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Launches and Orbital Operations


Scarborough, UK
2014 Aug 22
Friday, Day 234

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Launch events for the past week, plus on-orbit and re-entry or landing events of satellites and spacecraft.

Date and time information comes from open sources and from private contacts within the industry. Notes are prepared through a combination of research and information released by satellite owners, operators and manufacturers; space agencies and launch services providers.

Date Time (UTC) Event
2014 Aug 19
03:15
Gaofen 2 and Hevelius Launch
CZ-4B, Taiyuan SC
Second satellite in the Gaofen constellation of Earth imaging satellites - carries a high-resolution optical system. The Gaofen 2 satellite will support a civilian remote sensing programme based on LEO and GEO satellites where the Yaogan satellites support a clandestine, and primarily military, remote sensing/reconnaissance programme.

Hevelius is the second BRITE-PL, a small astronomical satellite launched as part of the Polish contribution to the Bright Target Explorer programme. It was built by the Copernicus Astronomical Centre. The first BRITE-PL satellite "Lem" was launched aboard a Dnepr rocket 2013 November 21 (the 2013-066 launch).

Launch delayed from planned 2013 December 29 as a result of the December 9 failure of a CZ-4B launch vehicle carrying CBERS 3.

Orbit notes:
http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2014#049

NORAD:
Gaofen 1 - 2014-049A/40118
Hevelius - 2014-049B/40119

2014 Aug 19
18:25
Flock 1B-23 and 1B-24 Launch
ISS on orbit
First two deploys of the new Flock of Earth imaging satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer.

Orbit notes:
http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2014#I17

NORAD (subject to confirmation):
Flock 1B-23 - 1998-067EU/40122
Flock 1B-24 - 1998-067EV/40123

2014 Aug 20
02:26
Flock 1B-25 and 1B-26 Launch
ISS on orbit
Two Earth imaging satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer.

Orbit notes:
http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2014#I18

NORAD (subject to confirmation):
Flock 1C-25 - 1998-067EW/40124
Flock 1C-26 - 1998-067EX/40125

2014 Aug 20
09:50
Flock 1B-15 and 1B-16 Launch
ISS on orbit
Two satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer.

Orbit notes:
http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2014#I19

NORAD (subject to confirmation):
Flock 1B-15 - 1998-067-EY/40124
Flock 1B-16 - 1998-067-EZ/40125

2014 Aug 21
03:10
Flock 1B Launch (Two Satellites) - Failed
ISS on orbit
Two satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer - not released, delayed to no earlier than August 25.

2014 Aug 21
13:37
Flock 1B-1 and 1B-2 Launch
ISS on orbit
Two satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer.

Orbit notes:
http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2014#I20

NORAD (subject to confirmation):
Flock 1B-xx - 1998-067FA/40126
Flock 1B-xx - 1998-067FB/40127

2014 Aug 22
02:05
Flock 1B Launch (Two Satellites) - Failed
ISS on orbit
Two satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer - not released, Deployer door did not open.

2014 Aug 22
08:45
Flock 1B Launch (Two Satellites) - Failed
ISS on orbit
Two satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer - not released, Deployer door did not open.

2014 Aug 22
12:27
Galileo FOC 1 and FOC 2 Launch
Soyuz ST-B (VS-09), CSG EL-S
Pair of navigation satellites. The first two operational vehicles in Europe's Galileo constellation. FOC stands for "Full Operational Capability".

Precise time aimed for - 12:27:11 UTC.

Postponed from Aug 21 because of weather in the launch area.

Satellites in the FOC series will all be named after children who were winners of a painting competition sponsored by the European Commission. Doresa (FOC 1), is named after Doresa Demaj of Germany and Milena (FOC 2), is named after Milena Kaznatsejeva of Estonia.

Arianespace webcast (from 12:10 UTC):
http://www.arianespace.tv/

2014 Aug 25
Flock 1B Launch (Two Satellites)
ISS on orbit
Two satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer.

2014 Aug 25
Flock 1B Launch (Two Satellites)
ISS on orbit
Two satellites from ISS Nanoracks Deployer.

Deferred from Aug 21 due to investigation of potential problem with Deployer.

2014 Aug 26
04:50
Orbcomm OG2 (x10) Launch
Falcon 9 v1.1, CCAFS
Cluster of second generation LEO store and forward messaging satellites that includes an AIS (Automatic InformationSystem) receiver for collecting messages from shipping. AIS is an international standard system.

High probability that the date will slip.

Webcast:
no details available

2014 Aug 27
08:38
ISS Orbit Boost
on orbit
Thrusters of ATV 5 will fire for 178s provided Δv of 0.5 m/s.

2014 Sep 1
GSLV Atmospheric Test Flight
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.

2014 Sep 1
Mars Orbiter - Course Correction
Further details - see Zarya's Closed Orbit pages.


A more comprehensive version of this list that looks much further ahead can be found in the password-protected section of the zarya.info website. To request a password, see notes on the 'Closed Orbit' introductory page.


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