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2010 - 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 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.

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2010-001
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Jan 16,   16:12 UTC
Beidou 3  (Beidou G 1)
2010-001A
36287

in space
Satellite in geosynchronous orbit for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". The satellite also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Jan 17, 08:16242790.729518935613627.4820.44180
2010 Jan 25, 16:49421640.004435600359721436.081.83230160° east
2011 Nov 22, 09:49421660.000335776357991436.141.51192140° east

2010-002
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Jan 28,   00:18 UTC
Raduga-1M  (Globus-M №2)
2010-002A
36358

in space
Commmunications satellite specifically for Russian government and military, based on the earlier Raduga/Gran but with increased capacity and increased resistance to the effects of radiation. One service provided is tactical battlefield communications and the satellite can also be used with small communications terminals in remote areas.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Jan 28, 04:11244180.722140935671632.8946.480
2010 Jan 29, 18:37419570.000335567355911425.510.063958° east
2010 Feb 12, 19:02420470.000835634357041430.080.0314588° east
2010 Mar 30, 22:17421650.000335773358011436.100.049585° east
2013 Nov 17, 01:59421650.000435771358031436.100.0133585° east

2010-003
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Feb 3,   03:45 UTC
Progress M-04M  (Progress 7K-TGM №404)
2010-003A
36361

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Jul 1
Supplies to ISS. Precise time 03:45:29 UTC. Delayed from 2009 Dec 26. Docked with aft port of Zvezda 2010 Feb 5 at 04:25:58 UTC. Undocking was May 10 at 11:15:31 UTC followed by several weeks of independent flight under the "Reflection" experiment to study reflective characteristics of the freighter's hull and the transparency of the Earth's atmosphere. Retrofire Jul 1 at 13:54:00 UTC led to destructive re-entry with any surviving fragments landing in the southern Pacific Ocean at 14:40:55 UTC near 38° 16' south latitude, 124° 08' west longitude.

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2010 Feb 3, 05:4665800.002318721788.5351.6468
2010 Feb 3, 14:0866180.002622225789.2951.64331
2010 Feb 5, 14:1267210.001133535091.3951.64287
2010 Apr 18, 12:3667230.000334234791.4351.65183
2010 Apr 21, 11:5367230.000334234791.4351.65190
2010 Jun 10, 08:3767290.000434835391.5551.65320

2010-004
Space Shuttle Endeavour, OV-105
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

2010 Feb 8,   09:14 UTC
STS-130   
2010-004A
36394

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Feb 22
Launch to ISS with Node 3 and Cupola. Precise time 09:14:08 UTC. Docked with Harmony node PMA-2 Feb 10 at 05:06 UTC. Undocked Feb 20 at 00:54 UTC. Undocked Feb 20 at 00:54 UTC. Landed KSC runway Feb 22 at 03:20 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Feb 8, 12:2766530.009721033990.0151.7018
2010 Feb 9, 17:2167030.003630134991.0351.64320
2010 Feb 11, 13:1967200.001133535091.3851.64317

2010-005
Atlas V 401, AV-021
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 Feb 11,   15:23 UTC
Solar Dynamics Observatory   
2010-005A
36395

in space
Launch at start of 60 minute window of a NASA satellite - solar monitoring under the Space Weather Research Programme. Intended geosynchronous location - 103° west longitude.

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longitude
2010 Feb 15, 05:39252680.6496247635303666.2028.5441
2010 Mar 8, 19:28363720.147124645353431150.5728.1843
2010 Apr 29, 05:19421640.000235778357931436.0428.04280102° west

2010-006
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Feb 12,   00:39 UTC
Intelsat 16   
2010-006A
36397

in space
Comsat will provide expansion capacity for SKY Mexico’s direct-to-home services, including High Definition programming nd backup capacity for SKY Brazil. Separated from the launch vehicle 10:14 UTC. Anticipated location - 58° west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Feb 17, 15:30424220.003335903361841449.240.142038° west
2010 Feb 27, 03:16421650.000235777357961436.090.071048° west
2010 Apr 10, 09:56421650.000135781357931436.110.06450° east
2010 Jul 7, 08:30421650.000235776357971436.090.0323558° west

2010-007
Proton-M/DM-2
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Mar 1,   21:19 UTC
Cosmos 2459  (Uragan-M № 731)
2010-007A
36400

in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

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2010 Mar 2, 11:41255050.00021912319132675.6364.77208
Cosmos 2461  (Uragan-M № 735)
2010-007B
36401

in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

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2010 Mar 3, 03:43255100.00021912719138675.8364.7698
2010 Apr 1, 03:39255080.00041912119139675.7364.76101
Cosmos 2460  (Uragan-M № 732)
2010-007C
36402

in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

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2010 Mar 3, 12:00255100.00001913119133675.8164.76197
2010 Mar 12, 13:32255030.00031911819133675.5564.76250

2010-008
Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2)
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 Mar 4,   23:57 UTC
GOES 15   
2010-008A
36411

in space
US meteorological imaging and data collection satellite in geosynchronous orbit.

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longitude
2010 Mar 6, 19:27273060.5224666335192748.4212.01179
2010 Mar 8, 02:29302770.37271261435183873.816.97181
2010 Mar 12, 14:00373360.113126733351821196.601.85189
2010 Mar 29, 02:48421660.000135785357901436.150.4335789° west

2010-009
CZ-4C
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2010 Mar 5,   04:55 UTC
Yaogan 9   
2010-009A
36413

in space
Remote sensing satellite described as undertaking land resources surveys and crop yield estimation. However, its purpose may be ocean surveillance similar to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination.

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2010 Mar 5, 15:0474690.001010831099107.0663.41321
2013 Sep 2, 05:5074690.01229991182107.0663.41359
2014 Aug 9, 13:2574680.01539761204107.0663.411
Yaogan 9 subsatellite 1   
2010-009B
36414

in space
One of two further payloads forming the Yaogan 9 mission, and flying in formation with it. May be similar to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination.

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2010 Mar 5, 23:5974700.001010851099107.0963.41317
2010 Mar 11, 09:4574390.001110531069106.4263.41322
2010 Apr 5, 18:4374690.001310811100107.0663.41328
2013 Sep 2, 04:0374690.01229991182107.0663.41359
2014 Aug 9, 13:2574680.01539761205107.0663.410
Yaogan 9 subsatellite 2   
2010-009C
36415

in space
One of two further payloads forming the Yaogan 9 mission, and flying in formation with it. May be similar to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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2010 Mar 6, 03:3474710.001010861100107.1163.41307
2010 Mar 12, 16:3574690.001110821099107.0663.41326
2013 Aug 31, 21:4474690.01239981183107.0663.41359
2014 Aug 10, 05:2874680.01549751205107.0663.411

2010-010
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Mar 20,   18:26 UTC
Echostar 14   
2010-010A
36499

in space
US commercial comsat. Released from Briz-M rocket stage Mar 22 at 03:36 UTC. Expected location - 119° west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2010 Mar 22, 12:13258060.6341306435792687.6226.710
2010 Mar 23, 09:17281020.5006765535793781.3815.521
2010 Mar 24, 17:02333930.262618244357851012.135.821
2010 Mar 25, 10:32368260.145025110357871172.192.821
2010 Apr 13, 02:36421630.000135780357901436.030.04123138° west
2010 May 30, 10:56421640.000235777357961436.080.03347119° west

2010-011
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Apr 2,   04:04 UTC
Soyuz TMA-18  (Soyuz 11F732A17 № 228)
2010-011A
36505

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Sep 25
Launch of crew to ISS. Precise time 04:04:34 UTC. Docked with the Poisk module Apr 4 at 05:24:50 UTC. Undocked Sep 25 at 02:02:12 UTC. Retro-fire at 04:31:17 for 261.4 seconds resulted in landing at 05:23 UTC, about 35km south of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan. The landing was postponed one day due to a faulty pressure sensor on the Poisk hatch suggesting that it was not sealed.

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( ° )
2010 Apr 2, 08:4066220.003222326589.3851.65155
2010 Apr 3, 12:5566240.002522926389.4351.64156
2010 Apr 4, 12:4967250.000634335191.4751.65135
2010 Sep 24, 21:4267330.000735036091.6451.6430

2010-012
Space Shuttle Discovery, OV-103
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

2010 Apr 5,   10:21 UTC
STS-131   
2010-012A
36507

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Apr 20
Supplies and equipment to ISS. Launched at the mid-point of a ten minute launch window. Docked with PMA-2 on the Harmony module Apr 7 at 07:44 UTC. Undocked Apr 17 at 12:52 and landed on the KSC runway Apr 19 at 12:48 UTC. Delayed from Mar 18 - pre-launch processing was affected by cold weather and resulted in a short delay. It brought mission timing into conflict with Soyuz TMA-18 so a longer postponement became necessary.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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( ° )
2010 Apr 5, 14:2466730.006425333890.4251.65313
2010 Apr 6, 12:1667050.002231334291.0851.65277
2010 Apr 7, 12:2567240.000634235091.4651.65147

2010-013
Dnepr
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Apr 8,   13:57 UTC
Cryosat 2   
2010-013A
36508

in space
Ice Monitoring satellite. Replacement for the original Cryosat that was lost due to a launch vehicle malfunction 2005 Oct 8. Launch delayed from 2009 Dec 16 to 2010 Jan 25 but on Jan 19, ESA announced an indefinite postponement due to concern about sufficiency of the fuel reserve for the launch vehicle second stage steering engine.

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2010 Apr 9, 00:5770970.001171172799.1692.03282

Failed to reach orbit
GSLV Mk2
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2010 Apr 15,   10:57 UTC
GSat 4   
Experimental combined metsat and communiations satellite aimed for GEO carried on a test flight of India's GSLV. Third stage failed to ignite properly and failed to reach orbit - later traced to a failure in a turbo pump.

2010-014
Soyuz-U
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2010 Apr 16,   15:00 UTC
Cosmos 2462  (Kobalt-M)
2010-014A
36511

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Jul 21
Military imaging reconnaissance satellite, sometimes referred to as 'Yantar', with manoeuvring engine to maintain its orbit. Landed in Russia Jul 21 around 09:10 UTC.

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( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2010 Apr 16, 22:3066270.011916932789.4767.1790
2010 Apr 19, 08:5066500.014217736689.9467.1672

2010-015
Atlas V 501, AV-012
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 Apr 22,   23:52 UTC
USA 212  (X-37B/OTV-1 Flight 1)
2010-015A
36514

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Dec 3
First flight of the USAF Boeing-built X-37B space plane. Launched at the beginning of a 4 hr launch window. Landed Vandenberg runway 2010 Dec 3 with wheel stop at 09:16:02 UTC. Launch delayed from April 20. The X-37B was removed from the Shuttle launch manifest following Columbia's destruction. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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ω 
( ° )
2010 Jun 1, 20:2967870.001539941992.7439.99294
2010 Aug 30, 08:5968140.000743144193.3039.9953
2010 Nov 29, 04:2666610.000627928790.1740.0033

2010-016
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Apr 24,   11:19 UTC
SES 1  (AMS-4R)
2010-016A
36516

in space
Comsat owned by SES World Skies, providing services to the US. Expected location - 101° west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2010 Apr 26, 14:20400510.005733443339031329.480.0786
2010 May 10, 05:30421650.000135782357921436.120.06167143° west
2010 Jul 27, 08:26421640.000135780357921436.070.05174101° west

2010-017
Cosmos 11K65M
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2010 Apr 27,   01:05 UTC
Cosmos 2463  (Parus)
2010-017A
36519

in space
Navigation satellite. Broadcasts navigational almanac for the active Parus constellation to allow Naval users (principally submarines) to track the satellites in order to use the onboard messaging store/dump system.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Apr 27, 21:4573730.00359701021105.0182.96280

2010-018
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Apr 28,   17:15 UTC
Progress M-05M  (Progress 7K-TGM №405)
2010-018A
36521

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Nov 15
Supplies to ISS. Precise launch time - 17:15:09 UTC. Docked with the Pirs module May 1 at 18:30 UTC, five minutes earlier than planned and under manual control using TORU after a software error caused a problem in the automatic system when Progress was 1 km from the ISS. Undocked Oct 26 at 14:25 UTC and operated autonomously for the "Reflection" and "Radar Progress" experiments. Retro-fire Nov 15 at 08:49 UTC for 186.2 sec provided delta-V of 89.7 m/s led to destructive re-entry with any surviving debris falling in the southern Pacific Ocean at 09:35:39 UTC - location 47°.95 south, 139°.27 west.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
( ° )
2010 Apr 28, 21:5065900.007416426188.7451.65258
2010 Apr 28, 23:2366330.001124826389.6151.64230
2010 May 1, 20:0267270.001034235591.5251.64262

2010-019
Space Shuttle Atlantis, OV-104
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

2010 May 14,   18:20 UTC
STS-132   
2010-019A
36572

Re-entered or landed - 2010 May 26
Launch to ISS with components plus Russian Mini Research Module 1 (also known as Rassvet) - at the mid-point of a ten minute launch window. Precise time - 18:20:09 UTC. Docked with PMA-2 attached to the Harmony Module May 16 at 14:28 UTC. Undocked May 23, 15:22 UTC. Retro-fire May 26 was followed by a landing on the KSC runway at 12:49 UTC.

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2010 May 14, 19:3065720.005815623288.3751.64343
2010 May 15, 05:1065930.002719723288.7951.65337
2010 May 15, 18:2365970.002820023788.8751.64322
2010 May 17, 12:0767250.001034135491.4851.65326

2010-020
H-IIA 202 (F 17)
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2010 May 20,   21:58 UTC
Hayato  (KSat)
2010-020A
36573

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Jun 28
Student-built 1U cubesat from Kagoshima University for technology demonstration and remote sensing, also carries equipment to study water vapour in the Earth's atmosphere and making images at microwave frequencies.

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2010 May 21, 11:1266760.001328930690.4729.98279
Waseda-Sat 2   
2010-020B
36574

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Jul 12
1U cubesat built by students at Waseda University for Earth observation, technology demonstration and testing the use of extensible paddles to provide attitude control.

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2010 May 20, 23:5366760.001129030590.4829.98276
Negai*  (Wish)
2010-020C
36575

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Jun 26
1U cubesat built by students of Soka University. Onboard is a field-programmable gate array to be tested in orbit. in orbit.[3] It also carried the names of selected children and details of wishes they have made. An imaging system will provide photographs to be given to the named children.

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2010 May 21, 00:4066750.001328930690.4629.98277
Akatsuki  (Planet-C)
2010-020D
36576

in space
Venus atmospheric studies spacecraft also known as Planet-C and Venus Climate Orbiter. Precise time 21:58:22 UTC. It failed to enter orbit around Venus 2010 Dec. 6. Depending on the nauture of the problem, it will be near Venus again late 2016 - early 2017 and it may be possible to achieve orbit.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 
IKAROS   
2010-020E
36577

in space
20-meter square solar sail carried as a secondary payload with Akatsuki (Planet-C), testing the concept in orbit around the Sun. IKAROS is an acronym from Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun. It passed near Venus 2010 Dec 8, two days after Akatsuki.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 
Unitec-1  (UNIsec Technological Experiment Carrier-1)
2010-020F
36578

in space
1U cubesat testing electronic components that accompanied Akatsuki towards Venus.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 

2010-021
Ariane 5ECA (V-194)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2010 May 21,   22:01 UTC
Astra 3B   
2010-021A
36581

in space
Commercial comsat. Lift off was at the beginning of a 43 minute launch window. Postponed several times from Mar 24. Intended location - 23°.5 east longitude

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GEO    
longitude
2010 May 23, 21:50243940.727926035771631.953.01179
2010 Jun 21, 23:03421650.000635763358101436.090.0933623° east
COMSATBw-2   
2010-021B
36582

in space
German military comsat launched to geosynchronous transfer orbit. Postponed several times from Mar 24. Intended location - 13°.2 east.

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longitude
2010 May 23, 00:52244050.728025935795632.383.00178
2010 Jun 1, 21:47421650.000235780357941436.100.0817013° east

2010-022
Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2)
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 May 28,   03:00 UTC
USA 213  (Navstar GPS IIF-01)
2010-022A
36585

in space
First second generation navigation satellite in the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

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2010 May 29, 06:02268270.00042043820461728.8254.98182
2010 Jun 30, 00:38265850.00072018920224718.9654.99134
2010 Aug 12, 10:40265620.00052017020197718.0355.03125

2010-023
Rockot
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2010 Jun 2,   01:59 UTC
SERVIS-2  (Space Environment Reliability Verification Integrated System)
2010-023A
36588

in space
Japanese test satellite to evaluate use off-the-shelf components in satellite construction.

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2010 Jun 2, 21:3775770.001611861211109.39100.4430517:58

2010-024
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Jun 2,   15:53 UTC
Beidou 4  (Beidou G 3)
2010-024A
36590

in space
Satellite in geosynchronous orbit for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". The satellite also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region. Moved to 110° east 2012 Nov to replace Beidou 1C (2003-021A/27813).

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longitude
2010 Jun 3, 02:29243140.729120935663628.8520.54180
2010 Jun 11, 20:15421640.000235778357951436.081.8219685° east
2011 Nov 22, 16:16421640.000135781357921436.071.1724384° east
2012 Nov 7, 15:48420410.000235653356731429.801.2318586° east
2012 Nov 23, 23:11421640.000335772357991436.041.25293110° east

2010-025
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Jun 3,   22:00 UTC
Badr 5   
2010-025A
36592

in space
Comsat for the Arab region. Planned location - 26° east longitude, co-located with Badr-4 and Badr-6.

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2010 Jun 4, 13:06271440.5524577135760741.7518.970
2010 Jul 7, 15:42422380.000335845358741439.830.0628833° east
2010 Aug 5, 18:13421650.000535767358061436.100.0133326° east

2010-026
Falcon 9
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 Jun 4,   18:45 UTC
Dragon Dummy   
2010-026A
36595

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Jun 27
Dummy payload in the shape of the Dragon space capsule being developed by Space X. Not intended for re-entry and recovery.

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2010 Jun 4, 21:3466370.002324427489.6834.50216

Failed to reach orbit
Naro 1
Naro Space Centre, South Korea

2010 Jun 10,   08:01 UTC
STSat 2B   
Korean research satellite for solar observation, also equipped with a laser ranging device to measure orbit height. Similar to STSat 2, lost in a launch failure 2009 Aug 25 when the launch vehicle exploded 137.3s after lift-off.

2010-027
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2010 Jun 15,   01:39 UTC
Shijian 12   
2010-027A
36596

in space
Experimental satellite. Observers reported that, starting Aug 20, it made several approches to Shijian VI-04A.

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2010 Jun 15, 09:0869640.001657559796.4097.7022607:58
2010 Jun 24, 15:0269680.001657960196.4897.6617507:58

2010-028
Dnepr
Dombarovsky (Yasny) Cosmodrome, Orenburg, Russia

2010 Jun 15,   14:42 UTC
Picard   
2010-028A
36598

in space
French solar physics satellite measuring small variations in total solar output, mapping differential rotation of the Sun and making an accurate measurement of the solar diameter

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2010 Jun 16, 05:0671170.001772775199.5998.2819218:00
2010 Jun 22, 13:3071060.000172772999.3598.2920518:00
Prisma - Mango   
2010-028B
36599

in space
One of a pair of satellites to demonstrate new technology in the field of Formation Flying and Rendezvous techniques and network communications between satellites. It is also equipped with an imaging system. Mango and Tango were launched as a joined pair, they separated from each other on Aug 12.

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2010 Jun 16, 16:3570890.002369572899.0198.29718:00
2010 Jun 17, 20:3971340.004272678599.9498.2818618:00
2010 Aug 12, 02:0771340.004472478799.9498.282217:56
Dnepr upper stage   
2010-028C
36600

in space
Final stage rocket from multiple satellite launch. It carries BPA-1, a block of Ukrainian experimental avionic equipment to test navigation equipment for civil aircraft and satellites

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2010 Jun 15, 22:5173690.03767141268104.9398.25193
Prisma - Tango   
2010-028F
36827

in space
One of a pair of satellites to demonstrate new technology in the field of Formation Flying and Rendezvous techniques and network communications between satellites. It is also equipped with an imaging system. Mango and Tango were launched as a joined pair, they separated from each other on Aug 12.

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2010 Aug 12, 22:4571340.004572378899.9498.281917:56

2010-029
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Jun 15,   21:35 UTC
Soyuz TMA-19  (Soyuz 11F732A17 № 229)
2010-029A
36603

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Nov 26
Launch of crew to ISS. Precise time - 21:35:19 UTC. Docked with the aft port of Zvezda Jun 17 at 22:21 UTC - four minutes early. Jun 28, it was relocated to the Rassvet docking unit. Undocked Nov 26 at 01:23:13. Retro-fire at 03:55:12 UTC was followed by landing at 04:46 UTC. Landing was on target - 84 km north of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan at 04:46 UTC. It was brought forward four days because of air traffic control restrictions in connection with a summit meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - taking place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

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2010 Jun 15, 23:3665970.003419624188.8751.6078
2010 Jun 16, 06:2966270.000924425589.4951.64243
2010 Jun 18, 12:4567320.000934736091.6151.65340

2010-030
Dnepr
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Jun 21,   02:14 UTC
TanDEM-X   
2010-030A
36605

in space
Successful launch is in middle of 28 minute launch window of German operated satellite to orbit in close formation with TerraSAR-X (launched 2007) to add terrain height measurements to the radar data from TerraSAR-X. It will allow precise 3-D mapping. Delayed from 2009 Oct 14 and 21, and then further delayed from mid-December. The name is an acronym for TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurements

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2010 Jun 23, 11:1868820.001149751194.7097.4528506:00
2010 Jul 19, 18:5068870.000150850994.7997.458706:00

2010-031
Shavit (2?)
Palmachim AFB, Israel

2010 Jun 22,   19:00 UTC
Ofeq 9  (Horizon 9)
2010-031A
36608

in space
Israeli military imaging satellite including night-time capability. Offeq 9 operates in a constelllation of three satellites including the previously-launched Offeq 5 and Offeq 7. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

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2011 Jan 31, 02:4968930.016640062994.91141.7723

2010-032
Ariane 5ECA (V-195)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2010 Jun 26,   21:41 UTC
COMS-1  (Chollian)
2010-032A
36744

in space
Multi-purpose South Korea satellite. COMS is an abbreviation for Communications, Oceanography and Meteorology. Intended location - 128°.2 east

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longitude
2010 Jun 27, 13:59244190.728126035822632.931.97179
2010 Jul 7, 20:24421650.000135783357911436.100.0126128° east
2010 Dec 23, 04:17421650.000135782357921436.120.01276128° east
Arabsat 5A   
2010-032B
36745

in space
Comsat for the Arab region to be stationed at 30.5 deg east longitude.

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longitude
2010 Jun 28, 07:12243860.727626535749631.621.97178
2010 Oct 2, 19:33421640.000235776357951436.040.0418231° east

2010-033
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Jun 30,   15:35 UTC
Progress M-06M  (Progress 7K-TGM №406)
2010-033A
36748

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Sep 6
Supplies to ISS. Initial attempt at docking Jul 2 was called off because of radio interference with TORU caused by an ISS TV system. Docked Jul 4 at 16:17 UTC at the rear port of Zarya. Undocking Aug 31 at 11:24 UTC was followed by several days of Radar Progress experiments. Retro-fire Sep 6 at 12:13:50 UTC for 198 seconds provided a delta-V of 101.75 m/s and resulted in destructive re-entry with any surviving elements of the spacecraft structure impactng in the southern Pacific Ocean near 42 ° 07 ' South latitude and 138 ° 25' West Longitude at 12:53:20 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Jun 30, 17:3665840.002818822588.6251.6178
2010 Jun 30, 23:0466250.002623026489.4551.64123
2010 Jul 3, 00:3267310.001934036691.6051.64111
2010 Sep 4, 09:5867260.001733635991.4951.64307

2010-034
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Jul 10,   18:40 UTC
Echostar 15   
2010-034A
36792

in space
Commercial comsat in a launch managed by by International Launch Services for satellite operator Echostar. It provides services for the DISH HDTV network. Precise time: 18:40:36 UTC. Spacecraft separation - Jul 11, 03:53 UTC following fifth firing of the Briz-M engine. Intended location - 61°.5 west longitude.

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longitude
2010 Jul 12, 10:45311390.35611367135851911.439.170
2010 Jul 20, 23:02421630.000235777357931436.020.0722462° west
2010 Oct 7, 02:45421650.000235779357941436.090.0518262° west

2010-035
PSLV-CA
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2010 Jul 12,   03:52 UTC
Cartosat 2B   
2010-035A
36795

in space
Indian mapping satellite, launched at the beginning of a ten minute window.

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2010 Jul 12, 09:4370100.001262364097.3498.1527909:30
2010 Jul 24, 09:1270160.001362964797.4798.0825409:31
Studsat   
2010-035B
36796

in space
Picosatellite with a remote sensing imaging system, built by students of Bangalore and Hyderabad Universities mainly to provide experience in satellite design and building. Launched alonside Cartosat 2B.

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2010 Jul 12, 12:5770090.001262263997.3398.1528309:30
AISSat-1   
2010-035C
36797

in space
Norwegian small satellite with AIS (Automatic Information System) for receiving location information from shipping. Launched alonside Cartosat 2B.

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2010 Jul 12, 20:0370060.001162063697.2698.1530409:30
ALSat-2A   
2010-035D
36798

in space
Algerian satellite carrying an imaging system. Launched alonside Cartosat 2B.

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2010 Jul 12, 12:5770080.001262163897.3198.1429109:30
TISat   
2010-035E
36799

in space
Ticino Satellite 1. Small satellite from Italy, built by students, studying molecular oxygen at orbital altitude. Launched alonside Cartosat 2B.

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2010 Jul 12, 19:5170070.001461963997.2998.1529609:30

2010-036
CZ-3A
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Jul 31,   21:30 UTC
Beidou 5  (Beidou IGSO 1)
2010-036A
36828

in space
Satellite for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". The satellite also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region. Orbit is inclined at 55° to provide northerly coverage. It has an equator crossing near 118° east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Aug 1, 03:35243980.730819035851632.1355.06175
2010 Aug 7, 17:18421590.002735667358941435.7955.09183
2010 Oct 6, 10:52421640.002635677358951436.0655.06182

2010-037
Ariane 5ECA (V-196)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2010 Aug 4,   20:59 UTC
Nilesat 201   
2010-037A
36830

in space
Egyptian broadcasting satellite. Intended location - 7° west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Aug 5, 18:47243870.728125335765631.681.97179
2010 Aug 18, 00:48421650.000035786357881436.110.024610° west
2010 Nov 22, 15:57421650.000635762358111436.090.061040° east
RASCOM-QAF 1R   
2010-037B
36831

in space
Comsat providing services to Africa, replacing RASCOM QAF-1 which suffered reduced lifetime through a helium leak. Intended location - 2°.85 east longitude.

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GEO    
longitude
2010 Aug 5, 18:51243810.728025435751631.431.97179
2010 Aug 18, 01:19421650.001835710358631436.090.0111514° east
2010 Sep 7, 21:36422720.002035808359801441.580.031414° east

2010-038
CZ-4C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2010 Aug 9,   22:49 UTC
Yaogan 10   
2010-038A
36834

in space
Imaging satellite (possibly carrying a synthetic aperture radar) for natural resources surveys and, possibly, intelligence gathering. Specific tasks include land survey, crop yield assessment, and input to disaster monitoring and prevention plans.

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desc node
local time
2010 Aug 10, 03:0769930.001160762296.9997.825706:00
2010 Aug 23, 17:5870070.000162862997.2897.839206:00
2012 Apr 8, 12:3870050.000262662897.2597.839105:36
2012 May 9, 22:4670050.000262662897.2597.836505:35
2013 Jul 16, 08:3970040.000262462797.2297.856805:22

2010-039
Atlas V 531, AV-019
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 Aug 14,   11:07 UTC
USA 214  (AEHF SV-1)
2010-039A
36868

in space
USAF satellite - the first of a group of three Advanced Extra High Frequency satellites that will replace the Milstar constellation, providing secure communications to the US military. Commercial launch into geosynchronous transfer orbit by United Launch Alliance at the beginning of a two hour launch window. It's apogee engine failed to operate so the orbit was raised over a fifteen month period using the vehicles's xenon-fuelled ion electric thrusters. Launch delayed from Jul 30. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

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GEO    
longitude
2010 Aug 27, 15:13315090.790622050041927.7022.04186
2010 Sep 29, 21:34337210.67154699499861027.0915.12200
2011 May 25, 03:32453460.280326258516791601.676.63229
2011 Jun 25, 04:33465480.205230619497201665.745.97228
2011 Oct 6, 21:35432030.020735929377211489.474.55238
2011 Nov 22, 19:04421650.000335773358011436.124.3524669° west

2010-040
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2010 Aug 23,   07:10 UTC
Tianhui 1A   
2010-040A
36985

in space
Cartographic imaging satellite capable of stereoscopic Earth photography, equipped with orbit adjustment engine to maintain height against air drag. Precise launch 07:10:04 UTC.

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local time
2010 Aug 24, 21:2768740.001248750494.5397.3531213:30
2012 May 4, 12:5768740.001248850494.5397.4027613:22

2010-041
Proton-M/DM-2
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Sep 2,   00:53 UTC
Cosmos 2464  (Uragan-M № 736)
2010-041A
37137

in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
2010 Sep 3, 12:05255050.00031911919135675.6064.83131
2010 Sep 8, 16:05254300.00301897419129672.6264.84221
2010 Sep 11, 12:36253940.00441890419128671.2064.82223
2010 Oct 1, 19:01255080.00231907119189675.7364.83156
Cosmos 2465  (Uragan-M № 737)
2010-041B
37138

in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

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2010 Sep 3, 15:41255050.00031911919134675.6064.84141
2010 Sep 10, 16:48256270.00511911819380680.4864.84103
2010 Sep 29, 00:37255080.00391902919230675.7364.85167
Cosmos 2466  (Uragan-M № 738)
2010-041C
37139

in space
Navigation satellite working as part of the GLONASS positioning system.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Sep 3, 15:30255050.00041911619138675.6264.83121
2010 Sep 12, 00:00253910.00341892619099671.0764.84270
2010 Sep 23, 19:29255080.00191908219178675.7364.8517

2010-042
CZ-3B/E
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Sep 4,   16:14 UTC
Chinasat 6A  (Zhongxing 6A, Sinosat 6)
2010-042A
37150

in space
Chinese national communications and direct-broadcasting satellite - replacement for SinoSat 3. Precise lift off time - 16:14:04 UTC. Orbital injection was 26 min after lift off. Intended location - for 126°.4 east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2010 Sep 8, 02:00274020.760717941869752.3725.19181
2010 Sep 21, 17:36421650.000335775357991436.100.40131126° east

2010-043
Rockot
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2010 Sep 8,   03:30 UTC
Gonets M-2  (Gonets M №12)
2010-043A
37152

in space
Store and forward communications satellite for Russia's civil/commercial system. Launched as part of a triple payload. Identification is from amateur radio tracking. Spacetrack has this object tagged as one of the two Strela satellites from the launch.

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2010 Sep 9, 23:3078790.000714961506116.0182.45321
Cosmos 2467  (Strela-3)
2010-043B
37153

in space
Military/government system store-dump communications satellite. Launched as part of a triple payload. Identification is from amateur radio tracking. Spacetrack has this object tagged tagged simply as Strela 3.

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2010 Sep 9, 23:3178820.000714981510116.0782.45346
Cosmos 2468  (Strela-3M/Rodnik №13)
2010-043C
37154

in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite. Identification as a Strela 3M is from amateur radio tracking.

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( ° )
2010 Sep 9, 23:3178810.000714971508116.0482.46333

2010-044
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Sep 10,   10:22 UTC
Progress M-07M  (Progress 7K-TGM №407)
2010-044A
37156

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Feb 20
Supplies to ISS - precise time 10:22:57 UTC. Docked with rear port of Zvezda Sep 12 at 15:57:57 UTC. Undocked 2011 Feb 20 at 13:11:47 UTC. At 16:12:00 UTC the main engine was fired for 161 seconds to provide a delta-V of 87.5 m/s, leading to a destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean. Any unburned elements hit the ocean surface at 16:58:23 UTC near 42 ° 25' south latitude, 139° 39' west longitude. Launch delayed from Sep 8.

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period
( min )
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( ° )
2010 Sep 10, 12:2365830.002518922288.6051.6184
2010 Sep 11, 04:3966400.001925027589.7551.65130
2010 Sep 12, 13:1967320.000834836091.6251.655

2010-045
H-IIA 202 (F 18)
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2010 Sep 11,   11:17 UTC
QZSS 1  (Michibiki)
2010-045A
37158

in space
Quasi Zenith Satellite System - navigation satellite providing positioning service to Japan in areas where the topography works against GPS reception. Inclined, eccentric orbit with high period provides long 'stay time' above Japan. Reached operational orbit Sep 26. "Michibiki" translates into English as "Showing the Way". Launch delayed from Aug 2.

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2010 Sep 12, 13:40242020.724329435354624.5131.81181
2010 Sep 13, 04:47401230.055331525359651333.0840.74181
2010 Oct 1, 16:11421640.075432608389651436.0840.96270

2010-046
Atlas V 501, AV-025
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2010 Sep 21,   04:03 UTC
USA 215  (Topaz, FIA Radar 1)
2010-046A
37162

in space
Launched 34.5 minutes into a 60 minute launch window. US government or military reconnaissance satellite, part of the only remaining element of the Future Imaging Architecture programme, equipped with an imaging radar. Commercial launch by United Launch Alliance. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

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2010 Sep 30, 02:3074520.001110661082106.71123.0183
2010 Nov 27, 11:2974820.000411011107107.35122.99120
2013 Nov 23, 17:0774820.000211021105107.35123.00130

2010-047
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2010 Sep 22,   02:42 UTC
Yaogan 11   
2010-047A
37165

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)
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local time
2010 Sep 22, 15:0970190.002362465797.5398.0029609:00
2012 May 9, 23:1170250.003162566997.6797.9116808:52
2013 Jul 15, 04:3470250.003062666897.6797.8522108:31
2013 Oct 29, 12:5070250.002962666797.6797.8424008:24
ZP 1A1  (Zhejiang University Pi Satellite 1B)
2010-047B
37166

in space
Picosats, developed by Zhejiang University, for microelectronics studies. One of a pair launched alongside Yaogan 11.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Sep 23, 02:3270180.002462365697.5198.01296
ZP 1A2  (Zhejiang University Pi Satellite 1C)
2010-047C
37167

in space
Picosats, developed by Zhejiang University, for microelectronics studies. One of a pair launched alongside Yaogan 11.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Sep 22, 15:0970180.002462365697.5297.99300

2010-048
Minotaur IV
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2010 Sep 26,   04:41 UTC
USA 216  (SBSS)
2010-048A
37168

in space
Space-Based Space Surveillance spacecraft launched at the start of a fifteen minute window. Sensors capable of tracking other orbiting objects but from space rather than from the ground. An on-orbit vehicle test phase preceded handover to the USAF. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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local time
2010 Oct 17, 20:1870110.000163263497.3797.9734320:26
2014 Mar 24, 20:1370070.000362763197.2897.9315820:50

2010-049
Molniya 8K78M
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2010 Sep 30,   17:01 UTC
Cosmos 2469  (Oko, US-K №86)
2010-049A
37170

in space
First generation missile detection and early warning satellite in Molniya-type highly eccentric orbit.

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2010 Oct 2, 05:28262230.735555939131704.3362.79287
2010 Oct 21, 20:55265570.737459639762717.8462.81287

2010-050
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Oct 1,   10:59 UTC
Chang'e 2   
2010-050A
37174

in space
Chinese lunar exploration craft with principal mission to photograph the planned Chang'e 3 landing site. Oct 6 at 03:06 UTC, it commenced retrofire and entered lunar orbit where it conducted several manoeuvres. 2011 Jun 9, it departed the Moon and was used to test China's deep space tracking network. It arrived at the Sun-Earth Lagrange 2 point Aug 28 and went into orbit around it. Around 2012 Jun 1 it departed to rendezvous with minor planet 4179 Toutatis 2012 Dec 13 from where it returned a number of images during a close (3 km) fly-by. It subsequently continued to follow its own orbit within the solar system.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 

2010-051
CZ-4B
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2010 Oct 6,   00:49 UTC
Shijian 6G  (Shijian 6-04A)
2010-051A
37179

in space
One of a pair of Shijian 6 satellites in a dual launch. reportedly to monitor the space environment. Planned lifetime is two years.

epoch (UTC)
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local time
2010 Oct 16, 17:4369740.001358760696.6197.7627707:55
2013 Aug 22, 08:5069710.001658260496.5497.656507:12
Shijian 6H  (Shijian 6-04B)
2010-051B
37180

in space
One of a pair of Shijian 6 satellites in a dual launch, reportedly to monitor the space environment. Planned lifetime is two years.

epoch (UTC)
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desc node
local time
2010 Oct 8, 02:1369750.001258860596.6197.7632707:55
2013 Aug 22, 08:2769710.001458460396.5597.657907:11

2010-052
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Oct 7,   23:10 UTC
Soyuz TMA-M  (Soyuz 11F732A47 № 701)
2010-052A
37183

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Mar 16
Crew to ISS - Scott Kelly (Commander Expedition 26), Aleksandr Kaleriand Oleg Skripochka. Docked with the Poisk module Oct 10 at 00:01 UTC. Undocked 2011 Mar 16 at 04:27 UTC. Landing followed 257 seconds of retrofire starting at 03:03:17 UTC that resulted in a delta-V of 115 metres/second. It occurred 86 kilometres to the north of Arkalyk in severe weather conditions - strong wind, blizzard and very low temperature (-20° C). It was close to the planned location near 51° north, 63° east.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Oct 7, 22:5965970.003619524288.8751.6171
2010 Oct 8, 17:2866440.002924628589.8251.65351
2010 Oct 10, 19:0467320.000834835991.6151.6582

2010-053
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Oct 14,   18:53 UTC
Sirius XM-5   
2010-053A
37185

in space
Digital-radio, direct broadcasting satellite for the US mainland. Intended location - 85°.2 west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Oct 16, 09:25263700.5993418835795710.2622.810
2010 Oct 20, 09:48342710.230619989357971052.324.811
2010 Oct 23, 17:28422210.001635776359101438.980.0426279° west
2010 Nov 6, 09:17421640.000135781357911436.050.0122580° west
2010 Dec 16, 23:34421650.000235777357961436.090.0714285° west

2010-054
Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Oct 19,   17:10 UTC
Globalstar-2 M079   
2010-054A
37188

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications

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2010 Oct 25, 03:5073010.0005919926103.4652.00231
2011 Apr 29, 02:4077920.000114131415114.0852.0169
Globalstar-2 M074   
2010-054B
37189

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications

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2010 Oct 25, 02:0873010.0005919927103.4752.01218
2011 Apr 29, 16:5577920.000114131414114.0852.0072
Globalstar-2 M076   
2010-054C
37190

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Oct 25, 08:5872990.0006917925103.4452.01248
2011 Apr 29, 17:2477920.000114131414114.0852.0139
Globalstar-2 M077   
2010-054D
37191

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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2010 Oct 25, 08:5872990.0007916926103.4452.01238
2011 Apr 29, 00:2877920.000114121415114.0852.01122
Globalstar-2 M075   
2010-054E
37192

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Oct 24, 19:1473010.0004920926103.4852.01232
2010 Dec 29, 12:3777920.000114131415114.0852.00152
Globalstar-2 M073   
2010-054F
37193

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Oct 24, 19:1273000.0006917926103.4552.01231
2011 Apr 29, 18:0377920.000114131415114.0852.01109

2010-055
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Oct 27,   15:11 UTC
Progress M-08M  (Progress 7K-TGM №408)
2010-055A
37196

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jan 24
Supplies to ISS. Precise time: 15:11:50 UTC. Docked under manual control at the Pirs module Oct 30 at 16:35 UTC after three days. Undocked 2011 Jan 24 at 11:42:43 UTC. Retrofire was at 05:16:44 UTC and lasted for 155s. The delta-v of 85m/s initiated a destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean. Any unburned remains will have hit the sea at 06:07:03 UTC, near 51° 18' south latitude, 135° 54' west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Oct 27, 14:5965860.002918922888.6651.6277
2010 Oct 27, 21:2066390.002024827489.7351.64153
2010 Oct 31, 13:2867310.000834735891.6051.65144

2010-056
Ariane 5ECA (V-197)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2010 Oct 28,   21:51 UTC
Eutelsat W3B   
2010-056A
37206

in space
Comsat to replace three other satellites - Eurobird 16, W2M and SESAT 1. They will now continue in service as Eutelsat W3B was declared loss following a fuel leak soon after launch. Launched at start of 88 minute window. Intended location - 16° east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Oct 29, 14:24244090.727926535798632.551.99178
BSAT-3b   
2010-056B
37207

in space
High definition direct broadcasting satellite launched at start of 88 minute window. Intended geosynchronous location - 110° east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Oct 29, 16:48243720.727626035727631.091.99178
2010 Nov 1, 18:39332900.264918094357301007.460.40176
2010 Nov 5, 03:40421120.000235726357421433.410.01165109° east
2010 Nov 14, 22:34421650.000535768358061436.110.0365110° east
2010 Dec 31, 18:09421650.000435770358031436.100.0713110° east

2010-057
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Oct 31,   16:26 UTC
Beidou 6  (Beidou G 4)
2010-057A
37210

in space
Satellite in geosynchronous orbit for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". The satellite also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Nov 1, 07:12243850.730619235821631.5820.48180
2010 Nov 10, 13:14421650.000535764358091436.091.82208160° east
2011 Nov 21, 12:34421640.000435769358041436.081.04196160° east

2010-058
Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2010 Nov 2,   00:58 UTC
Meridian 3  (Meridian № 13L)
2010-058A
37212

in space
Military/government communications satellite. Meridian combines the military and civilian tasks of the former Molniya-1 and Molniya-3 satellite constellation, together with the clandestine communications function of the LEO Parus satellites. Precise launch time - 00:58:39 UTC. It separated from the Fregat launch vehicle stage at 03:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2010 Nov 4, 02:39267480.725596539776725.6262.80270
2010 Nov 18, 03:54265530.723696239388717.6962.80270

2010-059
CZ-4C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2010 Nov 4,   18:37 UTC
Fengyun 3B   
2010-059A
37214

in space
Second generation meteorological satellite. It is the second of two experimental vehicles and the two will work together with ground tracks separated by about 120° of longitude on the Earth's surface. Fengyun-3B is capable of producing three-dimensional analyses of weather systems.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
perigee
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period
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incl
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( ° )
desc node
local time
2010 Nov 6, 02:0271820.0008799809100.9698.7028801:40
2010 Nov 15, 14:0272050.0000826827101.4398.7032401:40

2010-060
Delta 7420
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2010 Nov 6,   02:20 UTC
COSMO-Skymed 4   
2010-060A
37216

in space
Imaging satellite equipped with a 600 km swathe, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) operating in X-band. Fourth and final satellite in the "Constellation of Small Satellites for Mediterranean Basin Observation". Delayed from Nov 1.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
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incl
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desc node
local time
2010 Nov 6, 11:2670010.000262262497.1797.8611218:00
2010 Nov 19, 03:4369910.000261261496.9697.867718:00
2010 Dec 5, 17:5870010.000262162497.1597.867718:00

2010-061
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Nov 14,   17:29 UTC
SkyTerra 1  (MSV 1)
2010-061A
37218

in space
Satellite for mobile broadband communications. It separated from the Briz-M upper stage Nov 15, 02:43 UTC. Delayed from Aug 17 after satellite manufacturer Boeing started troubleshooting a technical problem. Intended location - 101°.3 west.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Nov 16, 21:38271040.5483586435588740.1318.841
2010 Dec 5, 15:42421640.000235779357921436.066.0578101° west

2010-062
Minotaur IV
Kodiak Launch Centre, Alaska, USA

2010 Nov 20,   01:25 UTC
USA 217  (STPSat 2)
2010-062A
37222

in space
Department of Defense Space Test Program Standard Interface Vehicle (STP-SIV) program satellite. Space technology experiments in support of the Operationally Responsive Space strategy designed "...to ensure US space superiority". Includes Ocean Data Telemetry Microsat Link (ODTML) store-dump communications payload.

epoch (UTC)
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Estimated orbit 70160.002262265397.4771.97290
USA 218  (RAX)
2010-062B
37223

in space
Radio Aurora Explorer - University of Michigan satellite to study dense plasma clouds in Earth's upper atmosphere that can disrupt communication between Earth and vehicles in orbit. Launch delayed from May. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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incl
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( ° )
2010 Dec 2, 13:3670160.002262365497.4871.97290
USA 219  (O/OREOS)
2010-062C
37224

in space
Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses - NASA CubeSat to study the effects of space radiation on micro-organisms and organic molecules. Launch delayed from May. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2010 Dec 3, 10:4870170.002162465497.5071.97287
USA 220  (FASTSAT-HSV01)
2010-062D
37225

in space
Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite that incorporated NanoSail D which was released into independent orbit 2011 Jan 18. Launch delayed from May. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2010 Dec 3, 10:5370190.002062665497.5371.97284
USA 221  (Falconsat-5)
2010-062E
37226

in space
US Air Force satellite to observe the effect of thruster plumes on the space environment. Launch delayed from May.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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( ° )
orbital parameters awaited or unavailable
USA 222  (FAST 1/ Sarah Lily)
2010-062F
37227

in space
One of a pair of satellites, joined together at launch, used by the University of Texas for experiments in Navigation and Attitude control. A separation command was sent 2011 Mar 14 but the satellites did not respond. A further attempt Mar 22 was successful and resulted in FAST 2/Emma entering separate orbit. Launch delayed from May. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2010 Dec 1, 13:2370190.001962765497.5471.97287
Nanosail-D   
2010-062L
37361

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Sep 17
Released from FASTSAT-HSV01 into independent orbit 2011 Jan 18. Event was delayed from Dec 6 after the ejection mechanism failed to function properly when commanded to operate. NanoSail later separated spontaneously 2011 Jan 18. De-orbited by retro-fire 2011 Sep 17 and destroyed on re-entry. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation, the final element set published was for epoch 2011 Aug 28.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Feb 26, 18:4670090.002261664697.3371.9791
2011 Aug 28, 01:5968800.003647752694.6571.98239
USA 228  (FAST 2/Emma)
2010-062M
37380

in space
One of a pair of satellites, joined together at launch, used by the University of Texas for experiments in Navigation and Attitude control. A separation command was sent 2011 Mar 14 but the satellites did not respond. A further attempt Mar 22 was successful and resulted in FAST 2/Emma detaching from FAST 1/Sarah Lily. The USA number is out of sequence due to the separation delay. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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apogee
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Apr 28, 09:4270190.001762965397.5471.975

2010-063
Delta 4 Heavy, Delta 351
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 Nov 21,   22:58 UTC
USA 223  (Adv Orion/Mentor 5)
2010-063A
37232

in space
Probably a SIGINT satellite aimed at inclined geosynchronous orbit. Delayed from Nov 15. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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period
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GEO    
longitude
2011 Jan 1, 00:00421680.004435603359761436.246.90346101° east

2010-064
CZ-3A
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Nov 24,   16:09 UTC
Chinasat 20A  (Zhongxing 20A)
2010-064A
37234

in space
Communications satellite for radio and tv broadcasting, and voice and data services.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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GEO    
longitude
2010 Nov 25, 07:31274060.759620941847752.5424.87180
2010 Nov 30, 19:26421640.000335773357991436.050.55347130° east

2010-065
Ariane 5ECA (V-198)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2010 Nov 26,   18:39 UTC
HYLAS 1  (Highly Adaptable Satellite 1)
2010-065A
37237

in space
Joint European/Indian development to provide broadband services to remote areas of Europe.It has a design life exceeding 15 years. Release from the launcher came 35 minutes after lift off. Originally planned as first Soyuz payload from CSG but changed to Ariane 5 because of CSG site construction delays. Intended location 33°.5 west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2010 Nov 27, 10:59244230.729622635863633.062.03178
2010 Nov 30, 00:00402200.048931875358101337.910.11127
2010 Dec 2, 20:15420360.003535512358031429.530.088755° east
2010 Dec 16, 21:45421650.000335773358001436.100.057961° east
2011 Jan 26, 21:17422420.002235771359581440.070.1133228° east
2011 May 12, 04:30421640.000235779357941436.080.0633133° west
Intelsat 17   
2010-065B
37238

in space
General services communications satellite. It was released from the launch vehicle about 27 minutes after launch. Intended location - 66° east longitude

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2010 Nov 27, 21:27243960.729522235814632.042.03179
2010 Dec 2, 02:05382200.103527887357971239.340.428
2010 Dec 8, 18:22421660.000235781357941436.160.0731663° east
2011 Jan 7, 16:20421650.000435769358041436.090.0132466° east

Failed to reach orbit
Proton-M/DM-3
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Dec 6,   10:25 UTC
GLONASS-M  (Uragan-M № 739)
One of a triplet of navigation satellites. The launch vehicle failed to reach orbit because of an error resulting in under-fuelling of the DM-3 rocket stage.
GLONASS-M  (Uragan-M № 740)
One of a triplet of navigation satellites. The launch vehicle failed to reach orbit because of an error resulting in under-fuelling of the DM-3 rocket stage.
GLONASS-M  (Uragan-M № 741)
One of a triplet of navigation satellites. The launch vehicle failed to reach orbit because of an error resulting in under-fuelling of the DM-3 rocket stage.

2010-066
Falcon 9
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2010 Dec 8,   15:43 UTC
Dragon C1  (Dragon COTS 1)
2010-066A
37244

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Dec 8
Prototype Dragon spacecraft on a two orbit test. The mission was completed with re-entry, followed by splashdown in the ocean 800 kilometres off the southern California coast at 19:02 UTC. The world's first commercial launch, re-entry and recovery mission.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Dec 8, 17:0366720.001928130690.3934.55264
QbX-2  (Cubesat Experiment 2)
2010-066B
37245

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jan 16
3U Cubesat from the National Reconnaissance Office, flown to evaluate the performance of the vehicle as a future experiments platform and equipped with a developmental radio system provided by the US National Research Laboratory. Stabilisation is by a combination of air drag on the solar panels, small flywheels and magnetic torque. It is one of twelve Cubesats built for the NRO by Pumpkin inc under the Colony 1 programme.

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2010 Dec 10, 05:1166750.002328231290.4634.54257
SMDC-ONE   
2010-066C
37246

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jan 12
Operational Nanosatellite Effect - a 3U cubesat with a store and forward communications payload for the US Army Space and Missile Command, first launch in a series to evaluate the use of nanosats in tactical communications.

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2010 Dec 10, 12:4266740.002427931290.4334.53269
Perseus 003  (SOCOM)
2010-066D
37247

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Dec 31
1.5U CubeSat for the Los Alamos National Laboratory with classified payload, initially thought to be for energetic charged particle measurements but later understood to be for experimental tactical communications for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Probably released from the same payload dispenser as one of the other Persus cubesats on the launch, and separated from it after release.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Dec 10, 12:4166730.002128130990.4234.53264
Perseus 001  (SOCOM)
2010-066E
37248

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Dec 31
1.5U CubeSat for the Los Alamos National Laboratory with classified payload, initially thought to be for energetic charged particle measurements but later understood to be for experimental tactical communications for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Probably released from the same payload dispenser as one of the other Persus cubesats on the launch, and separated from it after release.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Dec 10, 12:4166730.002727731390.4134.55261
QbX-1  (Cubesat Experiment 1)
2010-066F
37249

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jan 6
3U Cubesat from the National Reconnaissance Office, flown to evaluate the performance of the vehicle as a future experiments platform and equipped with a developmental radio system provided by the US National Research Laboratory. Stabilisation is by a combination of air drag on the solar panels, small flywheels and magnetic torque. It is one of twelve Cubesats built for the NRO by Pumpkin inc under the Colony 1 programme.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Dec 10, 12:4166720.003427231690.4034.56280
Perseus 002  (SOCOM)
2010-066G
37250

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Dec 30
1.5U CubeSat for the Los Alamos National Laboratory with classified payload, initially thought to be for energetic charged particle measurements but later understood to be for experimental tactical communications for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Probably released from the same payload dispenser as one of the other Persus cubesats on the launch, and separated from it after release.

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2010 Dec 9, 21:4066760.002128331290.4734.54250
Perseus 000  (SOCOM)
2010-066H
37251

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Dec 30
1.5U CubeSat for the Los Alamos National Laboratory with classified payload, initially thought to be for energetic charged particle measurements but later understood to be for experimental tactical communications for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Probably released from the same payload dispenser as one of the other Persus cubesats on the launch, and separated from it after release.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Dec 10, 17:1266580.004125330790.1134.52286
Mayflower  (incl CAERUS)
2010-066J
37252

Re-entered or landed - 2010 Dec 22
Two part CubeSat consisting of a Northrop Grumman payload that included new, previously unproven advanced solar cell deployment system (occupying 2U), and CAERUS - an amateur radio CubeSat built by the University of Southern California (1U).

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2010 Dec 12, 20:1666640.002027330090.2434.53291

2010-067
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Dec 15,   19:09 UTC
Soyuz TMA-20  (Soyuz 11F732A17 № 230)
2010-067A
37254

Re-entered or landed - 2011 May 24
Launch of crew to ISS - Kondratyev (Expedition 27 Commander), Coleman, Nespoli. Precise time - 19:09:25 UTC. Docked at the Rassvet port Dec 17 at 20:11. Undocking occurred 2011 May 23 at 21:35:17 UTC - Paulo Nespoli took still and HD video images of the ISS from a distance of 180-200 metres while it rotated and Soyuz kept station with it. Retro-fire May 24 at 01:36:51for 255.4 seconds provided a Δv of 115.2 m/s and led to touchdown 147 km east-south-east of Dzhezkazgan at 02:27.

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Dec 16, 02:3566220.003322326689.3951.6557
2010 Dec 17, 01:0766240.002722826489.4251.6560
2010 Dec 18, 14:4867270.000834435591.5251.655

2010-068
CZ-3A
Xichang Space Centre, China

2010 Dec 17,   20:20 UTC
Beidou 7  (Beidou IGSO 2)
2010-068A
37256

in space
Satellite for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". The satellite also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region. Orbit is inclined at 55° to provide northerly coverage. Equator crossing near 118° east longitude to share service with Beidou 2-05 (2010-036A/36828).

epoch (UTC)
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2010 Dec 19, 02:41243790.730818435818631.3655.09175
2010 Dec 22, 13:38421650.001735717358561436.0955.24179

Failed to reach orbit
GSLV Mk1
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2010 Dec 25,   10:34 UTC
GSat 5P   
GSat 5P was equipped with 12 normal C-band transponders and 6 extended C-band transponders covering Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Design life - 12 years. The geosynchronous location was to be 82° east longitude. Launch delayed from October.

2010-069
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2010 Dec 26,   21:51 UTC
Eutelsat KA-Sat   
2010-069A
37258

in space
Comsat to provide broadband internet services. Satellite separated from launch vehicle at 07:51 UTC. Launch delayed from Dec 19 as a result of the outcome of an investigation into the GLONASS Proton failure Dec 5. Intended location - 9° east longitude.

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2010 Dec 27, 12:37261200.6140370535779700.2024.550
2011 Jan 10, 03:28421630.001735714358561436.010.132019° east

2010-070
Ariane 5ECA (V-199)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2010 Dec 29,   21:27 UTC
Hispasat 1E   
2010-070A
37264

in space
Comsat to serve Spain. Intended location - 30° west longitude.

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2011 Jan 1, 06:49243300.727624935655629.473.52185
2011 Jan 1, 21:45338960.242719290357461035.110.44178
2011 Jan 9, 02:37421630.000035783357861435.990.072526° west
2011 Mar 28, 05:00421640.000335775357981436.080.0429930° west
Koreasat 6   
2010-070B
37265

in space
Comsat for South Korea. Intended location - 116° east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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longitude
2010 Dec 30, 22:00243950.728225235782632.013.01179
2011 Jan 1, 21:10265540.5870458935764717.742.27179
2011 Jan 4, 07:50386580.090328790357701260.740.20185
2011 Jan 16, 14:08421660.000135782357931436.140.04349118° east
2011 Feb 14, 19:14421650.000135781357931436.110.0192116° east

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