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NASA Space Shuttle / Human Spaceflight Branch
Yesterday at 10:18 PM
September 20, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY M18-142
NASA Updates Live Coverage of Japanese Cargo Launch, Delays Spacewalks
The Japanese HTV-6 cargo vehicle is seen during final approach to the International Space Station
The Japanese HTV-6 cargo vehicle is seen during final approach to the International Space Station before it is captured by the remote Canadarm 2. HTV-6 launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on Friday, Dec. 9, and arrived at the station on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The vehicle was loaded with more than 4.5 tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiment hardware
Credits: NASA
Delayed due to inclement weather, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) now is targeting 1:52 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 22 (2:52 a.m. Sept. 23 in Japan), for the launch of its unpiloted H-II Transfer Vehicle-7 (HTV-7) cargo spacecraft.

Loaded with more than five tons of supplies, spare parts and experiments, HTV-7 will launch to the International Space Station from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 1:30 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

NASA also will provide live coverage of the arrival and installation of the spacecraft at the space station Thursday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Capture is scheduled for 7:54 a.m. After a break, coverage will resume at 10:30 a.m. with installation of the spacecraft to the space station.

HTV-7’s payload includes six new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates to replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries that make up part of the station’s electrical power system. Due to the delay of the HTV-7 launch, NASA is rescheduling two spacewalks to complete the installation of these new batteries and adapter plates, as well as the spacewalk preview media briefing. New times and dates will announced as soon as these activities are rescheduled.

Get breaking news, images and features from the space station on social media at:

https://instagram.com/iss

and

https://www.twitter.com/Space_Station

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Press Contacts

Joshua Finch
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
joshua.a.finch@nasa.gov

Gary Jordan
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111
gary.j.jordan@nasa.gov
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NASA Space Station Branch
Yesterday at 07:56 PM
September 19, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY M18-141
NASA Updates Preview Briefing for International Space Station Spacewalks, Live Coverage

Experts from NASA will preview two upcoming spacewalks outside the International Space Station to continue upgrades to the orbiting laboratory's power system in a briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 27, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The briefing date changed because of the delayed launch of a Japanese cargo spacecraft to the space station.

Live coverage of the briefing will air on NASA Television and the agency's website. Media wishing to participate in the briefing in person must request credentials from the Johnson newsroom no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. Media interested in participating by phone must contact the newsroom by 1:45 p.m. Sept. 27.

Participants in the briefing are:

Kenneth Todd, International Space Station manager for Operations and Integration
Mary Lawrence, spacewalk flight director
Jaclyn Kagey, lead spacewalk officer

The equipment to be installed will be delivered on a Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle cargo craft, which now is targeted for launch at 2:15 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 21. Live NASA Television coverage begins at 1:45 p.m.

The delivered equipment installation work on the space station actually will begin on Earth, when ground controllers use the station's robotic arm to replace old nickel-hydrogen batteries on the port truss of the complex with six new lithium-ion batteries.

Station Commander Drew Feustel of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) will venture outside the Quest airlock Sunday, Sept. 30, to install the adapter plates for the new batteries, completing the upgrades to two station power channels.

With this spacewalk - the 10th of his career - Feustel will tie former astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria for most spacewalks by a U.S. astronaut, and is expected to surpass him for overall spacewalking time to become the all-time leading U.S. spacewalker and second overall in spaceflight history. It will be Gerst's second spacewalk.

The exact date of the second spacewalk is under review, but it will take place during the next station crew rotation, Expedition 57. Astronauts will use that spacewalk to complete the power system refurbishment on the port truss.

NASA will provide coverage of the spacewalks, each expected to last about six-and-a-half hours, on NASA TV and the agency's website. NASA TV coverage on Sept. 30 will begin at 7 a.m. with the spacewalk expected to begin at approximately 8:40 a.m. These spacewalks will be the 213th and 214th in support of station assembly, maintenance and upgrades; and the eighth and ninth outside the station this year.

Learn more about International Space Station research, operations, and its crew at:

https://www.nasa.gov/station

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Press Contacts

Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

Gary Jordan
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111
gary.j.jordan@nasa.gov
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AUS-CITY GPS / WAAS Reports
Yesterday at 07:56 PM
GPS OPERATIONAL ADVISORY 263
SUBJ: GPS STATUS 20 SEP 2018

1. SATELLITES, PLANES, AND CLOCKS (CS=CESIUM RB=RUBIDIUM):
A. BLOCK I : NONE
B. BLOCK II: PRNS 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
PLANE : SLOT D2, D1, E1, E3, D4, A4, C3, F3, E2, D5, B4, F6, F5, F2
CLOCK : RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, CS, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB
BLOCK II: PRNS 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
PLANE : SLOT B1, C4, D6, C5, E4, D3, E6, F4, A1, B2, B5, C2, B3, C1
CLOCK : RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, CS, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB
BLOCK II: PRNS 30, 31, 32
PLANE : SLOT A3, A2, F1
CLOCK : RB, RB, RB

2. CURRENT ADVISORIES AND FORECASTS :
A. FORECASTS: FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER EVENT CONCLUDES.
NANU MSG DATE/TIME PRN TYPE SUMMARY (JDAY/ZULU TIME START - STOP)

2018038 071702Z SEP 2018 19 FCSTDV 257/0810-257/2010
2018040 141410Z SEP 2018 19 FCSTSUMM 257/0839-257/1406
B. ADVISORIES:
NANU MSG DATE/TIME PRN TYPE SUMMARY (JDAY/ZULU TIME START - STOP)

C. GENERAL:
NANU MSG DATE/TIME PRN TYPE SUMMARY (JDAY/ZULU TIME START - STOP)

2014038 241350Z APR 2014 GENERAL /-/
2014039 271351Z APR 2014 GENERAL /-/
2017122 272144Z NOV 2017 GENERAL /-/
2018010 052217Z MAR 2018 GENERAL /-/

3. REMARKS:
A. THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR GPS MILITARY OPERATIONAL SUPPORT IS THE GPS
OPERATIONS CENTER AT 719-567-2541 OR DSN 560-2541.
B. CIVILIAN: FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT US COAST GUARD NAVCEN AT
COMMERCIAL 703-313-5900 24 HOURS DAILY AND INTERNET
HTTPS://WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV
C. MILITARY SUPPORT WEBPAGES CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING
HTTPS://GPS.AFSPC.AF.MIL/GPS OR HTTPS://GPS.AFSPC.AF.MIL/GPSOC
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AUS-CITY Solar Enviromental Bulletins
Yesterday at 07:55 PM
Space Weather Message Code: ALTEF3
Serial Number: 2848
Issue Time: 2018 Sep 20 0900 UTC

CONTINUED ALERT: Electron 2MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu
Continuation of Serial Number: 2847
Begin Time: 2018 Sep 12 1730 UTC
Yesterday Maximum 2MeV Flux: 8688 pfu

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at
www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

Potential Impacts: Satellite systems may experience significant charging resulting in increased risk to satellite systems.
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AUS-CITY Solar Enviromental Bulletins
Yesterday at 07:54 PM
:Product: Solar Region Summary
:Issued: 2018 Sep 20 0030 UTC
# Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
# Space Weather Prediction Center and the U.S. Air Force.
#
Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Region Summary
SRS Number 263 Issued at 0030Z on 20 Sep 2018
Report compiled from data received at SWO on 19 Sep
I. Regions with Sunspots. Locations Valid at 19/2400Z
Nmbr Location Lo Area Z LL NN Mag Type
None
IA. H-alpha Plages without Spots. Locations Valid at 19/2400Z Sep
Nmbr Location Lo
2722 S07W99 225
II. Regions Due to Return 20 Sep to 22 Sep
Nmbr Lat Lo
None
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AUS-CITY NATO and Military Press Releases
Yesterday at 07:54 PM
20 September 2018

PR (2018) 112

NATO Deputy Secretary General visit to Georgia


The NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Honourable Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will travel to Tbilisi on Friday, 21 September 2018.



She will have meetings with the President of Georgia, H.E. Mr. Giorgi Margvelashvili, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. Giorgi Gakharia, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. David Dondua and the First Deputy Minister of Defence, Mrs. Lela Chikovani.



Ms. Gottemoeller will participate in a roundtable at the Defence Institution Building School (DIB) and will deliver a lecture at the Tbilisi State University.



She has also been invited to deliver remarks at a ceremony marking the International day of Peace.



Media Advisory



(All timings are local)
09:45 Deputy Secretary General joint press conference with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
10:15 Round Table at DIB School followed by short comments for press with the First Deputy Minister of Defence
11:15 Public lecture at Tbilisi State University.

Still images of the event will be available on the NATO website afterwards.
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NASA News and Reports
Yesterday at 07:53 PM
The following sections have been updated in the past 1 day.
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-- SEVERE STORMS (2 updated events, 2 new images) --

HURRICANE FLORENCE
In September 2018, the potent storm formed in the North Atlantic and made an historic and deadly landfall in the southeastern United States.

* A Broad View of Flooding in the Carolinas (Image from Sep 19, 2018; Posted Sep 20, 2018)
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92786/a-broad-view-of-flooding-in-the-carolinas/?src=nha

HURRICANE MARIA
Evolving from category 1 to category 5 in less than 18 hours, Hurricane Maria brought destruction to several Caribbean islands.

* Recovering from Hurricane Maria (Image from Sep 13, 2018; Posted Sep 20, 2018)
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92789/recovering-from-hurricane-maria/?src=nha


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NASA News and Reports
Yesterday at 07:52 PM
The following sections have been updated in the past 1 day.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


-- SEVERE STORMS (2 updated events, 2 new images) --

HURRICANE FLORENCE
In September 2018, the potent storm formed in the North Atlantic and made an historic and deadly landfall in the southeastern United States.

* Florence Inundates the Carolinas (Image from Sep 16, 2018; Posted Sep 18, 2018)
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92775/florence-inundates-the-carolinas/?src=nha

TYPHOON MANGKHUT
The potent storm marched across the Western Pacific in mid-September 2018.

* Mangkhut Swamps Luzon (Image from Sep 6, 2018; Posted Sep 18, 2018)
https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/92780/mangkhut-swamps-luzon/?src=nha


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http://naturalhazards.nasa.gov/ http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us:

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/contact/
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Yesterday at 07:47 PM
M5.1 Earthquake - southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time

20 Sep 2018 14:04:37 UTC
20 Sep 2018 13:04:37 near epicenter
20 Sep 2018 06:04:37 standard time in your timezone

Location 34.757S 16.079W
Depth 10 km
Distances

425.8 km (264.0 mi) NW of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Saint Helena
2837.0 km (1758.9 mi) ESE of Arraial do Cabo, Brazil
2837.9 km (1759.5 mi) ESE of Arma��o de B�zios, Brazil
2837.9 km (1759.5 mi) ESE of S�o Jo�o da Barra, Brazil
2841.6 km (1761.8 mi) ESE of Cabo Frio, Brazil

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.7 km; Vertical 1.9 km
Parameters Nph = 34; Dmin = 425.6 km; Rmss = 0.69 seconds; Gp = 68°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hhjz
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Yesterday at 07:46 PM
M5.4 Earthquake - near the coast of Chiapas, Mexico
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time

20 Sep 2018 09:21:19 UTC
20 Sep 2018 03:21:19 near epicenter
20 Sep 2018 01:21:19 standard time in your timezone

Location 14.699N 93.719W
Depth 10 km
Distances

102.2 km (63.4 mi) SW of La Esperanza (El Zapotal), Mexico
119.8 km (74.3 mi) SW of Mapastepec, Mexico
122.2 km (75.8 mi) SSW of Pijijiapan, Mexico
143.5 km (89.0 mi) WSW of Huixtla, Mexico
209.2 km (129.7 mi) W of San Marcos, Guatemala

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.7 km; Vertical 1.9 km
Parameters Nph = 157; Dmin = 218.6 km; Rmss = 1.29 seconds; Gp = 132°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hhh4
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Yesterday at 07:45 PM
M5.4 Earthquake - New Britain region, Papua New Guinea
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time

20 Sep 2018 07:05:27 UTC
20 Sep 2018 17:05:27 near epicenter
19 Sep 2018 23:05:27 standard time in your timezone

Location 6.501S 152.662E
Depth 10 km
Distances

241.7 km (149.9 mi) S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
298.5 km (185.1 mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
322.7 km (200.1 mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
480.2 km (297.7 mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
486.6 km (301.7 mi) NNE of Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.9 km; Vertical 1.9 km
Parameters Nph = 117; Dmin = 261.0 km; Rmss = 0.43 seconds; Gp = 47°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hhg1
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Yesterday at 07:45 PM
M5.1 Earthquake - Solomon Islands
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time

20 Sep 2018 06:45:01 UTC
20 Sep 2018 17:45:01 near epicenter
19 Sep 2018 22:45:01 standard time in your timezone

Location 9.060S 158.215E
Depth 10 km
Distances

182.3 km (113.0 mi) WSW of Buala, Solomon Islands
195.1 km (120.9 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
428.3 km (265.5 mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
839.0 km (520.2 mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
862.5 km (534.8 mi) E of Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 8.5 km; Vertical 1.8 km
Parameters Nph = 116; Dmin = 194.7 km; Rmss = 1.08 seconds; Gp = 48°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hhfx
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Yesterday at 07:44 PM
M5.5 Earthquake - Solomon Islands
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.5
Date-Time

20 Sep 2018 05:47:37 UTC
20 Sep 2018 16:47:37 near epicenter
19 Sep 2018 21:47:37 standard time in your timezone

Location 9.004S 158.312E
Depth 10 km
Distances

169.9 km (105.4 mi) SW of Buala, Solomon Islands
186.2 km (115.4 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
431.2 km (267.3 mi) SE of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
843.6 km (523.0 mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
874.1 km (542.0 mi) E of Alotau, Papua New Guinea

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 4.7 km; Vertical 1.9 km
Parameters Nph = 125; Dmin = 185.8 km; Rmss = 0.94 seconds; Gp = 32°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hhfi
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Yesterday at 07:44 PM
M5.4 Earthquake - Alamagan region, Northern Mariana Islands
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time

20 Sep 2018 04:55:33 UTC
20 Sep 2018 14:55:33 near epicenter
19 Sep 2018 20:55:33 standard time in your timezone

Location 17.015N 145.786E
Depth 209 km
Distances

199.6 km (123.7 mi) N of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
227.2 km (140.9 mi) N of San Jose Village, Northern Mariana Islands
396.9 km (246.1 mi) NNE of Yigo Village, Guam
400.1 km (248.1 mi) NNE of Dededo Village, Guam
405.0 km (251.1 mi) NNE of Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Village, Guam

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 10.8 km; Vertical 9.2 km
Parameters Nph = 51; Dmin = 196.2 km; Rmss = 1.01 seconds; Gp = 75°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hheu
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Yesterday at 07:43 PM
M5.1 Earthquake - Pulau-Pulau Talaud, Indonesia
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time

20 Sep 2018 02:36:42 UTC
20 Sep 2018 10:36:42 near epicenter
19 Sep 2018 18:36:42 standard time in your timezone

Location 4.470N 127.832E
Depth 127 km
Distances

110.8 km (68.7 mi) ENE of Rainis, Indonesia
290.9 km (180.4 mi) ESE of Caburan, Philippines
303.8 km (188.3 mi) N of Tobelo, Indonesia
326.8 km (202.6 mi) SE of Malita, Philippines
378.5 km (234.7 mi) SE of Davao, Philippines

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.8 km; Vertical 7.2 km
Parameters Nph = 62; Dmin = 380.2 km; Rmss = 0.92 seconds; Gp = 94°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hhe6
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AUS-CITY Astronomy & Space Research
Wed 19 Sep 2018 07:31:PM
The Hubble Space Telescope
Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

Daily Report #8101

Period Covered:
08:00 PM September 17, 2018 - 07:59 PM September 18, 2018
(DOY 261/0000z - 261/2359z)
Program Principal Investigator Program Title
Science Observations Scheduled
15096 Luigi Bedin, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova The end of the White Dwarf Cooling Sequence of NGC 6752
15182 David Sand, University of Arizona The Origin of Ultra-Faint Galaxies
15249 Ian Wong, California Institute of Technology An observational test of the dynamical instability hypothesis in the Solar System
15294 Gillian Wilson, University of California - Riverside The GOGREEN Survey: The Relationship between Quenching, Morphological Transformation and Size Growth of Satellite Galaxies
15444 Aaron Barth, University of California - Irvine An ACS Schedule Gap Imaging Survey of Nearby Active Galaxies
Calibration Observations Scheduled
14942 Mees Fix, Space Telescope Science Institute NUV Detector Dark Monitor
14961 Allyssa Riley, Space Telescope Science Institute STIS CCD Dark Monitor Part 3
14963 Allyssa Riley, Space Telescope Science Institute STIS CCD Bias and Read Noise Monitor Part 2
14972 Joleen Carlberg, Space Telescope Science Institute MAMA Spectroscopic Sensitivity and Focus Monitor Cycle 25
14979 Heather Kurtz, Space Telescope Science Institute UVIS Bowtie Monitor
14982 Catherine Martlin, Space Telescope Science Institute WFC3 UVIS Daily Monitor C
15388 William Fischer, Space Telescope Science Institute COS NUV Wavelength Scale Monitor
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AUS-CITY GPS / WAAS Reports
Wed 19 Sep 2018 07:28:PM
GPS OPERATIONAL ADVISORY 262
SUBJ: GPS STATUS 19 SEP 2018

1. SATELLITES, PLANES, AND CLOCKS (CS=CESIUM RB=RUBIDIUM):
A. BLOCK I : NONE
B. BLOCK II: PRNS 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
PLANE : SLOT D2, D1, E1, E3, D4, A4, C3, F3, E2, D5, B4, F6, F5, F2
CLOCK : RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, CS, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB
BLOCK II: PRNS 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
PLANE : SLOT B1, C4, D6, C5, E4, D3, E6, F4, A1, B2, B5, C2, B3, C1
CLOCK : RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB, CS, RB, RB, RB, RB, RB
BLOCK II: PRNS 30, 31, 32
PLANE : SLOT A3, A2, F1
CLOCK : RB, RB, RB

2. CURRENT ADVISORIES AND FORECASTS :
A. FORECASTS: FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER EVENT CONCLUDES.
NANU MSG DATE/TIME PRN TYPE SUMMARY (JDAY/ZULU TIME START - STOP)

2018038 071702Z SEP 2018 19 FCSTDV 257/0810-257/2010
2018040 141410Z SEP 2018 19 FCSTSUMM 257/0839-257/1406
B. ADVISORIES:
NANU MSG DATE/TIME PRN TYPE SUMMARY (JDAY/ZULU TIME START - STOP)

C. GENERAL:
NANU MSG DATE/TIME PRN TYPE SUMMARY (JDAY/ZULU TIME START - STOP)

2014038 241350Z APR 2014 GENERAL /-/
2014039 271351Z APR 2014 GENERAL /-/
2017122 272144Z NOV 2017 GENERAL /-/
2018010 052217Z MAR 2018 GENERAL /-/

3. REMARKS:
A. THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR GPS MILITARY OPERATIONAL SUPPORT IS THE GPS
OPERATIONS CENTER AT 719-567-2541 OR DSN 560-2541.
B. CIVILIAN: FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT US COAST GUARD NAVCEN AT
COMMERCIAL 703-313-5900 24 HOURS DAILY AND INTERNET
HTTPS://WWW.NAVCEN.USCG.GOV
C. MILITARY SUPPORT WEBPAGES CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING
HTTPS://GPS.AFSPC.AF.MIL/GPS OR HTTPS://GPS.AFSPC.AF.MIL/GPSOC
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AUS-CITY Solar Enviromental Bulletins
Wed 19 Sep 2018 07:27:PM
Space Weather Message Code: ALTEF3
Serial Number: 2847
Issue Time: 2018 Sep 19 0901 UTC

CONTINUED ALERT: Electron 2MeV Integral Flux exceeded 1000pfu
Continuation of Serial Number: 2846
Begin Time: 2018 Sep 12 1730 UTC
Yesterday Maximum 2MeV Flux: 7837 pfu

NOAA Space Weather Scale descriptions can be found at
www.swpc.noaa.gov/noaa-scales-explanation

Potential Impacts: Satellite systems may experience significant charging resulting in increased risk to satellite systems.
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AUS-CITY NATO and Military Press Releases
Wed 19 Sep 2018 07:26:PM
19 September 2018

PR (2018) 111

NATO Deputy Secretary General visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan


The NATO Deputy Secretary General, the Honourable Ms. Rose Gottemoeller will travel to Baku on Thursday, 20 September 2018.


She will have meetings with the President of the Republic, H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the First Vice-President, H.E. Ms. Mehriban Aliyeva, the Minister of Defence, Colonel General Zakir Hasanov and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Araz Azimov.

Ms. Gottemoeller will also deliver opening remarks at the NATO/EAPC High Level Conference on Women, Peace and Security chaired by NATO Special Representative for Women Peace and Security, Ms. Clare Hutchinson.

She will also participate in the closing ceremony of the Jeyranchol NATO/PfP Trust Fund project as well as give a lecture to students of the ADA University.

Still images of the event will be available on the NATO website afterwards.
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Wed 19 Sep 2018 07:25:PM
M5.0 Earthquake - Near the coast of Tarapaca, Chile
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.0
Date-Time

19 Sep 2018 18:42:22 UTC
19 Sep 2018 14:42:22 near epicenter
19 Sep 2018 10:42:22 standard time in your timezone

Location 19.540S 70.418W
Depth 64 km
Distances

80.8 km (50.1 mi) NNW of Iquique, Chile
118.6 km (73.5 mi) S of Arica, Chile
169.7 km (105.2 mi) S of Tacna, Peru
231.6 km (143.6 mi) SSE of Ilo, Peru
264.9 km (164.2 mi) SSE of Moquegua, Peru

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.2 km; Vertical 6.5 km
Parameters Nph = 50; Dmin = 86.2 km; Rmss = 0.59 seconds; Gp = 136°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hh8t
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AUS-CITY Earthquake Reports
Wed 19 Sep 2018 07:24:PM
M5.4 Earthquake - Carlsberg Ridge
Preliminary Report Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time

19 Sep 2018 08:53:15 UTC
19 Sep 2018 12:53:15 near epicenter
19 Sep 2018 00:53:15 standard time in your timezone

Location 10.476N 57.023E
Depth 10 km
Distances

406.3 km (251.9 mi) SE of Hadibu, Yemen
669.5 km (415.1 mi) ESE of Bereeda, Somalia
689.5 km (427.5 mi) E of Bandarbeyla, Somalia
789.1 km (489.3 mi) E of Qandala, Somalia
789.8 km (489.6 mi) SSE of ?al?lah, Oman

Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 9.7 km; Vertical 1.8 km
Parameters Nph = 87; Dmin = 1552.0 km; Rmss = 1.47 seconds; Gp = 70°
Version =
Event ID us 2000hh11
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Wed 19 Sep 2018 03:15:AM
This gypsum slab, scultped in relief, originated in Nimrud in modern-day Iraq. It stands over 7 ft high and was once part of an elaborate decorative relief on the Northwest Palace walls.

Assyrian relief expected to raise over $10m at Christie’s New York

There are approximately 400 of these carved relief panels. This panel depicts a winged figure called apkallu (genius).
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Wed 19 Sep 2018 01:39:AM
:Product: Solar Region Summary
:Issued: 2018 Sep 19 0030 UTC
# Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
# Space Weather Prediction Center and the U.S. Air Force.
#
Joint USAF/NOAA Solar Region Summary
SRS Number 262 Issued at 0030Z on 19 Sep 2018
Report compiled from data received at SWO on 18 Sep
I. Regions with Sunspots. Locations Valid at 18/2400Z
Nmbr Location Lo Area Z LL NN Mag Type
None
IA. H-alpha Plages without Spots. Locations Valid at 18/2400Z Sep
Nmbr Location Lo
2722 S07W84 224
II. Regions Due to Return 19 Sep to 21 Sep
Nmbr Lat Lo
None
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AUS-CITY General Satellite Reports
Wed 19 Sep 2018 01:37:AM
Jonathan's Space Report
No. 753 2018 Sep 19 Somerville, MA
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International Space Station
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Expedition 56 continues with astronauts Feustel, Artem'ev, Arnold, Prokop'ev,
Aunon-Chancellor and Gerst.

The Progress MS-08 cargo ship undocked from the Zvezda module at 0216 UTC on Aug 23.
It carried out experiments independently for a week. At about 0530 UTC Aug 23
it lowered its orbit to 346 x 402 km; it was deorbited over the South Pacific
at 0207 UTC Aug 30.

On Aug 28 the Canadarm-2/Dextre robot arms moved the DESIS atmospheric
research instrument from the Kibo airlock and installed it on the MUSES
Earth-observing platform on the JEM Exposed Facility. DESIS was launched
on Dragon CRS-15.

At 2300 UTC Aug 29 a drop in ISS air pressure was detected. By 1400 UTC
Aug 30 the crew had located the leak coming from a hole in the BO
(`orbital module') of the Soyuz MS-09 ferry ship. The 2mm hole was
hidden behind a panel in the module. Photos of the hole suggest that it
is not an orbital debris strike - it appears to have been drilled into
the BO's pressure shell. Presumably the hole was drilled during
manufacture, either in error or to hold an internal or external fixture
that has since come free. In this hypothesis the hole may have been
plugged with something that prevented the leak appearing after launch on
June 6, but that something since came free creating a leak path to the
outside. (These ideas are based on discussion on nasaspaceflight.com
and elsewhere; we'll have to wait for an official analysis from
Roskosmos - probably months from now - to get the full story.) By 1630
UTC the Russian crew had plugged the leak with sealant and Kapton tape.

On Sep 6 at 0050 UTC the Zvezda module fired its engines to reboost
the station's orbit slightly, increasing its velocity by 0.2m/s.

On Sep 6 to Sep 14 the Japanese HDTV-EF2 camera, launched on HTV-6 and
installed in Feb 2017, was removed from the Exposed Facility and swapped
out with a new HDTV-EF2. Unfortunately the replacement package did not
activate correctly. I don't know which cargo mission brought up the new
HDTV-EF2 - let me know if you do.


Aeolus
------

The European Space Agency's Aeolus satellite was launched to
sun-synchronous orbit by Vega flight VV12 on Aug 22. Aeolus carries an
1-metre telescope with an ultraviolet laser radar (lidar) to study wind
velocities at different altitudes in the atmosphere.

Beidou 35/36
------------

China launched two more Beidou-3 navigation satellites on Aug 24. The
satellites, built by the Shanghai microsatellite center, are vehicles
M11 and M12 for medium Earth orbit.

HY-1C
-----

HY-1C, launched by China on Sep 7, is an oceanographic satellite. It
carries an ocean color imager, a multispectral imager for study of
coastal zones, an ultraviolet imager, and a ship-tracking AIS payload.

Telstar 18 Vantage
------------------

Telesat Canada has another massive (7070 kg launch mass) C/Ku-band
Maxar/SSL-1300 communications satellite in orbit: Telstar 18 Vantage.
Much of the mass is propellant which will be used to reach GEO following
is launch to an 18000 km apogee subsynchronous transfer orbit by a Block
5 Falcon 9, repeating the mission profile of Telstar 19 Vantage in July.

APT (Asia Pacific Telecom) has leased some of the capacity on the
satellite, and refers to the satellite as Apstar 5C. Since APT doesn't
actually own the satellite, I regard this as a marketing name only.

The Falcon 9 first stage, B1049, landed safely on the droneship 'Of
Course I Still Love You'. The second stage remains in transfer orbit.
Telstar 18V made its first apogee raising burn at 0800 UTC Sep 11, to
292 x 20475 km x 27 deg. By Sep 18 the orbit was 12083 x 35752 km x 7.3 deg.

ICESAT-2
--------

NASA-Goddard's long-delayed ICESAT-2 was launched in September aboard
the final Delta 2 rocket, flight Delta 381. ICESAT-2 carries the ATLAS
instrument, a visible-light laser with a 0.8m aperture telescope. The
spacecraft is an Orbital (now Northrop Grumman) Leostar-3. ICESAT-2 wll
measure the thickness of the polar ice sheets.

The Delta second stage delivered ICESAT-2 to a 92 degree orbit and then
made a small burn to change inclination to 93 degrees before ejecting
four university-developed cubesats. ELFIN and ELFIN-STAR (or ELFIN-B)
from UCLA are studying relativistic electrons in the radiation belts.
DAVE (CP7) from Cal Poly is studying a new damper technology for deploying
booms gently. A final cubesat from the University of Central Florida
studies surface charging; unfortunately its name, Surfsat, is identical
to that of a small 1995 satellite which is still in orbit.

The Delta 381 second stage performed a deorbit burn and impacted the
ocean around 1512 UTC.

Delta 381 was the 724th and last launch of a rocket using a first stage
based on the 1957-era Thor missile. 155 of these were Delta II vehicles,
with the Extra Extended Long Tank Thor first stage - the Delta II class
had a remarkable 99.1% launch success rate by my scoring criteria.


Surrey Imaging Satellites
--------------------------

India launched a PSLV Core-Alone variant on Sep 16 carrying two
commercial payloads built by Surrey Satellite Technology. NovaSar-S is a
445 kg experimental imaging radar satellite; it carries a 3m x 1m S-band
(3 GHz) radar and a xenon ion propulsion system. The S1-4 satellite uses
the same design as the earlier DMC3 imaging constellation and will
supplement it; they operate in almost the same orbital plane. The data
from the constellation is used by the Beijing-based company 21AT.


RemoveDebris
------------

It's been a busy time at Surrey Satellite and Surrey Space. Surrey's
RemoveDebris satellite began active operations in September. On Sep 16
at 2306 UTC the satellite ejected a 2U cubesat, DebrisSat-1.
RemoveDebris then fired a net at the tumbling satellite; the net wrapped
around DebrisSat, increasing its drag coefficient - which will
accelerate its reentry.


Kosmos-2519/2521/2523: Addendum
---------------------

I forgot to include in last issue's analysis the total manuever
capability demonstrated by the three satellites:

Kosmos-2519 125 m/s
Kosmos-2521 204 m/s
Kosmos-2523 27 m/s

I should also have noted that Phillip Clark has presented his own
excellent analysis of the mission in an article in Spaceflight magazine
(vol 60, p 30, June 2018) and I understand that a sequel is in the
works.


Helios Wire
------------

Two Astro Digital-built 6U cubesats lost in the Nov 2017 Soyuz launch
failure referred to in JSR 743 as Corvus BC 3 and 4 were actually Corvus
BC-C and Helios Wire BIU. Helios Wire BIU was a payload intended for
Vancouver-based Helios Wire, which plans to deploy a constellation of
data relay satellites.

Hayabusa-2
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Hayabusa-2 made its first `touchdown rehearsal', TD1-R1 on Sep 11-12,
approaching the asteroid to within 0.6 km before retreating, rather than
the planned 0.04 km. Release of the MINERVA-II-1 lander was planned for
Sep 21, but I'm guessing this will be delayed while the team work out
how to operate more reliably close to Ryugu's surface.



Table of Recent Orbital Launches
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Date UT Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL. Catalog Perigee Apogee Incl Notes

Aug 7 0518 Merah Putih Falcon 9 FT Canaveral SLC40 Comms 64A S43587 182 x 29470 x 27.0
Aug 10 0945 Bhutan-1 ) ISS, LEO Tech 9867PD S43590 398 x 409 x 51.6
UiTMSAT-1 ) Tech 9867PC S43589 398 x 409 x 51.6
Maya-1 ) Tech 9867PE S43591 398 x 409 x 51.6
Aug 12 0731 Parker Solar Probe Delta 4H/Star48BV Canaveral SLC37B Astron 65A S43592 617 x-18602 x 33.0
Aug 15 1643 Tanyusha-YuZGU-3 ISS, LEO Tech 9867PF S43595? 402 x 406 x 51.6
Aug 15 1645 Tanyusha-YuZGU-4 ISS, LEO Tech 9867PG S43596? 401 x 408 x 51.6
Aug 15 1651 SiriusSat-1 ISS, LEO Tech 9867PH S43597? 402 x 407 x 51.6
Aug 15 1656 SiriusSat-2 ISS, LEO Tech 9867PJ S43598? 401 x 408 x 51.6
Aug 22 2120 Aeolus Vega CSG ELV Sci 66A S43600 316 x 318 x 96.7 0600LT SSO
Aug 24 2352 Beidou 35 ) Chang Zheng 3B/YZ1 Xichang Navigation 67A S43602 21540 x 22197 x 55.0
Beidou 36 ) Navigation 67B S43603 21518 x 21537 x 55.0
Sep 7 0315 Haiyang 1C Chang Zheng 2C Taiyuan Rem.Sensing 68A S43609 770 x 786 x 98.6 1020LT SSO
Sep 10 0445 Telstar 18V Falcon 9 FT Canaveral SLC40 Comms 69A S43611 250 x 18094 x 27.0
Sep 15 1302 ICESAT-2 ) Delta 7420-10 Vandenberg SLC2W Rem.Sensing 70A S43613 459 x 464 x 92.0
ELFIN ) Sci 70B? S43614 448 x 467 x 93.0
ELFIN-B ) Sci 70C? S43615 448 x 467 x 93.0
DAVE ) Tech 70D? S43616 447 x 468 x 93.0
SurfSat ) Tech 70E? S43617 448 x 467 x 93.0
Sep 16 1638 NovaSAR-S ) PSLV-CA Sriharikota FLP Imaging 71A S43619 574 x 592 x 97.8 2215LT SSO
SSTL S1-4 ) Imaging 71B S43620 574 x 619 x 97.7 2215LT SSO
Sep 16 2306 DebrisSat-1 RemDeb, LEO Tech 9867PM S43621 400 x 404 x 51.7

Table of Recent Suborbital Launches
-----------------------------------

The suborbital launches table includes known flights above 80 km.
The Chinese private company iSpace flew a modified short range missile to about 100 km on Sep 5,
releasing three 1U cubesats on its suborbital trajectory. Despite being `cubesats' by design,
they are not `satellites' since they did not, and were not intended to, reach orbit.

Date UT Payload/Flt Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission Apogee/km Target

Jul 18 1511 New Shepard CC2.0 New Shepard West Texas Abort test 119 West Texas
Jul 23 0600 MICRO-X Black Brant 9 White Sands XR Astron 270 White Sands
Jul 31 1138 GT225GM Minuteman 3 Vandenberg Test 200? Destroyed, fell in Pacific
Aug 14 1013 Rocksat-X 8 Terrier Imp.Mal. Wallops Island Education 158 Atlantic Ocean
Sep 5 0500 Hyperbola-1Z Shuang Quxian 1Z Jiuquan Test 108 Jiuquan
TFJR-1 )
CDGX-1 )
EREBUS )
Sep 7 1721 FOXSI Black Brant 9 White Sands Solar XR 304 White Sands
Sep 12 0837 JFTM-05 Target ? Kauai Target 150? Pacific
Sep 12 0840? JFTM-05 SM-3-IB JS Atago, Pacific Interceptor 150? Intercept
Sep 12 1433 ADEPT SpaceLoft XL Spaceport America Tech 114 Spaceport America, NM

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