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Launches and Orbital Operations

Scarborough, UK
2014 Jul 29
Tuesday, Day 210

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Go For Launch!

Launch events for the past week, plus on-orbit and re-entry or landing events of satellites and spacecraft.

Date and time information comes from open sources and from private contacts within the industry. Notes are prepared through a combination of research and information released by satellite owners, operators and manufacturers; space agencies and launch services providers.

Date Time (UTC) Event
2014 Jul 28
Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2), CCAFS
Launch of a pair of Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites to near-geosynchronous orbit to support US Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network (SSN) sensor. Their job will be to look at objects in geosynchronous orbit with a view to identifying satellites and differentiating between payloads, rocket bodies and debris.

The launch vehicle will also carry ANGELS (Autonomous Nanosatellite Guardian for Evaluating Local Space) - a small satellite designed to fly alongside a major payload to monitor the local space environment. it will use the upper stage of the Delta 4 as it's target. It also carries an experimental detector similar to those aboard the GSSAP satellites.

65 minute launch window opened ar 22:43 UTC. Postponed 24 hrs from July 23 due to a problem with a cooling device associated with loading propellant into the rocket. Further delayed from July 24 by repeated bad weather.

Mission Brochure from ULA:

Orbit notes:

NORAD: 2014-043

2014 Jul 29
ATV 5 (Georges Lemaître) Launch
Ariane 5ES (VA-219), Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
Supplies to ISS - final ATV mission.

Precise time aimed for - 22:44:03 UTC.

Arianespace Launch Kit:

2014 Jul 31
ISS Orbit Boost
ISS on orbit
Thruster firing will provide 90 m/s Δv to lower the ISS orbit in anticipation of the arrival of ATV 4.

2014 Aug 1
ISS EVA - Russian Segment
Continuation of the 38th Russian EVA from ISS - Skvortsov and Artemyev] will use the Pirs hatch.

Tasks include launch by hand of the Chasqui 1 Cubesat (1U) from a group of academic centres in Peru, led by Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. Developed to demonstrate co-operative satellite development and building between Peruvian Universities and learning institutions. Carries an Earth imaging camera.

It was delivered to the ISS by Progress M-22M, 2014 February.

Chasquie notes:

2014 Aug 1
Progress M-23M Re-entry
on orbit - ISS
De-orbit over southern Pacific Ocean.

The time is approximate.

2014 Aug 2
Navstar GPS IIF-07
Atlas V, CCAFS LC-41
Seventh Block 2F, Generation 2 GPS Navsat.

Time is the opening of an 18 minute launch window.

Background information:


A more comprehensive version of this list that looks much further ahead can be found in the password-protected section of the website. To request a password, see notes on the 'Closed Orbit' introductory page.

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