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2013 - 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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2013-001
Rockot/Briz-KM
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2013 Jan 15,   16:24 UTC
Cosmos 2482  (Strela-3M/Rodnik №15)
2013-001A
39057

in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite. Precise launch time - 16:24:59 UTC, released from the launch vehicle at 18:09 UTC. Later manoeuvred to operating orbit.

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2013 Jan 16, 03:3178680.001614771503115.7582.49283
2013 Aug 5, 20:3078730.002714731516115.8682.50189
Cosmos 2483  (Strela-3M/Rodnik №16)
2013-001B
39058

in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite. Precise launch time - 16:24:59 UTC. A problem on release from the launch vehicle at 18:09 UTC prevented the satellite from becoming operational.

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2013 Jan 16, 03:3178680.001514781502115.7682.50282
Cosmos 2484  (Strela-3M/Rodnik №17)
2013-001C
39059

in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite. Precise launch time - 16:24:59 UTC, released from the launch vehicle at 18:09 UTC. Later manoeuvred to operating orbit.

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2013 Jan 16, 03:3178700.001514801504115.8182.50292
2013 Aug 6, 02:5378730.002414751514115.8682.50198

2013-002
H-IIA 202 (F-22)
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2013 Jan 27,   04:40 UTC
IGS 8A  (IGS Radar 4)
2013-002A
39061

in space
Information Gathering Satellite - a radar imaging reconnaissance satellite, launch was at the beginning of a 13-14 minute window. The orbit listed for Jan 27 was issued by SpaceTrack but was subsequently 'unpublished'.

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2013 Jan 27, 21:3368900.000450951494.8597.5029613:31
IGS 8B  (IGS Optical Demonstrator)
2013-002B
39062

in space
Information Gathering Satellite - demonstration version of a new imaging reconnaissance satellite. Launch was at the beginning of a 13-14 minute window. The orbit listed for Jan 27 was issued by SpaceTrack but was subsequently 'unpublished'.

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2013 Jan 27, 21:3468960.000851252394.9897.5022713:31

2013-003
Naro 1
Naro Space Centre, South Korea

2013 Jan 30,   07:00 UTC
STSat 2C   
2013-003A
39068

in space
South Korean research satellite for solar observation, also equipped with a laser ranging device to measure orbit height. Similar to STSat 2 and STSat 2B, both lost in launch failures during 2009 and 2010.

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2013 Jan 30, 08:0772800.08372921511103.0380.29166

2013-004
Atlas V 401, AV-036
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Jan 31,   01:48 UTC
TDRS 11   
2013-004A
39070

in space
Part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data relay from satellites and spacecraft in orbit.

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longitude
2013 Jan 31, 08:03264420.5948433635792713.1925.73180
2013 Feb 4, 22:35298480.41261115535785855.3416.08181
2013 Feb 9, 12:18419850.004335425357891426.937.06176153° west
2013 Feb 11, 16:01421660.000135782357941436.167.01263150° west

Failed to reach orbit
Zenit 3SL
Sea Launch Platform 'Odyssey', Kiritimati, Pacific Ocean

2013 Feb 1,   06:56 UTC
Intelsat 27   
Attempted launch to geosynchronous transfer orbit of comsat for North and South America and Europe. Expected location 55°.5 west. The time was the opening of a 58 minute launch window. The satellite was lost after the rocket control system failed at lift-off. An onboard safety system shut down the engines at about L+25s and, about 15 s later, the stack fell into the ocean.

2013-005
Soyuz-2-1a/Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Feb 6,   16:04 UTC
Globalstar M097   
2013-005A
39072

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

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2013 Feb 7, 07:1573010.0006918927103.4752.01234
2013 Mar 1, 22:3373790.00099951008105.1552.0086
2013 Mar 5, 14:2674520.002310571091106.7151.9993
2013 May 8, 04:0775540.002711561196108.9052.00189
2013 May 13, 16:4277590.002613601401113.3652.01229
2013 May 21, 03:0777920.000114131414114.0852.0197
Globalstar M093   
2013-005B
39073

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

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2013 Feb 7, 07:1573000.0007916927103.4552.01228
2013 Mar 3, 03:4873720.00209791009104.9952.00233
2013 Mar 6, 19:4074670.002510701108107.0351.99281
2013 May 10, 04:3276560.002312601295111.1151.9920
2013 May 15, 20:4777580.003013571403113.3451.99329
2013 May 19, 19:4677920.000214121415114.0851.98112
Globalstar M094   
2013-005C
39074

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

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2013 Feb 7, 07:1572990.0008915927103.4452.01238
2013 Aug 2, 02:5874060.002310101045105.7152.0197
2013 Aug 10, 00:0076040.002212091242109.9852.05328
2013 Aug 13, 13:5176940.002812941337111.9451.9836
2013 Aug 23, 17:3177920.000114131414114.0852.0079
Globalstar M096   
2013-005D
39075

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

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2013 Feb 7, 07:1572990.0008915927103.4452.01234
2013 Mar 16, 22:0873010.0007918928103.4852.0110
2013 Jun 7, 11:0173880.000710051015105.3452.00230
2013 Jun 11, 20:4574860.002810881129107.4452.01265
2013 Jun 12, 20:0175480.002811491191108.7752.01267
2013 Jun 13, 17:4675840.000312031207109.5452.02324
2013 Jun 15, 04:3576760.002712771319111.5552.01300
2013 Jun 18, 07:0377590.002513621400113.3652.00354
2013 Jun 21, 05:1377870.000614041414113.9852.0070
2013 Jun 24, 11:0877920.000114131415114.0852.0067
Globalstar M078   
2013-005E
39076

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

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2013 Feb 7, 07:1673010.0006919927103.4852.01222
2013 Feb 10, 04:1273010.0005919927103.4852.01235
2013 Feb 20, 22:2577570.003013561402113.3252.0071
2013 Feb 26, 05:2777920.000114131414114.0852.0084
Globalstar M095   
2013-005F
39077

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

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2013 Feb 7, 07:1673010.0005919927103.4852.01228
2013 Feb 13, 20:2773980.002110051036105.5552.01241
2013 Feb 15, 07:3775160.003511121164108.0952.00314
2013 Feb 24, 06:3377570.002713581400113.3351.9919
2013 Feb 27, 04:4477920.000414111416114.0851.9838

2013-006
Ariane 5ECA (VA-212)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2013 Feb 7,   21:36 UTC
Amazonas 3   
2013-006A
39078

in space
Comsat owned by the Hispasat company, offering broadband services to North and South America. Expected location - 61° west.

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GEO    
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2013 Feb 7, 16:30244160.728624835828632.806.34181
2013 Feb 9, 00:21268780.5658529335707730.902.33185
2013 Feb 10, 07:56311040.35281375435699909.891.79180
2013 Feb 12, 15:37376970.116126942356961214.020.57182
2013 Feb 13, 19:04414320.015534411356971398.840.15188
2013 Feb 14, 16:22420510.000835640357051430.280.1123668° west
2013 Feb 16, 15:15421590.000735751358121435.820.09768° west
2013 Apr 7, 10:47420330.000135651356571429.350.0323465° west
2013 Apr 11, 13:55421640.000135781357911436.050.0314861° west
Azerspace/Africasat-1a   
2013-006B
39079

in space
Comsat to provide services to Azerbaijan, Central Asia, Europe and Africa. Expected location - 46° east.

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2013 Feb 8, 03:26243980.728424835792632.126.01178
2013 Feb 10, 02:45271370.5531575135768741.503.23180
2013 Feb 14, 04:30399870.053831456357611326.270.19183
2013 Feb 18, 20:04421490.001035729358111435.270.0427446° east

2013-007
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Feb 11,   14:41 UTC
Progress M-18M  (Progress 7K-TGM №418)
2013-007A
39082

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Jul 26
Supplies to ISS. Precise launch time 14:41:46 UTC. Docked with the Pirs module of the ISS at 20:35:21 UTC. Undocked July 25 at 20:44 UTC. Retro-fire for 198s at 23:53 UTC provided Δv of 106.4 m/s leading to destructive re-entry July 26 with any unburnt fragments hitting the Pacific near 51°.7 south, 132.7 west at about 00:42 UTC.

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2013 Feb 11, 14:2965830.003818023088.5951.6565
2013 Feb 11, 16:4366640.001627629790.2451.63283
2013 Feb 11, 23:4967880.001240141892.7651.65264

2013-008
Atlas V 401, AV-035
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2013 Feb 11,   18:02 UTC
Landsat 8  (Landsat Data Continuity Mission)
2013-008A
39084

in space
Collaboration between NASA and the US Geological Survey to obtain measurements of the Earth's radiation in the visible, near-infrared, short wave infrared, and thermal infrared. The data and imagery collection are to be used in agriculture, education, business, science, and government. Launched at the opening of a 49 minute window. Became operational 2013 May 30.

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local time
2013 Feb 12, 19:3770550.001266868598.2898.2428910:11
2013 Feb 18, 05:0670550.001167068598.3098.2427210:11
2013 Mar 11, 04:2170620.000767968898.4398.2414510:13
2013 Mar 14, 06:1470660.000668369298.5298.2418610:13

2013-009
PSLV C-20
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2013 Feb 25,   12:31 UTC
SARAL  (Satellite with ARgos and ALtiKa)
2013-009A
39086

in space
Joint ISRO - CNES mission. It carries a combined microwave altimeter and radiometer, ALTIKA - from CNES, that will allow precise altitude measurements. An instrument called DORIS (Doppler Orbitography and Radio-positioning Integrated by Satellite) will enable precise determination of the orbit. A Laser Retroreflector Array will allow measurement from the ground. The mission is complementary to the US Jason-2 satellite and will provide observations of ice, rain, coastal zones, and wave heights.

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2013 Feb 27, 22:2971580.0011772788100.4598.6025118:05
2013 Mar 14, 17:4871620.0001784785100.5498.5310718:05
AAUSat 3   
2013-009B
39087

in space
1U cubesat developed and constructed by students from Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University Denmark, testbed for a pair of AIS receivers concentrating on the area around Greenland in cooperation with the Danish Maritime Authority.

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2013 Feb 27, 22:2871570.0012770787100.4298.6327018:05
Sapphire   
2013-009C
39088

in space
Canadian Department of National Defence first dedicated military satellite, designed to provide tracking data on space objects at orbit altitudes between 6,000km and 40,000km, data will shared with the US Space Surveillance Network.

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2013 Feb 27, 22:2871570.0010772787100.4498.6325818:05
NEOSSat  (Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite)
2013-009D
39089

in space
Space telescope that will split its time 50/50 to search for near-Earth asteroids that could potentially impact the Earth, and search for satellites and space debris in orbit around the Earth. Research project for Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

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2013 Feb 27, 22:2871570.0010771786100.4398.6326218:05
STRaND 1  (Surrey Training, Research and Nanosatellite Demonstrator)
2013-009E
39090

in space
3U cubesat developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) to demonstrate the advanced capabilities of a satellite built quickly using advanced commercial off-the-shelf components. It was built around a standard Google Nexus 1 smartphone running the Android operating system. Also carries WARP DRiVE (Water Alcohol Resistojet Propulsion Deorbit Re-entry Velocity Experiment) and electric Pulsed Plasma Thrusters (PPTs) intended to deorbit the satellite at the end of its useful lifetime. It ceased to operate 2013 March before the Smartphone could be activated.

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2013 Feb 27, 22:2771560.0008772783100.4098.6326718:05
TUGSat-1  (Technische Universität Graz Satellit)
2013-009F
39091

in space
Also known as CanX-3b (BRITE - Austria). A small satellite from Austria designed to make photometric observations of bright stars in order to study their variability.

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2013 Feb 27, 22:2671550.0010770784100.3898.6327718:05
CanX-3a  (BRITE)
2013-009G
39092

in space
BRIght-star Target Explorer - small satellite designed to make photometric observations of bright stars in order to study their variability. Built by the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory, and operated by the Université de Montréal and University of Vienna.

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2013 Feb 27, 22:2771550.0008771783100.3998.6327718:05
PSLV C-20 r/b   
2013-009H
39093

in space
Orbit shown is after the combined collision avoidance and fuel depletion manoeuvre.

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2013 Feb 27, 20:2071170.004670677299.5998.6544

2013-010
Falcon 9
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Mar 1,   15:10 UTC
SpaceX CRS 2   
2013-010A
39115

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Mar 26
Fourth orbital mission for a Dragon spacecraft and the second operational mission, carrying a cargo to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract. Precise launch time: 15:10:13 UTC. A thruster problem immediately after launch prevented planned ISS rendezvous on Mar 2. Captured by the ISS Remote Manipulator Mar 3, 10:31 UTC. Contact with Harmony Node lower docking port at 13:44 and bolted down at 13:56 UTC. Undocked 2013 Mar 26 at 08:10 UTC, released by the ISS Remote Manipulator at 10:56 UTC, retro-fire at 15:42 UTC was followed by splash down in the Pacific Ocean at 16:36 UTC near 30°.52 north, 120°.05 west.

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2013 Mar 1, 16:5566410.008620532089.7651.6746
2013 Mar 1, 22:5967060.002031534191.0951.67320
2013 Mar 2, 00:4467410.006132140491.8051.6812
2013 Mar 2, 02:0667770.000739440392.5351.67238
2013 Mar 2, 11:1367980.012933350892.9751.72129
2013 Mar 2, 17:2068180.000943344693.3751.68329
2013 Mar 3, 10:2467880.001140241792.7551.65335
2013 Mar 24, 19:2767890.001240241992.7751.6567
2013 Mar 26, 11:1267720.002138040992.4451.65163

2013-011
Atlas V 401, AV-037
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Mar 19,   21:21 UTC
USA 241  (SBIRS GEO 2)
2013-011A
39120

in space
Missile launch detection satellite for the Space-Based Infra Red System with a combination of scanning and staring sensors. The scanning sensor is designed to provide a wide area view in search of missile launches and natural terrestrial events, while the staring sensor is designed to observe areas of particular interest with enhanced sensitivity. Separated from launch vehicle at 22:04:20 UTC. The initial orbit shown is an estimate based on telemetry data provided by ULA Launch, future orbit data will depend on amateur observation.

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2013 Mar 19, 22:05243900.730719035833631.7822.21178

2013-012
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Mar 26,   19:06 UTC
Satmex 8   
2013-012A
39122

in space
Geosynchronous orbit comsat for Mexico to replace Satmex 5 which is close to fuel depletion. It will serve an area ranging from the continental United States to Argentina plus the Caribbean, Latin America and the major cities of Brazil. Precise launch time 19:06:48 UTC, separated from launch vehicle Mar 27, 04:19:33 UTC. The first three sets of orbital parameters are based on Khrunichev data from when it was still attached to the Briz-M. Expected location - 116°.8 west.

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2013 Mar 26, 19:3065510.000017317387.9551.56100
2013 Mar 26, 20:3290130.26242705000141.9350.32358
2013 Mar 26, 22:55244990.722342535816636.0249.12359
2013 Mar 27, 11:28273500.5431611935825750.2218.380
2013 Mar 28, 12:18302040.39731182635825870.6710.410
2013 Mar 29, 18:25353670.226620974370051103.234.830
2013 Apr 1, 15:46415700.014734582358021405.840.18349
2013 Apr 1, 21:36421610.000435768357981435.920.05178115° west
2013 Apr 5, 16:48421650.000235777357961436.100.04182115° west
Briz-M   
2013-012B
39123

in space
Launched Satmex 8. Orbit results from an engine firing after Satmex had departed. It will speed up the process of orbit decay leading to re-entry.

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2013 Mar 27, 11:33261380.5497539334126700.9018.125

2013-013
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Mar 28,   20:43 UTC
Soyuz TMA-08M  (Soyuz 11F732A47 № 708)
2013-013A
39125

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Sep 11
Crew to ISS - Pavel Vinogradov, Chris Cassidy and Alexander Misurkin. Precise launch time: 20:43:20 UTC. Followed six hour 'fast trajectory' to ISS. Docked with the Poisk Module of the ISS Mar 29 at 02:28:22 UTC, about four minutes ahead of schedule. Undocked 2013 Sep 10 at 23:35:29 UTC carrying Vinogradov, Misurkin and Cassidy, Retro-fire Sep 11 at 02:05 UTC led to landing 150 km SE of Dzezhkazgan at 02:58:30 UTC.

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2013 Mar 28, 20:3265900.002219822788.7451.6572
2013 Mar 29, 06:0667880.001240241992.7751.6583

2013-014
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Apr 15,   18:36 UTC
Anik G1   
2013-014A
39127

in space
Comsat owned by Telesat Canada. It will serve commercial and governmental customers in North America, South America and the eastern Pacific region, and also provide direct broadcast TV. Separated from the launch vehicle Apr 16 at 03:49 UTC. Operational location - 107°.3 west, alongside Anik F1R. The first four listed orbits are based on data provided by Khrunichev.

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2013 Apr 15, 18:5265510.000017317387.9551.55100
2013 Apr 15, 20:0190130.26242704999141.9250.30358
2013 Apr 15, 22:24244890.722242535797635.6549.10359
2013 Apr 16, 03:36287620.4606913535632809.0613.400
2013 Apr 17, 20:49311120.35591366035808910.228.920
2013 Apr 19, 14:23352150.198721840358331096.094.141
2013 Apr 20, 18:00413640.019434183357881395.380.44359
2013 Apr 24, 14:30421420.000535742357861434.920.03224109° west
2013 Apr 26, 16:22421650.000335774358001436.110.01120109° west
2013 May 6, 22:42421180.000635716357631433.700.0247108° west
2013 May 13, 08:48421640.000335773357991436.080.0122107° west

2013-015
Soyuz-2-1a
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Apr 19,   10:00 UTC
Bion M1   
2013-015A
39130

Re-entered or landed - 2013 May 19
Recoverable biological research satellite based on hybrid of the Zenit re-entry cabin and the Yantar instrument unit. The payload included gerbils, mice, lizards, snails and microorganisms. Some of the experiments supplied by the US, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Carried six smaller satellites including four cubesats in two ISIPOD dispensers. Final orbit reached after an engine firing April 21, around 06:30 UTC. Retro-fire for 381s, May 19 at 02:00:26 UTC led to a landing at 03:12 UTC at 51° 53′ north, 54° 20′ east, near Orenburg and about 85 km short of the target.

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2013 Apr 19, 13:4467820.022325355592.6464.8862
2013 Apr 20, 19:5967840.022725256092.6964.8961
2013 Apr 21, 21:4169480.001555958096.0564.89203
2013 May 14, 10:2469040.007847257995.1464.88187
OSSI-1   
2013-015B
39131

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Jul 8
1U cubesat developed under the Open Source Satellite Initiative and carrying amateur radio equipment and a 44 watt LED optical beacon to flash Morse Code messages to observers on Earth. Reportedly failed to commence operation. Separated from Bion M1 at 16:13:50 UTC on the day of launch.

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2013 Apr 21, 12:0067820.021525854992.6464.9459
Dove 2   
2013-015C
39132

in space
3U cubesat for a technology demonstration nanosatellite for Cosmogia Inc of the USA, carrying a remote imaging camera. Reportedly separated from Bion M1 April 21 at 10:08 UTC (to be confirmed).

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2013 Apr 22, 00:4269490.001655958296.0864.88199
AIST 2   
2013-015D
39133

in space
Small satellite designed by students of the Samara State Aerospace University and built by TsSKB Progress. Designed to measure the Earth’s geomagnetic field and test out a new satellite design (the prototype will be launched later on the delayed test flight of the Soyuz 2-1v launch vehicle) . Also carries the RS-43 amateur radio payload. Separated from Bion M1 April 21 at 14:02 UTC.

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2013 Apr 22, 00:4069480.001755858296.0664.88205
BEESat 3   
2013-015E
39134

in space
1U cubesat from the Technical University of Berlin that will test high-speed data links (up to 1MB/s). The name derives from Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite. Orbit estimate provided by AMSAT. Separated from Bion M1 April 21 at 10:08 UTC.

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2013 Apr 22, 00:4169460.001955458196.0164.88211
SOMP  (Science)
2013-015F
39135

in space
1U cubesat, developed by students of the Technische Universität Dresden of Germany as the Student Oxygen Measurement Project, equipped with sensors to measure atomic and molecular oxygen in the upper atmosphere. It will also be used to measure performance and degradation of thin film solar cells in space. Separated from Bion M1 April 21 at 10:08 UTC.

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2013 Apr 22, 00:4169460.001955558096.0164.88212
BEESat 2   
2013-015G
39136

in space
1U cubesat from the Technical University of Berlin carrying a technology experiment using gyros and sensors for precise orientation. The name derives from Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite. Orbit estimate provided by AMSAT. Separated from Bion M1 April 21 at 10:08 UTC.

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2013 Apr 22, 00:4169460.001755557996.0164.88213

2013-016
Antares (A-ONE)
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA

2013 Apr 21,   21:00 UTC
Phonesat 2.0a  (Bell)
2013-016A
39142

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Apr 27
1U cubesat produced under a NASA initiative and built round the HTC Nexus One smartphone running Google's Android OS. The phone acts as the spacecraft onboard computer, sensors determine the orientation of the spacecraft and the phone camera is used for Earth observations.

epoch (UTC)
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2013 Apr 22, 01:0166260.001723726089.4751.595
Dove 1   
2013-016B
39143

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Apr 27
3U cubesat as a technology demonstrator to test the basic capabilities of the low-cost bus built from non-space, Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) components and to demonstrate the ability to design, produce and operate satellites quickly and cheaply. Initial orbit data not available because of a SpaceTrack computer system glitch - orbit similar to 2013-016A.

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orbital parameters awaited or unavailable
Phonesat 1.0a  (Alexander)
2013-016C
39144

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Apr 27
1U cubesat produced under a NASA initiative and built round the HTC Nexus S smartphone running Google's Android OS. The phone acts as the spacecraft onboard computer, sensors determine the orientation of the spacecraft and the phone camera is used for Earth observations. Also carried are solar panels, a radio command receiving system, a GPS receiver and a magnetic stabilisation device. Initial orbit data not available because of a SpaceTrack computer system glitch - orbit similar to 2013-016A.

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Cygnus Mass Simulator   
2013-016D
39145

Re-entered or landed - 2012 May 10
Inert payload to simulate a full size Cygnus spacecraft, carried on test of the Antares (Taurus 2) rocket. Instrumented to measure acceleration and vibration during ascent of the launch vehicle. Initial orbit data not available because of a SpaceTrack computer system glitch - orbit similar to 2013-016A.

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orbital parameters awaited or unavailable
Phonesat 1.0b  (Graham)
2013-016E
39146

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Apr 26
1U cubesat produced under a NASA initiative and built round the HTC Nexus One smartphone running Google's Android OS. The phone acts as the spacecraft onboard computer, sensors determine the orientation of the spacecraft and the phone camera is used for Earth observations. Initial orbit data not available because of a SpaceTrack computer system glitch - orbit similar to 2013-016A.

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orbital parameters awaited or unavailable

2013-017
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Apr 24,   10:12 UTC
Progress M-19M  (Progress 7K-TGM №419)
2013-017A
39148

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Jun 19
Supplies to ISS, Precise launch time - 10:12:06 UTC. One of the Kurs rendezvous system aerials failed to unfold as planned, reducing the effectiveness of the Kurs rendezvous system. Soft dock occurred 12:25:29 UTC after a fully automatic approach. The docking probe was then retracted slowly because the exact position of the jammed aerial was not know. Hard dock occurred at 12:34 UTC. Hooks and latches were then closed. Undocked 2011 June 11 at 13:58 UTC for one week of Radar-Progress experiments. Retro-fire June 19 at 13:52 was followed by re-entry with any surviving fragments impacting the southern Pacific Ocean north east of New Zealand at about 14:40 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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2013 Apr 24, 10:4465870.003018922988.6751.6576
2013 Apr 24, 18:5967020.004529435491.0151.64163
2013 Apr 25, 19:1567040.004629535791.0551.65167
2013 Apr 26, 18:2767880.001040341692.7551.65186
2013 Jun 11, 15:0968140.002941645693.3051.6656

2013-018
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Apr 26,   04:13 UTC
Gaofen 1   
2013-018A
39150

in space
Remote sensing satellite with 1m resolution, possibly for cartography. It's name means "high resolution" in English. It will operate as part of a system to combine data from satellites in orbit with data from sensors flown within the atmosphere by aircraft and operating lifetime is expected to be 5-8 years.

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desc node
local time
2013 May 2, 02:5170200.001863065497.5698.0722310:31
NEE-01  (Pegaso)
2013-018B
39151

in space
1U cubesat from the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA), built as a technology demonstrator and remote imager. It will also be used as an educational tool for Ecuadorian schools. NEE is an acronym for Nave Espacial Ecuatoriana. Originally planned for a Dnepr launch from Dombarovsky but moved to the Gaofen launch because of continual postponements.

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2013 May 2, 04:2670190.001762965397.5498.08228
Turksat-3USAT   
2013-018C
39152

in space
3U cubesat built by TURKSAT and the Istanbul Technical University (ITU). It includes an amateur radio transponder and an imaging device, also equipped with a pop-up membrane to be deployed at the end of the service life to increase air drag and accelerate orbit decay.

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2013 May 2, 04:2770200.001762965497.5598.05226
Cubebug 1  (Capitán Beto)
2013-018D
39153

in space
2U cubesat sponsored by the Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, INVAP SE, Satellogic SA, and Radio Club Bariloche - technology demonstration mission for a new cubesat platform design. Originally planned for a Dnepr launch from Yasny but moved to the Gaofen launch because of continual postponements by Russia.

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2013 May 1, 21:5670190.001762965397.5498.08229
CZ-2D upper stage   
2013-018E
39154

in space
Performed collision and contamination avoidance manoeuvre after releasing its satellites.

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2013 May 1, 20:3270270.002063566397.7198.36187

2013-019
Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2013 Apr 26,   05:23 UTC
Cosmos 2485  (Uragan-M № 747)
2013-019A
39155

in space
GLONASS-M navigation satellite to fill a space in the constellation. Released from the Fregat stage of the launch vehicle at 08:55 UTC. Most earlier GLONASS satellites were launched as triplets using Proton in order to create the constellation itself.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Apr 26, 08:14161310.589125019255339.8164.94240
2013 Apr 26, 11:22257120.00641916919499683.8764.7461
2013 Apr 29, 21:36255350.00071914019175676.8264.77302

2013-020
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre, China

2013 May 1,   16:06 UTC
Chinasat 11  (Zhongxing 11)
2013-020A
39157

in space
Commercial communications satellite to cover China, East Asia including the China Sea, South Asia including the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Precise launch time 16:06:04 UTC. Expected location - 98°.2 east.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2013 May 2, 01:08275660.761619342184759.1526.53180
2013 May 10, 15:10421670.000335775358031436.240.6544163° east
2013 Aug 18, 21:14422320.000135849358591439.540.45285160° east
2013 Oct 10, 08:43421640.000735758358141436.070.340115° east
CZ-3B upper stage   
2013-020B
39158

in space
Performed collision and contamination avoidance manoeuvre after releasing Chinasat 11 - hence the higher orbit.

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incl
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2013 May 2, 05:17280330.764422843082778.5126.62179

2013-021
Vega (VV-02)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2013 May 7,   02:06 UTC
Proba-V  (Project for On-Board Autonomy and Vegetation)
2013-021A
39159

in space
European small satellite for monitoring global vegetation. Also carries five space technology demonstration experiments and a receiver for ADS–B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) signals from aircraft in flight to test whether continuous monitoring of aviation routes is possible. Precise launch time 02:06:31 UTC, released from the launch vehicle at 03:01:58. Launch delayed from May 4 by wind speed at high-altitude.

epoch (UTC)
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desc node
local time
2013 May 8, 10:0971940.0005813820101.2198.735410:45
VNREDSat 1A  (Vietnam Natural Resources Environment and Disaster monitoring small Satellite)
2013-021B
39160

in space
Earth observation satellite for high-resolution photographs of natural resources, the environment and disasters, launched for the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology. Released from the launch vehicle at 04:03:55 UTC. Launch delayed from May 4 by wind speed at high-altitude.

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desc node
local time
2013 May 8, 12:3170500.000267067398.1898.132510:42
EstCube 1   
2013-021C
39161

in space
1U cubesat from Estonia that will deploy a 10m long the tether and measure/study effects on it of the solar wind with a view to future use as a solar sail. Released from the launch vehicle at 04:07:19 UTC. Launch delayed from May 4 by wind speed at high-altitude.

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2013 May 8, 12:2870430.000965867198.0398.13233
VESPA upper portion  (Vega Secondary Payload Adapter)
2013-021D
39162

in space
Upper section of the payload adapter that supported Proba-V during launch. Released from the Vega upper stage while in the intermediate orbit before circularisation and release of VENREDSat and EsatCube 1. The Vega upper stage performed retrofire 2013 May 7 at 04:38 UTC which led to destructive re-entry with any remaining fragments falling in the Pacific Ocean near 39° south, 91° west at about 05:00 UTC and does not appear to have been catalogued.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 May 8, 13:0171210.010167181599.6798.7353

2013-022
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 May 14,   16:02 UTC
Eutelsat 3D   
2013-022A
39163

in space
Commercial comsat to cover Europe, North Africa. the Middle East and Indian Ocean islands. Precise launch time - 16:02:00 UTC. Expected location - 3° east where it will remain until 2014 and launch of Eutelsat 3B. It will then be shifted to 7° east. Released from the Briz-M May 15 at 01:14:52 UTC, eight seconds earlier than planned. The first three orbits are based on data from Khrunichev.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 May 14, 16:1865550.000017717788.0351.52100
2013 May 14, 17:2790130.26242705000141.9350.33358
2013 May 14, 19:50244590.721942335740634.5049.14359
2013 May 15, 20:00276400.5239678235742762.1917.570
2013 May 23, 02:50421010.001035680357661432.840.051721° east
2013 May 23, 17:27421140.000735706357671433.530.051822° east
2013 May 24, 14:08421670.000135784357941436.210.03622° east

2013-023
Atlas V 401, AV-039
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 May 15,   21:38 UTC
USA 242  (Navstar GPS IIF-04)
2013-023A
39166

in space
Fourth Block 2F, Generation 2 GPS Navsat. The launch time was the opening of a 19 minute window. Released from Centaur rocket stage May 15, 01:02 UTC. Signals were received by ground stations almost immediately. The first orbit listed is an estimate based on data from ILS and is before the second firing of the Centaur.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
2013 May 15, 21:57166260.606416720329355.5955.0090
2013 May 16, 03:20268380.00042044920471729.2854.99324

2013-024
Delta 4 Medium+ (5,4), Delta 362
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 May 25,   00:27 UTC
USA 243  (Wideband Global SATCOM 5)
2013-024A
39168

in space
Second Block II Wideband Global SATCOM vehicle, providing communications links for troops in the field. A major improvement in the Block II satellites is transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance imagery at approximately three times the data rate available through the Block I satellites. Lifted off at the beginning of a 30 minute window, separated from the launch vehicle at 01:27 UTC. Launch delayed from May 22 for a combination of weather and technical issues. The initial orbit is an estimate based on data from ULA, geosynchronous entries are based on amateur observation. Expected location - 52°.5 west.

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GEO    
longitude
2013 May 25, 01:10399890.8293450667721326.3724.00179
2013 Nov 13, 06:06421650.000235779357961436.120.0418053° west

2013-025
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 May 28,   20:31 UTC
Soyuz TMA-09M  (Soyuz 11F732A47 № 709)
2013-025A
39170

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Nov 11
Crew to ISS, carrying Fyodor Yurchikhin (Roscosmos), Karen Nyberg (NASA) and Luca Parmitano (ESA). Precise time - 20:31:24 UTC. Docked with the ISS Rassvet port May 29 at 02:10 UTC, well ahead of the 02:16:07 ±3 minutes window. Undocked 2013 Nov 10 at 23:26 UTC carrying its original crew. Landed Nov 11 at 0249 UTC - 147 km South-east of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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( ° )
2013 May 29, 02:4767930.001040842292.8751.6510

2013-026
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Jun 3,   09:18 UTC
SES 6   
2013-026A
39172

in space
Communications satellite covering North America, Latin America, Europe and Atlantic Ocean the Atlantic Ocean region. Provides direct-to home broadcasts and VSat terminal services. Precise launch time - 09:18:31 UTC. Separated from the Briz-M into super-synchronous transfer orbit June 4 at 00:49:00 UTC. Expected location: 40°.5 west.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Jun 4, 12:52410720.73554484649041380.6426.34180
2013 Jun 14, 18:14421970.001835744358931437.730.1329026° west
2013 Jun 17, 06:03421650.000735757358161436.090.1130326° west
2013 Jul 17, 19:16422710.000435874359111441.510.0724335° west

2013-027
Ariane 5ES (VA-205)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2013 Jun 6,   22:52 UTC
ATV 4  (Albert Einstein)
2013-027A
39175

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Nov 2
European vehicle carrying supplies to the ISS and used to dispose of rubbish. Precise launch time: 21:52:13 UTC. Separated from launch vehicle at 22:56:16 UTC. Docked automatically with the aft port of Zvezda June 15 at 14:07 UTC, 21 minutes later than the planned 13:46 UTC. Undocked 2013 Sep 28 at 08:59 UTC. Retro-fire Nov 2 commenced at 11:28 UTC and lasted for 23 min. It led to a destructive re-entry abobe the Pacific Oceas SE of New Zealand at 12:04 UTC with any remaining debris hitting the ocean surface 10-20 minutes later.

epoch (UTC)
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Jun 6, 01:1866380.001025326789.7051.62277
2013 Jun 10, 23:0766730.001028830190.4151.6585
2013 Jun 12, 18:5866770.001029230690.5051.6563
2013 Jun 15, 01:2867750.001138940492.4951.6553
2013 Jun 15, 14:1267930.001140742292.8651.6573
2013 Oct 28, 22:3267480.000236837191.9451.65349
2013 Oct 31, 20:5667410.000336136591.8151.65339
2013 Nov 2, 00:2366920.000730831990.7951.64291

2013-028
Soyuz-2-1b
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2013 Jun 7,   18:37 UTC
Cosmos 2486  (Persona 14F137 № 2)
2013-028A
39177

in space
Second launch of new generation imaging reconnaissance satellite operated by the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence Directorate). Precise launch time 18:37:59 UTC. The projected operational lifetime is seven years.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
desc node
local time
2013 Jun 8, 05:4068120.036318768293.2698.317810:31
2013 Jun 11, 16:3771020.001371473399.2698.3030810:32

2013-029
CZ-2F
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Jun 11,   09:38 UTC
Shenzhou 10   
2013-029A
39179

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Jun 25
Carried crew of Nie Haisheng (Commander), Zhang Xiaoguang (Flight Engineer) and Wang Yaping (Mission Engineer) to Tiangong 1. Wang Yaping is female. Automatic approach to Tiangong 1 initiated June 13 02:48 UTC. Docked at 05:11 UTC with latches secured at 05:18 UTC. Undocked June 23 at 00:26 UTC, carrying its crew, and moved away from Tiangong 1. At 01:52 UTC, Nie Haisheng initiated a manually controlled approach, docking with Tiangong at 02:00, latches were fully secured at 02:07 UTC. Undocked Jun 25 at 23:05 UTC and flew in formation with Tiangong to test varying approach scenarios, re-docked briefly (probably without retracting the docking ring) then departed for a landing. Retro-fire Jun 25 about 23:18 UTC led to landing in Mongolia June 26 at 00:07 UTC.

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2013 Jun 11, 15:3966350.008919831689.6542.78132
2013 Jun 11, 17:0366660.004026131490.2642.78138
2013 Jun 11, 21:4566670.004026231690.2942.78136
2013 Jun 12, 18:4566990.000931532790.9542.78290
2013 Jun 13, 12:5167120.000832933991.2142.78295
2013 Jun 25, 03:5167090.000532733491.1442.79337
2013 Jun 25, 13:0767130.000433333791.2342.78134
Shenzhou 10 Orbital Module   
2013-029H
39193

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Dec 1
Detached from Shenzhou 10 - 2013 Jun 25 about 23:17 UTC just prior to retro-fire. Main function was to act as a cargo carrier, and to carry the rendezvous systems and docking unit for operations with Tiangong 1.

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2013 Jun 27, 13:2967130.000233333691.2342.79136

2013-030
Soyuz-2-1b
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Jun 25,   17:28 UTC
Resurs-P  (Resurs-P №1)
2013-030A
39186

in space
Remote sensing satellite to replace Resurs-DK (2006-021A/29228). Also carrying instruments for measuring cosmic rays, and to monitor electromagnetic field variations as the precursors of earthquakes. Postponed from 2012 Nov 30 for extended tests on the satellite's star sensors. Indefinite postponement from 2013 Jan due to a dispute between Russia and Kazakhstan concering the ground track. Precise launch time: 17:28:48 UTC, separated from the launch vehicle at 17:38 UTC.

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local time
2013 Jun 25, 18:5467290.015524745691.5697.295810:21
2013 Jun 29, 05:4068410.001445347293.8597.2826210:22
2013 Jun 29, 21:3268440.001045947293.9197.2827510:22

2013-031
Soyuz-ST-B (VS-05)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2013 Jun 25,   19:27 UTC
O3b FM05   
2013-031A
39188

in space
Communications satellite, owned by O3b Networks, to provide links between ground stations lying in the range ±45° latitude. Orbiting at one quarter the altitude of geosynchronous satellites, O3b satellies reduce the delays (latency) in transmission introduced by the lengths of radio links. The constellation will eventually consist of 12 satellites. Precise launch time 19:27:03 UTC, delayed 34 min by weather at the launch site.

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2013 Jun 25, 20:31141990.001078077835280.640.04129
2013 Jul 11, 23:32144440.000280648068287.940.03113
O3b FM04   
2013-031B
39189

in space
Communications satellite, owned by O3b Networks, to provide links between ground stations lying in the range ±45° latitude. Orbiting at one quarter the altitude of geosynchronous satellites, O3b satellies reduce the delays (latency) in transmission introduced by the lengths of radio links. The constellation will eventually consist of 12 satellites. Precise launch time 19:27:03 UTC, delayed 34 min by weather at the launch site.

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2013 Jun 25, 20:31142050.000678187835280.800.04115
2013 Jul 10, 05:33144440.000280628069287.930.0421
O3b FM02   
2013-031C
39190

in space
Communications satellite, owned by O3b Networks, to provide links between ground stations lying in the range ±45° latitude. Orbiting at one quarter the altitude of geosynchronous satellites, O3b satellies reduce the delays (latency) in transmission introduced by the lengths of radio links. The constellation will eventually consist of 12 satellites. Precise launch time 19:27:03 UTC, delayed 34 min by weather at the launch site.

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2013 Jun 25, 20:31142110.000378287838281.010.04117
2013 Jul 8, 12:48144440.000280638069287.930.03107
O3b PFM  (ProtoFlight Model)
2013-031D
39191

in space
Communications satellite, owned by O3b Networks, to provide links between ground stations lying in the range ±45° latitude. Orbiting at one quarter the altitude of geosynchronous satellites, O3b satellies reduce the delays (latency) in transmission introduced by the lengths of radio links. The constellation will eventually consist of 12 satellites. Precise launch time 19:27:03 UTC, delayed 34 min by weather at the launch site.

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2013 Jun 25, 20:31142190.000178397842281.220.04331
2013 Jul 10, 11:33144440.000280638069287.930.0388
Fregat   
2013-031E
39192

in space
Launched four O3b satellites then performed a collision and contamination avoidance manoeuvre (CCAM).

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2013 Jun 26, 10:04140550.001176627693276.390.09341

2013-032
Strela
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Jun 27,   16:53 UTC
Cosmos 2487  (Condor 14F133 № 202 )
2013-032A
39194

in space
Small satellite for military reconnaissance - on the balance of probabilities it is the radar imaging version of Condor. The launch was not openly acknowledged by Russia at the time, even though a number in the Cosmos series was assigned.

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2013 Jun 28, 02:3468770.000349750194.6074.73287

2013-033
L-1011/Pegasus XL
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2013 Jun 28,   02:27 UTC
IRIS  (Interface Region Imaging Spectrometer)
2013-033A
39197

in space
Satellite carrying an ultraviolet telescope and spectrograph to make detailed measurements of the flow of energy and plasma through the sun’s corona and the heliosphere. Launch delayed 24 hours by a power cut at Vandenberg. The L-1011 took off from Vandenberg at 01:30 UTC. Pegasus was released from the L-1011 at 02:27 UTC and ignition occurred 5s later, location - approx 160 km NW of Vandenberg AFB, off Big Sur, California.

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local time
2013 Jun 28, 05:0870200.003162066497.5697.9117618:03

2013-034
PSLV-XL (C-22)
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2013 Jul 1,   18:11 UTC
IRNSS 1A   
2013-034A
39199

in space
Satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, first of three satellites aimed at 29° inclined geosynchronous orbit, separated from the launch vehicle at 18:32 UTC. Launch delayed from June 12 due to problems arising during launch vehicle electrical checks at the end of May. Reached inclined geosynchronous drift orbit July 6 after five engine firings - no interim orbit data available from SpaceTrack. Expected location: 55° east. ISRO reports final inclination will be 29° but it may be incorrect.

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GEO    
longitude
2013 Jul 1, 20:38167930.603428320548360.9717.91179
2013 Jul 8, 20:08420540.004635482358701430.4627.0217947° east
2013 Jul 18, 22:11421660.001935706358691436.1527.0318555° east

Failed to reach orbit
Proton-M/DM-03
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Jul 2,   02:38 UTC
GLONASS-M   
Navigation satellite. Lost when the Proton went off course within a few seconds of lift-off and crashed near the pad.
GLONASS-M   
Navigation satellite. Lost when the Proton went off course within a few seconds of lift-off and crashed near the pad.
GLONASS-M   
Navigation satellite. Lost when the Proton went off course within a few seconds of lift-off and crashed near the pad.

2013-035
CZ-2C
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Jul 15,   09:27 UTC
Shijian 11-05   
2013-035A
39202

in space
Reported as an "experimental satellite". The intended orbit, and images of one of its predecessors, indicate that it has an Earth observation rôle. Replacement for Shijian 11-04, lost because of a launch vehicle failure 2011 August 2.

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2013 Jul 19, 11:3870740.001168870498.7098.1020115:44

2013-036
Atlas V 551, AV-040
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Jul 19,   13:00 UTC
MUOS 2  (Mobile User Objective System 2)
2013-036A
39206

in space
Narrowband tactical comsat for geosynchronous orbit. Eventual replacement for the UFO satellites for the US Navy, designed to work with highly portable receiver/transmitter equipment. Second satellite in a constellation of five. Time was 12 minutes into a 45 minute launch window, delayed by a wait for wind speed at high altitude to reduce. Initial orbit is an estimate based on ULA data. Subsequent orbits are from amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)
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GEO    
longitude
2013 Jul 19, 16:10261800.6109381035795702.6219.10179
2014 Mar 30, 15:59421650.005635552360221436.124.861100° west

2013-037
CZ-4C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2013 Jul 19,   23:37 UTC
Shiyan 7  (NORAD "Payload A")
2013-037A
39208

in space
Name to be confirmed: Technology satellite being used in rendezvous, station keeping, and satellite capture tests. Release of a sub-satellite (2013-037J/39357) 2013 Oct 18 and subsequent close- up operations with it may be part of a series of tests aimed at capturing another satellite with a robotic arm.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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desc node
local time
2013 Jul 20, 05:3770450.000966167398.0898.062506:43
2013 Oct 15, 04:4470450.001066067498.0898.069106:43
2013 Oct 15, 12:5570460.001066067598.1098.068906:43
Chuangxin 3  (NORAD "Payload B")
2013-037B
39209

in space
Small satellite for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Before launch there were rumours of a satellite to be used for missile detection. It may be testing sensors for such a mission.

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local time
2013 Jul 20, 06:0270480.000566767398.1598.064806:43
2013 Aug 9, 10:0570480.000366867298.1598.0630806:43
Shijian 15  (NORAD "Payload C")
2013-037C
39210

in space
Name to be confirmed. Satellite involved in rendezvous tests, possibly as a satellite inspector. Following separation from the launch vehicle, it moved about 1750 km ahead of Changxin 3, another satellite carried on the same launch vehicle. It then made two close passes by it Aug 6 and Aug 9. Early on Aug 18, it pulled alongside anther satellite already in orbit, Shijian 7 (2005-024A/28737), and shadowed it at less than 2km for about 48 hrs. It made further approaches to Shijian 7 later in 2013 and during 2014.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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desc node
local time
2013 Jul 20, 06:0370470.000666467398.1298.064206:43
2013 Aug 1, 03:5870490.000366967398.1798.074706:43
2013 Aug 2, 04:3170510.000467067598.2098.064006:43
2013 Aug 3, 13:1770530.000267367698.2598.0628906:43
2013 Aug 8, 19:2470510.000367167598.2198.0631106:43
2013 Aug 9, 06:5070300.000165165397.7798.0631906:43
2013 Aug 9, 10:3970430.002364968298.0598.0835706:42
2013 Aug 9, 13:4970490.001066467898.1698.0524806:43
2013 Aug 9, 18:1670480.000366867298.1498.0630906:43
2013 Aug 16, 07:2370470.000666567398.1398.0631006:43
2013 Aug 16, 20:1068840.000650251094.7498.0630106:43
2013 Aug 17, 17:1269660.003256561096.4397.7030606:43
2013 Aug 19, 20:2069660.003256561096.4397.7029906:43
2013 Aug 20, 07:3569610.003256060596.3297.7029706:43
2014 Apr 12, 21:1169590.003155960396.2997.6822706:39
2014 Apr 13, 03:3769770.004656763096.6697.6918706:39
2014 Apr 14, 12:3370100.001961964697.3697.6828006:39
2014 May 9, 04:5569980.004059264897.1097.6917006:36
2014 May 10, 09:3769860.001959562196.8597.6816806:36
2014 May 11, 00:3269730.003656962096.5897.6814506:36
2014 May 13, 04:0369650.003656161296.4197.6712806:36
Shiyan 7 sub-satellite   
2013-037J
39357

in space
Released 2013 Oct 18 from Payload A and being used as a tracking/station-keeping target. it may also, on several occasions, have been captured by a manipulator arm aboard Shiyan 7.

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local time
2013 Oct 19, 19:5970460.001066167598.1098.057906:43

2013-038
Ariane 5ECA (VA-214)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2013 Jul 25,   19:45 UTC
Alphasat I-XL  (Inmarsat IV-A F4)
2013-038A
39215

in space
High-power telecom satellite created through a public–private partnership between ESA and Inmarsat to augment the latter’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service for communications across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Alphasat I-XL also carries technology demonstration payloads for ESA. Released from the launch vehicle at 20:21 UTC. Expected location - 25° east.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Jul 26, 12:14244090.729322935834632.553.45178
2013 Jul 27, 21:31296650.42261075135823847.481.19178
2013 Jul 30, 11:26370870.137525608358101184.650.29176
2013 Aug 1, 07:10421320.001235703358051434.430.023467° east
2013 Aug 6, 05:44421730.000335782358081436.540.023458° east
2013 Aug 16, 06:05421660.000035786357901436.160.01228° east
2013 Nov 2, 21:49421650.000235780357931436.090.1512725° east
Insat 3D   
2013-038B
39216

in space
Indian satellite with an advanced meteorological payloads plus a Data Relay Transponder and a Satellite Aided Search & Rescue payload. Released from the launch vehicle at 20:27 UTC. The second, third and fourth of the orbits listed are based on ISRO data. Expected location - 82° east.

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ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Jul 26, 12:13244200.729323135852632.953.45178
2013 Jul 27, 23:59321680.31121578035800956.970.67179
2013 Jul 28, 23:59401760.049731800357951335.680.02179
2013 Jul 30, 18:00420120.003935469357991428.300.231071° east
2013 Aug 7, 19:06421600.000835749358151435.870.253482° east
2013 Aug 12, 17:30421650.000135782357911436.090.2422882° east

2013-039
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Jul 27,   20:45 UTC
Progress M-20M  (Progress 7K-TGM №420)
2013-039A
39219

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Feb 11
Supplies to ISS. Precise launch time - 20:45:08. Docked automatically with the port on Pirs Jul 28 at 02:26:12 UTC, 27s ahead of schedule. Undocked 2014 Feb 3 at 16:21 UTC. There followed a period of experiments to study micro-gravity by using micro-accelerometers fitted to the vehicle. Retro-fire of about three minutes starting Feb 11 at 15:06:30 UTC led to a destructive re-entry with any surviving fragments hitting the surface of the southern Pacific Ocean around 15:54 UTC.The first of the orbits listed is based on TsUP data.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Jul 27, 22:0265840.002519022388.6251.6576
2013 Jul 28, 04:2667950.000441441992.9051.65235
2014 Feb 4, 04:4767670.003936341692.3451.65203

2013-040
H-IIB F-4
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2013 Aug 3,   19:48 UTC
HTV 4  (Kounotori 4)
2013-040A
39221

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Sep 7
Japanese supply vehicle to the ISS. Kounotori translates to "white stork" (seen as a carrier of joyful things) in English. Precise launch time - 19:48:46 UTC. Separated from launch vehicle at 20:03:45 UTC. Captured by the ISS manipulator arm Aug 9 at 11:22 UTC. Attached to the Harmony node at 15:28 UTC with all securing bolts driven home by 15:38 UTC. Undocked using the ISS remote manipulator Sep 4 at 12:07 UTC and released into independent orbit at 16:20 UTC. Retro-fire Sep 7 at 06:11 UTC led to destructive re-entry at 06:37 with any surviving fragments hitting the Pacific Ocean, NE of New Zealand over the period 06:49-07:05 UTC. HTV 4's final rocket stage was not catalogued because it was de-orbited after releasing the spacecraft. Part of the cargo payload was a group of four cubesats (ArduSat-1, ArduSat-X, PicoDragon and TechEdSat-3) to be relased from the ISS at a later date.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Aug 3, 22:1866220.008618830189.3951.65313
2013 Aug 4, 09:1166700.001528230290.3651.64288
2013 Aug 8, 03:3767670.001338039792.3251.64192
2013 Aug 9, 01:1867820.000240340592.6451.65251
2013 Aug 9, 02:4567860.002639142592.7251.64191
2013 Aug 9, 04:2167910.001040641992.8251.61162
2013 Aug 10, 16:5967940.000441441892.8951.65298
2013 Sep 4, 19:0967880.000340841292.7651.6641

2013-041
Delta 4 Medium+ (5,4), Delta 363
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Aug 8,   00:29 UTC
USA 244  (Wideband Global SATCOM 6)
2013-041A
39222

in space
Block II Military communications satellite, providing communications links for troops in the field. A major improvent in the Block II satellites is transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance imagery at approximately three times the data rate available through the Block I satellites. Separated from launch vehicle 01:19:38 UTC. Entered operational service 2012 Dec 12. Orbit data are extracted from publicly available information.

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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Aug 8, 00:29400300.8294449668551328.4324.00178
2013 Aug 12, 12:00433150.68837123667511495.2610.84179

2013-042
Dnepr
Dombarovsky (Yasny) Cosmodrome, Orenburg, Russia

2013 Aug 22,   14:39 UTC
Kompsat 5  (Arirang 5)
2013-042A
39227

in space
South Korean KOrea Multi-Purpose SATellite 5, to conduct all weather and all day observations using an X-band SAR payload. The mission supports GIS (Geographical Information Systems), Ocean monitoring, Land management, Disaster monitoring, and Environment monitoring on the Korean peninsula. Precise launch time 14:39:20 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
desc node
local time
2013 Aug 23, 03:3069220.001253555295.5297.6030218:00

2013-043
Delta 4 Heavy, Delta 364
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2013 Aug 28,   18:03 UTC
USA 245  (KH- 11 Block-4 F3?/Crystal)
2013-043A
39232

in space
KH-11 reconnaissance satellite. Commercial launch by United Launch Alliance tagged as NRO L-65. The upper stage of the Delta launch vehicle re-entered mid-Pacific about two hours after launch. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

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desc node
local time
2013 Aug 29, 03:1370050.052825799797.2597.8719209:49

2013-044
Ariane 5ECA (VA-215)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2013 Aug 29,   20:30 UTC
Eutelsat 25B  (Es’hail 1)
2013-044A
39233

in space
Communications satellite to provide expanded coverage across the Middle East (particulary Qatar) North Africa and Central Asia as a follow-on to Eutelsat 25A satellite. Precise time of lift-off 20:30:07 UTC at the opening of a 50 minute window, separated from launch vehicle at 20:57:45 UTC. Expected location - 25°.5 East.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Aug 30, 13:01243940.728324935782631.943.45178
2013 Sep 2, 05:01323550.30221619835757965.340.74177
2013 Sep 4, 02:48421240.000535725357671434.030.081930° east
2013 Sep 6, 18:37421380.000335748357731434.750.0810432° east
2013 Sep 9, 20:26421650.000035784357891436.090.0718932° east
2013 Oct 18, 02:49422110.000235826358401438.460.0516731° east
2013 Nov 2, 18:48421650.000135785357891436.120.059325° east
GSat 7   
2013-044B
39234

in space
Military communications satellite for use, in particular, by the Indian Navy. Precise time of lift-off 20:30:07 UTC at the opening of a 50 minute window, separated from launch vehicle at 21:04:26 UTC. Expected location - 74° east.

epoch (UTC)
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( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Aug 30, 07:46244030.728524835802632.313.45178
2013 Aug 31, 07:30326810.29061680635800979.940.38164
2013 Sep 3, 22:22420140.003935472358001428.400.222866° east
2013 Sep 11, 21:48421160.001535675358011433.630.211474° east
2013 Sep 15, 12:00421650.000735759358151436.100.2033674° east

2013-045
Zenit-2SB/DM-SLB
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Aug 31,   20:05 UTC
Amos 4   
2013-045A
39237

in space
Israeli comsat to provide broadcast and broadband services to urban and rural areas principally of Russia, the Middle East - includes Direct-To-Home (DTH), video distribution, VSAT communications and broadband Internet. Expected location - 65° east (check out location - 67°.25 east).

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s-m axis
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longitude
2013 Sep 1, 09:14257300.6409286235842684.5826.880
2013 Sep 6, 15:56404720.042232388358011350.510.66356
2013 Sep 17, 00:39420860.001935626357891432.060.0627267° east
2013 Sep 20, 17:38421660.000435772358031436.150.0611967° east

2013-046
CZ-4C
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Sep 1,   19:16 UTC
Yaogan 17   
2013-046A
39239

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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2013 Sep 2, 05:4774720.002310761111107.1263.4136
2014 Aug 10, 00:3874680.003810621119107.0563.416
Yaogan 17 subsatellite 1   
2013-046B
39240

in space
One of two further payloads forming the Yaogan 17 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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2013 Sep 2, 05:5274720.002310771111107.1363.4238
2014 Aug 10, 02:2574680.003810621119107.0563.416
Yaogan 17 subsatellite 2   
2013-046C
39241

in space
One of two further payloads forming the Yaogan 17 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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2013 Sep 2, 05:5274730.002110801111107.1663.4238
2014 Aug 10, 00:3874680.003910611119107.0563.415
CZ-4C upper stage   
2013-046D
39242

in space
Launched Yaogan 17 triplet. Adjusted orbit as a collision avoidance manoeuvre soon after satellite separation.

epoch (UTC)
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2013 Sep 2, 05:4073790.01508901112105.1463.4724

2013-047
Minotaur 5
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA

2013 Sep 7,   03:27 UTC
Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer  (LADEE)
2013-047A
39246

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Apr 17
NASA lunar orbiting mission designed to characterize the atmosphere and lunar dust environment. Launch time 03:27:00 precisely. Arrived in orbit around the Moon 2013 Oct 6. Manoeuvred to 50 km, circular, equatorial - fully retrograde (180° inclination). Crashed on Lunar surface 2014 Apr 17.

epoch (UTC)
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2013 Sep 13, 17:151666560.9496202831852911284.7536.01155

2013-048
Rockot/Briz-KM
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2013 Sep 11,   23:23 UTC
Gonets M-5  (Gonets M №14)
2013-048A
39249

in space
Store and forward communications satellite for Russia's civil/commercial system. Launched as part of a triple payload. Precise launch time 23:23:04 UTC. Released from the launch vehicle Sep 12 at 01:07 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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ω 
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2013 Sep 12, 12:2678810.001014951511116.0482.49339
2013 Oct 14, 16:3078780.001014931508115.9982.48249
2013 Oct 17, 06:2178730.001614821507115.8682.49215
Gonets M-6  (Gonets M №16)
2013-048B
39250

in space
Store and forward communications satellite for Russia's civil/commercial system. Launched as part of a triple payload. Precise launch time 23:23:04 UTC. Released from the launch vehicle Sep 12 at 01:07 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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2013 Sep 12, 05:1278790.000914931508116.0082.49323
Gonets M-7  (Gonets M №17)
2013-048C
39251

in space
Store and forward communications satellite for Russia's civil/commercial system. Launched as part of a triple payload. Precise launch time 23:23:04 UTC. Released from the launch vehicle Sep 12 at 01:07 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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2013 Sep 13, 01:5978800.001014941509116.0282.49331
Briz-KM   
2013-048D
39252

in space
Launched Gonets-M triplet. Orbit changed after satellite release as a collision avoidance manoeuvre.

epoch (UTC)
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2013 Sep 12, 06:4777200.021011801504112.5182.49269

2013-049
Epsilon
Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan

2013 Sep 14,   05:00 UTC
Hisaki  (Sprint A)
2013-049A
39253

in space
Verification mission for new standard satellite design. Carries extreme ultraviolet telescope to observe the planets and measure their interaction with plasma generated by Jupiters moon Io and investigate the mechanism of how the atmosphere of the terrestrial planets escapes into space. First flight for the solid propellant Epsilon launch vehicle. Launch was 15 min into 45 min launch window.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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ω 
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2013 Sep 14, 11:3772690.0114809974102.8029.7537
2013 Sep 20, 03:5974320.01379521155106.2729.72113

2013-050
Atlas V 531, AV-041
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Sep 18,   08:10 UTC
USA 246  (AEHF SV-3)
2013-050A
39256

in space
USAF satellite for secure communications following on from the Milstar satellites. Launch delayed 66 mins by weather. Separated from launch vehicle at 09:01 UTC. Orbits are estimates based on ULA data.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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GEO    
longitude
2013 Sep 18, 08:3069870.0618177104196.8727.82179
2013 Sep 18, 08:40314470.789823349906924.9920.52179

2013-051
Antares
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA

2013 Sep 18,   14:58 UTC
Orbital D1  (G David Low)
2013-051A
39258

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Oct 23
Demonstration and test flight of Cygnus advanced maneuvering spacecraft that will be used for cargo delivery services under a NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) agreement. An initial approach to the ISS Sep 22 was called off due to a software glitch - Cygnus passed about 5 km from the station. A second approach was inititated late Sep 28 UTC and, following a series of demonstration rendezvous manoeuvres, it was captured by the Remote Manipulator arm September 29 at 11:00 UTC. At 12:44 UTC it was attached to the Harmony node with all retaing bolts driven home about 30 min later. Undocked from ISS 2013 Oct 22 at 10:00 UTC and released by the manipulator arm at 11:31 UTC. Following retro-fire Oct Oct 23 at 17:41 UTC, it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere N of New Zealand at 18:16 UTC. Any unburnt fragments impacted the Pacific Ocean NE of New Zealand 10-20 minutes later.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Sep 18, 18:0566480.001226227889.9151.65144
2013 Sep 18, 22:2967070.008227438491.1251.63273
2013 Sep 19, 04:2467100.007528138391.1751.63274
2013 Sep 19, 09:1167440.003534238991.8551.63308
2013 Sep 20, 03:1967730.001238640392.4551.62120
2013 Sep 20, 06:3467800.002138841692.6051.63101
2013 Sep 20, 22:0467950.001240942592.9051.59124
2013 Sep 21, 05:4367890.000740641592.7851.6563
2013 Sep 21, 16:4967910.000840741892.8251.6372
2013 Sep 22, 14:0667890.000440841392.7851.6574
2013 Sep 23, 04:0168000.000242142393.0251.65229
2013 Sep 26, 18:5167940.000941042292.8951.64117
2013 Sep 27, 13:3467850.001139941492.6951.6525
2013 Sep 28, 11:1167890.000440841392.7851.6582

2013-052
CZ-4C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2013 Sep 23,   03:07 UTC
Fengyun 3C   
2013-052A
39260

in space
Second generation meteorological imaging satellite capable of producing three-dimensional analyses of weather systems.

epoch (UTC)
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
desc node
local time
2013 Sep 23, 19:2471880.0008804815101.0898.8121610:10
2013 Sep 27, 04:4471940.0012807824101.2098.8015910:10
2013 Sep 27, 15:0171980.0004817823101.3098.8117310:10
2013 Sep 29, 12:0672060.0001827828101.4598.816310:10

2013-053
Kuaizhou
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Sep 25,   04:37 UTC
Kuaizhou 1   
2013-053A
39262

in space
Small, possibly remote sensing or store/dump communications, satellite intended to assist in disater monitoring. Launched on first orbital mission of new solid-propellant launch vehicle. There is no separately-catalogued upper stage because it is integrated with the satellite.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
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incl
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ω 
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desc node
local time
2013 Sep 25, 10:0766630.001327629390.2196.6628011:00
2013 Sep 27, 13:4266730.001428530490.4196.6617911:00
2013 Sep 28, 12:1066800.000629830690.5696.6623211:00
2013 Oct 16, 20:1266620.000727928990.1996.6618511:00
2013 Oct 17, 09:4566780.002128631490.5296.6631411:00
2013 Nov 1, 04:0066600.002026929590.1696.6625511:00
2013 Nov 1, 12:0266820.002428832090.6096.6635411:00
2013 Nov 19, 01:5566590.002026829590.1496.6528111:00
2013 Nov 19, 07:4866840.002728832490.6396.6517111:00
2013 Dec 9, 21:0066590.001826929390.1396.659611:00
2013 Dec 10, 04:3366820.002029131790.6196.6427211:00
2013 Dec 29, 21:5566600.001627129390.1596.6420310:59
2013 Dec 30, 05:2666850.002429132490.6796.6433210:59
2014 Jan 23, 05:2366600.002226729690.1496.6423410:59
2014 Jan 23, 11:1566850.002529032390.6696.6334410:59
2014 Feb 14, 03:5766600.002126729690.1496.6325610:59
2014 Feb 14, 06:5666880.002729132890.7196.621510:59
2014 Mar 6, 03:4366590.002426529790.1496.6228710:58
2014 Mar 6, 09:5766820.001929031690.5996.6218810:58
2014 Mar 19, 20:3566600.001527229390.1696.6214510:58
2014 Mar 20, 06:4466830.001829331790.6296.6130710:58
2014 Apr 4, 04:0566590.002126629590.1296.6224910:57
2014 Apr 4, 07:0066910.003429033590.7896.61910:57
2014 Apr 25, 04:2166610.003126230390.1796.6127610:56
2014 Apr 25, 08:5166830.000730030990.6196.6116810:56
2014 Jul 28, 19:5466580.002126629490.1196.5821010:53
2014 Jul 29, 04:5566650.001327829590.2596.5822410:53
2014 Aug 12, 10:0566460.001425827789.8696.5919710:53
2014 Aug 12, 17:2766540.000727128090.0296.5827610:53
2014 Aug 20, 03:5366450.001026027389.8496.5924010:53
2014 Aug 20, 11:2066750.004226932590.4696.5833910:53
2014 Sep 2, 02:1666620.003925831090.1996.5928610:52
2014 Sep 2, 11:4366720.002527731090.3996.5927610:52
2014 Sep 16, 01:5066530.002325929090.0196.5822410:52
2014 Sep 16, 11:0466800.002528531890.5596.5834110:52
2014 Sep 26, 03:1266690.002427530790.3396.5829710:51
2014 Sep 26, 10:4066960.002430233490.8896.5818410:51
2014 Sep 29, 03:4366930.002529833290.8396.5817310:51
2014 Sep 29, 05:2867210.001533335391.4096.5831610:51

2013-054
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Sep 25,   20:58 UTC
Soyuz TMA-10M  (Soyuz 11F732A47 № 710)
2013-054A
39263

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Mar 11
Carrying crew to ISS - Oleg Kotov (Roscosmos), Sergei Ryazansky (Roscosmos), Michael Hopkins (NASA). Precise launch time 20:58:50 UTC. Docked with the Poisk module of the ISS Sep 26 at 02:45 UTC, three minutes ahead of schedule. An initial orbit of about 195 x 230 km was not published by SpaceTrack. Undocked 2014 Mar 11 at 00:02 UTC carrying Kotov, Ryazansky and Hopkins. Retro-fire at 03:23:30 UTC was followed by landing near the aim point, 147 km south east of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan at 03:23:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Sep 26, 00:0466950.002729933590.8751.69222
2013 Sep 26, 07:5267930.000341341792.8751.6587

2013-055
Falcon 9 v1.1
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2013 Sep 29,   16:00 UTC
Cassiope  (CAScade, Smallsat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer)
2013-055A
39265

in space
Satellite from the Canadian Space Agency - hybrid science/application payload. The science package will study solar-wind-driven plasma, radio and magnetic events in the lower ionosphere. Cassiope also carries a store and forward comms package specifically to move large digital data files around the world. Precise launch time 16:00:14 UTC.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
perigee
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Oct 7, 21:1072840.07973251486103.1181.00136
CUSat 1  (Cornell University Satellite)
2013-055B
39266

in space
Satellite from Cornell University. The original plan involved a joined pair of near-identical small satellites that would have separated in orbit and conducted experiments in satellite inspection and measurement of station-keeping. One of the pair was irreparably damaged in 2012 during vibration testing so a single satellite is performing a modified mission. The second satellite was carried into orbit in order to maintain the integrity of the payload stack and provide a support for the active satellite. It was never activated itself and remains attached to the Falcon 9 upper stage.

epoch (UTC)
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Oct 8, 12:3572820.07953251483103.0880.99134
DANDE  (Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer)
2013-055C
39267

in space
Satellite from Colorado Space Grant Consortium,University of Colorado at Boulder, AF Space Command and NOAA, 0.8 m diameter sphere designed to measure wind and density variations in the upper atmosphere that create drag on orbiting satellites.

epoch (UTC)
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apogee
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period
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incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Oct 7, 21:0972840.07973251486103.1080.99136
POPACS 1  (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Sphere 1)
2013-055D
39268

in space
One of a triplet of 10cm diameter spherical satellites to be used to measure variations in the upper atmosphere in auroral regions, carried a dispenser of similar size to a 3U cubesat, developed and funded by a group including Morehead State University of Kentucky, the University of Arkansas, Montana State University and Drexel University of Philadelphia.

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 
( ° )
2013 Oct 8, 21:0372780.07913251476102.9981.00133
POPACS 2  (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Sphere 2)
2013-055E
39269

in space
One of a triplet of 10cm diameter spherical satellites to be used to measure variations in the upper atmosphere in auroral regions, carried a dispenser of similar size to a 3U cubesat, developed and funded by a group including Morehead State University of Kentucky, the University of Arkansas, Montana State University and Drexel University of Philadelphia.

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 
( ° )
2013 Oct 8, 21:0472790.07913251476103.0081.00133
POPACS 3  (Polar Orbiting Passive Atmospheric Calibration Sphere 3)
2013-055F
39270

in space
One of a triplet of 10cm diameter spherical satellites to be used to measure variations in the upper atmosphere in auroral regions, carried a dispenser of similar size to a 3U cubesat, developed and funded by a group including Morehead State University of Kentucky, the University of Arkansas, Montana State University and Drexel University of Philadelphia.

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 
( ° )
2013 Oct 10, 19:3272810.07943251482103.0681.00127
Falcon 9 Upper Stage   
2013-055G
39271

in space
Launched Cassiope, etc. The inert CUSat 2 is still attached but was never designed to be activated so does not count as a payload.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
2013 Oct 7, 02:1272820.08033191489103.0881.01138

2013-056
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Sep 29,   21:38 UTC
Astra 2E   
2013-056A
39285

in space
Satellite to provide broadcast, VSat and broadband services to Europe. Precise launch time 21:38:10 UTC. Separated from launch vehicle Sep 30 at 07:28 UTC. The first orbit shown is before all Briz-M firings were completed. Expected location: 28°.2 east.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Sep 30, 01:39244760.720845535741635.1549.090
2013 Sep 30, 11:51263250.5990417835716708.4522.930
2013 Sep 30, 23:27285200.4798845935825798.8814.290
2013 Oct 2, 16:59313960.34841407835958922.728.381
2013 Oct 3, 16:48374080.125326341357191200.072.344
2013 Oct 6, 05:16420810.000835670357341431.800.155939° east
2013 Oct 15, 03:40421650.000135781357931436.120.1125044° east

2013-057
CZ-4B
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Oct 25,   03:50 UTC
Shijian 16   
2013-057A
39358

in space
Mission described as being for "space environment exploration and technological experiments". The inclination is a new one for China.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2013 Oct 25, 12:5969870.001160161796.8774.98223

2013-058
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Oct 25,   18:08 UTC
Sirius FM-6   
2013-058A
39360

in space
Commercial comsat to provide service the continental USA including digital audio radio broadcast directly to cars, homes and portable radios. Precise launch time - 18:08:54 UTC. Expected location - 115°.2 west. The first four listed orbits are estimates based on data from Khrunichev.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
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ecc
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
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ω 
( ° )
GEO    
longitude
2013 Oct 25, 18:2565510.000017217387.9451.55100
2013 Oct 25, 19:3490120.26242704999141.9150.33358
2013 Oct 25, 21:57244280.721043835661633.2649.12359
2013 Oct 26, 03:07262510.6006410535641705.4723.15359
2013 Oct 28, 11:44297050.42041083835817849.2011.471
2013 Oct 30, 21:42349900.205621418358061085.614.342
2013 Oct 31, 17:06413750.019234203357911395.950.419
2013 Nov 1, 15:55421190.001235692357901433.770.117122° west
2013 Nov 7, 09:42421650.000135784357911436.130.07300121° west

2013-059
CZ-2C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2013 Oct 29,   02:50 UTC
Yaogan 18   
2013-059A
39363

in space
Mission described the satellite as being "...used to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop yields and aid in preventing and reducing natural disasters". The orbit altitude and Descending Node time are similar to the initial values for Yaogan 6 (2009-021A/34839) suggesting the new satellite may be a replacement for it, or supplementary to it.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
desc node
local time
2013 Oct 29, 11:4668800.001349251194.6597.5526509:56
2013 Oct 30, 05:1768820.001249651294.7097.5624509:56
2013 Oct 30, 16:4368900.000151151294.8697.5525409:56

2013-060
PSLV XL (C-25)
Satish Dharwan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India

2013 Nov 5,   09:08 UTC
Mars Orbiter   
2013-060A
39370

in space
Indian demonstration vehicle to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. Objective at Mars is to look for signs that life might have existed there and to research how Mars might have lost its liquid water. Launch was to Earth orbit, Separated from the launch vehicle at 09:52 UTC. Mars Orbiter is using its own propulsion system to raise its orbit, with engine firings Nov 6 at 19:47 UTC (416 seconds), Nov 7 at 20:48 UTC (570s), Nov 8 at 20:43 UTC (707s), Nov 10 at 20:36 UTC (cut short due to a computer error driven by a sensor or software problem). A firing Nov 11 at 23:30 UTC was used to compensate. There was a further firing on Nov 15 at 19:57 UTC (243.5s). After four circuits of the Earth, Mars Orbiter injected itself into a Sun-centred Mars transfer orbit 2013 November 30 at 19:19 UTC when thrusters were fired for 1328.89 sec to provide Δv 647.96 m/s. Entered orbit aroun Mars 2014 Sep 24 at 02:24 UTC following a 24 minute, firing of thrusters (Δv 1099 m/s). All orbits listed are based on data supplied by ISRO.

epoch (UTC)
s-m axis
( km )

ecc
perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl
( ° )
ω 
( ° )
2013 Nov 5, 09:55182770.637424823550409.8519.20283
2013 Nov 6, 19:52209020.682625628792501.2419.26284
2013 Nov 7, 20:55266560.750926240292721.8419.27285
2013 Nov 8, 20:55423370.8429274716441444.9219.27286
2013 Nov 10, 20:42458760.8547286787091629.8019.28286
2013 Nov 11, 23:38658430.89882871186422802.3419.28287
2013 Nov 15, 20:021029030.93582271928245475.2419.35288

2013-061
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Nov 7,   04:14 UTC
Soyuz TMA-11M  (Soyuz 11F732A47 № 711)
2013-061A
39373

in space
Carrying crew to ISS - Mikhail Tyurin (Roscosmos), Richard Mastracchio (NASA), Koichi Wakata (JAXA). Precise launch time - 04:14:16 UTC. Followed the 'fast track', 6 hour, route to the ISS. Docked with the Rassvet module at 10:27:52 UTC, about four minutes earlier than scheduled.

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2013 Nov 7, 04:0265880.002319522588.7051.6584
2013 Nov 7, 14:5467950.000141641892.9151.65123

2013-062
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Nov 11,   23:46 UTC
Raduga-1M  (Globus-M №3)
2013-062A
39375

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. Separated from the launch vehicle 2013 Nov 12 at 08:47:13 UTC. The first two orbits shown are estimates - there was probably an intermediate orbit with 5000 km apogee.

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longitude
2013 Nov 12, 00:0465510.000017217387.9451.55100
2013 Nov 12, 03:24243800.721840435601631.4248.570
2013 Nov 13, 03:32418020.004235249355991417.600.1819658° east
2013 Nov 20, 19:12419690.003735434357481426.110.1720591° east
2013 Nov 23, 23:00422200.003635688359961438.930.1720394° east
2013 Nov 26, 19:12423440.003535819361131445.290.1720590° east
2013 Dec 4, 15:12422570.002335783359751440.820.1021073° east
2013 Dec 8, 02:17421980.000835785358551437.800.1122970° east
2013 Dec 10, 01:13421650.000235777357971436.130.1024770° east

2013-063
Atlas V 401, AV-038
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Nov 18,   18:28 UTC
MAVEN  (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN)
2013-063A
39378

in space
NASA Mars orbiter for atmosphere studies, specifically to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space has played in changing the Martian climate through time. The orbit listed was occupied by the MAVEN/Centaur stack after the first main engine cutoff at 19:37 UTC and before departing for Mars with an engine firing for 5.5 minutes starting at 19:08 UTC. Separated from the Centaur rocket stage at 19:20:42 UTC after entering a transfer ellipse between Earth and Mars. Entered orbit around Mars 2014 Sep 22 at 02:24 UTC after 34 mins of thruster firing (Δv around 1000 m/s).

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2013 Nov 18, 18:3866140.011915731589.2226.67209

 
JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD)
International Space Station, on orbit

2013 Nov 19,   12:18 UTC
Ardusat 1  (Arduino Satellite)
1998-067DA
39412

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Apr 15
1U Cubesat carried into orbit by HTV-4 and launched from the Kibo module of the ISS by JSSOD (JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer). Built around an Arduino processor and a set of sensors that can be programmed by students to conduct experiments.

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2013 Nov 22, 12:2967910.000441041592.8251.6535
PicoDragon   
1998-067DB
39413

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Feb 28
1U Cubesat carried into orbit by HTV-4 and launched from the Kibo module of the ISS by JSSOD (JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer). Built by the Vietnam National Satellite Center and intended to take low resolution Earth images as well as evaluating the performance of onboard systems.

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2013 Nov 22, 01:3067900.000341041492.8151.6539
Ardusat X  (Arduino Satellite)
1998-067DC
39414

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Apr 16
1U carried into orbit by HTV-4 and launched from the Kibo module of the ISS by JSSOD (JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer). Built around an Arduino processor and a set of sensors that can be programmed by students to conduct experiments.

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2013 Nov 22, 12:2467900.000441041592.8151.6533

2013-064
Minotaur 1
Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, USA

2013 Nov 19,   22:30 UTC
STPSat 3  (Space Test Program Satellite)
2013-064A
39380

in space
Primary satellite on the ORS-3 launch mission. Carries five separate packages of instruments and an aero-drag de-orbit module to drop it from orbit at the end of life (up to 25 years). Packages: iMESA-R(Integrated Miniaturized Electrostatic Analyzer Reflight) - USAF Academy instrument to measure plasma densities and energies, J-CORE (Joint Component Research) - space phenomenology (sic) instrument sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory Countermeasures Technology Branch & Army Space and Missile Defense Command, SSU (Strip Sensor Unit) - AFRL Directed Energy experiment for on-orbit testing and operation of a sensor assembly, SWATS (Small Wind and Temperature Spectrometer) - Naval Research Laboratory instrument to provide in-situ measurements of the neutral and plasma environment to characterize the Earth's ionosphere and thermosphere, TCTE (TSI Calibration Transfer Experiment) - a NASA/NOAA instrument to collect high accuracy, high precision measurements of Total Solar Irradiance to monitor changes in solar irradiance at the top the Earth's atmosphere.

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2013 Nov 20, 18:1068810.000649950794.6740.52311
PhoneSat 2.4   
2013-064B
39381

in space
1U cubesat produced under a NASA initiative and built round the HTC Nexus One smartphone running Google's Android OS. The phone acts as the spacecraft onboard computer, sensors determine the orientation of the spacecraft and the phone camera is used for Earth observations. As an addition to the PhoneSat-1 design, it can accept commands and is equipped with solar cells. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Nov 21, 16:1468810.000649950794.6840.51298
CAPE-2  (Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment)
2013-064C
39382

in space
1U Cubesat from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, demonstrating satellite technology including stabilisation using the Earth's magnetic field. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Nov 21, 20:5868810.000450050694.6740.51318
DragonSat-1   
2013-064D
39383

in space
1U Cubesat from Drexel Space Systems Laboratory of Drexel University carrying an Earth-imaging camera, a magnetometer, an accelerometer and seven temperature sensors. It will also test a gravity-gradient boom. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Nov 21, 17:4968810.000450050694.6840.51322
KySat-2   
2013-064E
39384

in space
1U Cubesat designed, built, and tested by students of the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University, it allows students to receive data and telemetry and upload audio and text files for download by students at other schools. Students can also download (extremely) low resolution images taken by the satellite’s imaging system and “command” the satellite. It replaces KySat 1 that was lost in the failed NASA Glory launch during 2011. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 6, 17:0068790.000150050294.6340.5194
TJ³Sat  (Thomas Jefferson Cube Sat)
2013-064F
39385

in space
1U Cubesat from Thomas Jefferson High School of Alexandria, Virginia that will be used as a broadcast satellite at amateur frequencies using a phonetic voice synthesizer that converts strings of text to voice. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 6, 17:0168790.000549850594.6440.5346
ORSES  (ORS Enabler Satellite)
2013-064G
39386

in space
3U Cubesat - collaboration between ORS and Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) to provide communications and data for underserved tactical users. Based on the SMDC-ONE satellite (2012-048B/38759) but upgraded with a Software Defined Radio (Vulcan Wireless) and an NSA Type-I encryption (Raytheon) Gryphon device. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 6, 17:0268800.000349950494.6540.5253
ORS Tech 1   
2013-064H
39387

in space
3U Cubesat - unspecified payload from Johns Hopkins University being used to assess a multi-mission satellite bus. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 6, 16:5868790.000249950294.6340.5386
SENSE SV1  (Space Environmental NanoSat Experiment)
2013-064J
39388

in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with star cameras for attitude determination, carrying CTECS (Compact Total Electron Density Sensor) for ionospheric measurements and experiments, and CTIP (Cubesat Tiny Ionospheric Photometer) to monitor photons produced by the recombination of positive oxygen ions and electrons. Its purpose is to assess the use of small satellites to monitor space weather. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 6, 20:0968790.000549750494.6340.5349
NPS-SCAT  (Naval Post-graduate School - Solar Cell Array Tester)
2013-064K
39389

in space
1U Cubesat testing solar cells and measuring how they degrade over time in the space environment. Carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 14:4868790.000249950294.6340.50151
Prometheus 1-4  (SOCOM)
2013-064L
39390

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 19:3168790.000549750494.6340.5197
Prometheus 1-2  (SOCOM)
2013-064M
39391

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 17:5668790.000449850494.6340.5195
SENSE SV2  (Space Environmental NanoSat Experiment)
2013-064N
39392

in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with star cameras for attitude determination, carrying CTECS (Compact Total Electron Density Sensor) for ionospheric measurements and experiments and WINCS (Wind Ion Neutral Composite Suite) to measure atmospheric and ionospheric density, composition, temperature and movement. Its purpose is to assess the use of small satellites to monitor space weather. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 14, 06:1368790.000250050394.6440.51146
Prometheus 1-5  (SOCOM)
2013-064P
39393

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 17:5568790.000349850294.6240.52127
Prometheus 1-6  (SOCOM)
2013-064Q
39394

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 17:5568790.000349850294.6240.53132
COPPER  (Close Orbit Propulsion Plume and Elemental Recognition)
2013-064R
39395

in space
1U Cubesat from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology of St Louis University, to be used for infrared imaging. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 16:2468790.000249950294.6440.51141
ORS Tech 2   
2013-064S
39396

in space
3U Cubesat - unspecified payload from Johns Hopkins University being used to assess a multi-mission satellite bus. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 17:5368780.000249850194.6140.53126
Horus/STARE  (Space-based Telescope for Actionable Refinement of Ephemeris)
2013-064T
39397

in space
3U Cubesat provided by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the National Reconnaissance Office, equipped with optical sensors to detect orbiting payloads & debris for orbit measurement. Held over from the USA 238 launch that carried its partner satellite - Re (2012-048A/38758). Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 14:4968790.000549850494.6440.51105
Black Knight 1   
2013-064U
39398

in space
1U Cubesat built by students at the West Point Academy to test a two-axis, passive, attitude control system and an Earth imaging camera. Carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 16:2168780.000549750494.6240.5390
Prometheus 1-7  (SOCOM)
2013-064V
39399

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 14:4568780.000349850294.6240.53135
Trailblazer   
2013-064W
39400

in space
1U Cubesat from University of New Mexico and providing proof-of-concept for an Air Force Sponsored bus technology called Space Plug-and-play Architecture (SPA). Also studying space weather with a radiation dosimeter. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 11:4068790.000349950394.6440.51146
Prometheus 1-8  (SOCOM)
2013-064X
39401

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 17:5568790.000349850394.6240.53135
SwampSat   
2013-064Y
39402

in space
1U Cubesat developed by students at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, it is equipped with gyroscopes to demonstrate rapid and precise three axis attitude control. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 12, 18:0068790.000150050294.6440.51123
Ho`oponopono 2   
2013-064Z
39403

in space
3U Cubesat developed by students of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and developed in co-operation with the USAF. Its purpose is to continue the radar calibration missions of RadCal (1993-041A/22698) and a package aboard USA-147/DMSP F-15 (1999-067A/25991). NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 11, 19:5568800.000549850594.6440.5398
Firefly   
2013-064AA
39404

in space
3U Cubesat to explore the relationship between lightning and Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs). The mission involves students Students at Siena College in Loudonville NY, and at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne MD. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 17, 16:0468780.000649650494.6240.53146
ChargerSat-1   
2013-064AB
39405

in space
1U Cubesat built by Huntsville students, equipped with a gravity-gradient stabilisation boom and carrying out communications and solar cell tests. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 18, 14:0768780.000349850294.6240.51185
Prometheus 1-1  (SOCOM)
2013-064AC
39406

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 26, 12:3868770.000649550394.6040.51204
Lunar Orbiter/Lander CubeSat  (Vermont Lunar Cubesat)
2013-064AD
39407

in space
1U Cubesat testing software and an imager for an eventual lunar orbiter/lander cubesat that will be sent to the Moon via a launch to geosynchronous orbit - from Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont. NASA ELaNa-4 payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 24, 13:2468770.000749450494.6040.53187
Prometheus 1-3  (SOCOM)
2013-064AE
39408

in space
1.5U Cubesat from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, payload unspecified but assessing the operational efffectiveness of a constellation of Cubesats for communications by United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). Launched alongside seven other similar satellites. Payload carried on the ORS-3 launch mission.

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2013 Dec 24, 13:2468770.000649550394.6040.51190
Minotaur upper stage   
2013-064AF
39409

in space
Launched the ORS-3 Mission. Carries an aero-drag de-orbit system. The launch vehicle also tested a flight safety system for self-controlled abort if a problem had occurred during ascent to orbit. Was thought to have performed a collision avoidance manoeuvre after releasing the Cubesats but it seems not to be the case.

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2013 Dec 24, 13:2568770.000649550494.6040.51188

2013-065
CZ-4C
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2013 Nov 20,   03:31 UTC
Yaogan 19   
2013-065A
39410

in space
Described as being used for remote sensing but mission is probably military or government photo-reconnaissance.

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2013 Nov 20, 17:3275820.000412011207109.51100.4816310:29

 
JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD)
International Space Station, on orbit

2013 Nov 20,   07:58 UTC
TechEdSat 3  (Technical and Educational Satellite 3)
1998-067DD
39415

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Jan 16
3U Cubesat carried into orbit by HTV-4 and launched from the Kibo module of the ISS by JSSOD (JEM-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer). Joint Project between San Jose State University and the University of Idaho. Carries an Iridium satellite telephone modem and a deployable drag device to cause rapid orbital decay.

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2013 Nov 20, 12:4067910.000341141592.8351.65261

2013-066
Dnepr
Dombarovsky (Yasny) Cosmodrome, Orenburg, Russia

2013 Nov 21,   07:10 UTC
Aprizesat 7   
2013-066A
39416

in space
Small satellite for data collection from small fixed and mobile ground stations.

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2013 Nov 22, 19:5470020.004259465397.1797.8019710:30
ZACUBE-1  (TshepisoSat)
2013-066B
39417

in space
1U Cubesat - built mainly by postgraduate students at South Africa's Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Carries a beacon at HF for ionospheric studies that will also be used to calibrate the HF SHARE radar located in Antarctica. Acknowledment to Nico Janssen for help with the ID.

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2013 Nov 23, 02:3270170.006459468397.4997.8019010:30
Skysat 1   
2013-066C
39418

in space
Commercial remote sensing satellite for Skybox Imaging of the USA. It will collect high resolution panchromatic and multispectral images of the Earth.

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2013 Nov 22, 21:1269610.002256759896.3397.8132610:30
Dubaisat 2   
2013-066D
39419

in space
Earth observation satellite built by the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology for the Satrec Initiative, a satellite manufacturing company in South Korea. Its purpose is to obtain images for commercial users in the United Arab Emirates.

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2013 Nov 22, 18:0469720.001358560396.5697.8127910:30
OPTOS   
2013-066E
39420

in space
3U Cubesat - from the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial of the Spanish Space Agency, Madrid. Carries APIS (Athermalized Panchromatic Image Sensor) to study the degradation of lenses in the space environment by imaging the same region repeatedly under the same light conditions, FIBOS (Fiber Bragg Gratings for Optical Sensing) to measure temperature by studying a laser beam travelling across the optical gratings, and the GMR (Giant Magneto-Resistance) system to study magnetic fluxes in the Earth's magnetic field.

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2013 Nov 22, 22:0770740.014459479798.6897.7918510:30
Unisat 5 (+ Dove 4)   
2013-066F
39421

in space
Small satellite built by university students and researchers for GAUSS (Group of Astrodynamics of the University of Roma “La Sapienza”). Onboard equiment includes the GlioSat biomedical experiment to investigate the effects of microgravity and ionizing radiation on cell behaviour, and a digital Earth-imaging system. Unisat also contains a Cubesat deployer MRFOD (Morehead-Roma FemtoSat Orbital Deployer) - a student-built technology demonstrator for deploying satellites containing Eagle 1, Eagle 2, Wren and QBScout 1, PEPPOD CubeSat deployment system containing Dove 4, and a second PEPPOD containing iCube 1, HUMSAT-D and PUCPSat-1/Pocket PUCP. Unisat 5 separated from the launch vehicle at 07:25:48 UTC. The smaller satellites were released with the exception of Dove 4, a 3U Earth-imaging Cubesat from Planet Labs of the US, it remains inside Unisat.

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2013 Nov 22, 21:2869950.003359464097.0497.8120210:30
STSat-3   
2013-066G
39422

in space
Science satellite from South Korea carrying two principal sensors. MIRIS (Multi-purpose Infrared Imaging System) is for astronomy, providing infrared imagery of the galaxy and of the cosmic background . COMIS (Compact Imaging Spectrometer) is an instrument to provide infrared imagery for Earth environmental monitoring, land classification research, and monitoring of water quality.

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2013 Nov 22, 21:2569880.002459362696.8897.8121110:30
WNISat 1  (WeatherNews Inc Satellite 1)
2013-066H
39423

in space
Commercial Arctic Sea monitoring satellite built by AXELSPACE and funded by Weathernews Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. It aims to provide data to shipping lines who are interested in the Arctic Sea ice state.

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2013 Nov 22, 22:2070990.018059484999.2297.7818410:30
KHUSAT-01  (CINEMA 2)
2013-066J
39424

in space
3U Cubesat - CINEMA stands for "Cubesat for Ion, Neutral, Electron, Magnetic fields". Second satellite in a trio of identical satellites studying Space Weather effects in near-Earth space. Created by Kyung Hee University and the University of California at Berkeley, USA. CINEMA 1 is 2012-048G/38764.

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2013 Nov 22, 21:5170410.009759473197.9997.7918710:30
Aprizesat 8   
2013-066K
39425

in space
Small satellite for data collection from small fixed and mobile ground stations.

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2013 Nov 22, 23:1370090.005359466997.3497.8019310:30
KHUSAT-02  (CINEMA 3)
2013-066L
39426

in space
3U Cubesat - CINEMA stands for "Cubesat for Ion, Neutral, Electron, Magnetic fields". Third satellite in a trio of identical satellites studying Space Weather effects in near-Earth space. Created by Kyung Hee University and the University of California at Berkeley, USA. CINEMA 1 is 2012-048G/38764.

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2013 Nov 22, 23:3370490.010959474798.1697.7918610:30
Triton-1   
2013-066M
39427

in space
3U Cubesat - carries a test version of an test an experimental advanced AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver for picking up location information from ships at sea. Will also transmit readable data for decoding by radio amateurs.

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2013 Nov 22, 23:3770570.012059476498.3297.7918510:30
Delfi-n3Xt   
2013-066N
39428

in space
3U Cubesat - from Delft University of Technology, equipped with a three-axis attitude determination and control system. Follow on from Delfi-C3 (2008-021G/32789).

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2013 Nov 22, 23:4170650.013259478098.5097.7918510:30
Dove 3   
2013-066P
39429

in space
3U Cubesat - with Dove 4 on the same launch vehicle, precursor of a constellation of Earth imaging satellites operated by California-based Planet Labs. Dove 3 was successfully separated from the launch vehicle at 07:26:05 UTC

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2013 Nov 22, 22:1170830.015659481598.8797.7818410:30
GATOSS  (Global Air Traffic Awareness and Optimizing through Spaceborne Surveillance)
2013-066Q
39430

in space
2U cubesat - built under management of GomSpace with assistance by the University of Aalborg, Norway. Its principal purpose is to evaluate use of satellites to monitor ABS-B data transmissions from commercial aircraft on trans-oceanic routes. Originally called GOMX-1, the satellite was re-named on successful injection into orbit.

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2013 Nov 23, 08:0670840.015959381998.9097.7818310:30
BRITE-PL  (Lem)
2013-066R
39431

in space
Small astronomical satellite as the Polish contribution to the BRITE (Bright Target Explorer) mission, developed by a consortium of Canadian, Austrian and Polish institutes. It will study the brightest stars in the Miky Way galaxy.

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2013 Nov 22, 22:2971180.020659488699.6197.7818310:30
ICube-1   
2013-066S
39432

in space
1U Cubesat - First satellite in Pakistan's Institute of Space Technology space program. Principally a demonstration satellite including amateur radio capability, includes an imaging device. Probably released from Unisat 5's PEPPOD 1 but to be confirmed.

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2013 Nov 29, 15:1369930.003559063996.9997.8017810:30
HumSat-D  (Humanitarian Satellite Network-Demonstrator)
2013-066T
39433

in space
1U Cubesat - designed and developed at the University of Vigo, Spain. Demonstrator for the future HumSat constellation - a store-dump communications system to collect data from ground-based sensors. Reported to have been released successfully from Unisat 5's PEPPOD 1.

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2013 Nov 29, 10:2269930.003659064096.9997.8017910:30
Pocket PUCP   
2013-066U
39434

in space
Small satellite built by the Institute for Radio Astronomy at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). Carries equipment to measure temperature. Originally carried inside PUCPSat 1 and reportedly released from it into independent orbit 2013 Dec 6 around 08:00 UTC. Designation and Catalogue Number derived through a process of deduction but are still to be confirmed in any formal way as radio transmissions from the satellite have not been detected. JSpOC lists this object as Dove 4 - the cubesat that failed to be released from Unisat 5.

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2013 Nov 30, 04:1069930.003659064097.0097.8017710:30
WREN   
2013-066V
39435

in space
2.5p PocketQubeSat - built by German company StaKoDo UG. It will test 4 pulsed plasma thrusters, a 3 axis reaction wheel for stabilisation and a colour camera. Released from the Unisat 5 MRFOD.

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2013 Nov 29, 18:3269950.003359364097.0397.8017910:30
Eagle 2  ($50Sat)
2013-066W
39436

in space
2.5p PocketQubeSat - from Morehead State University, Kentucky, measuring the satellite's thermal environment. Released from the Unisat 5 MRFOD. Acknowledment to Nico Janssen for help with the ID.

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2013 Nov 30, 04:1869960.003159663997.0597.8018210:30
Eagle 1  (BeakerSat 1)
2013-066X
39437

in space
1.5p PocketQubeSat - from Morehead State University, Kentucky carrying spacecraft technology tests including a de-orbit system based on increasing air drag by releasing a flat panel to increase the satellite's cross section and to increase its visibility to radar. Released from the Unisat 5 MRFOD.

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2013 Nov 29, 17:0069970.003059864097.0897.8117910:30
Velox-PII   
2013-066Y
39438

in space
1U Cubesat - from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore built as a technology demonstrator and carrying a development version of a Sun sensor. Acknowledment to Nico Janssen for help with the ID.

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2013 Nov 29, 03:3370250.007559469997.6697.8016910:29
First-MOVE   
2013-066Z
39439

in space
1U Cubesat - built as a demonstration item by students from the Institute of Astronautics of the Technische Universität München. It carries a solar cell experiment and a camera. Acknowledment to Nico Janssen for help with the ID.

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2013 Nov 30, 05:3670250.007559469997.6597.8016610:29
CubeBug-2  (Manolito)
2013-066AA
39440

in space
2U Cubesat - Argentinian amateur radio satellite will also transmit decodable data on its operational condition. Acknowledment to Nico Janssen for help with the ID.

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2013 Nov 29, 18:3270320.008659471597.8297.8016610:29
NEE-02  (Krysaor)
2013-066AB
39441

in space
1U cubesat - from the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA). Built as the backup for NEE-01 PEGASO (2013-018B/39151) as a technology demonstrator and remote imager. It will also be used as an educational tool for Ecuadorian schools. NEE is an acronym for Nave Espacial Ecuatoriana. Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

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2013 Nov 29, 20:1070320.008659471597.8297.7916610:29
PUCPSat-1   
2013-066AC
39442

in space
1U Cubesat - built by the Institute for Radio Astronomy at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). Carries equipment to measure temperature. Included ws a smaller satellite Pocket PUCP with a similar mission that was released once PUCPSat 1 was in independent orbit. PUCPSat-1 itself was released from Unisat 5's PEPPOD 1.

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2013 Dec 4, 23:0069930.003658964096.9997.8016110:30
QBScout 1   
2013-066AD
39443

in space
1p PocketQubeSat - testing a finely pointing Sun sensor. Probably released from the Unisat 5 MRFOD but confirmation awaited.

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2013 Dec 4, 21:3869960.003159664097.0697.8016710:30
FUNcube-1  (AMSAT-OSCAR 73)
2013-066AE
39444

in space
1U CubeSat - from AMSAT-UK and aimed for its transmissions to be received easily be received by schools and colleges and decoded in the classroom. It's purpose is to provide stimulation and encouragement for students to become interested Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Also carrying a radio amateur transponder. Acknowledment to Nico Janssen for help with the ID.

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2013 Dec 3, 17:4670160.006359468397.4897.8015610:29
HiNCube   
2013-066AF
39445

in space
1U Cubesat - from Narvik University College, Norway. Satellite built under the Norwegian Student Satellite Program to collect Earth images. Acknowledment to Nico Janssen for help with the ID.

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2013 Dec 3, 21:0270160.006559368497.4997.8015610:29
UWE-3  (University of Würzburg Experimental Satellite 3)
2013-066AG
39446

in space
1U Cubesat - testing an active Attitude Determination and Control System for CubeSats. Folows on from UWE-1 (2005-043C/28892) and UWE-2 (2009-051D/35934).

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2013 Dec 3, 18:1870250.007659370097.6697.8015410:29
BPA-3/Dnepr  (Blok Perspektivnoy Avioniki 3)
2013-066AJ
39448

in space
Dnepr upper stage - carries a package of Ukranian equipment to test navigation techniques for aircraft and satellites. and spacecraft.

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2013 Nov 22, 16:3274790.06815911610107.2897.71184

2013-067
Rockot/Briz-KM
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2013 Nov 22,   12:02 UTC
Swarm B   
2013-067A
39451

in space
One of a simultaneously-launched constellation of three satellites to survey the Earth's geomagnetic field, and measure changes over time, in order to improve understanding the Earth's interior and the physics of the magnetosphere.

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2013 Nov 22, 21:1468740.000849050194.5387.5592
2014 Mar 10, 14:5268830.000550250994.7287.6655
Swarm A   
2013-067B
39452

in space
One of a simultaneously-launched constellation of three satellites to survey the Earth's geomagnetic field, and measure changes over time, in order to improve understanding the Earth's interior and the physics of the magnetosphere.

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2013 Nov 22, 21:1468740.000949050294.5387.5587
2014 Mar 10, 12:4368460.000246747093.9687.3571
Swarm C   
2013-067C
39453

in space
One of a simultaneously-launched constellation of three satellites to survey the Earth's geomagnetic field, and measure changes over time, in order to improve understanding the Earth's interior and the physics of the magnetosphere.

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2013 Nov 22, 21:1468740.000849050194.5387.5596
2014 Mar 10, 21:4168620.000648048994.2987.4865

2013-068
CZ-2D
Jiuquan Space Centre, China

2013 Nov 25,   02:12 UTC
Shiyan 5  (Experiment 5)
2013-068A
39455

in space
Satellite carrying space technology experiments and a developmental version of an Earth imaging system. The orbit is close to, but not precisely, sun-synchronous. The upper stage of the launch vehicle was removed from orbit soon after releasing the satellite and was not catalogued.

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2013 Nov 25, 04:5871250.001173975599.7697.9922808:30

2013-069
Soyuz-U
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Nov 25,   20:53 UTC
Progress M-21M  (Progress 7K-TGM №421)
2013-069A
39456

Re-entered or landed - 2014 Jun 9
Supplies to ISS. Precise launch time - 20:53:06. Progress approached to about 1.5 km from the ISS Nov 27 at 21:48:57 UTC as a test of the upgraded Kurs-NA rendezvous system. It then stood-off at 400 km ahead of the ISS, ready to return Nov 29 for a new approach, followed by docking with the aft port of Zvezda aimed at 22:27 UTC. In the event, Progress went into station-keeping mode when 70 m from the docking port. Oleg Kotov, aboard ISS, used TORU for a manually-controlled docking at 22:30:21 UTC. Undocked 2014 May 9 at 13:29 UTC. Retro-fire was for 216 seconds was at 16:34 UTC, followed by destructive re-entry with any unburnt fragments falling in the southern Pacific Ocean near 50° south, 120°west at 17:23 UTC.The initial orbit listed is an estimate.

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2013 Nov 25, 21:0465840.002519022388.6251.6576
2013 Nov 26, 13:4566420.002724628189.7851.65301
2013 Nov 28, 01:0767760.002138341292.5151.66144
2013 Nov 28, 11:0067940.000441341892.8851.65156
2013 Nov 29, 03:5167970.000241842092.9551.6538

2013-070
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre, China

2013 Dec 1,   17:29 UTC
Yutu   


in space
Small Lunar roving vehicle carried to Moon as part of the Chang'e 3 mission. Carries instruments to survey and analyse the surface, and a ground penetrating radar for sub-surface studies. Powered by solar cells, heated during the the lunar night by a radioactive thermal generator. All six wheels were on the Lunar surface December 14 at 21:19 UTC after a two hour operation to roll it down ramps on Chang'e 3. Yutu is expected to operate for three Lunar days. It will not receive a catalogue number or designation.
this object is on the Lunar surface
 
Chang'e 3   
2013-070A
39458

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Dec 10
Moon landing spacecraft designed to operate for 12 months and is fitted with a detector operating at extreme ultra violet wavelengths to study glow in Earth's ionosphere and a 150mm astronomical telecope. Separated from the launch vehicle at 1748:59 UTC. Entered 100 km polar orbit around Moon 2013 Dec 6 at 08:53 UTC following 361 seconds of thruster firing. Landed on the surface of Mare Imbrium Dec 14 13:11:18 UTC in an area surveyed late-2010 by Chang'e 2. The trans-Lunar trajectory shown is an estimate based on data released prior to the launch.

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2013 Dec 1, 17:481874780.964920036199913464.3028.40165

2013-071
Falcon 9 v1.1
Cape Canaveral AFS, Florida, USA

2013 Dec 3,   22:41 UTC
SES 8   
2013-071A
39460

in space
Comsat to provide direct broadcast TV and communications network services to India and south-east Asia. Launch to super-synchronous transfer orbit, arrival in GEO expected Dec 6. The launch was the first of three required to certify the Falcon 9 rocket for regular GTO missions. Expected location - 95° east, sharing with with NSS 6 (2002-057A/27603).

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GEO    
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2013 Dec 5, 02:32465790.8540424799771667.3920.47179
2013 Dec 6, 13:32537870.613714401804162069.066.19180
2013 Dec 9, 14:05642560.343235823799332701.661.19180
2013 Dec 16, 16:23421090.000235724357391433.260.0710280° east
2013 Dec 18, 14:34421640.000035784357881436.060.061981° east
2014 Jan 16, 00:52420760.000535679357171431.590.0512083° east
2014 Jan 29, 11:14421640.000235777357951436.070.029095° east

2013-072
Atlas V 501, AV-042
Vandenberg AFB, California, USA

2013 Dec 6,   07:14 UTC
USA 247  (Topaz, FIA Radar 3)
2013-072A
39462

in space
US reconnaissance satellite, part of the only remaining element of the Future Imaging Architecture programme, equipped with an imaging radar. Orbit plane is 90° away in RA from each of the two earlier launches. Commercial launch by United Launch Alliance.

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Estimated orbit 74520.001010661081106.70123.0052
FIREBIRD-A  (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron Burst, Intensity, Range, and Dynamics)
2013-072B
39463

in space
1.5U Cubesat from Montana State University - one of a simultaneously-launched pair studying space weather, in particular - electron microbursts in the Van Allen radiation belts. NASA ELaNa 2 payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
FIREBIRD-B  (Focused Investigations of Relativistic Electron Burst, Intensity, Range, and Dynamics)
2013-072C
39464

in space
1.5U Cubesat from Montana State University - one of a simultaneously-launched pair studying space weather, in particular - electron microbursts in the Van Allen radiation belts. NASA ELaNa 2 payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
Aerocube 5a   
2013-072D
39465

in space
1.5U Cubesat to demonstrate new technologies for pointing and tracking between two identical CubeSats and to demonstrate a deorbit device. The design is based on an Aerospace Corporation cubesat bus. NRO-funded payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
Aerocube 5b   
2013-072E
39466

in space
1.5U Cubesat to demonstrate new technologies for pointing and tracking between two identical CubeSats and to demonstrate a deorbit device. The design is based on an Aerospace Corporation cubesat bus. NRO-funded payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
ALiCE  (AFIT LEO iMESA CNT E)
2013-072F
39467

in space
3U Cubesat from the US Air Force Institute of Technology testing a potential lightweight propulsion system for microsatellites based on an array of advanced carbon nanotubes for accelerating ions. NRO-funded payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
SNaP-3-1  (SMDC NanoSat Program)
2013-072G
39468

in space
3U Cubesat - first of a set of three built for US Southern Command in a project sponsored jointly with the DoD's Rapid Fielding Directorate. It will be used for communications experiments by the troops in the field from the US and partners - in this case Brazil and Peru. Tasks include collection of data from remotely-sited sensors on the ground. NRO-funded payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
MCubed-2  (Michigan Multipurpose Minisatellite)
2013-072H
39469

in space
1U Cubesat designed to capture mid-resolution images of the Earth and perform a technology demonstration for a new processor, and to newly-qualified space engineers. NASA ELaNa 2 payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
CUNYSat-1  (City University of New York Satellite-1)
2013-072J
39470

in space
1U Cubesat built by students of Medgar Evans College to study electon bursts in the Earth's ionosphere. NASA ELaNa 2 payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
IPEX  (Intelligent Payload Experiment)
2013-072K
39471

in space
1U Cubesat funded by NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) and built by California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Also known as CalPoly 8. Designed to validate onboard instrument processing and autonomous payload operations for the proposed NASA HYperSPectral Infra-Red Instrument (HyspIRI) mission. it carries several low-resolution cameras to simulate actual science instruments. NASA ELaNa 2 payload. The orbit is an estimate provided by the IPEX project team.

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2013 Dec 6, 10:2270580.029846989098.35120.50340
SMDC-ONE 2.4  (David)
2013-072L
39472

in space
3U Cubesat - unknown mission but possibly testing use for tactical 'Beyond Line of Sight' communications. NRO-funded payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
TacSat 6   
2013-072M
39473

in space
3U Cubesat for SMDC, probably a technology demonstrator but precise details are not known. NRO-funded payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340
SMDC-ONE 2.3  (Charlie)
2013-072N
39474

in space
3U Cubesat - unknown mission but possibly testing use for tactical 'Beyond Line of Sight' communications. NRO-funded payload. The orbit is an estimate based on ULA data.

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2013 Dec 5, 10:3470430.031544388698.03120.33340

2013-073
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Dec 8,   12:12 UTC
Inmarsat 5 F-1   
2013-073A
39476

in space
Communications satellite including support for the Broadband Global Area Network (B-GAN) for internet and intranet use, video on demand, video-conferencing, fax, e-mail, telephone and high-speed LAN access. Expected location: 60°.3 east. The satellite remained attached to the Briz-M until Dec 9 at 03:43 UTC when it is was released into super-synchronous transfer orbit. Boeing confirmed it to be in good health shortly afterwards. Expected location: 60°.3 east. The first four orbits listed are based on data from Khrunichev.

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2013 Dec 8, 12:2765510.000017317387.9551.55120
2013 Dec 8, 14:2295230.29932945995154.1451.01178
2013 Dec 8, 16:56389850.8235504647091276.7450.57179
2013 Dec 9, 03:30408520.73964259646891369.5626.76179
2013 Dec 15, 11:40542500.316130722650232095.872.06180
2013 Dec 22, 19:26428000.103831978408651468.650.2517863° east
2013 Dec 24, 01:27421280.000835715357841434.200.0520865° east
2013 Dec 29, 20:01421930.084732240393911437.560.1317864° east
2013 Dec 31, 15:48421630.078832461391091436.020.1317964° east
2014 Jan 10, 19:06422070.043633989376691438.260.1017664° east
2014 Jan 29, 21:29421650.000135785357901436.130.063663° east

Failed to reach orbit
CZ-4B
Taiyuan Space Centre, China

2013 Dec 9,   03:26 UTC
CBERS 3  (Ziyuan 1-03)
China-Brazil Earth Resouces Satellite. Intended for 770 km sun-synchronous orbit with LTDN 10:30, 26 day ground track repeat and anticipated lifetime of 3 years. Failed to reach orbit due due to a problem in the CZ-4B launch vehicle - indications are that the third stage failed to complete its planned firing so satellite and rocket re-entered over the Southern Ocean or Antarctica. Date slipped several times from early-2011.

2013-074
Soyuz-ST-B (VS-06)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise, French Guiana

2013 Dec 19,   09:12 UTC
Gaia   
2013-074A
39479

in space
ESA astronomical spacecraft designed to produce a 3-D map of the Milky Way galaxy by measuring proper motions of stars. Placed in orbit around the L2 Lagrange Point, a libration point in the Earth-Sun gravitational system, on arrival 2014 January 7. Precise launch time: 09:12:19 UTC. The orbit shown is an estimate based on Arianespace data - Gaia travelled one half circuit up to Apogee in order to reach its operational location.

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Estimated orbit 4857490.9730672295202056153.5314.98180

2013-075
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre, China

2013 Dec 20,   16:42 UTC
Túpac Katari  (TKSat 1)
2013-075A
39481

in space
TV relay satellite for Bolivia and the country's first satellite. It will undergo three months of testing before coming into service 2014 March-April. Tupac Katari is named after a leader of a local rebellion against the Spanish Empire in the early 1780s. Expected location - 87°.2 west.

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2013 Dec 21, 13:00284240.768620143892794.8624.76180
2013 Dec 31, 16:08421640.000335773357991436.070.274487° west

2013-076
Rockot/Briz-KM
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2013 Dec 25,   00:31 UTC
Cosmos 2488  (Strela-3M/Rodnik)
2013-076A
39483

in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite.

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2013 Dec 25, 23:1378720.001914791509115.8582.48314
2014 Jan 22, 02:1478730.001914801509115.8682.49245
Cosmos 2489  (Strela-3M/Rodnik)
2013-076B
39484

in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite.

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2014 Jan 9, 22:3778730.001814811510115.8882.49282
2014 Jan 18, 13:2178700.001914771507115.8082.50250
2014 Mar 17, 05:5078720.002414761513115.8682.49126
Cosmos 2490  (Strela-3M/Rodnik)
2013-076C
39485

in space
Government/military system store-dump communications satellite.

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2013 Dec 25, 19:2278740.001814821511115.9082.49322
2014 Mar 15, 10:4578730.002314771512115.8682.48145
Cosmos 2491   
2013-076E
39497

in space
Small satellite probably with a military mission. Existence came to light when Russia submitted formal registration of the launch to the United Nations. It was previously classed as "debris" by JSpOC.

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2013 Dec 31, 00:5878730.001714821508115.8882.49304

2013-077
Proton-M/Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

2013 Dec 26,   10:49 UTC
Express AM-5   
2013-077A
39487

in space
Commercial comsat to cover western Russia. Services include provide mobile presidential and governmental communications, digital television and radio broadcasting services, multimedia services (telephony, videoconferencing, data transmission, access to the Internet) and VSAT networks. Precise launch time- 10:49:56 UTC. Separated from the Briz-M rocket stage at 20:12 UTC. Expected test location at 145° east, operational location - 140° east.

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2014 Jan 9, 14:45254280.733839137709672.5749.413
2014 Jan 10, 17:45420730.045733772376181431.430.1634459° east
2014 Jan 14, 19:40420410.043733824375011429.770.1634166° east
2014 Feb 14, 14:41420190.018734853364281428.660.10331118° east
2014 Mar 5, 08:21421270.003135618358801434.150.07294145° east

2013-078
Soyuz 2-1v
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Archangel Region, Russia

2013 Dec 28,   12:30 UTC
Cosmos 2493  (SKRL-756 №1)
2013-078A
39490

in space
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched passive, spherical satellites for testing and calibrating ground-based radars. The allocation of a number in the Cosmos series was not confirmed until 2014 May when it was applied retrospectively - previously listed here as Cosmos 2492.

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2013 Dec 28, 21:5769910.001959962696.9582.42262
Cosmos 2494  (SKRL-756 №2)
2013-078B
39491

in space
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched passive, spherical satellites for testing and calibrating ground-based radars. The allocation of a number in the Cosmos series was not confirmed until 2014 May when it was applied retrospectively - previously listed here as Cosmos 2493.

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2013 Dec 29, 04:2569880.002259562596.9082.42257
AIST   
2013-078C
39492

in space
Prototype of a small satellite designed by students of the Samara State Aerospace University and built by TsSKB Progress. Designed to measure the Earth’s geomagnetic field and test out a new satellite design (the first flight model, 2013-015D/39133, was launched alongside Bion M-1).

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2013 Dec 29, 02:4869910.002059862796.9582.42260
Soyuz 2-1v upper stage   
2013-078D
39493

Re-entered or landed - 2013 Dec 28
Launched the 'Volga' rocket stage carrying the 2013-078 satellite group.

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2013 Dec 29, 12:0668050.024725959593.1182.4371
Volga rocket stage   


Re-entered or landed - 2013 Dec 28
Transferred the two SKRL-756 satellites and AIST 1 from elliptical orbit to 600 km circular orbit. Caused to re-enter above the southern Pacific Ocean near 45° south, 140° west at around 23:00 UTC on the day of launch. It was not catalogued so there is no orbit information available.

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orbital parameters awaited or unavailable

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