From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2005
A monthly publication of the National Space Science Data Center/World Data Center for Satellite Information
No. 614 01 Jan. 2005
All information in this publication was received between 1 December 2004 and 31 December 2004.
USSPACECOM Catalog numbers are in parentheses.
COSPAR/WWAS USSPACECOM SPACECRAFT LAUNCH INT.ID CAT. # NAME DATE (UT) ---------------------------------------------------------------- 2004-053C (28510) Cosmos NNNN 26 December 2004 2004-053B (28509) Cosmos NNNN 26 December 2004 2004-053A (28508) Cosmos NNNN 26 December 2004 2004-052C (28507) Mikron (KS5MF2) 24 December 2004 2004-052A (28505) SICH 1M 24 December 2004 2004-051A (28503) Progress-M 51 23 December 2004 2004-050A (28500) USA 181 21 December 2004 2004-049G (28498) PARASOL 18 December 2004 2004-049F (28497) ESSAIM 4 18 December 2004 2004-049E (28496) ESSAIM 3 18 December 2004 2004-049D (28495) ESSAIM 2 18 December 2004 2004-049C (28494) ESSAIM 1 18 December 2004 2004-049B (28493) Nanosat 1 18 December 2004 2004-049A (28492) Helios 2A 18 December 2004 2004-048A (28472) AMC 16 17 December 2004 1997-061C N/A Huygens 25 December 2004
NNSS denotes U.S. Navy Navigational Satellite System. Updates or corrections to the list are possible only with information from the user community.
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 54, 2004-009A.
SPACEWARN requests updates/additions from readers to this list.
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.glonass-center.ru maintained by the Coordinational Scientific Information Center (CSIC), Russian Space Forces.
According to CSIC the latest addition to the fleet are GLONASS 712, GLONASS 796, and GLONASS 797. Their INternational IDs are 2004-053A, 2004-053B, and 2004-053C, not necessarily in that order.
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) 2001-037F (26897) R/B(Aux.Mot.) 19 December 2004-053D (28511) R/B(1) 27 December 2004-051B (28504) R/B 26 December 2004-047B (28486) R/B Delta 2 23 December 2004-032A (28399) PROGRESS-M 50 22 December 1990-101D (20952) R/B Molniya 15 December 2003-020B (27812) R/B Atlas 5 12 December 2000-060B (26560) R/B Ariane 42L 12 December 1976-066C (09017) R/B(2) Delta 1 06 December
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.
Major Satellite Launch Centers:
Name Country Latitude Longitude Comments Cape Canaveral USA 28.5 N 80.6 W Vandenberg AFB USA 34.7 N 120.6 W High-Inclination orbits Wallops USA 36.9 N 75.5 W Kaputsin Yar Russia 48.4 N 45.8 E Inactive since '87 Plesetsk Russia 62.8 N 40.4 E High-Inclination orbits Baikonur Kazakhstan 45.6 N 63.2 E a.k.a Tyuratam Kourou Fr. Guiana/ESA 5.1 N 52.4 W Tanegashima Japan 30.2 N 30.6 E Kagoshima Japan 31.3 N 131.0 E Sriharikota India 13.9 N 80.3 E Xichang China (PRC) 28.3 N 102.2 E Taiyuan China (PRC) 37.5 N 112.6 E Shuang Cheng Tzu China (PRC) 40.6 N 99.9 E a.k.a Jiquan San Marco Kenya & Italy 2.9 N 40.3 E A platform on ocean Yavne Israel 31.5 N 34.5 E Retrograde orbits Woomera Australia 31.1 S 136.8 E Suborbitals only since 1970. Odyssey USA/Russia 0.0 154.0 W Platform on Pacific
Cosmos Number Sequence:
It appears that sometimes a spacecraft with a given Cosmos Number is later renamed as something else, thereby facilitating a "recycle" of that number for a future satellite. Dr. Dieter Kaemmer of Pharmaplant Company, Germany, has kindly alerted us that according to the Russian journal Novosti Kosmonavtiki (31 May 2004), Cosmos 2405 was renamed Molniya 1T-93, and Cosmos 2406 as Raduga 1-7. This entailed the next Cosmos to become Cosmos 2405. Looking back, this renaming process may account for other duplicated Cosmos numbers, if any, in the past.
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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