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2011 - 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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2011-001
Zenit-3F (Zenit-2/Fregat-SB)
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Jan 20,   12:29 UTC
Elektro-L  (GOMS № 2)
2011-001A
37344

in space
Second generation Russian geosynchronous metsat. It provides a multispectral image of the complete visible hemisphere every 30 minutes with the interval increased to 15 minutes to cope with emergencies. Elektro-L also acts as a COSPAS-SARSAT emergency location data relay. Announced geosynchronous location: 76° east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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ω 
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GEO    
longitude
2011 Jan 20, 16:04244330.724435635754633.4748.520
2011 Jan 24, 00:00419290.006335288358131424.050.46765° east
2011 Feb 12, 15:48421650.001135741358321436.090.427876° east

2011-002
Delta 4 Heavy, Delta 352
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2011 Jan 20,   21:10 UTC
USA 224  (KH- 11 Block-4 F2?/Crystal)
2011-002A
37348

in space
KH-11 reconnaissance satellite. Commercial launch by United Launch Alliance tagged as NRO L-49. Launch originally planned for Jan 17 - reason not given for postponement. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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desc node
local time
2011 Jan 26, 21:0570160.0549252102397.4797.9024813:01
2013 Aug 6, 00:4170190.0545258102397.5397.8813112:59

2011-003
H-IIB (F 2)
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2011 Jan 22,   05:37 UTC
HTV 2  (Kounotori 2)
2011-003A
37351

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Mar 30
Unmanned inter-orbital cargo transporter carrying six tonnes of supplies including food, clothing and experimental equipment to the International Space Station. HTV 2 was captured by the ISS Canadarm 2 Jan 27 at 11:41 UTC and berthed at the lower docking port of the US Harmony Node at 14:51 UTC. For the STS-133 mission, it was relocated temporarily to Harmony's upper docking port to allow clearance for the docked Shuttle. It was undocked Mar 28 at 15:46 UTC at and completed a destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere Mar 30 at 03:09 UTC. Re-entry was monitored by a Re-entry Breakup Recorder (REBR-1).

epoch (UTC)
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apogee
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Jan 22, 08:0866230.008518930189.4151.65315
2011 Jan 22, 17:0766960.001131132590.8851.65274
2011 Jan 27, 09:2767310.000435035591.5951.64235

2011-004
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Jan 28,   01:31 UTC
Progress M-09M  (Progress 7K-TGM №409)
2011-004A
37359

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Apr 26
Supplies to the ISS, including a small satellite named Kedr (after Gagarin's call sign) - released into orbit during an EVA Feb 21. Docked automatically at the Pirs module Jan 30 at 02:38:50 UTC. Undocked Apr 22 at 11:41 UTC, and conducted a Radar Progress mission. Retro-fire of 125s duration on Apr 26 at 12:36 UTC provided a Δv of 67.2 m/s, leading to a destructive re-entry. Any surviving fragents fell into the southern Pacific Ocean at 13:22:53 UTC near 38°.9 south, 128°.8 west.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Jan 28, 01:2065910.003918823988.7651.6477
2011 Jan 28, 10:4466590.003026130190.1451.645
2011 Jan 29, 09:3866600.003126230390.1651.646

2011-005
Rockot/Briz-KM
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2011 Feb 1,   14:00 UTC
Cosmos 2470  (Geo-IK-2 № 11/Musson 2)
2011-005A
37362

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Jul 15
Geodetic satellite, based on the GLONASS-M chassis with equipment including radar altimeter, laser retro reflectors plus GLONASS and GPS receivers. Aimed at 1000 km circular orbit but circularisation burn of the Briz-KM did not occur. As a result, the satellite was unable to generate sufficient power from its solar cells. Mar 2, the satellite was declared as a loss and unable to conduct its intended mission. Later in 2011 Cosmos 2470's orbit allowed its batteries to charge sufficiently for it to start working and controllers were successful in sending commands but it was unable to fulfil any of its original duties. Re-entered 2013 Jul 15 around 14:27 UTC while southbound over China.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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ω 
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2011 Feb 2, 17:3970530.045235699398.2499.4595

2011-006
Minotaur I
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2011 Feb 6,   12:26 UTC
USA 225  (NRO L-66)
2011-006A
37364

in space
Small payload for reconnaissance technology/sensor development, developed under the Rapid Pathfinder Programme (RPP). Also monitoring radiation levels. Launch brought forward from 2011 March then postponed from Feb 5. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack. The orbit is an estimate based on public comments.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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Estimated orbit 75780.000211991202109.4290.0090

2011-007
Ariane 5ES (V-200)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2011 Feb 16,   21:51 UTC
ATV 2  (Johannes Kepler)
2011-007A
37368

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jun 21
European Space Agency cargo carrier to the ISS. ATV 2 docked automatically with the rear port of Zvezda on Feb 24 at 15:59:03 UTC. Its engines were used to boost the ISS orbit from 350 to near-400 km during 2011 late-spring. The final orbit listed below is just before departure from the ISS. It undocked Jun 20 at 14:46 UTC. On Jun 21 at 17:07 UTC, a retrofire sequence commenced, leading to re-entry. Any surviving fragments hit the Pacific Ocean at 20:50 UTC. Re-entry was was monitored by the second Re-entry Breakup Recorder (REBR-2).

epoch (UTC)
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Feb 17, 02:5366380.001025326689.7051.64283
2011 Feb 17, 10:3166480.000326827289.9151.64304
2011 Feb 19, 01:1766470.000326727189.8951.64305
2011 Feb 20, 01:1266510.000327127589.9751.64278
2011 Feb 23, 01:0166560.000527428190.0651.65320
2011 Feb 24, 08:4967220.000334234691.4151.65322
2011 Jun 18, 10:5167600.001137438992.1951.64259

2011-008
Space Shuttle Discovery, OV-103
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

2011 Feb 24,   21:53 UTC
STS-133   
2011-008A
37371

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Mar 9
Launch to ISS with supplies and equipment including the Permanent Multi-Purpose Module (PMM) for attachment to the station. The PMM is a refurbishment of Leonardo, a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM). Postponed from 2010 Nov 1 due to the need to repair helium and nitrogen leaks in the pressurization portion of Discovery’s right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) pod. Crew consisted of Alvin Drew, Nicole Stott, Eric Boe, Steven Lindsey, Michael Barratt and Steve Bowen. Docked with the forward facing docking unit of the Harmony module Feb 26 at 19:14. Undocked Mar 7 at 16:57. Retro-fire on Mar 9 at 15:55 UTC led to a landing on the Kennedy SC runway with wheel stop at 16:58:03 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Feb 25, 01:0865720.005815623288.3751.64344
2011 Feb 25, 11:3365940.002619923388.8251.64331
2011 Feb 26, 05:2766020.001621323488.9751.65333
2011 Feb 27, 14:0567300.000534935591.5851.6516
2011 Mar 8, 13:2967280.000934435691.5451.6434
2011 Mar 9, 03:3167140.002831835591.2651.640

2011-009
Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2011 Feb 26,   03:07 UTC
Cosmos 2471  (Uragan-K1 № 11L)
2011-009A
37372

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

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2011 Mar 2, 13:23255190.00051912919153676.1664.77230

Failed to reach orbit
Taurus 3110
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2011 Mar 4,   10:09 UTC
Glory   
NASA satellite for Earth energy balance studies - to allow scientists to better understand how the sun and atmospheric aerosols affect the Earth's climate. Lost when the launcher payload fairing remained attached to the upper stage. The extra mass prevented the stack from reaching orbit. Similar failure to the launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2009 Feb 24 (also a Taurus XL).
Explorer 1 Prime   
Cubesat, lost on the failed Glory launch, for Montana State University to measure the radiation belts as discovered by the original Explorer 1.
Hermes   
Cubesat, lost on the failed Glory launch, for the University of Colorado with experiments to test a high data-rate communication system for use in tiny satellites,
KySat 1   
Cubesat, lost on the failed Glory launch, for the Kentucky Space Consortium, including a camera and a 2.4 gigahertz scientific/medical band radio that was to be used to test high-bandwidth communications for student use.

2011-010
Atlas V 501, AV-026
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2011 Mar 5,   22:46 UTC
USA 226  (X-37B/OTV-2 Flight 1)
2011-010A
37375

Re-entered or landed - 2012 Jun 16
Second X-37B space plane - making its first flight. A mission by the first X-37B flight model was undertaken during 2010 and this second flight will refine some of the tests that it undertook. Mission originally planned for 270 days to Nov 30 but, on that day, USAF announced an indefinite extension. 2012 May 30 - USAF let it be known that the X-37B will return to Vandenberg AFB during tthe first two weeks of June, it landed 2012 Jun 16 at 12:48 UTC. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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perigee
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apogee
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period
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incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2011 Mar 30, 03:1367070.001232133791.1142.81148
2011 Nov 27, 18:2167130.001432534491.2242.7614
2012 Jan 7, 21:2167130.001032834191.2242.7819
2012 May 18, 02:0966620.002826530290.1942.80208

2011-011
Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2)
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2011 Mar 11,   23:38 UTC
USA 227  (SDS-3 F-5)
2011-011A
37377

in space
Third generation Satellite Data System government/military communications satellite. Checked out at 30° west longitude before moving to the operational location at 10° west. Replaced USA 155/SDS-3 F1 (2000-080A/26635). 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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apogee
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period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
Estimated orbit 252600.736527837486665.9026.50183
Estimated orbit 428680.024635435375431472.155.86179
2011 Apr 8, 11:51421650.000135783357921436.124.921530° west
2011 Aug 1, 03:02421650.000135782357921436.124.891310° west

2011-012
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Apr 4,   22:18 UTC
Soyuz TMA-21  (Soyuz 11F732A17 № 231)
2011-012A
37382

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Sep 16
Launch of crew towards the ISS - Aleksandr Samokutayev (Soyuz commander), Andrei Borisienko and Ronald Garan (NASA) . Precise time - 22:18:20 UTC. To mark the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight, the vehicle was named "Yuri Gagarin". Delayed from Mar 30 by a fault in the onboard Kvant-V communications control system, detected during testing. Docked with the Poisk Module Apr 6 at 23:09:17 UTC. Undocked carrying Borisenko, Samokutyaev and Garan 2011 Sep 16, 00:38:12 UTC, landed 03:59:39 UTC 148 kilometers southeast of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan - 47°.16 degrees north, 69°.35 degrees east.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
perigee
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apogee
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Apr 5, 04:2766400.001924927489.7451.6428
2011 Apr 6, 04:2266440.002524928289.8251.6432
2011 Apr 7, 12:1167290.000234935291.5551.6578

2011-013
CZ-3A
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Apr 9,   20:47 UTC
Beidou 8  (Beidou IGSO 3)
2011-013A
37384

in space
Satellite for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". It also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region from its 55° inclined geosynchronous orbit that crosses the equator near 118° east longitude to share service with Beidou 2-05 (2010-036A/36828) and Beidou 2-07 (2010-068A 37256).

epoch (UTC)
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apogee
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period
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incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
Estimated orbit 239210.725319234893613.6555.10175
2011 Apr 13, 20:06420270.001235599356981429.0555.29333
2011 Apr 15, 14:15421600.002135694358711435.8755.29184

2011-014
Atlas V 411, AV-027
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2011 Apr 15,   04:24 UTC
USA 229 p/l 1  (NOSS 3-5 p/l 1)
2011-014A
37386

in space
'Senior' partner in a pair of station-keeping Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite (NOSS) vehicles. The second satellite was released from the main vehicle into independendent orbit a small number of days after launch. 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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ω 
( ° )
2011 May 2, 22:0774890.012510181204107.5063.46179
USA 229 p/l 2  (NOSS 3-5 p/l 2)
2011-014B
37391

in space
Second satellite of a pair of station-keeping Navy Ocean Surveillance Satellite (NOSS) vehicles . Released into independendent orbit a small number of days after launch. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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apogee
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 May 2, 22:0874890.012710161207107.5163.40180

2011-015
PSLV
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2011 Apr 20,   04:42 UTC
Resourcesat 2   
2011-015A
37387

in space
Indian satellite with a five year design life for crop forecasting and military reconnaissance. The satellite also carries COMDEV, a joint Indian/Canadian receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) transmissions, used by shipping to pass position and status information.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
desc node
local time
2011 Apr 25, 10:4172010.0003820824101.3598.7827810:18
Youthsat  (IMS-1A)
2011-015B
37388

in space
Developed by students of Russian and Indian universities to study the relationship between solar variability and thermosphere-lonosphere changes. The satellite has a two-year life and carries two Indian and one Russian payloads.

epoch (UTC)
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desc node
local time
2011 Apr 20, 09:0471910.0012804821101.1498.7930210:18
X-Sat   
2011-015C
37389

in space
Satellite developed by Nangyang Technological University of Singapore to take photographs aimed at measuring soil erosion and other environmental changes on Earth, and to prove the technology used.

epoch (UTC)
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desc node
local time
2011 Apr 20, 20:5171810.0018790816100.9398.6635310:17

2011-016
Ariane 5ECA (VA-201)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2011 Apr 22,   21:37 UTC
Intelsat New Dawn   
2011-016A
37392

in space
Commercial comsat providing voice, wireless network, Internet and media applications services to Africa. It is intended to operate for 15 years. Part of a dual launch and the second satellite to be released from the launch vehicle (at L+ 35 min 03 sec) so, technically, it should have been designated as the 'B' object. Announced geosynchronous location - 32°.8 east longitude

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2011 Apr 23, 14:00244190.728325535827632.946.11178
2011 Apr 26, 11:20332800.266318041357631007.022.20179
2011 Apr 28, 07:15373520.129426139358081197.360.61178
2011 May 4, 16:53421640.000335774357981436.050.056823° east
2011 Jun 6, 16:48421650.000135783357891436.090.0423533° east
Yahsat 1A   
2011-016B
37393

in space
United Arab Emirates satellite for use by government and commercial customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Southwest Asia. Design life 15 years. Part of a dual launch and was the first to be released from the launch vehicle (at L+ 27 min 27 sec) so, technically, it should have been designated as the 'A' object. Announced geosynchronous location - 52°.5 east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2011 Apr 24, 00:26243960.728025735779632.036.00179
2011 May 2, 23:36420510.003035549357971430.310.0522350° east
2011 May 7, 23:57421640.000235776357951436.050.0422153° east

2011-017
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Apr 27,   13:05 UTC
Progress M-10M  (Progress 7K-TGM №410)
2011-017A
37396

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Oct 29
Cargo vehicle carrying supplies to the ISS. Docked with the Pirs module Apr 29 at 14:28:44 UTC. Undocked 2011 Oct 29 at 09:04 UTC. Retro-fire at 12:11 UTC led to a destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere over the southern Pacific Ocean. Any unburnt fragments hit the ocean surface at about 13:01 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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perigee
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apogee
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Apr 27, 20:4666240.002722826489.4351.64158
2011 Apr 30, 12:5267250.000334534891.4751.65168

2011-018
Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2011 May 4,   17:41 UTC
Meridian 4  (Meridian № 14L)
2011-018A
37398

in space
Military/government communications satellite in Molniya-type eccentric orbit. 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. The satellite was released from the launch vehicle into separate orbit at 19:59 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 May 5, 02:48267320.724997639731724.9462.79285
2011 May 24, 04:37265560.723796039395717.8062.82285

2011-019
Atlas V 401, AV-022
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2011 May 7,   18:10 UTC
USA 230  (SBIRS GEO-1)
2011-019A
37481

in space
Space-Based Infra Red System missile launch detection satellite. A scanning sensor gives a wide area view of missile launches and natural phenomena. A staring sensor is for observing areas of particular interest with enhanced sensitivity. Two SBIRS payloads are aboard satellites in Molniya-type HEO with apogees above the northern hemisphere (USA 184 and USA 200). The initial transfer orbit shown below is for the launch vehicle at the time of separation. Later parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2011 May 7, 20:59243650.731716035815630.8421.64178
2011 Jun 4, 10:56421650.000135782357931436.126.4814497° west
2011 Oct 7, 08:47422420.000235855358741440.066.29233107° west
2012 Jan 1, 00:00422350.000235850358631439.686.17288172° east

2011-020
Space Shuttle Endeavour, OV-105
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

2011 May 16,   12:56 UTC
STS-134   
2011-020A
37577

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jun 1
ISS mission to deliver the Express Logistics Carrier-3, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), a high-pressure gas tank and additional spare parts for the Dextre robotic helper. Crew consisted of Mark Kelly (Commander), Greg Johnson (Pilot), Mike Fincke, Roberto Vittori, Drew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff (Flight Engineers). Mission slipped from 2010 November and was potponed Apr 29 because of an electrical short circuit. Docked with the forward port of the Harmony node May 18 at 10:14 UTC. Undocked May 30 at 03:55:28 UTC. Retro-fire was Jun 1 at 05:29 UTC leading to a landing on the KSC runway with wheel stop at 06:35:36 UTC.

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( ° )
2011 May 16, 19:2867050.001331833591.0751.64279
2011 May 17, 22:4767120.001732234591.2051.64257
2011 May 19, 12:2667220.000434234691.4251.65293

2011-021
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 May 20,   19:15 UTC
Telstar 14R  (Estrela do Sul 2)
2011-021A
37602

in space
Canadian communications satellite offering international services, replacing Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul that suffered a problem when one of its two solar arrays failed to deploy fully. May 25, the satellite owner, Telesat Canada, announced that Telstar 14R had suffered a similar problem, and would also be limited in capacity as a result of the reduced power availablity. Announced geosynchronous location - 63° west longitude.

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GEO    
longitude
2011 May 21, 11:20171710.608534421242373.2149.37356
2011 Jun 16, 09:44421640.000135781357921436.070.0217565° west

2011-022
Ariane 5ECA (VA-202)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2011 May 20,   20:38 UTC
InSat 4G  (GSat 8)
2011-022A
37605

in space
Carries 18 Ku band transponders and a GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) payload - a system to improve the accuracy of a navigation receivers by providing additional reference signals. The satellite has a mission life of 12 years. Launch delayed 24 hours for checks of the Ariane 5 launcher. Announced geosynchronous location - 55° east longitude

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2011 May 21, 12:58243890.728424535776631.752.47178
2011 May 26, 16:32420300.002735540357641429.230.077349° east
2011 Jun 7, 13:43421650.000235779357951436.120.1019755° east
ST-2  (SingTel 2)
2011-022B
37606

in space
Satellite providing fixed and mobile services, along with IP-based voice and data services for businesses, particularly for operators offering direct-to-home services, and shipping companies in Asia and the Middle East. Launch delayed 24 hours for checks of the Ariane 5 launcher. Announced geosynchronous location - 88° east longitude.

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2011 May 21, 16:55243710.728723435752631.072.50178
2011 May 23, 09:50286400.4726872635799803.950.88178
2011 Jun 2, 20:10421650.001135741358331436.100.0310186° east
2011 Jul 8, 19:57421630.000135780357891435.990.016388° east

2011-023
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Jun 7,   20:12 UTC
Soyuz TMA-02M  (Soyuz 11F732A47 № 702)
2011-023A
37633

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Nov 22
Crew to ISS - Sergei Volkov (Soyuz Commander) , Michael Fossum (Commander, Expedition 29), Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). First test flight of Soyuz TMA-M (The initial Soyuz TMA-M mission was a qualification flight). It was originally planned for May 30 but delayed while analysis of the Soyuz TMA-01M mission was completed. Docked at the Rassvet port Jun 9 at 21:17:52 UTC. Approach and docking was automatic, with Soyuz compensating for a slight loss in performance from one of the rear-mounted thrusters. Undocked Nov 21 at 23:00:17 UTC, retro-fire for 256s beginning Nov 22 at 01:32:20 with touchdown at 02:26 UTC.

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2011 Jun 8, 02:2065770.001219220788.4851.73199
2011 Jun 8, 05:2766460.003224729089.8851.6448
2011 Jun 10, 11:4167240.000134534791.4551.64330

2011-024
Delta II 7320
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2011 Jun 10,   14:20 UTC
SAC-D  (Satellite de Aplicaciones Cientifico)
2011-024A
37673

in space
Satellite built by the space agency of Argentina (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, or CONAE). Eight instruments are collecting environmental data for a range of applications, including studies of natural hazards, air quality, land processes and epidemiology. One of the sensors is NASA's Aquarius instrument cluster, designed to operate for three of SAC-D's planned five-year life span. Postponed 24 hrs to check out a launch vehicle software error.

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local time
2011 Jun 12, 19:3270330.000265365697.8298.0111806:00

2011-025
Safir 1
Semnan Launch Site, Iran

2011 Jun 15,   09:15 UTC
Rasad 1  (Observation 1)
2011-025A
37675

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jul 6
15.3 kg microsatellite reportedly for Earth imaging with 200m resolution but imagery results not published. Equipped with gravity-gradient stabilisation boom. The launch time is an estimate ±1 minute. Indications were initially that Rasad might be launched as a dual payload with the larger, 50 kg, Fajr 1 satellite. Iran indicated testing delays with Fajr 1 so the dual launch may have been taken off the schedule.

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2011 Jun 15, 19:1466450.003524429189.8555.6881

2011-026
CZ-3B/E
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Jun 20,   16:13 UTC
Chinasat 10  (Zhongxing 10)
2011-026A
37677

in space
Chinese communications satellite. Separated from the launch vehicle 29 minutes after lift-off. From Jun 30 to Jun 31 it was stationed near 103° east longitude, probably for testing, before moving to its operational location at 110°.5 east.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2011 Jun 20, 22:59275410.761319742129758.1026.31180
2011 Jun 30, 22:31421640.000335775357971436.050.17267104° east
2011 Aug 9, 18:49421630.000335774357961436.020.08313110° east

2011-027
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Jun 21,   14:38 UTC
Progress M-11M  (Progress 7K-TGM №411)
2011-027A
37679

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Sep 1
Supplies to ISS. Docked with the aft port of Zvezda Jun 23 at 16:37:03 UTC. Undocked Aug 23 at 09:37:32 UTC followed by 9 days of Radar Progress experiments. Retro-fire Sep 1 at 9:34:31 UTC led to a destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean with any remaining fragments hitting the Ocean surface at 10:21:41 UTC near co-ordinates 40° 8' south, 135° 2' west.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Jun 21, 15:5565810.002318821888.5651.6383
2011 Jun 22, 02:4066810.002928432390.5951.64180
2011 Jun 24, 13:3567600.001137438992.1851.64284

2011-028
Soyuz-U
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2011 Jun 27,   16:00 UTC
Cosmos 2472  (Kobalt-M)
2011-028A
37726

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Oct 24
Military imaging reconnaissance satellite, sometimes referred to as 'Yantar', with manoeuvring engine to maintain its orbit. At 19:17 UTC. After two complete circuits of the Earth, the satellite came under the control of a dedicated ground station network. The long wait may indicate difficulties in establishing communication. Descent vehicle re-entered and landed 2011 Oct 24.

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2011 Jun 27, 20:3865960.004918625088.8581.3987
2011 Jun 29, 18:3066560.009121733990.0781.3996

2011-029
Minotaur I
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA

2011 Jun 30,   03:09 UTC
USA 231  (ORS-1)
2011-029A
37728

in space
450 kg satellite fitted with new electro-optical and infrared reconnaissance sensors designed to supplement data obtained by unmanned aerial systems and high-altitude aircraft operating in Iraq and Afghanistan. The sensors are based on those being demonstrated by TacSat-3 (2009-028A/35001 launched 2009 May 19). One of the imaging devices is derived from the unit designed for use for the U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aeroplane. ORS-1 stands for "Operational Responsive Space-1". Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Aug 18, 04:4367800.000739740792.6040.00221

2011-030
CZ-2C
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Jul 6,   04:28 UTC
Shijian 11-03   
2011-030A
37730

in space
Reported as an "experimental satellite". Orbit details, taken together with an image showing it as 3-axis stabilised and having downward-facing sensors, indicates that the payload has an Earth observation rôle. Launch was out of sequence indicating there may have been a delay in preparations for SJ-11-02 that eventually went into orbit Jul 29.

epoch (UTC)
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desc node
local time
2011 Jul 6, 08:5070750.001069070498.7198.2325410:45

2011-031
Space Shuttle Atlantis, OV-104
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

2011 Jul 8,   15:29 UTC
STS-135   
2011-031A
37736

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Jul 21
ISS supply mission, including the Raffaello MLPM to carry equipment and consumables. Final shuttle mission to the ISS. Launched delayed by 138 seconds when the timer stopped at T-31 seconds while proper retraction of a swing arm on the launch tower was checked after a sensor failed. Crew consisted of Christopher Ferguson (commander), Douglas Hurley (pilot), Rex Walheim (mission specialist) and Sandra Magnus (mission specialist). Docked with the ISS Harmony node Jul 10 at 15:07:24 UTC. Undocked Jul 19 at 06:28 UTC. Retro-fire Jul 21 at 08:49:04 UTC was followed by landing on the KSC runway with wheel stop at 09:57:54 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Jul 8, 18:4165710.005615623088.3551.64343
2011 Jul 9, 16:5966510.007922132589.9751.64225
2011 Jul 11, 17:5767660.001038139592.3251.64314
PSSC-2  (Pico-Satellite Solar Cell 2)
2011-031B
37752

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Dec 8
Small USAF three-axis stabilised satellite carrying an electronic camera, the Miniature Tracking Vehicle (MTV) experiment to see how it functions as a tracking target, and the Compact Total Electron Content Sensor (CTECS) that will observe signals from Global Positioning System satellites as they are occulted by the ionosphere. It is also a testbed to gather data on the behaviour of new types of solar cell while in space. It carries a set of small thrusters for obit adjustment. PSSC-2 was ejected by a spring mechanism from the Shuttle Atlantis payload bay 2011 Jul 20 at 07:49 UTC, shortly before Atlantis closed up to return to Earth.

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orbital parameters awaited or unavailable

2011-032
CZ-3C
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Jul 11,   15:41 UTC
Tianlian 1B   
2011-032A
37737

in space
Data communications satellite to work alongside Tianlian 1-01 (2008-019A/32779) to provide a data relay, and measurement and control service for Chinese satellites and space stations. An early task was to support the launch and docking of Tiangong 1 and Shenzhou 8 later in 2011.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2011 Jul 12, 06:24275680.761719142189759.2318.03180
2011 Jul 19, 16:31421660.000335776357991436.141.07112177° east
2012 Mar 26, 09:51421650.000435772358021436.130.5098177° east

2011-033
Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Jul 13,   02:27 UTC
Globalstar-2 M083   
2011-033A
37739

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Jul 21, 01:3473040.0009920932103.5452.00310
Globalstar-2 M088   
2011-033B
37740

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Manoeuvred to 1400 km operational orbit 2011 mid-July.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Jul 21, 17:0573840.00159951017105.2551.99249
2011 Jul 31, 18:1077920.000114131414114.0851.9782
Globalstar-2 M091   
2011-033C
37741

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Jul 21, 08:2773040.0009919932103.5352.00310
Globalstar-2 M085   
2011-033D
37742

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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2011 Jul 21, 10:0773020.0010916932103.5052.00298
Globalstar-2 M081   
2011-033E
37743

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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( ° )
2011 Jul 21, 08:2473030.0009918931103.5152.00298
Globalstar-2 M089   
2011-033F
37744

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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2011 Jul 21, 17:0173020.0011916932103.5052.00301

2011-034
PSLV-XL
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2011 Jul 15,   11:18 UTC
GSat 12   
2011-034A
37746

in space
Replacement for INSAT-3B (launched 2000), with an expected life of 7 years. As well as providing standard communications transponders, it provides service to Very Small Aperture Terminals used to transmit data such as point of sale transactions or to provide satellite internet access. Planned geosynchronous location - 83° east longitude, co-located with Insat-2E and Insat-4A.

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GEO    
longitude
2011 Jul 16, 21:47171900.612927621347373.8317.83181
2011 Jul 30, 19:17420800.000435685357181431.750.1632279° east
2011 Aug 13, 23:12421650.000735758358151436.080.1320683° east

2011-035
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Jul 15,   23:16 UTC
SES 3   
2011-035A
37748

in space
Broadcasting satellitefor the US mainland. Announced geosynchronous location - 103° west longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2011 Jul 17, 13:47260840.6143368335729698.7624.670
2011 Jul 18, 22:21339200.242219325357591036.215.330
2011 Jul 27, 08:01420970.001535655357831432.640.075278° west
2011 Aug 1, 09:43421650.000035786357881436.100.0522977° west
2011 Sep 24, 02:00421650.000335775357981436.090.017199° west
Kazsat 2   
2011-035B
37749

in space
Broadcasting and communications satellite for Kazakhstan as a replacement for Kazsat 1 that failed in 2008 after two years of operation. Testing completed and handed over from the manufacturer, Khrunichev, to Kazakhstan 2011 Nov 29. Announced geosynchronous location - 86°.5 east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2011 Jul 17, 13:48260890.6140369235729698.9324.680
2011 Aug 1, 17:53421370.004035589359291434.680.1219383° east
2011 Aug 26, 04:35421640.000135781357921436.080.0318487° east

2011-036
Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2)
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2011 Jul 16,   16:41 UTC
USA 232  (Navstar GPS IIF-02)
2011-036A
37753

in space
Second Block 2F, Generation 2 GPS Navsat.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Jul 16, 22:01275170.02462046321815757.1354.7933
2011 Jul 26, 12:28268360.00022045220464729.1955.03200
2011 Aug 28, 05:54265600.00012018020184717.9755.02182

2011-037
Zenit-3F (Zenit-2/Fregat-SB)
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Jul 18,   02:31 UTC
RadioAstron  (Spektr-R)
2011-037A
37755

in space
Astrophysics research satellite to study solar wind, the interplanetary magnetic field, black holes and neutron stars. It carries a 10m diameter radio telescope for interferometry work with ground-based instruments. The research programme involves 20 countries and is expected to last for ten years.

epoch (UTC)
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2011 Jul 18, 06:061732650.9572104533272811962.6051.60278
2011 Aug 12, 21:361767350.9371474033597412323.7756.83309

2011-038
CZ-3A
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Jul 26,   21:44 UTC
Beidou 9  (Beidou IGSO 4)
2011-038A
37763

in space
Satellite for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". It also provide time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region from a 55° inclined geosynchronous orbit crossing the equator near 93° east longitude, parked as an on-orbit spare 25 degrees to the west of the main inclined group of Beidou 2-05 (2010-036A/36828), Beidou 2-07 (2010-068A 37256) and Beidou 2-08 (2011-013A/37384) . Launch was about 20 minutes later than expected, indicating a possible unplanned hold in the countdown.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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2011 Jul 29, 08:18243600.729820435759630.6355.12175
2011 Aug 6, 19:21421630.002035699358711436.0255.21188

2011-039
CZ-2C
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Jul 29,   07:42 UTC
Shijian 11-02   
2011-039A
37765

in space
Reported as an "experimental satellite". Its orbit suggests that the payload has an Earth observation rôle. Launch was out of sequence (SJ-11-03 later went into orbit Jul 7) indicating that there may have been a delay in completion of manufacturing or testing.

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desc node
local time
2011 Aug 13, 02:4270750.001268870698.7198.1120513:59

2011-040
Atlas V 551, AV-029
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2011 Aug 5,   16:25 UTC
Juno   
2011-040A
37773

in space
NASA mission to Jupiter to study the magnetic and gravitational fields, the magnetosphere in polar regions, and the atmosphere - looking in particular for water. It will be the first solar-powered spacecraft designed to operate at such a distance from the Sun. Jupiter encounter in 2016 July.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 

2011-041
Ariane 5ECA (VA-203)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2011 Aug 6,   22:52 UTC
Astra 1N   
2011-041A
37775

in space
European direct-to-home broadcast services, including digital and HDTV. It was released into orbit just over 27 minutes after lift off. After checkout, geosynchronous location will be 28°.2 east longitude from where it will provide an interim capacity for SES ASTRA. Later it will be moved to the ASTRA prime location at 19°.2 east.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2011 Aug 7, 15:06243740.727426635725631.171.98179
2011 Aug 11, 04:16368500.146325080358651173.340.10167
2011 Aug 14, 15:43420600.002335584357801430.750.11340° west
2011 Sep 25, 02:37421050.000135723357301433.020.051439° east
2011 Oct 23, 16:18421640.000335773357991436.080.031628° east
BSAT-3c/JCSat-110R   
2011-041B
37776

in space
Japanese broadcasting satellite owned jointly by two broadcasters - BSat and SkyPerfect JCSat. It was released into orbit 38 minutes after launch. Expected geosynchronous location - 110° east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2011 Aug 8, 12:00243660.727426435712630.881.97180
2011 Aug 23, 19:18421640.000035784357881436.080.04359110° east

2011-042
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Aug 11,   16:15 UTC
Paksat 1R   
2011-042A
37779

in space
Pakistani communications satellite to replace PakSat 1 which was on short- term lease from Hughes. The CZ/Long March launch vehicle completed its mission when Paksat was released into independent orbit after 26 minutes. Expected geosynchronous location - 38° east longitude.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2011 Aug 20, 19:10261540.751212939422701.5525.19186
2011 Aug 27, 23:30422100.000335819358451438.420.1711946° east
2011 Sep 13, 02:00421650.000535766358081436.120.1334338° east

2011-043
CZ-4B
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2011 Aug 15,   22:57 UTC
Haiyang 2   
2011-043A
37781

in space
Oceanographic satellite equipped with a microwave radiometer, a radar altimeter and a radar scatterometer to monitor ocean conditions. Launch delayed one day due to weather.

epoch (UTC)
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desc node
local time
2011 Aug 16, 05:0671490.0198630912100.2799.472006:00
2011 Aug 17, 08:4872890.0007906916103.2299.3621906:00

2011-044
Dnepr
Dombarovsky (Yasny) Cosmodrome, Orenburg, Russia

2011 Aug 17,   07:12 UTC
EDUSAT   
2011-044A
37788

in space
Italian satellite aimed at promoting space education among high school students and to support the qualification and scientific careers of young people, the satellite will take measurements of the Earth magnetic field, detect cosmic particles, and measure the Solar constant. Technology goals include the study of deorbiting systems, behaviour of solar cells in orbit, and validation of an S-band transponder. Part of a multiple payload launch.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
desc node
local time
2011 Aug 19, 11:0270470.004064169798.1298.2634310:30
NigeriaSat 2   
2011-044B
37789

in space
Objective is to provide high resolution maps of Nigeria every four months, monthly monitoring of Nigerian crops for food supply security, and supporting the development of the Nigerian national Geographical Information System (GIS) by providing high quality geospatial data. It took over from Nigeriasat-1 - launched 2003 Sep 27. Part of a multiple payload launch.

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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
desc node
local time
2011 Aug 19, 03:1470890.002569372899.0098.2620810:30
NigeriaSat-X   
2011-044C
37790

in space
Member of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC), it will assist with disaster relief and global environmental monitoring campaigns alongside satellites from other consortium members ASAL (Algeria), BLMIT (China), Deimos Space (Spain), and SSTL (UK). Part of a multiple payload launch.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
desc node
local time
2011 Aug 19, 11:0770550.002965769798.2998.2633610:30
RASAT   
2011-044D
37791

in space
Observation satellite designed and produced by Turkish engineers, was built to demonstrate Turkey's ability to construct a satellite. Part of a multiple payload launch.

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2011 Aug 19, 11:1170610.002166869898.4198.2632710:30
AprizeSat 5   
2011-044E
37792

in space
Small satellite for data collection from small fixed and mobile ground stations. Part of a multiple payload launch.

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2011 Aug 19, 10:5270320.006161169797.8198.2734910:30
AprizeSat 6   
2011-044F
37793

in space
Small satellite for data collection from small fixed and mobile ground stations. Part of a multiple payload launch.

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2011 Aug 19, 10:5870410.004962869797.9998.2634610:30
Sich 2   
2011-044G
37794

in space
Primary payload of the mission. Ukrainian designed and built remote sensing satellite in sun-synchronous orbit. Part of a multiple payload launch.

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2011 Aug 19, 03:0570720.001268570298.6498.2628110:30
Dnepr upper stage  (BPA-2)
2011-044H
37795

in space
Final stage rocket from multiple satellite launch. It carries BPA-2, a block of Ukrainian experimental avionic equipment to test navigation equipment for civil aircraft and satellites.

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2011 Aug 19, 12:5373720.04106911296104.9898.22184

2011-045
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Aug 17,   21:25 UTC
Express AM 4   
2011-045A
37798

Re-entered or landed - 2012 Mar 25
Russian domestic Ku-band communications satellite to replace the service lost due to the failure of the earlier Express AM-2. Injected into wrong orbit through due to a computing malfunction in the launch vehicle. Intended to be stationed in geosynchronous orbit at 80° east longitude. De-orbited - any unburnt fragments fell near 40° north, 175° west 2011 Mar 25 13:32 UTC.

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2011 Aug 20, 02:10170370.5668100320315368.8651.3224
2012 Mar 20, 00:04168770.583165820339363.6551.11100

Failed to reach orbit
CZ-2C
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Aug 18,   09:28 UTC
Shijian 11-04   
Reported as an "experimental satellite". The orbits of its predecessors suggests that the payload had an Earth observation rôle. Sun-synchronous orbit would have had its descending node around 15:50 local time. Destroyed when the launch vehicle second stage failed to ignite. Launch was already delayed by one day but reason not given. Replaced by Shijian 11-05, launched 2013 July 15.

Failed to reach orbit
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Aug 24,   13:00 UTC
Progress M-12M  (Progress 7K-TGM №412)
Supplies to ISS. Soyuz-U upper stage control system detected a problem at T+325 seconds, about 30 seconds after ignition and ordered the engine to shut down. The spacecraft fell from 200 km altitude in the Gorny Altai region of southern Siberia and may have been destroyed on re-entry into the atmosphere.The finding of the investigation was failure of a gas generator, part of the engine.

2011-046
Delta IV Heavy
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2011 Sep 10,   13:08 UTC
Ebb  (GRAIL-A)
2011-046A
37801

in space
One of a pair of near-identical spacecraft that comprise the lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory. The aim is to measure minor differences between lunar gravity's effects on the two satellites as they orbit the Moon. Results will help determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core, and advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon. Lunar arrival was 2012 Jan 1. Named by children of the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Montana.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 
Flow  (GRAIL-B)
2011-046B
37802

in space
One of a pair of near-identical spacecraft that comprise the lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory. The aim is to measure minor differences between lunar gravity's effects on the two satellites as they orbit the Moon. Results will help determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core, and advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon. Lunar arrival was 2012 Jan 2. Named by children of the Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Bozeman, Montana.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 

2011-047
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Sep 18,   16:33 UTC
Chinasat 1A  (Zhongxing 1A)
2011-047A
37804

in space
Chinese government/military broadcasting, communications and data transmission satellite. Precise launch time: 16:33:04 UTC.

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2011 Sep 18, 20:38243860.730719035826631.6527.11180
2011 Sep 28, 15:08421650.000135782357921436.110.57137130° east

2011-048
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Sep 20,   22:47 UTC
Cosmos 2473  (Garpun)
2011-048A
37806

in space
Military digital communications satellite. Its purpose is to carry data between military satellites in LEO and ground receiving stations. Garpun replaces the older Potok series of satellites. It was released into transfer orbit from the Briz-M, after the latter had completed its mission, Sep 21 at 07:48 UTC.

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2011 Sep 21, 13:10243730.721740435586631.1348.620
2011 Sep 29, 17:12420210.000935605356801428.740.0834574° east
2011 Oct 3, 19:33421160.000735709357661433.580.0827879° east
2011 Oct 8, 16:49421640.000135781357921436.080.0924880° east

2011-049
Ariane 5ECA (VA-204)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2011 Sep 21,   21:38 UTC
SES 2   
2011-049A
37809

in space
Communications satellite to serve the continental USA - owned by SES World Skies and replacing AMC 3 (launched 1997). It carries carries a secondary payload in the form of the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) experimental infrared imaging sensor belonging to the U.S. Air Force. Separated from the launch vehicle at 22:13 UTC. Expected location - 87° west longitude.

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longitude
2011 Sep 21, 17:02243970.727626735771632.081.95177
2011 Sep 23, 21:45271970.5499586535774743.961.13179
2011 Sep 25, 19:50336050.254118687357661021.780.38179
2011 Sep 27, 07:15389060.083529280357771272.890.19174
2011 Sep 29, 04:30421030.001335671357781432.920.1732679° west
2011 Oct 6, 04:08421650.000235779357951436.100.049677° west
2011 Nov 22, 04:27421650.000135783357911436.120.0234487° west
Arabsat 5C   
2011-049B
37810

in space
Comsat for the Arab region. Separated from the launch vehicle at 22:05 UTC. Expected location - 20° east longitude.

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2011 Sep 21, 16:57243780.727725935740631.331.84174
2011 Sep 29, 19:56422420.001335808359191440.030.0735035° east
2011 Nov 23, 02:24422420.000335853358741440.030.0626325° east

2011-050
H-IIA 202 (F 19)
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2011 Sep 23,   04:36 UTC
IGS 6   (IGS Optical 4)
2011-050A
37813

in space
Information Gathering Satellite - an optical imaging reconnaissance satellite launched as a replacement for IGS 3 (IGS Optical 2) - 2006-037A/29393, which was nearing the end of its life. Precise time - 04:36:03 UTC, at the opening of a 14 minute window. Element sets are not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

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2011 Sep 29, 22:3569680.000258859196.4797.6929113:31
IGS 6/H-IIA Debris   
2011-050C
37815

in space
Debris, probably from the launch vehicle but may be part of the satellite support or separation structure. Only one element set issued by Spacetrack, possibly inadvertently. Listed here for interest.

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2011 Oct 3, 20:4869540.001856458896.1997.63353

2011-051
Zenit-3SL
Sea Launch Platform 'Odyssey', Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean

2011 Sep 24,   20:17 UTC
Atlantic Bird 7   
2011-051A
37816

in space
Eutelsat-owned digital broadcasting satellite to provide services to the Middle East and North Africa. Precise launch time 20:17:55 UTC, separated from the launch vehicle at 21:25:02. Expected location - 7°.2 west longitude.

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longitude
2011 Sep 24, 21:17250000.6802161735626655.630.06357
2011 Sep 26, 07:12281790.4897800235599784.590.0213
2011 Sep 27, 14:31357760.173623189356081122.410.07344
2011 Sep 29, 11:59412870.017234201356171391.510.08342
2011 Oct 2, 15:21421100.001735659358041433.290.0515313° west
2011 Oct 25, 07:26421650.000335772358011436.090.111557° west

2011-052
Minotaur IV+
Kodiak Launch Centre, Alaska, USA

2011 Sep 27,   15:49 UTC
TacSat 4   
2011-052A
37818

in space
Experimental military comsat managed by the US Naval Research Laboratory. Launched to bolster UHF (actually VHF) communications at high northerly latitudes. Part of the payload provides GPS tracking of battlefield units. Other experimental equipment may be reconnaissance-related. Separation from the launch vehicle was at 16:17 UTC. A thruster firing about 18:37 UTC raised its initial perigee from 185 km. Dish aerial deployed Oct 3 and successful tests carried out on all ten VHF/UHF radio channels.

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2011 Sep 27, 21:22124700.461234111843230.9863.49211
2011 Sep 28, 16:56126200.443464611837235.1563.63211
2011 Oct 3, 03:50127390.447665912064238.5063.63211
2011 Oct 5, 11:35127530.441174912001238.8863.63211
2011 Nov 15, 07:02127540.441674412009238.9263.58210

2011-053
CZ-2F T1
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Sep 29,   13:16 UTC
Tiangong 1   
2011-053A
37820

in space
Small laboratory, 8.5 tonnes mass (9 tonnes including fuel), for docking experiments during visits by the unpiloted Shenzhou 8 (2011 Oct 31 - Nov 17), Shenzhou 9 (2012 Jun 16-29) and Shenzhou 10, both piloted. Precise lift-off time 13:16:03 UTC at the opening of a fifteen minute launch window. Anticipated life is two years after which it will be de-orbited. Delayed several times from 2010 by design/construction issues and investigation of the 2011 Aug 18 CZ-2C launch vehicle failure.

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2011 Sep 29, 20:3966500.011019934589.9542.78132
2011 Sep 30, 19:1167230.001433535591.4442.7840
2011 Oct 5, 19:3867200.001033534991.3742.7881
2011 Oct 28, 05:3567130.000733033991.2242.79253
2011 Nov 15, 11:4567100.000532833591.1642.79359
2011 Nov 18, 14:1867510.000836837992.0142.79212
2012 Mar 23, 03:2367240.001233835491.4642.78342
2012 Mar 23, 17:3967370.000835336491.7142.78344
2012 May 26, 13:2367210.000933734991.3942.7878
2012 Jun 10, 18:5067110.000433033691.1942.78242
2012 Jun 11, 18:0167070.001132133691.1042.78235
2012 Jun 14, 01:4267060.001232033591.0842.78249
2012 Jun 14, 18:3667110.000732833891.2042.80181
2012 Jun 28, 04:5767090.000632733691.1642.78333
2012 Jun 28, 12:1567100.000233033391.1642.79269
2012 Jun 28, 13:4267230.001633435591.4342.78102
2012 Jun 29, 07:5567390.000835536691.7642.78315
2012 Jul 5, 16:5467380.000835436591.7442.78315
2012 Aug 30, 10:2367280.000834435691.5442.78357
2012 Sep 16, 04:2667350.000835136391.6842.78336
2012 Oct 15, 09:2267270.000534635391.5242.78197
2012 Oct 15, 17:2567370.002134537391.7342.78207
2012 Oct 16, 11:3367490.000536737491.9542.78233
2013 Feb 4, 04:1367260.000234734991.5042.7870
2013 Feb 4, 13:3567370.001634837091.7342.78227
2013 Feb 5, 05:5967440.000636236991.8642.77226
2013 May 21, 02:5767190.000433934491.3642.78157
2013 May 22, 00:2667150.000533334191.2742.78231
2013 Jun 5, 06:1767100.000532933691.1842.78299
2013 Jun 6, 05:0067090.000532733491.1542.78315
2013 Jun 9, 04:2067070.000732533491.1242.78300
2013 Jun 10, 03:0467130.000733034091.2342.78277
2013 Jun 25, 03:4667090.000532733491.1542.78333
2013 Jun 25, 11:4767220.001333535391.4242.7793
2013 Jun 26, 09:0067390.000735636691.7642.77278
2013 Sep 11, 08:0867240.000634235091.4642.78139
2013 Sep 11, 20:1167390.000935436791.7542.77319
2014 Feb 18, 05:1867170.001233134791.3142.78230
2014 Feb 18, 18:5567360.004133138691.7142.77242
2014 Feb 19, 17:4267590.001037438792.1642.78278
2014 Jul 16, 07:3667220.001433435391.4042.77209
2014 Jul 16, 22:4167340.003033637791.6742.77245

2011-054
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Sep 29,   18:32 UTC
QuetzSat 1   
2011-054A
37826

in space
Mexican-owned satellite operated jointly by SES Satellite Leasing of the UK and Grupo Medcom of Mexico to provide direct broadcasting services to Mexico and the US. Expected location - 77° west longitude.

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longitude
2011 Sep 30, 22:05272420.5489591035817745.7818.580
2011 Oct 4, 04:56339400.243219309358151037.135.280
2011 Oct 4, 22:16410920.025033686357411381.620.495
2011 Oct 6, 06:06421380.000935723357971434.740.082368° west
2011 Oct 12, 05:56421640.000335773357981436.050.074467° west

2011-055
Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2011 Oct 2,   20:15 UTC
Cosmos 2474  (Uragan-M № 742)
2011-055A
37829

in space
GLONASS-M navigation satellite to replace one of the trio lost in the launch failure of 2010 Dec 5. Launch delayed from Aug 25 (22:50 UTC) due to the Aug 24 Soyuz launcher mishap. Further delayed from Sep 25 for technical reasons, then delayed 24 hrs from Oct 1 by high winds at 7-10 km altitude near the launch site. Its arrival on orbit made the GLONASS constellation complete for the first time since 1996.

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2011 Oct 2, 21:52255200.00061912619158676.2064.82209
2011 Oct 7, 16:10254410.00351897519151673.0664.80237
2011 Oct 9, 23:38254110.00471891419151671.8664.80235
2011 Oct 13, 18:47255060.00111910019156675.6764.81266

2011-056
Zenit-3SLB (Zenit-2SB + DM-SLB)
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Oct 5,   21:00 UTC
Intelsat 18   
2011-056A
37834

in space
Commercial launch of commercial comsat to serve French Polynesia, Eastern Australia and the United States with direct-to-home TV, VSat terminal services and high-speed trunked communication links. Will replace Intelsat 701(1993-066A/22871). Separated from launch vehicle Oct 7 at 03.34.29 UTC. Expected location - 180° longitude.

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longitude
2011 Oct 6, 09:41270410.5594553535791737.5719.500
2011 Oct 9, 05:40301980.39571186935771870.4210.11359
2011 Oct 10, 10:45365090.154524489357731157.063.080
2011 Oct 13, 15:20403760.044132218357781345.680.770
2011 Oct 20, 13:45421640.000235779357941436.080.02303176° east
2011 Nov 14, 13:13421650.000235780357931436.090.0530180° east

2011-057
CZ-3B/E
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Oct 7,   08:21 UTC
Eutelsat W3C   
2011-057A
37836

in space
Launch to geosynchronous transfer orbit. Eutelsat W3C is to provide services to Central and Eastern Europe, the French-speaking Indian Ocean Islands, and provide data services to Africa. As of 2011 November it is intended to replace Eutelsat’s Eurobird 16, W2M and SESat 1 satellites. Separated from launch vehicle 08:36 UTC. Expected location - 16° east longitude. Designation subject to confirmation.

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GEO    
longitude
2011 Oct 8, 00:34243780.730419335806631.3226.09180
2011 Oct 8, 23:01265780.5870459835802718.7114.59180
2011 Oct 10, 01:55307810.37021300735799895.746.55180
2011 Oct 13, 20:10420460.001935590357471430.040.0224913° east
2011 Oct 28, 01:53421640.000235778357951436.080.063515° east

2011-058
PSLV-CA
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2011 Oct 12,   05:31 UTC
Megha Tropiques   
2011-058A
37838

in space
Joint French Indian project, the name is derived from Megha, meaning "cloud" in Sanskrit and Tropiques meaning "tropics" in French. It is designed to study the atmospheric water cycle in the tropics, particularly the processes linked to tropical convection. One of the instruments is an Imaging Radiometer (Microwave Analysis and Detection of Rain and Atmospheric Structures - MADRAS). Also included is a microwave sounding instrument for the atmospheric water vapor (Sounder for Probing Vertical Profiles of Humidity SAPHIR) and a radiometer devoted to the measurement of outgoing radiative fluxes at the top of the atmosphere (Scanner for Radiation Budget - ScaRaB).

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
2011 Oct 13, 16:4072360.0013849868102.1019.98357
2011 Nov 24, 19:2072390.0008854866102.1519.98109
Jugnu   
2011-058B
37839

in space
3 kg, 3U CubeSat developed by engineers at the Indian Institute Of Technology, Kanpur. Jugnu aims to evaluate a camera system for imaging the Earth in near IR-region, and to test image processing algorithms. It also aims to evaluate GPS systems for use in satellites, and to test MEMS, an intertial measurement unit for potential use in reconnaissance satellites.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Oct 13, 18:2072310.0019839867101.9919.9619
Vesselsat 1   
2011-058C
37840

in space
29 kg satellite manufactured by Luxspace and leased by Orbcomm to fill a gap left by a failure in its own constellation. Vesselsat carries two receivers for the AIS (Automatic Identification System) for ships.

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ω 
( ° )
2011 Oct 14, 18:0872360.0014848868102.0919.9613
SRMSat  (Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Satellite)
2011-058D
37841

in space
Satellite to monitor pollution in the Earth's atmosphere by measuring carbon monoxide and water vapour levels using an infrared sensor with a grating spectrometer. Mass is 10.8 kg.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Oct 13, 18:2372370.0012851868102.1219.98355
PSLV upper stage   
2011-058E
37842

in space
Launched Megha Tropiques and supplementary payloads.

epoch (UTC)
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period
( min )
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( ° )
2011 Oct 13, 16:2572010.0061779867101.3619.7928

2011-059
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Oct 19,   18:48 UTC
ViaSat 1   
2011-059A
37843

in space
Commercial comsat to provide high-speed internet services for the US and Canada through Ka band links. Launch delayed from 2011 spring to provide time for repair and testing after the satellite was damaged while being moved during the original testing process. Precise launch time - 18:48:58 UTC, separated from the launch vehicle Oct 20 at 04:00:44 UTC. Expected location - 115° west longitude (arrived Nov 28). For the first 12 days, Spacetrack issued element sets as 59C/37845.

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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2011 Oct 20, 22:59254330.6577232835783672.7730.400
2011 Oct 25, 06:30307640.37041299135781895.029.461
2011 Oct 27, 09:25368350.144825124357891172.582.851
2011 Oct 28, 16:22416450.012034766357671409.620.2014
2011 Oct 31, 09:32421220.000135741357461433.890.0477110° west
2011 Nov 3, 16:47421650.000335776357981436.100.03248109° west
2011 Nov 28, 15:20421780.000835767358321436.760.07358115° west

2011-060
Soyuz-ST-A (VS-01)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2011 Oct 20,   10:34 UTC
Galileo 1  (Thijs/Galileo IOV-1 PFM)
2011-060A
37846

in space
One of a pair of dual-launched GIOVE, Galileo IOV (In-Orbit Validation), satellites for the European Space Agency navigation system, similar to GPS and GLONASS. First Soyuz launch from CSG. Separated from launch vehicle 14:20 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Oct 21, 04:49296530.00122324023310846.9654.68217
2011 Nov 23, 12:00296000.00012322023224844.7054.71316
Galileo 2  (Natalia/Galileo IOV-1 FM2)
2011-060B
37847

in space
One of a pair of dual-launched GIOVE, Galileo IOV (In-Orbit Validation), satellites for the European Space Agency navigation system, similar to GPS and GLONASS. First Soyuz launch from CSG. Separated from launch vehicle 14:20 UTC.

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2011 Oct 21, 04:50296470.00092324323294846.6954.66220
2011 Nov 23, 12:00296030.00012322123229844.8354.71246

2011-061
Delta 2
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2011 Oct 27,   09:48 UTC
Suomi NPP  (Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership)
2011-061A
37849

in space
The former name, NPP, is an acronym of an acronym and stands for NPOESS (National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Preparatory Project. It is equipped with remote sensors to collect climate data over land oceans and the atmosphere. It represents a transition from separate programmes like Aqua and Aura to NPOESS to a dedicated climate monitoring series of satellites. Launch delayed two days because of repairs to the Delta's hydraulics.

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local time
2011 Oct 29, 15:5671960.0002816819101.2598.7111801:25
2011 Nov 17, 12:2772050.0004823830101.4398.6913501:25
DICE 1  (Dynamic Ionosphere CubeSat Experiment)
2011-061B
37851

in space
One of a simultaneously-launched pair of 1.5U CubeSats to measure plasma and electric fields in the ionosphere and gauge their effects on satellites in orbit.

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2011 Oct 29, 20:5670150.025445881597.45101.71289
DICE 2  (Dynamic Ionosphere CubeSat Experiment)
2011-061C
37852

in space
Second of a simultaneously-launched pair of 1.5U CubeSats to measure plasma and electric fields in the ionosphere and gauge their effects on satellites in orbit.

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2011 Oct 30, 05:0470160.025645881797.47101.70288
RAX  (Radio Aurora Explorer)
2011-061D
37853

in space
3U CubeSat - University of Michigan student-built satellite to study energy flow in the ionosphere.

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2011 Oct 29, 20:5670150.025545881697.46101.70289
AubieSat   
2011-061E
37854

in space
1U CubeSat for the Auburn University Student Space Program - to measure gamma rays produced by high-altitude thunderstorms.

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2011 Oct 29, 20:5670150.025645781697.45101.70289
M-Cubed & Explorer 1 [PRIME]   
2011-061F
37855

in space
M-Cubed is a 1U imaging CubeSat from the University of Michigan. Explorer 1 Prime is a 1U Cubesat for Montana State University to measure the radiation belts as discovered by the original Explorer 1, it replaces a satellite lost in the failed Glory launch earlier in 2011. Explorer 1 [PRIME] was later renamed the Hiscock Radiation Belt Explorer. The two satellites remained joined together after departing from from the launch vehicle, possibly as a result of mutual attraction between their magnetic stabilisation systems.

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2011 Oct 29, 20:5670150.025845681797.45101.71289

2011-062
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Oct 30,   10:11 UTC
Progress M-13M  (Progress 7K-TGM №413)
2011-062A
37857

Re-entered or landed - 2012 Feb 25
Precise time 10:11:12 UTC. Supplies to ISS. Delayed from early-mid month by investigation into the Progress M-12-M Soyuz-U launch failure. Cargo included 34.5 kg Chibis-M lightning-studies satellite. Docked with Pirs module Nov 2 at 11:40 UTC. Undocked 2012 Jan 23 at 22:09:35. Engine firings Jan 24 at 01:35:13 and 02:22:00 UTC propelled it to a 500 km circular orbit from where it released Chibis-M. Retro-fire for 235.3 seconds starting 2012 Feb 25 at 02:25 UTC provided Δv 125.6 m/s, followed by destructive re-entry beginning 03:04 UTC, with any unburnt fragments falling in the southern Pacific Ocean at 03:17.56 UTC near 51.4° South, 128.2° West.

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Estimated orbit 65950.003319523988.8351.6278
2011 Oct 30, 20:4866410.002324727889.7651.64129
2011 Nov 1, 22:3366430.001625527689.8151.64123
2011 Nov 2, 17:3467670.002237440492.3451.6414
2012 Jan 24, 08:5268800.001049450994.6551.64248
Chibis-M  (Lapwing)
2011-062C
38051

in space
Small satellite (34.4 kg) released from Progress M-13M - 2012 Jan 24 at 23:18:30 UTC. Purpose is to study physical processes in atmospheric lightning discharges over a wide range of energies and from radio wavelengths to gamma radiation. The expected operational life is one year. Also carries the RS-39 amateur radio payload.

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2012 Jan 25, 08:4168780.001149250894.6251.64248

2011-063
CZ-2F T1
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Oct 31,   21:58 UTC
Shenzhou 8   
2011-063A
37859

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Nov 17
Test mission using piloted spacecraft in automatic mode to undertake docking operations with Tiangong 1 (2011-053A/37820). First serial production model of Shenzhou. Docked Nov 2 at 17:28 UTC and the two vehicles were locked together eight minutes later. Undocked Nov 14 at 11:27 UTC, backed off to 140m distance, and re-docked shortly after at 11:53 UTC as a test of spacecraft sensors at a low Sun angle. Undocked for landing Nov 16 at 10:44 UTC. Landed Nov 17 at 11:32:14 UTC in inner Mongolia near 42°.2 north, 111°.3 east. The mission was flown as a biosatellite with a payload of plants and animals. - part of the payload was DLR of Germany's SIMBOX (Science in Microgravity Box).

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Estimated orbit 66360.008420231389.6642.78134
2011 Nov 1, 14:3866660.004026231590.2842.79138
2011 Nov 2, 13:2366990.000931532790.9442.78269
2011 Nov 3, 12:0467110.000832833891.1942.79285
2011 Nov 15, 06:2167100.000532833591.1642.79354
2011 Nov 17, 06:5567130.000233333691.2242.7978
Shenzhou 8 Orbital Module   
2011-063D
37883

Re-entered or landed - 2012 Apr 2
Separated from Shenzhou 8 Nov 17 at 10:44 UTC just prior to retro-fire. Main function was to carry the rendezvous systems and docking unit for operations with Tiangong 1. Not equipped with solar panels. Re-entered naturally 2012 Apr 2, 09:09 UTC ±1 min.

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2011 Nov 18, 07:1467120.000333233691.2142.8098
2011 Dec 15, 10:5166990.000531732590.9542.80316

2011-064
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Nov 4,   20:11 UTC
Cosmos 2476  (Uragan-M № 744)
2011-064A
37867

in space
GLONASS-M navigation satellite. Cosmos designation subject to confirmation.

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2011 Nov 6, 17:47255540.00141914119211677.5764.78336
2011 Nov 25, 12:01254630.00341899919172673.9664.77254
Cosmos 2477  (Uragan-M № 745)
2011-064B
37868

in space
GLONASS-M navigation satellite. Cosmos designation subject to confirmation.

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2011 Nov 6, 09:06255490.00111914119200677.3564.80330
2011 Nov 25, 18:33256180.00311916019321680.1264.7835
Cosmos 2475  (Uragan-M № 743)
2011-064C
37869

in space
GLONASS-M navigation satellite. Cosmos designation subject to confirmation.

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2011 Nov 7, 19:12255490.00121913919202677.3664.79329
2011 Nov 25, 03:07254760.00311901819178674.4764.78265

2011-065
Zenit-2SB
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Nov 8,   20:16 UTC
Phobos-Grunt   
2011-065A
37872

Re-entered or landed - 2012 Jan 15
Russian soil-sampling spacecraft also carrying Yinghuo (Firefly) 1, a detachable Chinese orbiter vehicle. Separated from the launch vehicle at 20:27 UTC and departure from parking orbit was due Nov 9, approx 01:20 UTC but the necessary motor firings did not occur. Mars arrival was due 2012 October, followed by separation of Yinghuo (mass 110 kg) and about one year studying Phobos, including collection, 2013 February, of a soil sample to reach Earth 2014 August. Launch date was within a four week launch window with opening Nov 5. Delayed from 2009 Q4. the previous window, due to hardware/software problems.

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2011 Nov 9, 03:3266520.010220734290.0051.4325
2011 Nov 22, 10:3066440.008021331989.8351.4393
2011 Nov 29, 17:4666370.007420930889.6851.43123
2012 Jan 15, 16:3664970.001011212586.8551.41343
Phobos-Grunt debris  (Nov 29)
2011-065G
37940

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Nov 29
Separated from Phobos-Grunt 2011 Nov 29 around 03:00 UTC. The value for eccentricity is suspect.

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2011 Nov 29, 04:3866330.002423927189.6051.3193
Phobos-Grunt debris  (Nov 30)
2011-065H
37947

Re-entered or landed - 2011 Dec 2
Separated from Phobos-Grunt 2011 Nov 30 around 03:00 UTC.

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2011 Nov 30, 14:1166040.005119226089.0251.42127
2011 Dec 1, 18:1265350.001614716787.6351.42133

2011-066
CZ-4B
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2011 Nov 9,   03:21 UTC
Tianxun 1   
2011-066A
37874

in space
Small technology experiments satellite built by Nanjing University, carrying a 30m resolution Earth imaging device built by Suzhou University. Near sun-synchronous obit.

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2011 Nov 9, 09:4468630.000848049094.3197.41309
Yaogan 12   
2011-066B
37875

in space
Imaging satellite for natural resources surveys including crop yields, and help with natural disaster-reduction and prevention. Some of the data collected may amount to intelligence gathering. Sun synchronous orbit.

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desc node
local time
2011 Nov 9, 10:4368660.000548449194.3697.4127610:29
2011 Nov 17, 22:2068720.000648949894.4897.4123810:29
2012 May 9, 23:0968690.000748649694.4297.391910:32
2013 Jul 15, 21:1568620.000348248794.2997.3529210:31
2013 Oct 29, 12:1968680.000948349694.4097.3431310:30

2011-067
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Nov 14,   04:14 UTC
Soyuz TMA-22  (Soyuz 11F732A17 № 232)
2011-067A
37877

Re-entered or landed - 2012 Apr 27
Launch, during blizzard, of crew to ISS. Final Soyuz TMA launch, all subsequent missions will use Soyuz TMA-M. Precise time - 04:14:03 UTC. Crew - Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin, Daniel Burbank (Commander Expedition 30). Originally brought forward from September 30 to Sep 22 but then delayed by investigation of the Soyuz-U launch failure of Aug 2. Docked with the Poisk module of the ISS Nov 16 at 05:24:08 UTC. Undocked 2012 Apr 27 at 08:18:19 UTC, landed 11:45 UTC.

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2011 Nov 14, 04:0265940.003219523788.8251.6375
2011 Nov 14, 08:5066850.003928133390.6651.6417
2011 Nov 15, 10:2266860.003128732990.6851.6414
2011 Nov 16, 05:5067650.002237240292.2951.6463

2011-068
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2011 Nov 20,   00:15 UTC
Chuangxin 1-03  (Innovation 1C)
2011-068A
37930

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.

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local time
2011 Nov 20, 03:0271720.0010787801100.7598.4726906:31
Shiyan 4   
2011-068B
37931

in space
Technology research and development satellite, actual experiments are not identified but relate to exposing newly-developed equipment and systems to space and monitoring the space environment around the satellite.

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desc node
local time
2011 Nov 20, 08:0471720.0013785802100.7498.4628206:31
2013 Nov 23, 04:5471710.0013784802100.7398.4527805:45

2011-069
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Nov 25,   19:10 UTC
Asiasat 7   
2011-069A
37933

in space
Comsat for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company as a replacement satellite for AsiaSat 3S to provide general communications and V-Sat services to China, southern Asia, the Middle East and Australia. It is designed to operate for 15 years. Precise launch time - 19:10:34 UTC. Separated from the Briz-M Nov 26 at 04:23:18 UTC. Expected location: 105°.5 east longitude.

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GEO    
longitude
2011 Nov 26, 07:09310780.35031381435586908.740.010
2011 Nov 28, 00:26387730.082429201355881266.350.04344
2011 Nov 30, 17:13414730.008834729354611400.910.04284
2011 Dec 1, 07:22420140.001335582356911428.420.0314496° east
2011 Dec 5, 16:52421640.000235777357951436.060.04143102° east

2011-070
Atlas V 541, AV-028
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2011 Nov 26,   15:02 UTC
MSL/Curiosity   
2011-070A
37936

in space
Mars Science Laboratory, the rover "Curiosity" is intended to assess whether Mars ever was, or is still today, an environment able to support microbial life, and to determine the planet's habitability. The selected landing area is the foot of a mountain in the crater "Gale", named after the Australian astronomer Walter Gale. Curiosity separated from the Centaur stage of the launch vehicle at 15:46 UTC. Mars landing by direct descent was 2012 Aug 6 at 05:14:30 UTC.
Not an Earth orbiting object
 

2011-071
Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2011 Nov 28,   08:25 UTC
Cosmos 2478  (Uragan-M № 746)
2011-071A
37938

in space
GLONASS-M navigation satellite to replace one of the trio lost in the launch failure of 2010 Dec 5. After testing, it will be held as an on-orbit spare.

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2011 Nov 29, 00:19255230.00071912719163676.3464.82287
2011 Dec 13, 03:40255080.00101910319156675.7364.81235

2011-072
CZ-2C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2011 Nov 29,   18:50 UTC
Yaogan 13   
2011-072A
37941

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. Precise launch time: 18:50:04 UTC.

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desc node
local time
2011 Dec 1, 10:2668860.000550551194.7897.1127201:56
2012 Apr 8, 12:3768820.000649950894.6997.1216401:34
2012 May 9, 23:1168810.000849750894.6797.127301:29
2013 Jul 16, 05:2668840.000350450894.7497.379700:52
2013 Oct 29, 04:0068850.000150650794.7597.3811500:48

2011-073
CZ-3A
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Dec 1,   21:07 UTC
Beidou 10  (Beidou IGSO 5)
2011-073A
37948

in space
Successful launch to geosynchronous transfer orbit of satellite for China's navigation satellite system, known as "Compass". It will also provide time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region from a 55° inclined geosynchronous orbit crossing the equator near 93° east longitude - parked as an on-orbit spare along with Beidou 2-09 (2011-038A/37763) 25 degrees to the west of the main inclined group of Beidou 2-05 (2010-036A/36828), Beidou 2-07 (2010-068A 37256) and Beidou 2-08 (2011-013A/37384). Arrived on station 2011 Dec 10 at 10:55 UTC ±20 min.

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2011 Dec 2, 07:47243810.731317335832631.4355.34175
2011 Dec 14, 06:30421630.001935704358661436.0155.17189

2011-074
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Dec 11,   11:17 UTC
Amos 5   
2011-074A
37950

in space
Israeli comsat built by the Russian Reshetnev company. It will cover Africa, with connections to Europe and the Middle East, and will also carry direct broadcast TV services for Israel. It was released from the launch vehicle at 20:52 UTC and will be stationed at 17° east longitude, a new location for the Amos constellation.

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GEO    
longitude
2011 Dec 13, 23:30422520.004435689360581440.540.1210154° east
2011 Dec 30, 18:19421800.004935596360071436.870.0917216° east
2012 Jan 11, 18:16421640.000535764358071436.040.076117° east
Luch 5A   
2011-074B
37951

in space
Designed to relay commands and data to and from satellites in LEO up to 2000 kilometres when outside the the areas covered by Russian ground stations. Other functions include secure Presidential communication links, command relay to rockets and spacecraft, and communication with the International Space Station. Also carries a COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue system receiver and provides time correction for GLONASS users. Separated from the Briz-M at 20:11 UTC. Pre-launch rumours suggested it would be at 16° west longitude but it settled down near 59° east (for testing?). Around 2012 May 30, it started to drift eastward and settled at 95° east on Jun 14.

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GEO    
longitude
2011 Dec 13, 22:17422200.004035672360121438.944.9129655° east
2011 Dec 21, 23:06421660.000235780357951436.144.8828059° east
2012 May 30, 18:57421630.000535764358061436.034.5219958° east
2012 Jun 7, 19:58420350.000935618356961429.474.5019570° east
2012 Jul 14, 21:24421660.000235779357971436.174.4334695° east
2012 Dec 19, 00:57418920.000735484355431422.174.0826161° east
2012 Dec 29, 11:13421650.001335734358411436.134.08352167° east
2014 Sep 24, 05:14421640.000635762358101436.072.75309167° east

2011-075
H-IIA 202 (F 20)
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2011 Dec 12,   01:21 UTC
IGS 7  (IGS Radar 3)
2011-075A
37954

in space
Information Gathering Satellite - a radar imaging reconnaissance satellite. Launch was at the beginning of a 15 minute window. Orbits are based on amateur observations.

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desc node
local time
2012 Jul 15, 05:4868910.000251251494.8997.4635310:22

2011-076
Soyuz-ST-A (VS-02)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2011 Dec 17,   02:03 UTC
ELISA W23   
2011-076A
38007

in space
ELectronic Intelligence by SAtellite - a demonstration project sponsored by the French defence procurements agency (DGA) as a precursor of the elint ROEM satellite. Four satellites based on the Myriade platform moving in similar orbits to map the positions of radar and other transmitters and determine their technical characteristics. Precise launch time 02:03:08 UTC, separated from launch vehicle at 03:02 UTC.

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( ° )
2011 Dec 23, 12:2470630.001167769298.4598.21348
ELISA E12   
2011-076B
38008

in space
ELectronic Intelligence by SAtellite - a demonstration project sponsored by the French defence procurements agency (DGA) as a precursor of the elint ROEM satellite. Four satellites based on the Myriade platform will moving in similar orbits to map the positions of radar and other transmitters and determine their technical characteristics. Precise launch time 02:03:08 UTC, separated from launch vehicle at 03:02 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
2011 Dec 23, 12:2370620.001267569298.4398.21349
ELISA E24   
2011-076C
38009

in space
ELectronic Intelligence by SAtellite - a demonstration project sponsored by the French defence procurements agency (DGA) as a precursor of the elint ROEM satellite. Four satellites based on the Myriade platform moving in similar orbits to map the positions of radar and other transmitters and determine their technical characteristics. Precise launch time 02:03:08 UTC, separated from launch vehicle at 03:02 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2011 Dec 23, 12:2570630.001067769298.4698.21346
ELISA W11   
2011-076D
38010

in space
ELectronic Intelligence by SAtellite - a demonstration project sponsored by the French defence procurements agency (DGA) as a precursor of the elint ROEM satellite. Four satellites based on the Myriade platform will moving in similar orbits to map the positions of radar and other transmitters and determine their technical characteristics. Precise launch time 02:03:08 UTC, separated from launch vehicle at 03:02 UTC.

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s-m axis
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ecc
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2011 Dec 23, 12:2370620.001267569298.4398.21350
SSOT   
2011-076E
38011

in space
Sistema Satelital para Observación de la Tierra, a small Chilean Earth observation satellite based on the Myriade platform developed jointly by Astrium and CNES. Precise launch time 02:03:08 UTC, separated from launch vehicle at 05:29 UTC.

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2011 Dec 23, 10:0369980.000261962297.1197.989310:23
Pléiades 1A   
2011-076F
38012

in space
First of a pair of French digital imaging satellites with very high resolution sensors. To be used by commercial organisations, government and the military. Precise launch time 02:03:08 UTC, separated from launch vehicle at 02:58 UTC.

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2011 Dec 23, 16:3170750.000269569998.7198.216610:30

2011-077
CZ-3B/E
Xichang Space Centre, China

2011 Dec 19,   16:41 UTC
NigComSat 1R   
2011-077A
38014

in space
Chinese built and launched comsat for Nigeria to replace NigComSat 1 (2007-18A/31395) that suffered an electrical supply failure from one of its solar panels 2008 Nov 10 and was subsequently moved to graveyard orbit. Separated from the launch vehicle 26 min after lift off. Coverage area is Africa, eastern Europe and in parts of Central Asia where it will provide communications, broadcasting, distance education, broadband multimedia and navigation services. Expected location 42°.5 east longitude. Designation and catalogue number subject to confirmation.

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2011 Dec 19, 10:53273790.760717341829751.4224.77179
2011 Dec 31, 02:23421650.000035786357871436.090.2635943° east

2011-078
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Dec 21,   13:15 UTC
Soyuz TMA-03M  (Soyuz 11F732A47 № 703)
2011-078A
38036

Re-entered or landed - 2012 Jul 1
Crew to ISS - Oleg Kononenko (Russia), André Kuipers (ESA), Donald Pettit (USA). Brought forward from Dec 26 to avoid ground staff working at Christmas-time. Second test flight of Soyuz TMA-M (the first mission in the series was a Qualification Flight for some of the new systems but was not a complete upgrade from the previous model). Precise time: 13:16:14 UTC. Docked with the port on Rassvet Dec 23, 15:19:14 UTC. Undocked 2012 Jul 1 at 04:47:43 UTC, landed 08:14:50 UTC near 47°.2 north, 69°.3 east, 148 kilometers south-east of the city Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

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2011 Dec 21, 15:1866000.004119524988.9351.6381
2011 Dec 21, 21:0166960.005528135590.8951.64170
2011 Dec 23, 19:4667700.002437540892.4051.64198
2012 Jun 29, 16:0467780.000839440592.5551.64102

2011-079
CZ-4B
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2011 Dec 22,   03:26 UTC
Ziyuan 1-02C   
2011-079A
38038

in space
Remote sensing satellite in sun-synchronous orbit. Equipped with a full-color high-resolution multi-spectral camera and a panchromatic camera. Its main tasks include production of images at 1:50,000 scale for use in land resource surveys to monitor disaster prevention measures, disaster mitigation, agriculture, forestry, water conservancy and the environment. The satellite separated from the launch vehicle at 03:39 UTC.

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2011 Dec 22, 11:1471440.0006761770100.1598.5630310:30

Failed to reach orbit
Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2011 Dec 23,   12:08 UTC
Meridian 5  (Meridian № 15L)
Military/government communications satellite for Molniya-type eccentric orbit - 1000 x 39700 km, 63° inclination, 724 minutes period. Launch failed through a problem with the Soyuz third stage. Rocket and payload fell back for a destructive re-entry into the atmosphere. Fragments were recovered after they hit the Earth near Novosibirsk, Russia about 12 minutes after launch.

2011-080
Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2011 Dec 28,   17:09 UTC
Globalstar-2 M084   
2011-080A
38040

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers. Globalstar index number awaited.

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2011 Dec 29, 06:3773010.0005919926103.4852.01215
2012 Mar 31, 16:4076430.000312621267110.8252.01158
Globalstar-2 M080   
2011-080B
38041

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers. Globalstar index number awaited.

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2011 Dec 29, 06:3773010.0005919926103.4752.01213
2012 Apr 13, 20:3774890.003010881133107.4952.01111
2012 Aug 20, 14:3277920.000014131414114.0852.01138
Globalstar-2 M082   
2011-080C
38042

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers. Globalstar index number awaited.

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2011 Dec 29, 06:3773000.0007916927103.4552.01216
2012 Aug 19, 12:3577920.000114131414114.0852.01113
Globalstar-2 M090   
2011-080D
38043

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

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2011 Dec 29, 06:3672990.0007916926103.4452.01225
2012 Mar 31, 19:1177590.002613611401113.3752.01156
2012 Apr 14, 17:1177920.000114131414114.0852.01102
Globalstar-2 M092   
2011-080E
38044

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

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2011 Dec 29, 06:3772990.0008915926103.4352.01222
2012 Aug 20, 13:4677920.000114131414114.0851.99115
Globalstar-2 M086   
2011-080F
38045

in space
Part of constellation of satellites providing on-demand telephone and low-speed data communications. Launched as part of a set of six satellites. Operational orbit will be circular at 1400 kilometers.

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2011 Dec 29, 06:3773010.0005919926103.4652.01225
2012 Aug 20, 22:1977920.000114131414114.0851.99127

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