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2008 - Launches to Orbit and Beyond

Listed are all launches, irrespective of outcome, that were irretrievably committed to flight towards orbit or intended to accelerate the payload to escape velocity.

Launch times are in UTC and are from the launching agency or estimated by 'walking back' along the ground track to the launch site. The PRIME source of orbit data and decay information is SpaceTrack. A minority of orbits is based on amateur observations using visual and radio techniques. Occasionally, early orbit data are published by satellite owners and may cover periods before SpaceTrack lists a new object. In extreme cases, orbits are estimated from public data.

Apogee and perigee are measured against the Earth's mean equatorial radius - 6378.145 km. Care should be exercised when comparing with other published orbits even when the source is shown as SpaceTrack.

Web sites may link to specific launches by pointing to the page URL followed by the three digit launch number, eg - http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2008#001


2008-001
Zenit-3SL
Sea Launch Platform 'Odyssey', Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean
2008 Jan 15, 11:48
Thuraya 3
2008-001A
32404
in space
Comsat offering GSM-compatible mobile telephone services, equipped with 12.25 meter diameter reflector. Expected location - 98°.5 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jan 16, 09:56246440.711772635806641.706.2098
2008 Jan 19, 04:58285040.4798845035801798.216.22100
2008 Jan 20, 07:46342160.232619881357961049.816.20100
2008 Jan 28, 06:55421650.000835753358211436.106.2132698° east


2008-002
PSLV-CA
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India
2008 Jan 21, 03:45
TecSAR (Offeq 8)
2008-002A
32476
in space
Radar imaging reconnaissance satellite observing Israels's neighbours in the near east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2011 Feb 1, 04:3268290.007839750493.6041.03354


2008-003
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Jan 28, 00:18
Express AM 33
2008-003A
32478
in space
TV broadcast satellite - expected location - 96°.5 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jan 28, 01:3590160.26192774999142.0148.830
2008 Jan 31, 10:59418980.006335256357841422.500.0912866° east
2008 Feb 29, 15:51421650.000135784357891436.100.0716680° east
2008 Mar 21, 16:35420600.000435665356981430.730.053390° east
2008 Mar 29, 13:58421650.000235780357931436.090.0524396° east


2008-004
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Feb 5, 13:02
Progress M-63 (Progress 7K-TGM №363)
2008-004A
32484
Re-entered 2008 Apr 7
Supplies to ISS. Docked with the port on Pirs 2008 Feb 7 at, 14:38 UTC. Undocked Apr 7 at 08:49 UTC and made a destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean. Any unburnt fragments hit the Ocean surface at around 12:36 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Feb 5, 20:4566450.001825527889.8451.64130
2008 Feb 6, 17:3166470.001426027989.9051.64128
2008 Feb 7, 14:1667140.000533233991.2551.6418
2008 Apr 6, 12:4167170.000133834091.3151.641


2008-005
Space Shuttle Atlantis, OV-104
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
2008 Feb 7, 19:45
STS-122 (Atlantis)
2008-005A
32486
Re-entered 2008 Feb 20
Recovered
Supplies and crew to ISS. Stephen Frick (commander), Alan G. Poindexter (Pilot), Mission Specialists - Leland D. Melvin, Rex J. Walheim, Hans Schlegel of ESA, Stanley G. Love, ISS Flight Engineer - Léopold Eyharts of ESA. Docked with the forward port of the Harmony module Feb 9 at 17:17 UTC. Undocked Feb 18 at 09:24 UTC carrying Frick , Poindexter, Melvin, Walheim, Schlegel, Love, and ISS Flight Engineer - Daniel M. Tani. A 136s retro firing Feb 20 at 13:00 UTC led to touchdown on the KSC runway at 14:07:10 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Feb 7, 23:0266030.001321723389.0051.65305
2008 Feb 8, 05:0366150.001222924489.2451.6615
2008 Feb 9, 01:5866200.002022925589.3451.64213
2008 Feb 9, 13:2367140.000633234091.2451.6427
2008 Feb 18, 12:2967150.001132934491.2651.6444
2008 Feb 18, 21:1667140.001032934391.2551.6447


2008-006
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Feb 11, 11:34
Thor 5 (Thor 2R)
2008-006A
32487
in space
Comsat for Norway. Expected location 0°.8 west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Feb 12, 02:26428940.013335946370861473.530.129
2008 Feb 26, 00:55421640.000135781357911436.070.0723216° west
2008 Feb 29, 13:29420640.002235592357791430.930.0323816° west
2008 Mar 1, 19:21419660.000935550356251425.940.0226213° west
2008 Mar 10, 14:24421660.000235781357941436.160.011851° west


2008-007
H-IIA 2024 (F-14)
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan
2008 Feb 23, 08:55
Kizuna (WINDS)
2008-007A
32500
in space
Japanese experimental communications satellite. WINDS is an acronym for 'Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite'. Expected location 143° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Feb 24, 19:37265060.5913445635800715.7615.88180
2008 Feb 25, 13:18302750.39311199735796873.747.53180
2008 Mar 10, 01:58421100.002335636358281433.330.08219142° east
2008 Mar 16, 03:08421650.000335776357971436.090.0660143° east


2008-008
Ariane 5ESV (V-181)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana
2008 Mar 9, 04:03
ATV 1 (Jules Verne)
2008-008A
32686
Re-entered 2008 Sep 29
European Space Agency cargo carrier to the ISS. Docked with the aft port of Zvezda 2008 Apr 3 at 14:48 UTC. Undocked Sep 5 at 21:29 UTC. Made a destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere after a retro-fire sequence beginning Sep 29 at 10:00 UTC. Any unburnt fragements hit the surface of the southern Pacific Ocean around 13:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Mar 9, 08:4666420.001425527389.7951.64256
2008 Mar 11, 20:5266610.001227529190.1851.64138
2008 Apr 4, 11:0067170.000133834091.3151.646
2008 Sep 5, 20:0367320.000734935891.6151.6484
2008 Sep 6, 04:5567250.000434434991.4651.64297


2008-009
Space Shuttle Endeavour, OV-105
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
2008 Mar 11, 06:28
STS-123 (Endeavour)
2008-009A
32699
Re-entered 2008 Mar 27
Recovered
Cargo and crew to ISS. Crew consisted of Dominic L. Gorie (Commander), Gregory H. Johnson (pilot), Mission specialists - Richard M. Linnehan, Robert L. Behnken, Garrett E. Reisman, Michael J. Foreman and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Takao Doi. Docked with the forward port of the Harmony module March 13 at 03:49 UTC. Undocked 2008 Mach 26 at 00:35 UTC carrying Linnehan, Behnken, Reisman, Foreman and Léopold Eyharts (ESA). Touched down on the KSC runway March 27 at 0:37 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Mar 11, 06:3765180.01305622587.2951.63347
2008 Mar 13, 03:2767190.000134034291.3551.64241
2008 Mar 24, 23:5767190.000134034191.3551.64304
2008 Mar 25, 02:0567200.000134134291.3751.64301
2008 Mar 25, 12:2167190.000234034391.3651.64273


2008-010
Atlas V 411, AV-006
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA
2008 Mar 13, 10:02
USA 200 (SIGINT)
2008-010A
32706
in space
US intelligence-related satellite carrying an SBIRS (Space Based InfraRed) sensor and (probably) a commuications payload for use at northern latitudes. Also carries NASA's TWINS-B (Two Wide-angle Imaging Neutral-atom Spectrometers) detector for monitoring the magnetosphere. See also USA-184 (2006-27A/29249). Illustrations of the satellite published by NASA suggest it is spin-stabilised with a de-spun aerial array.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Oct 7, 14:09265550.7208103739317717.7863.87270


2008-011
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Mar 14, 23:18
AMC 14 (Americom 14)
2008-011A
32708
in space
US commercial comsat aimed at 61°.5 west longitude. A problem with the Briz-M stage of the launch vehicle left it stranded in a lower orbit than planned. After being declared an insurance loss, it was purchased by a US Government department and subsequently manoeuvred to an inclined geosynchronous orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Mar 16, 03:24199820.642376926438468.4949.21356
2008 Mar 25, 09:24245530.708877235577638.1248.98358
2008 May 9, 14:58249120.6842148935579652.2044.308
2008 May 15, 22:45318600.31721537535588943.2320.2416
2008 Dec 17, 22:17421770.024234780368181436.7313.163964° east


2008-012
Delta 7925-9.5
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA
2008 Mar 15, 06:10
USA 201 (GPS SVN 48)
2008-012A
32711
in space
Navigation satellite in the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Mar 16, 06:54166300.605817820326355.7340.0616
2008 Mar 21, 02:39265610.00132014720219718.0055.09159


2008-013
Zenit-3SL
Sea Launch Platform 'Odyssey', Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean
2008 Mar 19, 22:47
DirecTV 11
2008-013A
32729
in space
Commercial comsat covering the continental United States. Expected location - 99° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Mar 20, 04:58247530.731327336476645.940.06175
2008 Mar 24, 05:32248520.724746336484649.830.15184
2008 Mar 25, 04:40261080.738046338996699.710.14184
2008 Mar 26, 14:24269850.746147440738735.250.13171
2008 Mar 28, 22:06305660.5497738640989886.361.29190
2008 Apr 1, 18:36355910.333017362410641113.720.81197
2008 Apr 5, 00:00418040.138829624412271417.700.1828993° west
2008 May 27, 10:23421650.000135785357891436.110.059099° west


2008-014
Cosmos 11K65M
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia
2008 Mar 27, 17:15
SAR-Lupe 4
2008-014A
32750
in space
German imaging satellite equipped with a synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2011 Jan 31, 02:1268620.001747249694.2998.1817016:24


2008-015
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Apr 8, 11:16
Soyuz TMA-12 (Soyuz 11F732 № 222)
2008-015A
32756
Re-entered 2008 Oct 24
Recovered
Crew to ISS, caring Sergei Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and Yi So-Yeon (Korea). Docked with the Pirs module 2008 April 10 at 12:57 UTC. Undocked 2008 Oct 24 at 00:16 UTC carring Volkov, Kononenko and Richard Garriott. Landed the same day at 03:36 UTC in Kazakhstan.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Apr 8, 13:1865890.002519522888.7251.6180
2008 Apr 8, 20:1266550.001826528990.0651.64164
2008 Apr 10, 11:4467160.000133733991.2951.64355


2008-016
Atlas V 421, AV-014
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA
2008 Apr 14, 20:12
Echostar G1
2008-016A
32763
in space
Comsat to provide Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) throughout the USA, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto-Rico and US Virgin Islands. Expected location - 93° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Apr 16, 10:35262960.6031405935777707.2916.29181
2008 Apr 16, 22:20293550.43591018135772834.2111.58181
2008 Apr 24, 19:12421890.000935773358491437.335.994693° west
2008 Apr 28, 07:34421650.000435771358021436.095.997493° west


2008-017
Pegasus XL
Lockheed L-1011/ Kwajalein Missile Range, Marshall Islands, USA
2008 Apr 16, 16:52
C/NOFS (Communication/Navigation Outage Forecast System)
2008-017A
32765
Re-entered 2015 Nov 28
Collaborative mission undertaken within the DoD Space Test Program . Project participants included NASA, NRL (Naval Research Laboratory), UTD (University of Texas at Dallas), and the Aerospace Corporation. It was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of measuring, monitoring and forecasting ionospheric scintillation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Apr 18, 10:5570070.031940685297.2913.0093


2008-018
Ariane 5ECA (V-182)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana
2008 Apr 18, 22:17
Vinasat-1
2008-018A
32767
in space
Indonesian comsat covering Vietnam, eastern Asia, India, Australia, Japan, and Hawaii. Expected location - 132° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Apr 23, 02:22243790.727327135731631.382.03181
2008 May 1, 14:14421650.000135783357901436.090.05312131° east
Star One C2
2008-018B
32768
in space
Brazilian comsat. Expected location - 70° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Apr 19, 15:41243290.727225935643629.431.87170
2008 May 1, 09:52421630.000035784357861436.030.0720468° west


2008-019
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China
2008 Apr 25, 15:35
Tianlian 1-01
2008-019A
32779
in space
Data communications satellite to to provide a data relay, and measurement and control service for Chinese satellites and space stations. Brought into operation for the Shenzhou 7 mission 2008 September.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Apr 25, 09:45273960.759221941817752.1418.07180
2008 May 3, 13:47421650.000435769358041436.100.5032677° east
2012 Mar 26, 19:33421650.000335776357981436.110.034677° east


2008-020
Soyuz-FG/Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Apr 26, 22:16
GIOVE-B (Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element - B)
2008-020A
32781
in space
Demonstration of critical technologies for the navigation payload of future operational Galileo satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Apr 29, 22:48295530.00242310523244842.6655.98218


2008-021
PSLV-CA
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India
2008 Apr 28, 03:53
Cartosat 2A
2008-021A
32783
in space
Indian mapping satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Apr 29, 18:0970060.001361863797.2698.0028109:30
2008 May 6, 19:3170120.001562364497.3998.0029309:31
CanX-6 (Nanosatellite Tracking of Ships)
2008-021B
32784
in space
Ship tracking mission carrying an an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver for detection of signals carrying positional and course information transmitted by maritime vessels.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Apr 30, 05:3070050.001561663797.2498.0028709:30
Cute-1.7/APD 2 (Cubical Tokyo Tech Engineering satellite 1.7/Cube OSCAR 65)
2008-021C
32785
in space
Small satellite built to demonstrate a new satellite design process and to provide researchers with experience of satellite operation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Apr 30, 15:1370030.001361663597.2198.0029109:30
IMS 1 (Indian Mini Satellite)
2008-021D
32786
in space
83 kg microsatellite for Earth imaging to demonstarte low-cost satellite design and construction. Also known as TWSat (Third World Satellite).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Apr 30, 05:3070040.001361763597.2398.0028709:30
Compass 1
2008-021E
32787
in space
1U imaging Cubesat built as a project by students and staff of the University of Applied Science at Aachen, Germany.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Apr 30, 20:0470030.001461563597.2197.9929309:30
AAUSat 2
2008-021F
32788
in space
1U Cubesat built as a student satellite project at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. carrying two experiments - the ADCS system using coils and reaction wheels to stabilise the satellite and control attitude, and a detector for gamma ray bursts from outer space.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 May 2, 09:2170030.001461563497.2097.9928909:30
Delfi-C3
2008-021G
32789
in space
3U Cubesat from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, built as a technology demonstration satellite carrying new types of solar cells, a solar sensor, and a high-efficiency amateur radio transceiver experiment.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 May 1, 17:0970030.001461563597.2198.0028809:30
CanX-2 (Canadian Advanced Nanosatellite eXperiment-2)
2008-021H
32790
in space
3U Cubesat from of UTIAS/SFL (University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies/Space Flight Laboratory), built as a risk reduction proect for the upcoming CanX-4/5 formation flying mission and including a cold-gas propulsion system, a small reaction wheel as part of a three-axis stabilized momentum-bias attitude control system, and a commercially available GPS receiver. It carrie several small science experiments for the Canadian research and development community.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Apr 30, 21:4170030.001361563497.2097.9929109:30
SEEDS 2 (Space Engineering EDucation Satellite 2)
2008-021J
32791
in space
1U Cubesat from Nihon University, Japan built by students to demonstrate ground reception of data from a satellite. The transmission payload incorporates a digi-talker and slow scan TV.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 May 1, 07:2670040.001561563697.2197.9928809:30
Rubin 8/PSLV
2008-021K
32792
in space
Payload attached to the upper stage of a PSLV launch vehicle to demonstrate passing of AIS (Automatuc In formation System) data from shipping via the Orbcomm and Iridium satellite telephone systems.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 May 2, 09:4270190.003061966297.5397.92217


2008-022
Zenit-3SLB
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Apr 28, 05:00
Amos 3
2008-022A
32794
in space
Israeli comsat - expected location 4° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Apr 28, 10:39260010.747818039065695.4048.810
2008 Apr 29, 15:56431810.059434237393691488.330.71208
2008 May 2, 19:23422450.038834227375051440.180.7220636° east
2008 May 14, 12:37421930.001435754358761437.550.00362° west
2008 May 17, 12:49421640.000135782357911436.080.031172° west


2008-023
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 May 14, 20:22
Progress M-64 (Progress 7K-TGM №364)
2008-023A
32847
Re-entered 2008 Sep 8
Supplies to ISS. Docked with the downward-facing port of Zarya May 16 at 21:39 UTC. Undocked Sep 1 at 19:46 UTC and undertook about one week of Radar-Progress experiments. Retro-fire Sep 8 at 20:47 UTC led to a destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean with any surviving fragments hitting the Ocean surface around 21:33 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 May 14, 20:1265780.000319820288.5051.52276
2008 May 15, 05:1866650.003326530890.2451.6443
2008 May 16, 20:0967190.000633734591.3551.64215


2008-024
Zenit-3SL
Sea Launch Platform 'Odyssey', Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean
2008 May 21, 09:43
Galaxy 18
2008-024A
32951
in space
Communications satellite covering North America (mainly Canada and the US). Expected location - 123° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 May 21, 21:34254500.6505251635628673.430.04201
2008 May 22, 21:26288950.4531942435610814.680.11189
2008 May 24, 14:18336240.248518891356021022.680.23181
2008 May 30, 08:38421650.000335774357991436.090.0511123° west


2008-025
Rockot
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia
2008 May 23, 15:20
Yubileiny (RS-30)
2008-025A
32953
in space
Amateur radio satellite dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Sputnik

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 May 25, 03:3478720.001714801508115.8582.50307
Cosmos 2437 (Strela-3)
2008-025B
32954
in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 May 25, 15:0978740.001914801510115.8882.50317
Cosmos 2438 (Strela-3)
2008-025C
32955
in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 May 24, 17:5378710.002014771508115.8382.50306
Cosmos 2439 (Strela-3)
2008-025D
32956
in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 May 24, 17:5478720.001914791509115.8582.50312


2008-026
CZ-4C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China
2008 May 27, 03:02
Fengyun 3A
2008-026A
32958
in space
Experimental version of a second generation meteorological satellite. Fengyun-3B is capable of producing three-dimensional analyses of weather systems.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 May 28, 08:4771860.0004805811101.0498.8126110:05
2008 Jun 1, 14:0272050.0003825829101.4498.8210010:05


2008-027
Space Shuttle Discovery, OV-103
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
2008 May 31, 21:01
STS-124 (Discovery)
2008-027A
32960
Re-entered 2008 Jun 14
Recovered
Supplies and crew to ISS - Mark Kelly (commander), Ken Ham (pilot), mission specialists - Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA), Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, and Greg Chamitoff (ISS flight engineer). Docked with the forward facing port of the Harmony module 2008 June 2 at 18:03 UTC. Undocked June 11 at 11:42 UTC carrying Kelly, Ham, Hoshide, Garan, Fossum and Garret E Reisman. Following retro-fire June 14 at 14:10 UTC, touched down on the KSC runway at 15:15 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 May 31, 21:4266510.006223131489.9651.64181
2008 Jun 1, 03:0266960.001031132490.8851.6565
2008 Jun 1, 21:2067060.000832233391.0951.64155
2008 Jun 2, 05:1067080.001032333791.1351.64170
2008 Jun 2, 15:3967090.001232233991.1451.65174
2008 Jun 2, 15:3967180.000533634491.3351.64294
2008 Jun 4, 16:2167180.000533634391.3351.64296


2008-028
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre, China
2008 Jun 9, 12:15
Chinasat 9 (Zhongxing 9)
2008-028A
33051
in space
Chinese communications satellite, initially used as a TV relay fror the 2008 Beijing Olymic Games then turned over to straightfoward communications tasks. Expected location 92°.2 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jun 9, 05:16312790.788224749555917.5824.07179
2008 Jun 23, 23:47421650.000335775357991436.120.0529492° east


2008-029
Delta 7920H
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA
2008 Jun 11, 16:05
FGST (Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope)
2008-029A
33053
in space
Originally called GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope), it was renamed 2008 August -

space observatory for gamma-ray astronomy observations, the main instrument is the Large Area Telescope (LAT) to perform an all-sky survey of phenomena such as active galactic nuclei, pulsars and dark matter. Original mission completed 2013 and then started an extended mission through to 2018.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 13, 01:0669300.001454256295.6925.59227


2008-030
Ariane 5ECA (V-183)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana
2008 Jun 12, 22:05
Skynet 5C
2008-030A
33055
in space
UK government communications satellite for use by the Ministry of Defence. Expected location 17° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jun 13, 14:18243890.727726335760631.771.98178
2008 Jun 20, 14:10420470.002735557357801430.060.8235021° west
2008 Jun 22, 14:23420830.001835630357791431.920.8134819° west
2008 Jun 28, 21:07421640.000335772358011436.080.8021018° west
Turksat 3A
2008-030B
33056
in space
Turkish communications satellite covering south-east Europe and central Asia. Expected location - 42° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jun 13, 14:21243570.727426135697630.531.99179
2008 Jun 26, 13:49421650.000135784357891436.090.063631° east
2008 Jul 13, 21:36419790.000235591356111426.620.02541° east
2008 Jul 17, 00:00421670.000535770358081436.220.044042° east


2008-031
Cosmos-3M
Kapustin Yar Cosmodrome, Volgograd Region, Russia
2008 Jun 19, 06:36
Orbcomm FM 38
2008-031A
33060
in space
LEO communications satellite offering store and forward messaging.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 19, 11:1070450.000966067398.0748.45320
Orbcomm FM 41
2008-031B
33061
in space
LEO communications satellite offering store and forward messaging.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 19, 14:2670450.000866167298.0848.45316
Orbcomm FM-29
2008-031C
33062
in space
LEO communications satellite offering store and forward messaging.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 20, 16:3470450.000866167298.0848.45321
Orbcomm FM 39
2008-031D
33063
in space
LEO communications satellite offering store and forward messaging.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 20, 11:4070450.000866167298.0848.44318
Orbcomm FM 37
2008-031E
33064
in space
LEO communications satellite offering store and forward messaging.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 25, 19:0470450.000866167298.0748.45343
Orbcomm FM 40
2008-031F
33065
in space
LEO communications satellite offering store and forward messaging.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 30, 16:4070450.000866167298.0748.454


2008-032
Delta 7320
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA
2008 Jun 20, 07:46
Jason 2
2008-032A
33105
in space
NASA satellite performing the Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM). Jason 2 is an international satellite mission to continue the continuous climate record of sea surface height measurements begun in 1992 by France's Topex/Poseidon an NASA's Jason 1.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Jun 22, 16:5977070.000713241335112.2366.02262
2008 Jul 1, 20:1277260.000613441353112.6566.03284
2008 Jul 8, 11:3677160.000713321343112.4266.04268


2008-033
Proton-K/DM-2
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Jun 26, 23:59
Cosmos 2440 (Oko, US-KMO №7)
2008-033A
33108
in space
Second generation missile detection and early warning satellite in geosynchronous orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jun 27, 08:18422880.002235817360021442.382.4025790° east
2008 Jul 6, 15:06422110.000735802358631438.462.2927981° east
2008 Jul 12, 00:19421600.000535761358021435.842.2810479° east


2008-034
Ariane 5ECA (V-184)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana
2008 Jul 7, 21:47
Intelsat 25
2008-034A
33153
in space
Launched originally as Protostar 1 to serve eastern Asia, the satellite was acquired 2009 by Intelsat following the earlier owner's bankruptcy. Intelsat provides service to the central Atlantic and west Africa. Original location 98° east then moved by Intelsat to 31°.5 WEST.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jul 8, 10:10243870.727726335753631.661.97178
2008 Jul 9, 07:42279790.5051747035731776.240.73180
2008 Jul 11, 15:48336600.250918838357251024.290.19184
2008 Jul 14, 16:47421060.000635701357551433.110.066795° east
2008 Jul 20, 13:41421260.001035706357891434.090.039698° east
2008 Jul 23, 03:47421640.000335775357961436.030.0311998° east
2010 Jan 6, 18:00421670.000335776358011436.190.027198° east
2010 Jan 9, 16:00423220.000235934359541444.150.0323095° east
2010 Mar 15, 18:30421640.000335775357961436.030.0318332° west
Badr 6
2008-034B
33154
in space
Arab owned communications satellite to provide services to north Africa and the Middle East. Expected location - 26° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jul 9, 11:03244070.727726835789632.452.04180
2008 Jul 23, 16:13421650.000435770358031436.090.032120° east
2008 Jul 27, 05:27420950.000535696357371432.510.039222° east
2008 Aug 10, 23:13421640.000435769358031436.060.0414826° east


2008-035
Zenit-3SL
Sea Launch Platform 'Odyssey', Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean
2008 Jul 16, 05:20
Echostar 11
2008-035A
33207
in space
Communication satellite to provide service the the US including Alaska and Hawaii. Expected location 110° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Jul 16, 16:39245600.711271435650638.420.12188
2008 Jul 17, 03:18286010.4697879035655802.270.193
2008 Jul 19, 08:59381740.100727952356401237.130.1013
2008 Jul 24, 15:03421170.001335686357911433.630.01164140° west
2008 Jul 28, 19:12421640.000335773357981436.030.02113139° west
2008 Aug 8, 12:00420120.000235625356441428.310.0746135° west
2008 Aug 24, 03:16421650.000135781357931436.100.02128110° west


2008-036
Cosmos-3M
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia
2008 Jul 22, 02:40
Sar-Lupe 5
2008-036A
33244
in space
German imaging satellite equipped with a synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2011 Jan 31, 02:0968620.001747349694.2998.1621800:50


2008-037
Soyuz 2-1b
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia
2008 Jul 26, 18:31
Cosmos 2441 (Persona 14F137 № 1)
2008-037A
33272
in space
New generation imaging reconnaissance satellite operated by the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence Directorate) with projected operational lifetime seven years. Reported to have ceased operation 2009 February because of an electronics failure caused by sub-standard components..

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Jul 27, 02:2568510.039820074694.0698.317810:24
2008 Jul 28, 14:4268500.039320374194.0498.327310:25
2008 Jul 31, 16:5171100.002071874599.4398.30010:27
2008 Aug 1, 13:3671010.001271573299.2698.3131210:27


Failed to reach orbit
Falcon 1
Ronald Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
2008 Aug 3, 03:34
Trailblazer
Rechnology demonstration satellite for the US Missile Defense Agency. Lost when its Falcon 1 launch vehicle failed about two minutes after lift-off.
PreSat (PharmaSat Risk Evaluation Satellite)
3U Cubesat - technology demonstration and risk reduction mission for the upcoming PharmaSat. Lost when its Falcon 1 launch vehicle failed about two minutes after lift-off.
NanoSail-D
3U Cubesat - NASA project intended to deploy a 10 sq metre solar sail in LEO. Lost when its Falcon 1 launch vehicle failed about two minutes after lift-off.
Celestis 4
Small container of cremated human remians for disposal in LEO. Lost when its Falcon 1 launch vehicle failed about two minutes after lift-off.


2008-038
Ariane 5ECA (V-185)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana
2008 Aug 14, 20:44
Superbird C2 (Superbird 7)
2008-038A
33274
in space
Communications satellite covering Asia-Pacific region, the Indian Ocean, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands. Expected location - 144° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Aug 15, 02:32244170.728425435825632.861.95178
2008 Aug 15, 23:32257210.6402287635810684.211.42178
2008 Aug 20, 04:48421260.001035706357891434.110.09266139° east
2008 Aug 26, 18:52421640.000535767358051436.060.09204136° east
2008 Oct 15, 05:59421650.000435770358041436.110.01256136° east
2008 Oct 17, 03:44419870.000435592356251427.010.02100140° east
2008 Oct 24, 15:04421650.000235779357941436.090.06343144° east
AMC 21 (Americom 21)
2008-038B
33275
in space
Communications satellite covering the continent of North America, and Hawaii. Expected location - 125° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Aug 15, 12:59243820.728025435755631.501.94179
2008 Aug 26, 16:43421550.000235769357851435.610.02241136° west
2008 Aug 30, 14:41421650.000135785357891436.130.02349136° west
2008 Sep 16, 14:47421020.000135720357271432.870.01281133° west
2008 Sep 29, 14:32421650.000235777357961436.110.05139125° west


Failed to reach orbit
Safir 1
Ayatollah Khomeini SC, Semnan, Iran
2008 Aug 17, 18:30
Omid?
Described by Iran as a dummy payload not destined for orbit but may have been the first attempt to launch Omid, a comms test satellite. Destroyed when launch vehicle reportedly exploded soon after lift-off.


2008-039
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Aug 18, 22:43
Inmarsat 4-3
2008-039A
33278
in space
Maritime communications satellite. Expected location - 97°.65 west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Aug 19, 16:23264400.5957431135813713.0922.82354
2008 Aug 21, 15:10282810.4913800935797788.8816.29353
2008 Aug 23, 13:57311430.21461808231447911.577.47207
2008 Aug 24, 09:23328070.14932153031327985.6022.20155
2008 Aug 25, 19:12420660.002035602357731431.043.083371° west
2008 Sep 9, 20:13421650.000335775357981436.103.091628° east
2008 Sep 16, 00:00423980.000236013360261448.013.071697° east
2008 Oct 24, 02:06421650.000335774357991436.103.0524098° west


2008-040
Dnepr
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Aug 29, 07:16
Rapideye 2
2008-040A
33312
in space
German owned multispectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Aug 30, 05:2269970.001960663297.0898.0033311:00
Rapideye 5
2008-040B
33313
in space
German owned multispectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Aug 30, 05:1969850.003458463196.8498.0035111:00
2008 Sep 5, 17:3070190.002262565797.5498.0020211:00
Rapideye 1
2008-040C
33314
in space
German owned multispectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Aug 29, 19:4070000.001561163397.1497.9932511:00
2008 Sep 6, 03:5769930.002559863296.9997.9931711:00
Rapideye 3
2008-040D
33315
in space
German owned multispectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Aug 29, 19:4170080.001162263897.3097.9927610:59
Rapideye 4
2008-040E
33316
in space
German owned multispectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Aug 29, 19:4270130.001562564697.4298.0024410:59


2008-041
CZ-2C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China
2008 Sep 6, 03:25
Huan Jing 1A (Environmental Satellite 1A)
2008-041A
33320
in space
Chinese optical imaging satellite for disaster and environmental monitoring

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Sep 6, 22:2568460.025629364393.9697.9115810:30
2008 Sep 9, 17:4370210.002662566197.5898.0125810:30
2008 Sep 13, 20:1970230.002362966197.6298.0124810:30
Huan Jing 1B (Environmental Satellite 1B)
2008-041B
33321
in space
Chinese optical imaging satellite for disaster and environmental monitoring

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Sep 6, 12:3470270.003262767297.7198.0228210:30


2008-042
Delta 7420
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA
2008 Sep 6, 18:51
Geoeye 1
2008-042A
33331
in space
Commercial high resolution imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Sep 8, 11:1270570.001067268698.3398.1323310:30


2008-043
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Sep 10, 19:50
Progress M-65 (Progress 7K-TGM №365)
2008-043A
33340
Re-entered 2008 Dec 8
Supplies to ISS. Docked with the aft port of Zvezda Sep 17 at 18:43 UTC. Undocked Nov 5 at, 16:19 UTC and undertook a short period of Radar-Progress experiments. Retro-fire Dec 8 at 08:02 UTC led to a destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean with any surviving fragments hitting the Ocean surface around 08:49 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 11, 01:5866400.004623229289.7551.6476
2008 Sep 12, 03:3467160.004330936791.2951.64106


2008-044
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Sep 19, 21:48
Nimiq 4
2008-044A
33373
in space
Broadcast satellite to provide high definition television to Canada. Expected location 82° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Sep 20, 01:27244880.722741235807635.5949.130
2008 Sep 20, 17:02264520.5937437035779713.6012.59359
2008 Sep 21, 12:29294550.43121037535778838.487.10359
2008 Sep 23, 12:03370040.137625534357171180.671.680
2008 Sep 26, 04:53421260.001135702357941434.130.04886° west
2008 Oct 2, 13:46421660.000035786357891436.140.0531982° west


2008-045
Zenit-3SL
Sea Launch Platform 'Odyssey', Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean
2008 Sep 24, 19:28
Galaxy 19
2008-045A
33376
in space
Comsat covering North America. Expected location - 97° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Sep 25, 00:48255780.6420278035620678.530.03280
2008 Sep 26, 06:33283230.4828827135618790.610.39355
2008 Sep 29, 02:50404380.039932448356721348.800.1120
2008 Oct 1, 05:11421060.002035643358121433.080.09332145° west
2008 Oct 6, 03:20421650.000235778357961436.120.08253145° west
2008 Oct 16, 09:21420500.000435656356881430.230.06257144° west
2008 Nov 18, 05:00421670.000435774358041436.220.0033997° west


2008-046
Proton-M/DM-2
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Sep 25, 08:49
Cosmos 2442 (Uragan № 724)
2008-046A
33378
in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 26, 19:12254950.00101909219141675.2064.79192
2008 Oct 8, 15:04254110.00431892519142671.9064.79280
2008 Oct 12, 18:17255040.00301905019201675.5564.78335
Cosmos 2443 (Uragan № 725)
2008-046B
33379
in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 26, 14:24255180.00021913419145676.1164.82101
2008 Oct 3, 14:24256220.00381914619342680.2664.8085
2008 Oct 19, 06:05255710.00191914419242678.2364.79104
2008 Oct 23, 13:41255080.00211907619184675.7364.80178
Cosmos 2444 (Uragan № 726)
2008-046C
33380
in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 26, 02:24255170.00011913619141676.0764.82272
2008 Oct 6, 12:38256230.00391914519345680.3164.8144
2008 Oct 27, 14:20255790.00361910919292678.5564.8019
2008 Nov 3, 16:56255080.00301905419206675.7364.80333


2008-047
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China
2008 Sep 25, 13:10
Shenzhou 7
2008-047A
33386
Re-entered 2008 Sep 28
Recovered
Piloted mission carrying Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng. Sep 27 at 08:34 UTC Zhai Zhigang wearing a Chinese-made Feitian EVA suit and Liu Boming wearing a Russian Sea Hawk EVA suit undertook a 26 minutes (approximately) spacewalk, Zhai spent 19m 35s outside the spacecraft. Used the Tianlian 1-01 communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit. Landed In Inner Mongolia Sep 28 at 09:37 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 25, 14:1866440.009820033189.8242.41125
2008 Sep 25, 20:1767120.000533033791.2042.40274
BanXing 1 (Companion Satellite 1)
2008-047G
33392
Re-entered 2009 Oct 30
Released from Shenzhou 7 Sep 27 at 11:24 UTC. 40 kg manoeuvrable cubesat, built by Shanghai Micro-satellite Engineering Center, to test rendezvous procedures with Shenzhou 7 - manoeuvred seven times during the test. Also transmitted images of the main spacecraft in orbit. Still operating at end of life when re-entered naturally 2009 October 30 around 03:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 27, 19:3467120.000732933991.2242.40283
Shenzhou 7 Orbital Module
2008-047H
33394
Re-entered 2010 Jan 4
Released from Shenzhou 7 Sep 27 at 11:34 UTC. Re-entered naturally. Main function was to act as an airlock for the EVA from Shenzhou 7. Not equipped with solar panels.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 29, 00:1167110.000732933791.1942.40299
2010 Jan 4, 03:2965110.001412414287.1542.36281


2008-048
Falcon 1
Ronald Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
2008 Sep 28, 23:15
DemoSat/Falcon 1
2008-048A
33393
in space
First test of SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket. Carried a payload mass simulator of approximately 165 kg that remained attached to the second stage. The stage itself conducted several firings to test its re-start ability once in orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Sep 29, 15:0170110.001562264397.369.35259


2008-049
Dnepr
Dombarovsky (Yasny) Cosmodrome, Orenburg, Russia
2008 Oct 1, 06:37
THEOS
2008-049A
33396
in space
Thai Earth imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Oct 1, 09:2270610.001467369398.4298.8029309:52
2008 Oct 3, 20:2770690.000568769498.5798.8028709:53
2008 Oct 5, 13:3370800.002468571998.8198.7934709:54
2008 Oct 6, 18:0371210.000673874799.6798.7828209:54
2008 Oct 7, 19:0071460.0005765772100.2198.7932209:54
2008 Oct 8, 15:2471660.0018775801100.6298.792009:54
2008 Oct 8, 21:2571720.0003792796100.7598.7828009:54
2008 Oct 10, 19:2971880.0001809810101.0798.7817409:55
2008 Oct 11, 20:3671940.0011808824101.2198.794609:55
2008 Oct 13, 06:0172000.0002821823101.3398.7810309:55
2008 Oct 14, 17:4972040.0004822828101.4198.786009:55


2008-050
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Oct 12, 07:01
Soyuz TMA-13 (Soyuz 11F732 № 223)
2008-050A
33399
Re-entered 2009 Apr 8
Recovered
Crew to ISS, carrying Yuri Lonchakov, Michael Fincke and Richard Garriott. Docked with the Pirs module 2008 Oct 14 at 08:26 UTC. Undocked 2009 Apr 4 at 02:55 UTC carring Lonchakov, Fincke and Charles Simonyi. Landed the same day at 07:16 UTC in Kazakhstan.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Oct 12, 09:0365970.003619524288.8751.6582
2008 Oct 12, 15:5666340.001724526789.6251.63156
2008 Oct 14, 03:5767310.000435035591.5951.64211


2008-051
Pegasus XL
Lockheed L-1011/Vandenberg Air Force Base, Pacific Ocean
2008 Oct 19, 17:47
IBEX (Interstellar Boundary Explorer)
2008-051A
33401
in space
NASA Science mission studying the nature of the interactions between the solar wind and the interstellar medium at the edge of the solar system

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Oct 21, 00:001166010.9491-4412208866604.0810.9992
2009 Aug 10, 21:081640440.89561075330457911020.4721.5475


2008-052
PSLV-XL
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India
2008 Oct 22, 00:52
Chandrayaan 1
2008-052A
33405
in space
Indian lunar mission. entered orbit around the Moon at 100 km height. Performed chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic mapping. Also carried 11 scientific instruments built in India, USA, UK, Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria. After the successful completion of all the main mission objectives, the orbit was raised to 200 km during May 2009.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Oct 23, 00:52179280.630325022850398.1717.91170
2008 Oct 23, 07:12254450.737430437829673.2117.92173
2008 Oct 30, 23:581376640.94955752619978472.1218.08173
In orbit around the Moon or on its surface


2008-053
CZ-4B
Taiyuan Space Centre, China
2008 Oct 25, 01:15
Shijian 6-03A (Shijian 6E)
2008-053A
33408
in space
One of a pair of Shijian 6 satellites in a dual launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Oct 26, 04:0469710.001858060596.5397.7429708:21
2010 Oct 11, 22:0769710.001558360396.5497.658907:51
2013 Aug 22, 07:5869710.001758160596.5497.5721006:19
Shijian 6-03B (Shijian 6F)
2008-053B
33409
in space
One of a pair of Shijian 6 satellites in a dual launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Oct 26, 04:0469720.001658260596.5597.7429608:21
2010 Oct 11, 01:4469710.001958060696.5497.658107:51
2013 Aug 22, 07:5269680.001657860196.4797.5618806:23


2008-054
Delta 7420-10
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA
2008 Oct 25, 02:28
COSMO-Skymed 3
2008-054A
33412
in space
Part of the COnstellation of small Satellites for Mediterranean basin Observation, an imaging satellite equipped with a 600 km swathe, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Oct 26, 07:0170010.000262262597.1797.8611618:08


2008-055
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre, China
2008 Oct 29, 16:53
Venesat-1 (Simón Bolívar)
2008-055A
33414
in space
Venezuelan communications and broadcast satellte with potential to cover also most of South American continent and part of the Caribbean area. Expected location - 78° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Oct 29, 20:11273290.760516841734749.3724.81179
2008 Nov 12, 13:44421640.000135784357881436.080.369578° west


2008-056
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China
2008 Nov 5, 00:15
Shiyan 3
2008-056A
33433
in space
Described as a technology demonstrator satellite to be used for atmosphere studies. Built by the Harbin Institute of Technology.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Nov 5, 21:3271730.0013786804100.7798.4830606:31
Chuangxin 1-02 (Innovation 1B)
2008-056B
33434
in space
Small experimental store-dump communications satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, it will be used to collect and relay water conservancy, hydrological and meteorological data and data for power supply and disaster relief from remote monitoring stations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Nov 5, 14:4871740.0013786805100.7898.4830206:31


2008-057
Proton-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Nov 5, 20:44
Astra 1M
2008-057A
33436
in space
TV broadcast satellite for Europe. Expected location 19°.2 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Nov 6, 11:44267680.5756498335797726.4221.500
2008 Nov 9, 17:26296810.42101080635800848.1511.771
2008 Nov 13, 05:07382310.103427901358051239.901.936
2008 Nov 14, 19:42420430.003535519358111429.890.199332° east
2008 Nov 19, 11:27421620.001535723358461435.980.1917234° east
2008 Dec 22, 22:19422060.000835794358621438.210.1413932° east
2009 Jan 20, 19:05421650.000235777357971436.110.1128119° east


2008-058
Soyuz-U
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia
2008 Nov 14, 15:50
Cosmos 2445
2008-058A
33439
Re-entered 2009 Feb 23
Military imaging reconnaissance satellite, sometimes referred to as 'Yantar', with manoeuvring engine to maintain its orbit. Re-entered for landing in Russia 2009 Feb 23. Dropped off two containers of exposed film at intervals during the mission - probably mid-Dec and mid-Jan.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Nov 14, 18:5466220.010817231589.3767.1785
2008 Nov 17, 09:4166410.012318134589.7667.1668


2008-059
Space Shuttle Endeavour, OV-105
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
2008 Nov 15, 00:55
STS-126 (Endeavour)
2008-059A
33441
Re-entered 2008 Nov 30
Recovered
Supplies and crew to ISS - Christopher J. Ferguson (commander), Eric A. Boe (pilot). mission specialists - Stephen G. Bowen, Robert S. Kimbrough, Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, Donald R. Pettit, and ISS Flight Engineer Sandra H. Magnus. Docked with the forward facing port of the Harmony module 2008 Nov 16 at 22:01 UTC. Undocked Nov 28 at 14:47 UTC carrying Ferguson, Boe, Bowen, Kimbrough, Stefanyshyn-Piper, Pettit and Gregory Chamitoff. Following retro-fire Nov 30 at 20:19 UTC, touched down on the Edwards Air Force Base runway at 21:25 UTC - delayed by one day after being diverted from KSC by weather.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Nov 15, 06:0266020.009216328588.9851.67339
2008 Nov 24, 17:2267320.000735035991.6251.6428
2008 Nov 30, 18:1167260.000634435291.4951.6428
PSSC (Pico-Satellite Solar Cell Experiment)
2008-059B
33445
Re-entered 2010 Feb 17
Very small satellite to testbed to gather data on new solar cell technologies. Released from Endeavour cargo bay 2008 Nov 29 at about 20:30 UTC using the Space Shuttle Picosatellite Launcher.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Nov 30, 11:5267230.000434234891.4351.6459


2008-060
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Nov 26, 12:38
Progress M-01M (Progress 7K-TGM №401)
2008-060A
33443
Re-entered 2009 Feb 8
Supplies to ISS - first mision for new version of Progress. The Kurs docking system aerial failed to deploy at launch but a direct transmission from the ground of the deployment command was successful. Docked with the Pirs module November 30 at 12:28 UTC with Lonchakov using the TORU manual control system. Undocked 2009 Feb 6 at 04:10 UTC and spent two days in independent orbit to allow performance of its upgraded electronics to be assessed. Retro-fire Feb 8 at 07:32 UTC led to a destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean with any remaining fragments hitting the water surface around 08:20 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Nov 26, 14:4065900.003319023388.7251.6165
2008 Nov 26, 20:0665980.004918825288.8951.6175
2008 Nov 27, 19:4866420.001925127689.7851.67122
2008 Nov 29, 13:3066460.000726327389.8751.6558


2008-061
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China
2008 Dec 1, 04:42
Yaogan 4
2008-061A
33446
in space
Imaging satellite for natural resources surveys and, possibly, intelligence gathering. Specific tasks include land survey, crop yield assessment, and input to disaster monitoring and prevention plans.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Dec 1, 20:2570210.001363465297.5897.9230911:00
2009 Dec 9, 02:3770210.001463465397.5997.8918010:48
2010 Oct 22, 03:4770220.001363565397.6197.8624110:33
2012 May 10, 08:1370250.001663565897.6697.7921909:50
2013 Jul 16, 12:2970240.001663565797.6497.7426809:04
2013 Oct 29, 13:0570240.001663465797.6397.7229008:51
2013 Nov 20, 20:4770240.001663465797.6397.7221208:48


2008-062
Molniya-M
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia
2008 Dec 2, 05:00
Cosmos 2446 (Oko, US-K №85)
2008-062A
33447
in space
First generation missile detection and early warning satellite in Molniya-type highly eccentric orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Dec 2, 16:53262350.736952439190704.8262.86287
2008 Dec 8, 18:00263070.732067339184707.7262.83287
2008 Dec 15, 13:32264330.733865839452712.8262.85287
2008 Dec 19, 15:50265600.735265539708717.9662.86287


2008-063
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Dec 10, 13:43
Ciel-2
2008-063A
33453
in space
Comsat covering North America. Expected location - 129° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Dec 11, 04:44269760.5567558135616734.9119.470
2008 Dec 12, 18:48307220.36681307635612893.189.230
2008 Dec 15, 18:06420530.001035633357181430.400.05300143° west
2008 Dec 21, 14:15421650.000035786357881436.110.0535138° west
2009 Jan 23, 19:12420090.000135626356351428.140.022137° west
2009 Jan 29, 12:37421640.000235779357931436.060.0550129° west


2008-064
CZ-4B
Taiyuan Space Centre, China
2008 Dec 15, 03:22
Yaogan 5
2008-064A
33456
Re-entered 2014 Sep 2
Imaging satellite for natural resources surveys and, possibly, intelligence gathering. Specific tasks include land survey, crop yield assessment, and input to disaster monitoring and prevention plans. Ceased orbit adjustment manoeuvres around 2010 May 11.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2008 Dec 16, 05:5868650.000848149294.3497.4027710:30
2011 Nov 9, 03:4968500.001146448094.0397.2916510:19
2012 May 9, 23:1768380.000845446593.7897.2622910:18
2013 Jul 16, 13:0968030.000941943193.0797.2110610:26
2013 Oct 29, 12:4067910.000840741992.8297.208010:32


2008-065
Ariane 5ECA (V-186)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana
2008 Dec 20, 22:35
Eutelsat Hot Bird 13C
2008-065A
33459
in space
Communications satellite covering Europe. Expected location - 13° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Dec 21, 14:30243210.727325535631629.134.04181
2009 Jan 7, 05:00421650.000035785357881436.090.062011° east
2009 Feb 6, 14:24420780.000135695357041431.650.053363° east
2009 Feb 16, 23:01421640.000435769358021436.040.0727713° east
Eutelsat 48D (Eutelsat W2M/Afghansat 1)
2008-065B
33460
in space
Communications satellite covering Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. A technical problem once on orbit reduced it capacity by 50%.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Dec 22, 07:02266980.5781488735752723.552.14178
2008 Dec 23, 08:50288270.4627911035788811.821.62179
2008 Dec 26, 01:21349690.205921393357901084.660.53179
2009 Jan 4, 15:43421650.000335773358021436.130.111042° east
2009 Jan 26, 21:36420760.000935662357341431.580.04329° east
2009 Jan 30, 02:46421670.001335735358431436.220.0634210° east
2009 Apr 29, 21:20422090.005735589360731438.350.183518° east
2009 May 8, 18:12421650.000335776357981436.120.203284° east


2008-066
CZ-3A
Xichang Space Centre, China
2008 Dec 23, 00:54
Fengyun 2E (Fengyun II-06)
2008-066A
33463
in space
Meteorological imaging and climate monitoring satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2008 Dec 23, 18:23241690.724528235300623.2224.29181
2008 Dec 29, 00:43421620.000435767358011435.962.63335123° east
2009 Jan 3, 20:36421630.000435767358021435.992.62339124° east


2008-067
Proton-M/DM
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
2008 Dec 25, 10:43
Cosmos 2447 (Uragan № 727)
2008-067A
33466
in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Dec 26, 16:11255070.00041911919138675.7064.80258
Cosmos 2449 (Uragan № 728)
2008-067B
33467
in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Dec 30, 09:52255060.00051911719140675.6764.80264
2009 Jan 5, 16:48253830.00491888019129670.7564.79237
2009 Jan 30, 16:48255050.00021912319131675.6264.77331
Cosmos 2448 (Uragan № 729)
2008-067C
33468
in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2008 Dec 30, 18:35254340.00311897719134672.7964.79244
2009 Jan 12, 13:05255050.00071911019144675.6064.80301


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