Jonathan's Space Report, No. 241

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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 241 1995 May 22 Cambridge, MA
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Shuttle
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STS-70 is scheduled for Jun 8.

Congratulations to Mike Cassutt who not only found all eight answers to
my astronaut challenge last week, but trumped me with two more I didn't
know about. The first person to fly in space having previously
changed their name was Vladimir Dzhanibekov, who was born Vladimir Krysin.

Mir
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EO-18 cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Gennadiy Strekalov carried out
their second spacewalk on May 17. A solar array was removed from the
Kristall module and transferred to the Kvant module; however, they were
unable to attach it properly, and it is lashed to the mounting with
string and sticky tape or the equivalent. A third spacewalk on May 22
appears to have been successful.

The Spektr TKM-O module was launched from Baykonur on May 20. Spektr
carries an array of remote sensing instruments including the Grif,
Astra, Taurus and Oktava-Pion sensors in the main TKS based module and
the Oktava-Lira/Buton, Faza, and Elis sensors on the equipment truss. It
also carries a small manipulator arm and a small science airlock for
deploying materials exposure canisters. The module is based on the
military TKS spacecraft which was first tested in 1977. The O module (as
Spektr is also known) will attempt to dock with Mir on June 1. It will
join the similar D module (Kvant-2) and the T module (Kristall).

TKS class flights:

Launch Spacecraft Cargo
1977 Jul Kosmos-929 Merkur spaceship
1981 Apr Kosmos-1267 Merkur spaceship
1983 Mar Kosmos-1443 Merkur spaceship
1985 Sep Kosmos-1686 Military payload
1987 Mar Kvant SB Kvant module
1987 May Polyus Polyus spacecraft
1989 Nov Kvant-2 Airlock module
1990 May Kristall Docking module

Recent Launches
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Intelsat 706 was launched on May 17 by an Ariane 44LP rocket. This launch
marked the second use of the improved H-10-III third stage. Intelsat 706
was built by Space Systems/Loral. On May 18 it was in a 4376 x 35791 km x 4.0 deg
transfer orbit.

The DC-X has returned to flight at White Sands, making a 2 minute,
1 km apogee flight on May 16.

Reports indicate that the classified USA 110 satellite probably entered
geostationary orbit.

Geostationary satellite movements
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Intelsat 506 left its 50.0W station in early May to begin an eastward
drift; TDRS 3 left its 171.5W station on May 1, drifting at 2 deg per
day. On May 19 it was at 108E; Brasilsat B2 has moved from 60.8W to
65.0W; the Raduga satellite 1994-12A has begun to drift west from its
45.8 deg E station. Gorizont satellite 1989-04A is at 34.1 deg E.
Meteosat 4 was moved off station at 8W around May 10.

Table of Recent Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL.
DES.

Apr 3 1348 Orbcomm 1 ) Pegasus/L1011 VAFB/PAWA Comsat 17A
Orbcomm 2 ) Comsat 17B
Microlab 1 ) Science 17C
Apr 5 1116 'Ofeq-3 Shaviyt Palamchim Technol. 18A
Apr 7 2347 AMSC-1 Atlas IIA Canaveral LC36A Comsat 19A
Apr 9 1934 Progress M-27 Soyuz-U Baykonur LC1 Cargo 20A
Apr 19 1912 GFZ-1 - Mir Geodesy 8617JE
Apr 21 0144 ERS-2 Ariane 40 Kourou ELA2 Rem Sensing 21A
May 14 1345 USA 110 Titan 4 Centaur Canaveral LC40 Sigint? 22A
May 17 0634 Intelsat 706 Ariane 44LP Kourou ELA2 Comsat 23A
May 20 0333 Spektr Proton Baykonur LC81 Mir module 24A

Reentries
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Apr 3 Kosmos-2137 Reentered
Apr 4 Kosmos-2290 Deorbited over Pacific

Current Shuttle Processing Status
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Orbiters Location Mission Launch Due

OV-102 Columbia OPF Bay 3 STS-73 Sep 21
OV-103 Discovery LC39B STS-70 Jun 8
OV-104 Atlantis LC39A STS-71 Jun 22-24? Under review
OV-105 Endeavour OPF Bay 1 STS-69 Jul 20

ML/SRB/ET/OV stacks

ML1/
ML2/RSRM-44/ET-71/OV-103 LC39B STS-70
ML3/RSRM-45/ET-70/OV-104 LC39A STS-71

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