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Jonathan's Space Report
No. 834 draft                                                   2024 May 21   Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 71 continues.

Erratum:

  Dragon CRS-30 undocked from IDA-3 at 1710 UTC Apr 28, not 0043 UTC on
Apr 30 (the latter was the Shenzhou 17 undocking time, I read the wrong
line in my database when preparing the previous issue!)

Starshield
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On May 22 SpaceX launched the NROL-146 mission for the US National
Reconnaissance Office. The mission is suspected to have placed a batch
of 21 Starshield imaging satellites in orbit. The satellites are
probably based on the Starlink V2Mini bus, with Northrop Grumman imaging
sensors aboard.

Starlink
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Starlink Group 6-62 (23 sats) was launched from Canaveral on May 23.
Starlink Group 6-63 (23 sats) was launched from Kennedy on May 24.

PREFIRE
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RocketLab launched an Electron with JPL's 6U cubesat PREFIRE 1 to a 20:03 LTDN
sun-synchronous orbit on May 25. PREFIRE carries a mid-infrared (3 to 54 microns)
imaging spectrometer to study heat loss from the Earth's poles.

(Note: apparently the Earth imaging folks consider this 'far infrared'; in astrophysics
we really still think of it as 'mid infrared' until you get to 60 microns and beyond.
Oops, I think I just started another twitter war... )


Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT       Name			     Launch Vehicle	 Site		 Mission  INTL.  Catalog  Perigee Apogee  Incl	 Notes
May 13 0053   Starlink Group 6-58               Falcon 9                Canaveral LC40     Comms    90   284 x 292 x 43.0
May 14 1839   Starlink Group 8-7                Falcon 9                Vandenberg SLC4E   Comms    91   284 x 296 x 53.2
May 16 2121   Kosmos-2576                       Soyuz-2-1B/Fregat       Plesetsk LC43/4    Imaging  92A  435 x 451 x 97.3
              SITRO-AIS-53                                                                 Comms    92   535 x 552 x 97.6
              SITRO-AIS-54                                                                 Comms    92   535 x 552 x 97.6
              SITRO-AIS-55                                                                 Comms    92   535 x 552 x 97.6
              SITRO-AIS-56                                                                 Comms    92   535 x 552 x 97.6
              Zorkiy-2M No. 4                                                              Imaging  92   535 x 552 x 97.6
              Zorkiy-2M No. 6                                                              Imaging  92   535 x 552 x 97.6
              Rassvet-2 No. 1                                                              Comms    92   793 x 797 x 98.6
              Rassvet-2 No. 2                                                              Comms    92   793 x 797 x 98.6
              Rassvet-2 No. 3                                                              Comms    92   793 x 797 x 98.6
May 18 0032   Starlink Group 6-59               Falcon 9                Canaveral LC40     Comms    93   284 x 292 x 43.0
May 20 0306   Beijing-3C 01                     Chang Zheng 2D          Taiyuan            Imaging  94   489 x 503 x 97.5
              Beijing-3C 02                                                                Imaging  94
              Beijing-3C 03                                                                Imaging  94
              Beijing-3C 04                                                                Imaging  94
May 21 0415   Wuhan-1                           Kuaizhou-11             Jiuquan            Imaging  95   525 x 538 x 97.6
              Chutian xingzuo 001                                                          Tech     95
              Tianyan-22                                                                   Imaging? 95
              Lingque-3 01                                                                 Tech     95
May 22 0800   USA 354 to USA 374?               Falcon 9                Vandenberg SLC4E   Imaging  96   350? x 350? x 70?
May 23 0235   Starlink Group 6-62               Falcon 9                Canaveral LC40     Comms    97   284 x 292 x 43.0
May 24 0245   Starlink Group 6-63               Falcon 9                Kennedy LC39A      Comms    98   284 x 292 x 43.0
May 25 0741   PREFIRE 1                         Electron                Mahia 1B           Sci      99A  524 x 541 x 97.5

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches 
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Date UT       Payload           Rocket              Site                 Mission       Apogee    Target

May  5 0332   CIBER-2 F3        Black Brant 9       White Sands          IR Astron     300?      White Sands
May 19 1435   NS-25             New Shepard         West Texas           Tourist flight 107      West Texas

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