster experiment. PSAT-1 and BRICSAT-1 were launched in 2015, but
  0703 UTC  PPOD-5 deployed a 1.5U cubesat for US Special Operations Command, probably Prometheus-2.5.
            A dummy model of a second Prometheus was also in the deployer, replacing a satellite that was
            transferred to another launch.
  0709 UTC  PPOD-6 deployed the 3U E-TBEX A  Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment, a 3U cubesat with tri-frequency
            ionospheric beacons to study ionospheric waves with high time resolution. The mission is lead by SRI
            and sponsored by NASA.
  0713 UTC  PPOD-7 deployed E-TBEX B.
  0720 UTC  PPOD-8 deployed Cal Poly's 2U CP9/LEO and Merritt Island High School's 1U Stangsat, which studied the
            launch vehicle and ejection environment.

At 0742 UTC the Falcon Heavy Stage 2 fired its engine to move to a 710 x 724 km x 24.0 deg orbit.
A series of small satellites were ejected in this second orbit.
  0749 UTC the 70 kg PROX-1 satellite from Georgia Tech was deployed. This satellite contains the Planetary Society's
             LightSail-2 solar sail cubesat which will be ejected and deployed in the coming weeks.
  0752 UTC came the 83 kg NPSAT1 for the Naval Postgraduate School. NPSAT1 carries ionospheric and technology experiments.
  0754 UTC came the circa-100 kg-class OTB (Orbital Test Bed) for General Atomics (formerly SST-US). It carries
            the JPL Deep Space Atomic Clock and the Celestis Heritage capsule with the cremated remains of 152
            people (including astronaut W. Pogue and SF author Jayge Carr).
  0757 UTC GPIM, NASA-MSFC's Green Propellant Infusion Mission, was deployed. GPIM uses a Ball BCP-100 bus and
            has a mass of about 180 kg. It uses AF-M315E hydroxyl ammonium nitrate (NH3OHNO3) propellant proposed
            as a less toxic alternative to hydrazine.
  0801, 0804, 0806, 0809, 0813 and 0816 UTC, the six COSMIC-2 satellites were deployed in the order
            COSMIC 2-5, 2-6, 2-2, 2-4, 2-1, 2-3. The NOAA/NASA/Taiwan NSPO satellites carry a GPS-RO meteorology
            payload. They are successors to the six similar COSMIC-1 (FORMOSAT-3) satellites launched in April 2006.

At 0837 UTC Stage 2 made a further burn to reach an approximately 700 x 6000 km x 42.1 deg orbit. Delta-V
            of the burn was about 2700 m/s.
At 0957 UTC the fourth Stage 2 burn, over the equator at 140E, put the vehicle in a 6000 x 12000 km x 42.1 deg orbit
            with a delta-V of about 1360 m/s.
At 1004 UTC the 668 kg DSX satellite was deployed. The USAF STP payload carries space weather and technology experiments.
            After this, at around 1515 UTC, the 2nd stage reached perigee and underwent `passivation' (jettison
            of remaining propellants and safing of batteries).          
 LightSail-2 was ejected from PROX-1 at 0749 UTC on Jul 2.

Electron 7

RocketLab launched its 7th Electron mission on Jun 29, placing the BlackSky Global 3 satellite
and at least 5 cubesat payloads in a 45 degree orbit. The payloads include two SpaceBee
satellites from Swarm Tech, two Prometheus cubesats for US Special Operations Command,
and ACRUX 1 for the Melbourne Space Program, a group of Australian students. An unidentified
payload was also aboard.

Meteor-M 2-2

Russia's Meteor-M No. 2-2 weather satellite was launched on Jul 5 by a Soyuz/Fregat from Vostochniy.
The Fregat stage deployed the 2900 kg Meteor in an 820 km orbit and then made two burns to enter a lower 580 km
orbit to release a batch of small satellites:

  ICEYE-X3 and ICEYE-X4, radar satellites for Finland's ICEYE, probably about 80 kg eahc.
  CarboNIX, a test satellite for EXOLAUNCH (formerly ECM) of Berlin, 30 kg.
  (CarboNIX is also the low-shock separaton system provided by EXOLAUNCH, but Gunter Krebs reports it
   as a satellite payload as well)
  DoT-1, a 20 kg technology demonstrator from Surrey Satellite
  El Camino Real, a test of a water-plasma thruster for Momentus Space of Santa Clara, California in
    a 16U Astro Digital cubesat, probably about 20 kg.
  NSLSat-1, a 6U ClydeSpace cubesat for NSL Comms of Tel Aviv  (not to be confused with the NSL that
    is the Indiana-based  NearSpaceLaunch).
  SEAM-2.0, a 3U cubesat for KTH (Sweden) to study VLF/ELF ionospheric waves and auroral currents
  SONATE, a 3U cubesat from Wurzburg Univ. with technology payloads
  JAISAT-1, a 3U cubesat for the 'Smakhm withyu smakhr len haeng prathesthiy' (Radio Amateur Society
    of Thailand), built by German Orbital Systems.
  EXOCONNECT and LightSat, two DStar-One communications 3U cubesats from German Orbital Systems.
  Ecuador-UTE, a 3U cubesat from UTE (Quito) in collaboration with YuZGU (Kursk).
  Lucky-7, a 1U test satellite from SkyFox Labs of Prague
  MOVE-IIb, a 1U test satellite from Tech. U of Munich.
  MTCube, also called ROBUSTA 1c, a 1U cubesat from the U. Montepellier 2, France.
  Koit (TTU101), a 1U cubesat from TTU, Tallinn, Estonia. (Koit means dawn; a sister cubesat
    awaiting launch is called Hamarik, meaning twilight.)
  BEESAT-9, a 1U cubesat from TUB, Berlin with a technology experiment. 
  BEESAT-10, 11, 12, 13 are a set of four 0.25U cubesats from TUB to test intersatellite
   communication and formation flying.
  AmGU-1 is a 3U test satellite from Amur State University (Blagoveshchensk) and Moscow State University (MGU).
  Sokrat is a 3U satellite from MGU.
  VDNKh-80 is a 3U satellite built by MGU for the VDNKh exhibition center in Moscow.
  8 SpireGlobal Lemur-2 satellites; one is LEMR2126 MORAG, but the others have not been publicly named yet.


At 0616 UTC Jul 3 the CZ-3B Y56 third stage (SSN 43921) from the Jan
2019 launch of ZX-2D reentered and broke up over southern Florida
causing widespread meteor reports.


Rico Nizzo reports their translation of JSR into French, available at

Table of Recent Orbital Launches
Date UT       Name            Launch Vehicle        Site            Mission       INTL.   Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl   Notes

May  4 0648   Dragon CRS-17              Falcon 9         Canaveral SLC40  Cargo      25A   S44222   204 x  382 x  51.6
May  5 0600   Harbinger )                Electron         Mahia LC1        Radar      26E   S44229   484 x  512 x  40.0
              SPARC-1   )                                                  Tech       26B   S44226   493 x  511 x  40.0
              AFOTEC-1  )                                                  Cal        26A   S44225   496 x  511 x  40.0
May 17 1548   Beidou DW45                Chang Zheng 3C   Xichang LC2      Navigation 27A   S44231   198 x35743 x  19.4
May 22 0000   RISAT-2B                   PSLV-CA         Satish Dhawan FLP Radar      28A   S44233   550 x  558 x  37.0
May 22 2249   Yaogan 33                  Chang Zheng 4C   Taiyuan          Radar      F04   F01439  -6000?x 500?x  97.8?
May 24 0230   Starlink 01 )              Falcon 9         Canaveral SLC40  Comms      29A   S44235   434 x  443 x  53.0
              Starlink 02 )                                                Comms       .
              ...         )                                                            .
              Starlink 60 )                                                Comms      29BM  S44294   450 x  453 x  53.0
May 27 0623   Glonass-M No 58            Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat Plesetsk LC43/4 Navigation 30A   S44299 19128 x19156 x  64.8
May 30 1742   Yamal-601                  Proton-M/Briz-M   Baykonur        Comms      31A   S44307  6749 x35716 x  17.1
Jun  5 0406   Jilin-1 GaoFen 03A   )     Chang Zheng 11H  Barge, Yellow Sea Imaging   32    S44310   558 x  576 x  45.0
              Tianqi-3             )                                        Comms     32    S44311   556 x  576 x  45.0
              Xiaoxiang-1 04 xing  )                                        Imaging   32    S44312   557 x  575 x  45.0
              Bufeng-1A            )                                        Meteo     32    S44313   555 x  576 x  45.0
              Bufeng-1B            )                                        Meteo     32    S44314   555 x  576 x  45.0
              Tianxiang 1          )                                        Tech      32    S44315   552 x  576 x  45.0
              Tianxiang 2          )                                        Tech      32    S44316   556 x  576 x  45.0
Jun 12 1417   RCM-1 )                    Falcon 9          Vandenberg SLC4E Radar     33A   S44322   584 x  604 x  97.8 0600LT SSO
              RCM-2 )                                                       Radar     33B   S44323   584 x  604 x  97.8 0600LT SSO
              RCM-3 )                                                       Radar     33C   S44324   584 x  604 x  97.8 0600LT SSO
Jun 17 1015   Uguisu      )                                ISS, LEO         Tech    9867QG  S44331   405 x  417 x  51.6
              Raavana-1   )                                                 Tech    9867QF  S44330   405 x  417 x  51.6
              NepaliSat-1 )                                                 Tech    9867QE  S44329   405 x  417 x  51.6
Jun 17 1020   SpooQy-1                                     ISS, LEO         Tech    9867QH  S44332   405 x  417 x  51.6
Jun 20 2143   T-16        )              Ariane 5          Kourou ELA3      Comms     34A   S44333   255 x35737 x   6.0
              Eutelsat 7C )                                                 Comms     34B   S44334   251 x35714 x   6.0
Jun 24 1809   Beidou DW46                Chang Zheng 3B    Xichang LC3      Nav       35A   S44337   200 x35822 x  28.6
Jun 25 0630   OCULUS-ASR           )                                        Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              TEPCE 1              )     Falcon Heavy      Kennedy LC39A    Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              TEPCE 2              )                                        Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              DOTSI/Falconsat-7    )                                        Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              ARMADILLO            )                                        Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              PSAT-2               )                                        Comms     36U   S44357   305 x  858 x  28.5
              BRICSAT-2            )                                        Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              Prometheus-2.5?      )                                        Comms     36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              Prometheus Mass Sim  )                                        Inert     36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              E-TBEx A             )                                        Science   36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              E-TBEx B             )                                        Science   36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              LEO-CP9              )                                        Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              StangSat             )                                        Tech      36             305 x  858 x  28.5
              PROX-1               )                                        Tech      36A?  S44339   710 x  724 x  24.0
              NPSAT-1              )                                        Science   36B   S44340   710 x  724 x  24.0
              OTB                  )                                      Tech/Burial 36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              GPIM                 )                                        Tech      36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              COSMIC 2-1           )                                        Meteo     36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              COSMIC 2-2           )                                        Meteo     36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              COSMIC 2-3           )                                        Meteo     36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              COSMIC 2-4           )                                        Meteo     36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              COSMIC 2-5           )                                        Meteo     36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              COSMIC 2-6           )                                        Meteo     36             710 x  724 x  24.0
              DSX                  )                                        Science   36F           5994 x12012 x  42.2
Jun 27 2005   RED-EYE                                      ISS, LEO        Tech     9867QJ  S44364   408 x  418 x  51.6
Jun 29 0430   BlackSky Global 3 )        Electron          Mahia LC1       Imaging    37A   S44365   452 x  460 x  45.0
              SpaceBEE 8        )                                          Comms      37             452 x  460 x  45.0
              SpaceBEE 9        )                                          Comms      37             452 x  460 x  45.0
              ACRUX 1           )                                          Tech       37             452 x  460 x  45.0
              Prometheus 2.6?   )                                          Comms      37             452 x  460 x  45.0
              Prometheus 2.7?   )                                          Comms      37             452 x  460 x  45.0
              UNIDENTIFIED PAYLOAD)                                        UNK        37             452 x  460 x  45.0
Jul  2 0749   LightSail-2                                  PROX-1, LEO     Tech       36             710 x 724  x 24.0
Jul  3 1015   IOD-1 GEMS                                   ISS, LEO        Tech     9867QK  S44385   408 x 418 x  51.6
Jul  3 1150   KrakSat   )                                  ISS, LEO        Tech     9867             408 x 418 x  51.6
              Swiatowid )                                                  Tech     9867             408 x 418 x  51.6
Jul  3 1450   VCC-A Aeternitas)                            ISS, LEO        Tech     9867             408 x 418 x  51.6
              VCC-B Libertas  )                                            Tech     9867             408 x 418 x  51.6
              VCC-C Ceres     )                                            Tech     9867             408 x 418 x  51.6
Jul  3 1625   EntrySat                                     ISS, LEO        Tech     9867             408 x 418 x  51.6
Jul  5 0541   Meteor-M No. 2-2 )       Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat   Vostochniy      Weather    38A   S44387   812 x 816 x  98.7
              ICEYE-X3         )                                           Radar      38B?  S44388   574 x 595 x  97.7
              ICEYE-X4         )                                           Radar      38C?  S44389   574 x 595 x  97.7
              CarboNIX         )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              DoT-1            )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              El Camino Real   )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              NSLSat-1         )                                           Tech/Comm  38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              SEAM 2.0         )                                           Science    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              SONATE           )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              JAISAT 1         )                                           Comm       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              EXOCONNECT       )                                           Comm       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              LightSat         )                                           Comm       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Ecuador-UTE      )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lucky-7          )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              MOVE-IIb         )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              MTCube           )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Koit TTU101      )                                           Imaging    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              BEESAT 9         )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              BEESAT 10        )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              BEESAT 11        )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              BEESAT 12        )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              BEESAT 13        )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Lemur-2          )                                           Met/AIS    38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              AmGU 1           )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              Sokrat           )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7
              VDNKh-80         )                                           Tech       38             574 x 595 x  97.7

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches

The launch of the DLR/SSC ATEK/MAPHEUS-8 from ESRANGE (Kiruna, Sweden) in June reportedly saw the introduction
of a new sounding rocket, the Improved Malemute/VS-30 (I haven't fully confirmed this yet, other sources
say it was just an ordinary VSB-30).

Date UT       Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle      Site                  Mission    Apogee/km    Target

May  1 0942   GT230GM           Minuteman III      Vandenberg LF10       Op Test      1300?      Kwajalein
May  2 1334?  New Shepard NS-12 New Shepard        West Texas            Test          105       West Texas
May  3 2045   Momo TF-3         Momo               Taiki                 Test          118       Pacific Ocean
May  9 0740   GT229GM           Minuteman III      Vandenberg LF09       Op Test      1300?      Kwajalein
May  9        DASO-29           Trident II D-5    USS Rhode Island, ETR  Op Test      1000?      S Atlantic
May 10        SM-3 KV           SM-3-IB           USS Roosevelt, Hebrides   Test       150?      Atlantic
May 23        Shaheen II RV     Shaheen II         Somniani?             Op Test       300?      Arabian Sea  
Jun  1 2015?  RV                JL-3?             Submarine,Bohai Sea    Test         1000?      Taklamakan Desert
Jun 13 0221   ATEK/MAPHEUS 8    IM/VS-30           ESRANGE               Microgravity  240       ESRANGE
Jun 19 1128   TooWINDY 1        Black Brant IX     Kwajalein             Ionosphere    373       Pacific
Jun 19 1133   TooWINDY 2        Black Brant IX     Kwajalein             Ionosphere    412       Pacific
Jun 20 0938   NASA 41.126UO     Terrier Imp.Orion  Wallops Island        Education     117       Atlantic
Jun 24 0652   MASER 14          VSB-30             ESRANGE               Microgravity  260       ESRANGE

|  Jonathan McDowell                 |                                    |
|  Somerville MA 02143               |  inter : planet4589 at gmail       |
|  USA                               |  twitter: @planet4589              |
|                                                                         |
| JSR:                                 |
| Back issues:                  |
| Subscribe/unsub:         |

JSR mailing list

To unsubscribe, email