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Primary source of unclassified orbital elements

Orbital elements based on amateur observations

2018 - 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 in UTC and 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. All other major sources draw heavily on the Space-Track data.

To fill the gaps where Space-Track's elements are not published because they have a classification of "Secret", a minority of orbits is based on amateur observations using visual and radio techniques. Such data is published near-daily by Mike McCants and the source observations can often be found in the web-based Seesat-L discussion group. 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 a spherical Earth situated at the focus of the orbital ellipse and with a radius of 6378.145 km. Care should be exercised when comparing with other published orbits even when the source is shown as SpaceTrack because they may be be based on a different model.

Web sites may link to specific launches by pointing to the page URL followed by the three digit launch number, eg - http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2018#001


2018-001
Falcon 9 v1.2
Cape Canaveral
2018 Jan 8, 01:00
USA 280 (ZUMA?)
2018-001A
43098
Re-entered - 2018 Jan 8
Life <1 day
Classified US Government payload. Purpose, mission outcome and orbit unknown. Appears to have re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on the day of launch, an event that is unlikely to have been intended. SpaceX reported that the launch vehicle completed its mission as planned. The launch azimuth suggested it was heading for an inclination of about 50°. Originally scheduled for launch 2017 Nov 17 from Kennedy SC but launch delayed (and launch pad switched) because of an issue with a Falcon 9 payload shroud on another mission.
failed to separate from rocket
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2018 Jan 8
Life <1 day
Launched USA 280. Re-entered on day of launch. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2018-002
CZ 2D
Taiyuan Space Centre
2018 Jan 9, 03:24
Gaojing 4 (Superview-1 03)
2018-002A
43099
in space
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched commercial Chinese remote sensing satellites operated by Beijing Space View Technology Co. Ltd. of China.

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2018 Jan 09, 20:4569050.001351853695.1797.5828910:30
2018 Jan 12, 20:1569080.000952353695.2397.5927410:30
2018 Jan 29, 18:4369030.000552152895.1297.5823610:31
Gaojing 3 (Superview-1 04)
2018-002B
43100
in space
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched commercial Chinese remote sensing satellites operated by Beijing Space View Technology Co. Ltd. of China.

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2018 Jan 09, 20:4869040.001551653695.1597.5829410:30
2018 Jan 12, 20:1168970.001451052995.0197.5828110:30
2018 Jan 27, 00:5869020.001151653295.1297.5824310:31
CZ 2D upper Stage
2018-002C
43101
in space
Launched pair of Gaojing satellites..

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2018 Jan 09, 20:4769050.001451753695.1797.58293


2018-003
CZ 3B + YZ-1
Xichang Space Centre
2018 Jan 11, 23:18
Beidou-3 M-7
2018-003A
43107
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in MEO for China's navigation satellite system.

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2018 Jan 12, 07:21282440.01162153822194787.3255.01177
2018 Feb 08, 15:43279060.00042151621540773.2355.01349
Beidou-3 M-8
2018-003B
43108
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in MEO for China's navigation satellite system.

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2018 Jan 31, 19:23280260.00372154521750778.2055.00176
2018 Feb 10, 20:23279060.00052151421542773.2255.00243
YZ-1 upper stage
2018-003C
43109
in space
Launched pair of Beidou satellites.

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2018 Jan 12, 04:24287250.00562218622508807.5155.03346
CZ 3B upper stage
2018-003D
43110
in space
Launched pair of Beidou satellites.

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2018 Jan 12, 04:17157550.582020818545328.0054.96171


2018-004
PSLV-XL
Satish Dhawan Space Centre
2018 Jan 12, 03:59
Cartosat 2F
2018-004A
43111
in space
Indian imaging satellite for cartography/mapping.

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2018 Jan 12, 11:4968810.001049651094.6797.5625609:30
2018 Jan 29, 02:5068870.000650451394.7997.5516909:32
LEO Phase 1
2018-004C
43113
in space
Small satellite owned by Telesat of Canada, acting as protoype for a future constellation of satellites.

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2018 Jan 14, 02:4168790.000949550794.6497.56259
ICEYE X1
2018-004D
43114
in space
Small satelliter fitted with a sythetic aperture radar for Earth surface imaging. Ultimately intended to be part of an eighteen satellite constellation.

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2018 Jan 14, 01:0768790.000949550794.6397.5626109:31
Carbonite-2
2018-004E
43115
in space
UK Royal Air Force imaging satellite to demonstrate provision of video direct to troops in the field.

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2018 Jan 12, 12:4968790.000949450794.6397.56270
Corvus BC3
2018-004H
43118
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) for commercial multispectral imaging.

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2018 Jan 17, 17:2868780.000949450694.6197.5525909:31
Flock 3P'-1
2018-004L
43121
in space
3U Cubesat, part of Planet's Flock 3P' cluster of imaging satellites.

Flock 3P'-1 is one of four similar satellites carried on this launch. In order to avoid clutter the others are not listed separately. All Flock 3P' satellites are in similar orbits.

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2018 Jan 17, 11:0968780.000949450694.6197.56260
Lemur-2 (McCafferty)
2018-004N
43123
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and other sensors. Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

One of four similar satellites carried on this launch. In order to avoid clutter the others are not listed separately. All Lemur-2 satellites are in similar orbits.

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2018 Jan 17, 11:0968780.000949450694.6197.56261
DemoSat 2
2018-004S
43127
in space
3U Cubesat to demonstrate a future small satellite communications constellation.

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2018 Jan 14, 20:0268770.000949350594.6097.56275
MicroSat-TD
2018-004T
43128
in space
Small Indian satellite equipped with multi-spectral imaging syste,

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2018 Jan 14, 04:2167370.001934637191.7196.8834909:30
Arkyd 6A
2018-004V
43130
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) - demonstrator for an orbital asteroid detection system.

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2018 Jan 14, 20:0268770.000949350594.6097.56275
MicroMAS 2A (Micro-sized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite)
2018-004W
43131
in space
3U Cubesat fitted with a microwave radiometer for Earth studies.

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2018 Jan 14, 20:0268770.000849350594.6097.56275
PicSat
2018-004X
43132
in space
3U Cubesat from France with a specific astronomical mission. It carried instruments to measure the light curve of the star β Pictoris during a transit of it's planet β Pictoris b. The satellite ceased to operate 2018 Mar 20 before it could undertake its mission.

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2018 Jan 17, 11:0868770.000949350594.6097.56265
AO-92
2018-004AC
43137
in space
1U Cubesat equipped with an amateur radio package.

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2018 Jan 14, 16:5268770.000849350494.5997.56279
STEP Cube Lab (Space Technology Experimental Project CubeSat Laboratory)
2018-004AD
43138
in space
1U cubesat from Chosun University, Gwangju, South Korea. Used to verify electronics for use in future satellites.

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2018 Jan 14, 18:2668770.000849350494.5997.56280
SpaceBee 1
2018-004AH
43142
in space
0.25U Cubesat from Swarm Technologies to demonstrate a two-way communications system in LEO. Swarm intends to operate a 150 satellite constellation. To aid tracking, the satellite carries a radar retro-reflector. It also carries a GPS receiver to help determine its location.

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2018 Jan 17, 04:4868770.000849350494.5997.56270
CICERO 7 (Community Initiative for Cellular Earth Remote Observation)
2018-004AJ
43143
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) equipped to perform GPS and Galileo radio occultation observations by the Earth's atmosphere and undertake surface remote sensing by reflected navigation satellite signals.

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2018 Jan 17, 11:0568760.000649350294.5797.56276
GeoStare (Tyvak 61C)
2018-004AK
43144
in space
3U Cubesat to demonstrate a telescope that can be used for both Earth observation and astronomy. Applications, remote sensing, monitoring space debris, and measuring the brightness of variable stars.

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2018 Jan 17, 11:0468750.000749250294.5597.55284
PSLV upper stage
2018-004U
43129
Re-entered - 2019 Jan 17
Life 370 days
Launched Cartosat 2F, Cartosat 2ER and a cluster of smallsatellites.

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2018 Jan 12, 11:0667270.003032836891.5197.2291


2018-005
Delta 4 Medium+ (5,2)
Vandenberg AFB
2018 Jan 12, 22:11
USA 281 (Topaz 5, FIA Radar 5)
2018-005A
43145
in space
Possibly a large radar imaging satellite, the only remaining element of the cancelled Future Imaging Architecture programme. In polar orbit rather than the highly retrograde orbit of its predecessors. Orbit measurements are based on amateur observations.

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2018 Jan 23, 17:5074300.000810461058106.24105.98260
2018 Feb 28, 18:1574580.000310771082106.82106.0117


2018-006
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2018 Jan 13, 07:10
LKW-3 (Land Survey Satellite 3)
2018-006A
43146
in space
High resolution imaging satellite.

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2018 Jan 13, 13:3368740.001148850394.5397.3425213:30
2018 Jan 19, 09:3368710.001048650094.4797.3324913:29
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2018 Jan 13
Life <1 day
Launched LKW-3. De-orbited soon after releasing satellite. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2018-007
Epsilon
Uchinoura SC
2018 Jan 17, 21:06
ASNARO-2 (Advanced Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation-2)
2018-007A
43152
in space
Japanese SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) Earth imaging satellite.

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2018 Jan 18, 14:2168780.000949350694.6197.3719105:46
2018 Feb 02, 14:1768790.000250050394.6497.419305:46
EPSILON upper stage
2018-007B
43153
in space
Launched ASNARO-2.

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2018 Jan 18, 15:2468670.002847050894.3997.37210


2018-008
CZ 11
Jiuquan Space Centre
2018 Jan 19, 04:12
Xiaoxiang 2
2018-008A
43155
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) carrying two amateur radio payloads and conducting communications technology tests.

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2018 Jan 22, 03:1969130.001652454795.3597.54289
Zhou Enlai
2018-008B
43156
in space
2U CubeSat developed with primary and middle school students. Equipped with a high definition optical camera. Named after the first Prime Minister of the PRC (1949-1976).

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2018 Jan 22, 11:4569150.001352854695.3897.55283
Kepler-0 (KIPP)
2018-008C
43157
in space
3U Cubesat starting a constellation of satellites to provide communications connectivity between other satellites and ground stations

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2018 Jan 22, 11:4969160.001452854795.4097.55275
Quantutong 1
2018-008D
43158
in space
6U Cubesat as an Emergency Rescue Technology Test Satellite. Carries an AIS receiver to relay messages from ships at sea and visible light tracking cameras to track the ship. Also carries a receiver to detect emergency transmissions.

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2018 Jan 22, 03:2169160.001352954695.4097.54281
Jilin-1 Smart Video 07
2018-008E
43159
in space
Chinese commercial imaging satellite providing high definition Earth surface video. Part of a simultaneously-launched pair of Jilin-1 satellites, named after the city where the satellites were developed.

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2018 Jan 22, 05:0969170.001352954895.4197.5427610:30
Jilin-1 Smart Video 08
2018-008F
43160
in space
Chinese commercial imaging satellite providing high definition Earth surface video. Part of a simultaneously-launched pair of Jilin-1 satellites, named after the city where the satellites were developed.

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2018 Jan 22, 19:5169190.001253254995.4697.5527510:30
CZ 11 upper stage
2018-008G
43161
in space
Launched two Jilin-1 satellites and several smaller satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
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2018 Jan 22, 03:5471760.03785271069100.8498.49190


2018-009
Atlas V 411
Cape Canaveral
2018 Jan 20, 00:48
USA 282 (SBIRS GEO 4)
2018-009A
43162
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.

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GEO    
Longitude
2018 Jan 22, 18:43263450.6003415135783709.2812.94179
2018 Jan 24, 19:46279270.5096731935779774.1011.22180
2018 Jan 25, 20:13302520.39351197035778872.759.62180
2018 Jan 26, 23:25334770.259318419357781015.968.28180
2018 Jan 28, 21:57385970.092328656357831257.757.03180
2018 Jan 30, 15:46421150.001535672358021433.576.50180162° west
2018 Feb 05, 23:11421650.000835754358191436.096.49127159° west
2018 May 20, 16:05421660.000835753358231436.166.32125159° west
2018 May 23, 15:58422460.000335854358811440.246.32151161° west
2018 Jul 23, 16:00422040.001135782358711438.136.22111139° east
2018 Jul 26, 15:05421650.000335776357981436.116.21177139° east
Atlas V upper stage (Centaur)
Re-entered - 2018 Jan 20
Life <1 day
Launched USA 282. De-orbited soon after releasing satellite. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2018-010
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2018 Jan 21, 02:43
Dove Pioneer
2018-010A
43163
Re-entered - 2019 Sep 22
Life 609 days
3U Cubesat, one of Planet's 'Flock' imaging satellites launched to verify integration with the Electron launch vehicle.

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2018 Jan 23, 14:4567890.017629153192.7982.91213
Lemur-2 (Marshall)
2018-010C
43165
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and other sensors. Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

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2018 Jan 23, 19:1668900.003249053494.8782.92234
Lemur-2 (Tallhamn-FC)
2018-010E
43167
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and other sensors. One of four released from Cygnus OA-5 2016 Nov 25. Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

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2018 Jan 23, 19:2068950.002450153494.9782.92239
Humanity Star (Dove 0F1C)
2018-010F
43168
Re-entered - 2018 Mar 22
Life 60 days
Geodesic sphere about 1 metre diameter - passive satellite intended to be seen. Carried effectively as ballast on test flight of Epsilon launch vehicle.

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2018 Jan 24, 04:4067870.017529052892.7482.92212
Electron kick stage
2018-010B
43164
in space
Launched cluster of small satellites.

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2018 Jan 23, 19:1668910.002949253294.8782.93242
Electron upper stage
2018-010D
43166
Re-entered - 2019 Mar 3
Life 406 days
Launched cluster of small satellites.

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2018 Jan 23, 20:5467870.017429152792.7482.93213


2018-011
CZ 2C
Xichang Space Centre
2018 Jan 25, 05:39
Weina 1A
2018-011A
43169
in space
Small satellite - mission unknown.

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2018 Jan 28, 10:2169760.000559460296.6535.00290
Yaogan-30 10
2018-011B
43170
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites are spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Jan 26, 11:4369750.000759260296.6234.99280
2018 Jan 30, 12:1969850.000560361096.8235.00276
2018 Feb 04, 14:4269780.000759560596.6835.00271
Yaogan-30 11
2018-011C
43171
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for"electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites are spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Jan 26, 13:3769750.000859160296.6234.99283
2018 Jan 28, 12:2269780.000559660396.6935.00336
Yaogan-30 12
2018-011D
43172
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites are spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Jan 26, 16:3269750.000859160296.6134.99286
2018 Feb 08, 19:4769780.000459760296.6835.0024
CZ 2C upper stage
2018-011E
43173
in space
Launched Yaogan 30 triplet.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
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ω  
( ° )
2018 Jan 26, 18:5868770.015139560394.6034.9724


2018-012
Ariane 5ECA (VA-241)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2018 Jan 25, 22:20
Al Yah 3
2018-012A
43174
in space
Comsat providing Broadband and connectivity services and Fixed satellites Services (FSS) to Brazil and Africa. Delivered to an incorrect transfer orbit by the launch vehicle, it spent longer than planned reaching geosynchronous orbit. Expected location - 20° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2018 Jan 27, 11:59280770.764523443163780.3320.65230
2018 Feb 02, 14:06282990.750668043162789.6119.99236
2018 Feb 08, 04:10333070.62496116477411008.2221.55210
2018 Feb 12, 16:48374610.430014973471921202.619.33234
2018 Feb 13, 17:26404350.327120829472851348.636.23260
2018 Feb 20, 15:24417660.288423344474311415.755.56275
2018 Feb 25, 04:31422560.275324245475101440.745.27269
2018 Apr 19, 10:59424380.020035211369091450.080.41261
2018 May 02, 09:08421650.000135781357921436.090.0611720° west
SES 14
2018-012B
43175
in space
Comsat providing Direct to Home and cable broadcasting services, aeronautical andmaritime connectivity, broadband internet and cellular backhaul services. SES-14 also hosts GOLD (Global-Scale Observation of the Limb and Disk), a NASA-funded instrument observing the Earth's upper atmosphere and ionosphere. Delivered to an incorrect transfer orbit by the launch vehicle, it spent longer than planned reaching geosynchronous orbit. Expected location - 47°.5 west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2018 Jan 27, 15:39281420.761533443194783.0620.56231
2018 Feb 07, 11:22281120.763327743190781.8020.65236
2018 Feb 09, 15:25297340.7405133745375850.4319.12239
2018 Feb 12, 00:35301370.7333165945858867.7718.80240
2018 Feb 21, 11:42320040.7088294248310949.6717.82245
2018 Mar 16, 17:15365420.63676898534301158.6314.55254
2018 Apr 03, 19:43381470.557410507530311235.8012.21258
2018 Apr 24, 22:59400450.446315797515371329.179.40262
2018 Jun 11, 15:56420320.161928847424611429.323.26263
2018 Jul 02, 16:59421990.061333232384101437.861.23260
2018 Jul 17, 16:00421640.002635679358941436.080.1116539° west
2018 Aug 01, 06:29422420.000335850358771440.020.015847° west
2018 Aug 03, 06:22421650.000035785357881436.090.0330747° west
Ariane 5 upper stage
2018-012C
43176
in space
Launched Al Yah 3 and SES 14. Delivered both satellites to an obit with the correct perigee and apogee but at 21° inclination rather the planned 3°. The cause was an incorrect parameter set in the launch trajectory computer program.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 01, 10:09278710.763920242783771.7520.97233


2018-013
Falcon 9 v1.2
Cape Canaveral
2018 Jan 31, 21:25
SES 16 (GovSat 1)
2018-013A
43178
in space
Communications satellite offering services to government/military customers via military comms frequencies. Design includes a port to which a further payload can be added while in orbit. The satellite covers Europe, Africa, the Middle East plus the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Delivered to HEO then manoeuvered itself on-station Orbit data from amateur sources. Expected location - 21°.5 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2018 Feb 25, 04:48421650.000535764358101436.120.044321° east
Falcon 9 upper stage
2018-013B
43179
in space
Launched SES 16.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 03, 13:49352780.8107299575011099.0525.09180


2018-014
Soyuz-2 1A + Fregat
Vostochny Cosmodrome
2018 Feb 1, 02:07
Canopus-Vulcan 3
2018-014A
43180
in space
Imaging remote sensing satellite for environmental monitoring, mapping, fire detection, agricultural planning, land use assessments, and urban planning.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Feb 02, 16:1568860.000450551094.7797.478123:23
2018 Apr 16, 10:5168880.000250851194.8197.468223:23
Canopus-Vulcan 4
2018-014B
43181
in space
Imaging remote sensing satellite for environmental monitoring, mapping, fire detection, agricultural planning, land use assessments, and urban planning.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Feb 02, 16:1568830.000750051094.7297.478623:23
Lemur-2 (Jin-Luen)
2018-014C
43182
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and other sensors. Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

One of four similar satellites carried on this launch. In order to avoid clutter the others are not listed separately. All Lemur-2 satellites are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 03, 10:0569580.001357158996.2897.73239
S-NET A
2018-014J
43188
in space
Small satellite from the Technical University of Berlin to investigate and demonstrate the inter-satellite communications.

One of four similar satellites carried on this launch. In order to avoid clutter the others are not listed separately. All are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 14, 18:5369560.000957258496.2397.73195
Soyuz-2 1A upper stage
Re-entered - 2018 Feb 1
Life <1 day
Launched Canopus-Vulcan 3 & 4 and smaller satellites. De-orbited soon after releasing satellites. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2018-015
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2018 Feb 2, 07:51
Fengmaniu 1
2018-015A
43192
in space
3U CubeSat developed by Link Space Aerospace Technology to test out a series of new components including a pair of miniaturized panoramic cameras for still image and video collection. Also xarried ana amteur radio payload.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Feb 03, 05:2468770.001548951094.6097.3425014:11
Zhangzheng 1 (China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite)
2018-015C
43194
in space
Satellite developed by the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) carrying six instruments to measure the electromagnetic effects of earthquakes.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Feb 05, 07:5268760.001648750994.5797.3325014:11
ÑuSat 4 (Ada)
2018-015D
43195
in space
Small satellite from Satellogic of Argentina to provide earth images in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum using real-time imaging and video.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Feb 06, 04:4368750.001648650894.5697.3325114:11
GOMX4-B
2018-015E
43196
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) - a collaboration between ESA and GomSpace ApS of Aalborg, Denmark to demonstrate future space technology including station-keeping, inter-satellite communication and imaging. Also equipped with ADS-B and AIS receivers to relay data messages from aircraft and ships.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 06, 01:0968730.001848350794.5197.33261
Ulloriaq (GOMX4-A)
2018-015F
43197
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) sponsored by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) for multispectral imaging surveillance of Arctic regions.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 06, 04:5168740.001848350794.5297.33258
Shaonian Xing (Youth Satellite)
2018-015H
43199
in space
3U Cubesat - developed by Chinese students as part of the Sat-China outreach project to engage youth in thinking about space. Carries the first BlockChain cryptocurrency node to be set up in space.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 06, 09:0468740.001648550794.5497.31255
ÑuSat 5 (Maryam)
2018-015K
43204
in space
Small satellite from Satellogic of Argentina to provide earth images in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum using real-time imaging and video.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Feb 07, 10:2868750.001748650994.5697.3324614:11
CZ 2B upper stage
Re-entered - 2018 Feb 2
Life <1 day
Launched Fengmaniu 1 and other satellites. De-orbited soon after releasing satellites. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2018-016
SS-520
Uchinoura SC
2018 Feb 3, 05:03
TRICOM-1R (Tasuki)
2018-016A
43201
Re-entered - 2018 Aug 21
Life 199 days
3U Cubesat from the University of Tokyo, carrying a store and forward data relay, and imaging equipment.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 04, 00:2474760.12181872008107.2230.9084
SS-520-5 upper stage
2018-016B
43202
Re-entered - 2018 Jun 22
Life 139 days
Sounding rocket used as orbital launcher. Launched TRICOM-1R.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 04, 05:4474730.12141872002107.1530.8885


2018-017
Falcon Heavy
Kennedy Space Center
2018 Feb 6, 20:45
Falcon 9H upper stage + Tesla Roadster motor car
2018-017A
43205
in space
Test launch of Falcon Heavy rocket. The motor vehicle was carried as ballast.
Heliocentric orbit


2018-018
CZ 3B + YZ-1
Xichang Space Centre
2018 Feb 12, 05:03
Beidou-3 M-3
2018-018A
43207
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in MEO for China's navigation satellite system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 13, 11:01282400.01172153322192787.1754.99178
2018 Feb 27, 04:06279060.00072150921547773.2254.98316
Beidou-3 M-4
2018-018B
43208
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in MEO for China's navigation satellite system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 14, 13:16282460.01152154422191787.3854.98178
2018 Feb 27, 02:02279210.00082152121565773.8654.99248
2018 Feb 28, 04:17279060.00082150621551773.2454.98288
CZ 3B upper stage
2018-018C
43209
in space
Launched Beidou-3 M-3 and Beidou-3 M-4.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 14, 09:39157510.584916018586327.9054.94171
YZ-1 upper stage
2018-018D
43210
in space
Launched Beidou-3 M-3 and Beidou-3 M-4.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 14, 14:23286470.00272219122346804.2254.7969


2018-019
Soyuz-2 1A
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2018 Feb 13, 08:13
Progress MS-08 (Progress 7K-TGM №438)
2018-019A
43211
Re-entered - 2018 Aug 30
Life 198 days
Supplies to ISS. Precise launch time 08:13:33 UTC. Docked with the aft port of Zvezda 2018 Feb 15 at 10:38 UTC. Undocked 2018 Aug 23 at 02:16 UTC. Retrofire Aug 28 at 01'23 UTC resulted in a destructive re-entry at 00:58 UTC with any surviving fragments impacting the southern Pacific Ocean about 20 mins later.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 13, 08:4165830.002818622388.5851.6575
2018 Feb 13, 18:4166990.000431932390.9551.6486
2018 Feb 14, 14:2067010.000731932890.9951.6565
2018 Feb 15, 09:0667830.000440240792.6651.64103
Soyuz upper stage
2018-019B
43212
Re-entered - 2018 Feb 16
Life 3 days
Launched Progress MS-08.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 13, 10:1465840.002618922388.6251.6568


2018-020
Falcon 9 v1.2
Vandenberg AFB
2018 Feb 22, 14:17
Paz (Peace)
2018-020A
43215
in space
Spanish combined civilian and government/military reconnaissance satellite equipped with a synthetic aperture radar to collect Earth image.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Feb 23, 07:4368880.001250251994.8397.4727406:00
2018 Mar 07, 13:5968870.000150851094.8097.4513006:00
Microsat 2A (Tintin A)
2018-020B
43216
in space
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched identical satellites as a testbed for SpaceX's planned Starlink constellation offering broadband Internet access.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 23, 18:4668870.001250051794.8097.46273
Microsat 2B (Tintin B)
2018-020C
43217
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 8
Life 898 days
One of a pair of simultaneously-launched identical satellites as a testbed for SpaceX's planned Starlink constellation offering broadband Internet access.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 23, 18:1368860.001349951794.7997.46276
Falcon 9 upper stage
2018-020D
43218
Re-entered - 2018 Feb 22
Life <1 day
Launched Microsat 2A and Microsat 2B. Performed a retro-firing to accelerate orbit decay after releasing the satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Feb 22, 15:4268840.001549551694.7397.46269
2018 Feb 22, 15:4967420.022721151791.8297.27263


2018-021
H-IIA 202 (F-38)
Tanegashima Space Centre
2018 Feb 27, 04:34
IGS 12 (IGS Optical 6)
2018-021A
43223
in space
Information Gathering Satellite - an optical imaging reconnaissance satellite. Element sets are not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Jun 23, 00:0168610.000148248494.2697.4614513:31
H-IIA upper stage
2018-021B
43224
in space
Launched IGS 12.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Jun 09, 00:1268720.001248550294.4897.2219


2018-022
Atlas V 541
Cape Canaveral
2018 Mar 1, 22:02
GOES 17 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite)
2018-022A
43226
in space
Imaging meteorological satellite from the North American Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Expected location - 137°.2 west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2018 Mar 03, 19:27281410.4805824135286783.039.53180
2018 Mar 05, 17:58305070.36591296835291883.826.23180
2018 Mar 07, 19:00324850.28261692635287971.144.41180
2018 Mar 10, 19:29350740.188022102352911089.542.69181
2018 Mar 12, 09:27380610.094928070352961231.641.30182
2018 Mar 13, 08:07418810.004635311356961421.650.0557100° west
2018 Mar 17, 07:55420650.000235677356971431.000.075490° west
2018 Mar 19, 11:52421010.000035721357251432.850.0331685° west
2018 Mar 20, 11:21421650.000135781357921436.090.0635589° west
2018 Oct 25, 04:22422590.002335782359801440.940.0128790° west
2018 Nov 13, 05:40423580.000235972359861445.960.04242137° west
2018 Nov 13, 15:11421640.000335772357991436.050.03294137° west
Atlas V upper stage (Centaur)
2018-022B
43227
in space
Launched GOES 17.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 14, 21:36276700.4934764034944763.439.72181


2018-023
Falcon 9 v1.2
Cape Canaveral
2018 Mar 6, 05:33
Hispasat 30W-6
2018-023A
43228
in space
Comsat as a replacement for the Hispasat 1D. Serves Europe and North Africa, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, the Azores, Cape Verde and Madeira, Mauritius, and the Americas - with coverage from Canada to South America. Expected location - 30° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2018 Mar 08, 03:54176490.622528522256388.8927.00179
2018 Mar 12, 07:14245170.726931735961636.7327.04183
2018 Mar 13, 06:23270930.5607552435905739.6813.76183
2018 Mar 14, 11:59319310.32281524635859946.395.46184
2018 Mar 15, 14:08407680.033733018357621365.350.36170
2018 Mar 19, 15:35421640.000135782357911436.070.093126° west
2018 Jun 19, 07:54421650.000335774358001436.130.038626° west
2018 Jun 21, 04:44422600.000435866358981440.960.031928° west
2018 Jun 22, 21:01422260.000735818358781439.240.032830° west
2018 Jun 26, 07:42421650.000535765358091436.120.042130° west
PODSat (Payload Orbital Delivery Satellite)
2018-023B
43229
in space
Demonstrator of an orbit delivery system for very small satellites. Developed for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and launched covertly. There is no indication whether it launched any active payloads. Released from Hispasat Hispasat 30W-6 soon after separation from the launch vehicle.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 09, 08:11175960.626918822249387.1727.01181
Falcon 9 upper stage
2018-023C
43230
in space
Launched Hispasat 30W-6.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 07, 04:40175810.626518922217386.6527.01178


2018-024
Soyuz ST-B + Fregat-MT
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2018 Mar 9, 17:10
O3b FM15
2018-024A
43231
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 11, 04:49142210.000278407845281.280.034
2018 Mar 26, 17:37144440.000380628070287.930.05359
O3b FM16
2018-024B
43232
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 10, 05:26142040.000978127839280.770.04284
2018 Mar 28, 09:12144440.000380628070287.930.053
O3b FM14
2018-024C
43233
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 10, 00:45142090.000778207841280.920.04175
2018 Mar 26, 15:13144440.000280628069287.930.051
O3b FM13
2018-024D
43234
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 11, 09:30142140.000378327840281.080.04171
2018 Mar 26, 16:33144440.000280628069287.930.05353
Fregat rocket stage
2018-024E
43235
in space
Launched cluster of O3b satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 17, 02:57140490.001176567686276.200.09355


2018-025
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2018 Mar 17, 07:10
LKW-4 (Land Survey Satellite 4)
2018-025A
43236
in space
High resolution imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Mar 17, 22:5968740.001048950394.5397.3329613:30
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2018 Mar 17
Life <1 day
Launched LKW-4. De-orbited shortly after releasing satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2018-026
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2018 Mar 21, 17:44
Soyuz MS-08 (Soyuz 11F732A48 № 738)
2018-026A
43238
Re-entered - 2018 Oct 4
Life 197 days Returned to Earth
Carrying crew to ISS - Oleg Artemyov (Roscosmos) plus Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA. Precise launch time 20:44:23 UTC. Docked with the Poisk module of the ISS Mar 23 at 19:40 UTC, one minute earlier than planned. Undocked, carrying its original crew, 2018 Oct 4 at 07:57 UTC. Retro-fire at 10:51 UTC was followd by landing in Kazakhstan, 146 kilometers south east of Dzhezkazgan, at 11:45 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 21, 18:1465920.002819623288.7851.6391
2018 Mar 22, 04:2566930.000831032190.8351.64128
2018 Mar 23, 01:2366960.000431532190.8851.64131
2018 Mar 24, 18:3567830.000140440692.6651.64246
Soyuz upper stage
2018-026B
43239
Re-entered - 2018 Mar 25
Life 4 days
Launched Soyuz MS-08.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 21, 23:2765860.002119422188.6551.6476


2018-027
GSLV Mk II F08
Satish Dhawan Space Centre
2018 Mar 29, 11:26
GSAT 6A
2018-027A
43241
in space
Comsat intended to provide mobile communication services to the Indian Armed Forces. The satellite was lost following failure of its communication system after the second of several engine firings to raise it to geosynchronous altitude. Expected location - 86° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 30, 03:24247090.735715336509644.2220.69178
2018 Mar 30, 16:14271120.5793502836440740.4511.98179
2018 Apr 02, 17:51375520.138325979363681206.993.31184
GSLV upper stage
2018-027B
43242
Re-entered - 2019 Dec 4
Life 615 days
Launched GSat 6A.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 00:47244490.733314335998634.0920.67179


2018-028
Soyuz-2 1V
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
2018 Mar 29, 17:38
Cosmos 2525
2018-028A
43243
in space
Russian military imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Mar 29, 22:4366960.000231631990.8796.649709:12
2018 Dec 13, 07:1266430.000626126989.8196.585509:06
2019 Nov 11, 06:0266630.000328328790.2196.489908:47
Soyuz upper stage
2018-028B
43244
Re-entered - 2018 Nov 4
Life 220 days
Launched Cosmos 2525.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 30, 07:2366940.000131531790.8596.65180


2018-029
CZ 3B + YZ-1
Xichang Space Centre
2018 Mar 29, 17:56
Beidou-3 M-9
2018-029A
43245
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in MEO for China's navigation satellite system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Apr 03, 12:58279090.00032152321538773.3455.02321
2018 Apr 05, 21:56279060.00022152221534773.2255.02305
Beidou-3 M-10
2018-029B
43246
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in MEO for China's navigation satellite system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 16:13282450.01152154222192787.3755.00178
2018 Apr 30, 03:18279060.00062151221544773.2455.03323
CZ 3B upper stage
2018-029C
43247
in space
Mission information in preparation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 30, 18:57156690.580319818383325.3354.99171
YZ-1 upper stage
2018-029D
43248
in space
Mission information in preparation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 00:43288060.00922216222694810.9455.26342


2018-030
Falcon 9 v1.2
Vandenberg AFB
2018 Mar 30, 14:13
Iridium 144 (Iridium Next)
2018-030A
43249
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 05:4869940.001460762697.0286.68251
2018 Apr 09, 13:4270860.000370671198.9486.5135
2018 Apr 30, 11:0771560.0002776779100.4086.3983
Iridium 149 (Iridium Next)
2018-030B
43250
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 12:1769950.001360862697.0586.68257
2018 Mar 31, 17:0869950.001360862697.0586.68256
2018 Apr 12, 09:0770850.000170570798.9186.5221
2018 Apr 30, 14:3771560.0002776779100.4086.3990
Iridium 157 (Iridium Next)
2018-030C
43251
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Apr 08, 01:0570830.000170470598.8786.5235
2018 Apr 18, 10:0971210.000174374399.6786.4580
2018 Apr 19, 16:1271540.0001775776100.3786.3952
2018 Apr 30, 21:4771560.0003776780100.4086.3989
Iridium 140 (Iridium Next)
2018-030D
43252
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 12:1769950.001460762697.0486.68254
2018 Apr 03, 01:4669950.001460762697.0486.68245
2018 Apr 16, 21:2270880.000270871198.9786.5251
2018 May 20, 21:0871560.0002776779100.4086.40126
Iridium 145 (Iridium Next)
2018-030E
43253
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 17:0869950.001260962597.0386.67260
2018 Apr 07, 23:4470860.000270770998.9486.5236
2018 Apr 17, 00:4371560.0001777778100.4086.3998
Iridium 146 (Iridium Next)
2018-030F
43254
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 17:0869960.001360862797.0686.68260
2018 Apr 09, 12:4270870.001070271698.9686.5961
2018 Apr 30, 09:4571560.0002776779100.4086.39102
Iridium 148 (Iridium Next)
2018-030G
43255
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 17:0869940.001460762697.0386.68250
2018 Apr 16, 20:4270860.000270771098.9586.52105
2018 May 20, 09:3371560.0003776780100.4086.4086
Iridium 142 (Iridium Next)
2018-030H
43256
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 12:1769960.001360962797.0686.68258
2018 Mar 31, 17:0869960.001360862797.0586.68258
2018 Apr 08, 13:4870920.000171471599.0786.5245
2018 Apr 30, 21:3871560.0002776779100.4086.3990
Iridium 150 (Iridium Next)
2018-030J
43257
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 20:2269950.001460762697.0386.68252
2018 Apr 13, 21:3270860.000270771098.9586.52107
2018 May 20, 08:0271560.0002776779100.4086.4090
Iridium 143 (Iridium Next)
2018-030K
43258
in space
One of a simultaneously-launched set of ten satellites. Will replace a satellite in the first generation Iridium constellation providing satellite-based voice and data telephony services.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Mar 31, 17:0869960.001360862797.0586.68257
2018 Apr 05, 13:0170890.000171071299.0086.523
2018 Apr 16, 21:3171560.0001777779100.4086.3985
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2018 Mar 30
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Iridium satellites. Caused to re-enter shortly after releasing satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2018-031
CZ 4C
Taiyuan Space Centre
2018 Mar 31, 03:22
Gaofen 1-02
2018-031A
43259
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Apr 02, 00:2170190.000363964397.5498.0426810:30
Gaofen 1-03
2018-031B
43260
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Apr 02, 01:5870180.000363864297.5298.0428310:30
2018 Apr 29, 04:1170160.000663464297.4798.0320710:31
Gaofen 1-04
2018-031D
43262
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2018 Apr 02, 01:5970190.000463964497.5498.0426210:30
2018 Apr 29, 03:2570220.000664064897.6098.0312010:31
CZ 4C upper stage
2018-031F
43264
in space
Launched three Gaofen 1 satellites, perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Apr 02, 02:5369480.011349164896.0598.0825


2018-F01 - failed to reach orbit
Soyuz-FG
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2018 Oct 11, 08:40
Soyuz MS-10
Carrying crew to ISS - Aleksey Ovchinin (Roscosmos) and Nick Hague (NASA). Failed to reach orbit after a strap-on booster collided with the core stage of the launch vehicle. Abort system was triggered and the crew landed safely.


2018-085
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2018 Nov 1, 15:57
Beidou-3 G-1
2018-085A
43683
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in China's navigation satellite system. It also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2018 Nov 01, 23:41243750.730818335810631.2028.45180
2018 Nov 13, 17:14421640.000035784357881436.053.07123145° east
CZ 3B upper stage
2018-085B
43684
Re-entered - 2019 Mar 10
Life 129 days
Launched Beidou-3 G-1. Orbit lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2018 Nov 02, 17:34236560.723616034397603.5128.45179


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