From: Spacewarn Bulletin
Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2004
A monthly publication of the National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center for Satellite Information
All information in this publication was received between 1 January 2004 and 31 January 2004.A. List of New International Designations and Launch Dates (UTC).
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
COSPAR/WWAS USSPACECOM SPACECRAFT LAUNCH INT.ID CAT. # NAME DATE (UT) ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2004-002A (28142) Progress-M1 11 29 January 2004 2004-001A (28137) Estrela do Sul (Telstar 14) 11 January 2004B. Text of Launch Announcements.
|<2004-002A/th>||Progress-M1 11 is a Russian automatic cargo carrier that was launched at 11:58 UT by a Soyuz-U rocket on 29 January 2004. It carried 2.5 tonnes of food, fuel, and equipment to the International Space Station after docking with the Zvezda module of the ISS at 13:46 UT on 31 January 2004. In preparation for the docking, the previously docked Progress-M 48 was vacated from the port on 28 January, which then reentered the atmosphere to burn out. The initial orbital parameters of Progress-M1 11 were, period 88.7 min, apogee 260 km, perigee 190 km, and inclination 51.6°.|
|2004-001A||Estrela do Sul (Telstar 14) is a Brazilian geostationary communications satellite that was launched by a Zenit 3-SL rocket from the Odyssey platform floating at 154°W longitude on the equatorial Pacific Ocean at 04:13 UT on 11 January 2004. (Some reports spell the satellite name as Estrela du Sol.) The 4.7 tonne satellite will provide direct-to-home video and internet services to Brazil and North America through its 41 Ku-band transponders after parking over 63°W longitude.|
Note: The full list appeared in SPX 545. The list will not be repeated in future issues until significantly revised again.
High precision (<20 cm) GPS constellation tracking data obtained from the network of about 80 dedicated global stations that are of interest to geodetic study may be obtained through the following services provided by the International Association of Geodesy (IGS)
FTP: igscb.jpl.nasa.gov [directory /igscb] WWW: http://igscb.jpl.nasa.gov/ E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The standard format of the GPS situation appeared in SPX-518. It will not
be repeated since an excellent source of trajectory- and science-related GPS information is at:
It provides many links to GPS related databases.
The latest addition to the fleet is Navstar 53, 2003-058A.
All GLONASS spacecraft are in the general COSMOS series. The COSMOS numbers invoked by USSPACECOM have often differed from the numbers (NNNN) associated in Russia; when different, the USSPACECOM COSMOS numbers are shown in parentheses. The corresponding GLONASS numbers are Russian numbers, followed by the numbers in parentheses that are sometimes attributed to them outside Russia.
The operating frequencies in MHz are computed from the channel number K. Frequencies (MHz) = 1602.0 + 0.5625K and L2 = 1246.0 + 0.4375K.
The standard format of the GLONASS situation last appeared in SPX-545. It will not be repeated in view of the excellent updated source at: http://www.rssi.ru/SFCSIC/english.html maintained by the Coordinational Scientific Information Center (CSIC), Russian Space Forces.
A comprehensive list of visually bright objects with their two-line orbital elements is available through a NASA site as follows:
The list does not provide visual magnitude, but are expected to be brighter than magnitude 5. Note: The login requirement is enforced due to the events on 11 September 2001.
Designations Common Name Decay Date (2004) 2003-039A (27873) PROGRESS-M 48 28 January 2003-027C (27829) R/B(1) Delta 2 27 January 1993-025A (22633) MOLNIYA 3-44 25 January 2000-079B (26632) R/B Start 1 17 January 2003-015E (27779) R/B(Aux.) Proton-K 08 January 2003-060B (28135) R/B(1) Proton-K 31 December 2003
The USSPACECOM forecasts and maintains a list of decays of orbiting objects expected in the next 60 days , with fair accuracy. The list may be accessed through a NASA site as follows:
Note: The login requirement is enforced due to the events on 11 September 2001.
NSSDC/WDC for Satellite Information is an archival center for science
data from many spacecraft. Many space physics datasets are on-line for
electronic access through:
For off-line data, please contact the Request Office, NSSDC, Code 633,
NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, U.S.A., for specific information
Information on the current status of the instruments on board from the
investigators will be most welcomed. Precomputed trajectory files
and orbital parameters of many magnetospheric and heliospheric science-payload
spacecraft may be obtained from:
Other files of interest for Earth-centered spacecraft can be generated via the URL,
Programs related to the heliospheric spacecraft trajectories can be executed
through the URL,
Magnetospheric, Planetary, and Astronomical science data from many spacecraft
may be accessed through links from the URL:
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