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2009 Chronology

2009 January 10 - . 23:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • NASA 30.073UO - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Class: Earth. Type: Ionosphere satellite. Apogee: 98 km (60 mi).

2009 January 18 - . 02:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4H.
  • USA 202 - . Payload: Orion 6 / NROL-26. Mass: 5,400 kg (11,900 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NRO. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft: Advanced Orion. USAF Sat Cat: 33490 . COSPAR: 2009-001A. Apogee: 38,077 km (23,659 mi). Perigee: 35,943 km (22,333 mi). Inclination: 3.0000 deg. Period: 1,440.00 min. Classified signals intelligence satellite. It was speculated that it was a large-antenna spacecraft with the same mission as earlier Rhyolite, Aquacade, Magnum, and Orion missions..

2009 January 23 - . 03:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • Ibuki - . Payload: GOSAT. Mass: 1,750 kg (3,850 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Manufacturer: Mitsubishi. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Ibuki. USAF Sat Cat: 33492 . COSPAR: 2009-002A. Apogee: 672 km (417 mi). Perigee: 669 km (415 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.20 min. Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite, renamed Ibuki after launch. The satellite carried a TANSO-FTS IR spectrometer and TANSO-CAI cloud and aerosol imager..
  • PRISM - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: PRISM. USAF Sat Cat: 33493 . COSPAR: 2009-002B. Apogee: 641 km (398 mi). Perigee: 614 km (381 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 97.30 min. Remote sensing picosatellite built by the University of Tokyo, with a 10-cm aperture Earth imager on a 1-meter deployable boom..
  • SDS-1 - . Mass: 100 kg (220 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: JAXA SDS. USAF Sat Cat: 33494 . COSPAR: 2009-002C. Apogee: 668 km (415 mi). Perigee: 663 km (411 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.00 min. JAXA Small Demonstration Satellite, a microsatellite with a camera, GPS receiver and sun sensor..
  • SOHLA-1 - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: SOHLA. USAF Sat Cat: 33495 . COSPAR: 2009-002D. Apogee: 667 km (414 mi). Perigee: 654 km (406 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.00 min. Satellite built by the Space Oriented Higashi-osaka Leading Association, Osaka, carrying a cloud cover imager..
  • SpriteSat - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: SpriteSat. USAF Sat Cat: 33496 . COSPAR: 2009-002E. Apogee: 668 km (415 mi). Perigee: 658 km (408 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.00 min. Microsatellite stabilized by a gravity gradient boom to study atmospheric sprites, built by by Tohoku University, Sendai..
  • Kagayaki - . Mass: 28 kg (61 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: Kagayaki. USAF Sat Cat: 33497 . COSPAR: 2009-002F. Apogee: 670 km (410 mi). Perigee: 668 km (415 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 98.10 min. Technology satellite built by Sorun Corporation, Tokyo, with several technology payloads..
  • Kukai - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: Kukai. USAF Sat Cat: 33498 . COSPAR: 2009-002G. Apogee: 667 km (414 mi). Perigee: 647 km (402 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 97.90 min. Also named STARS, a Kagawa University picosatellite demonstrating a tethered space robot. It consisted of two tethered box-shaped packages, dubbed Ku and Kai..
  • KKS 1 - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: KKS. USAF Sat Cat: 33499 . COSPAR: 2009-002H. Apogee: 667 km (414 mi). Perigee: 651 km (404 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 97.90 min. Picosatellite built by Kouku-kosen, the Tokyo Metropolitan College of Aeronautical Engineering, carrying an Earth imager..

2009 January 26 - . 00:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: S-310.
  • S-310-39 - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: JAXA. Class: Earth. Type: Atmosphere satellite. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi). Launch in the Japanese Delta-2 project. It investigated the upper atmospheric dynamics and energetics in the polar lower thermosphere by releasing trimethyl aluminum (TMA) along the trajectory and then observing the gas from three different locations..

2009 January 29 - . 09:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.242UE - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 364 km (226 mi). Aurora.

2009 January 29 - . 09:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VC.
  • NASA 21.139UE - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 133 km (82 mi). Aurora.

2009 January 30 - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC32/2. LV Family: R-36. Launch Vehicle: Tsiklon-3.
  • Koronas-Foton - . Payload: AUOS-SM-KF. Mass: 1,900 kg (4,100 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Yuzhnoye. Class: Astronomy. Type: Solar satellite. Spacecraft: AUOS. USAF Sat Cat: 33504 . COSPAR: 2009-003A. Apogee: 561 km (348 mi). Perigee: 539 km (334 mi). Inclination: 82.5000 deg. Period: 95.70 min.

    Carried ten instruments to study in the sun throughout the electromagnetic spectrum, primarily Russian: Natalya-2M spectrometer; RT-2 gamma-telescope (India); Pingvin-M polarimeter; Konus-RF x-ray and gamma spectrometer; BRM x-ray detector; FOKA UV-detector; TESIS telescope/spectrometer with SphinX soft X-ray spectrophotometer (Poland); Electron-M-Peska charged particles analyser; STEP-F Electron and proton detector(Ukraine); SM-8M magnetometer. Follow-up to 2001 Koronas-F launch.


2009 February 2 - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Nodong 1. Launch Vehicle: Safir.
  • Omid - . Mass: 25 kg (55 lb). Nation: Iran. Agency: IRSA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Omid. Decay Date: 2009-04-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 33506 . COSPAR: 2009-004A. Apogee: 373 km (231 mi). Perigee: 245 km (152 mi). Inclination: 55.5500 deg. Period: 90.70 min. First Iranian satellite launched by an Iranian launch vehicle..

2009 February 6 - . 10:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7320-10C.
  • NOAA 19 - . Payload: NOAA-O. Mass: 1,420 kg (3,130 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NOAA. Manufacturer: Lockheed. Program: Tiros. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: Advanced Tiros N. USAF Sat Cat: 33591 . COSPAR: 2009-005A. Apogee: 867 km (538 mi). Perigee: 845 km (525 mi). Inclination: 98.8000 deg. Period: 102.10 min.

2009 February 10 - . 05:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-66 - . Payload: Progress M s/n 366. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-13, STS-126 ISS EO-18. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 97.00 days. Decay Date: 2009-05-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 33593 . COSPAR: 2009-006A. Apogee: 357 km (221 mi). Perigee: 342 km (212 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. ISS resupply. Docked with the ISS at 07:18 GMT on 13 February. Undocked at 15:18 on 6 May and destroyed over the Pacific on 18 May..

2009 February 11 - . 00:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Ekspress AM-44 - . Mass: 3,672 kg (8,095 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: KAUR-4. Spacecraft: Gals. USAF Sat Cat: 33595 . COSPAR: 2009-007A. Apogee: 35,790 km (22,230 mi). Perigee: 35,783 km (22,234 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min.
  • Express MD1 - . Mass: 1,140 kg (2,510 lb). Nation: Russia. Manufacturer: Chelomei bureau. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Yakhta. USAF Sat Cat: 33596 . COSPAR: 2009-007B. Apogee: 35,795 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,779 km (22,231 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. C and L-band transponders..

2009 February 11 - . 22:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • NSS 9 - . Mass: 2,400 kg (5,200 lb). Nation: Netherlands. Agency: Arianespace. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 33749 . COSPAR: 2009-008A. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,780 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min.
  • Hot Bird 10 - . Mass: 4,875 kg (10,747 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: Arianespace. Program: Eutelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 33750 . COSPAR: 2009-008B. Apogee: 35,804 km (22,247 mi). Perigee: 35,769 km (22,225 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min.
  • Spirale A - . Mass: 117 kg (257 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 33751 . COSPAR: 2009-008C. Apogee: 35,693 km (22,178 mi). Perigee: 631 km (392 mi). Inclination: 1.8000 deg. Period: 637.60 min. Demonstrator to prove infrared sensors designed to detect ballistic missile launches and other military targets..
  • Spirale B - . Mass: 117 kg (257 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 33752 . COSPAR: 2009-008D. Apogee: 35,681 km (22,171 mi). Perigee: 641 km (398 mi). Inclination: 1.8000 deg. Period: 637.60 min.

2009 February 13 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg WTR. Launch Platform: SSBN 731. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • Trident Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test.

2009 February 18 - . 09:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.076 - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmosphere.

2009 February 18 - . 10:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.078 - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmosphere.

2009 February 18 - . 10:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.079 - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmosphere.

2009 February 18 - . 11:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.077 - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmosphere.

2009 February 19 - .
  • Death of Robert Jackson Wood at St. Charles County, Missouri - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wood, Robert. American physicist payload specialist astronaut, 1985-1986..

2009 February 24 - . 09:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg 576E. LV Family: Taurus. Launch Vehicle: Taurus 3110. FAILURE: Payload fairing did not separate..
  • OCO - . Mass: 407 kg (897 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: McLean. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: Leostar. Orbiting Carbon Observatory. A single instrument with a three classical grating spectrometers allowed carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to be monitored..

2009 February 25 - . 10:45 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.226UG - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). IR Astron..

2009 February 26 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Telstar 11N - . Mass: 4,012 kg (8,844 lb). Nation: Canada. Agency: SIS. Program: Telstar series. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 34111 . COSPAR: 2009-009A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Ku-band direct-broadcast satellite with 39 high-power transponders covering North and Central America, Europe, Africa and the Atlantic Ocean Region, stationed at 37.5 degrees..

2009 February 28 - . 04:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-K/DM-2.
  • Raduga 1-8 - . Mass: 2,300 kg (5,000 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: KAUR-3. Spacecraft: Raduga-1. USAF Sat Cat: 34264 . COSPAR: 2009-010A. Apogee: 35,943 km (22,333 mi). Perigee: 35,635 km (22,142 mi). Inclination: 1.2000 deg. Period: 1,436.20 min.

2009 March 7 - . 03:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17B. Launch Pad: SLC17B. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7925-10L.
  • Kepler - . Mass: 1,050 kg (2,310 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Astronomy. Type: Interstellar planetary detection satellite. Spacecraft: Kepler. USAF Sat Cat: 34380 . COSPAR: 2009-011A.

    Used a 0.95-meter aperture differential photometer with a 105 deg2 field of view to constantly view 145,000 main-sequence stars, detecting planets orbiting around those stars when the planets passed in front of them, dimming them during transit. In its first three years of operation, Kepler detected over 2,000 possible planets, and it was determined that 5.4% of all stars host Earth-size planet candidates, and that 17% of all stars had planets.


2009 March 10 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-18-2 - . Crew: Fincke, Lonchakov. EVA Duration: 0.20 days. Nation: Russia, USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-13. The crew installed the EXPOSE-R onto the universal science platform of the Zvezda module, removed tape straps from the area of the docking target on the Pirs airlock and docking compartment, inspected and photographed the exterior of the Russian module..

2009 March 12 - . 10:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • SSC REXUS 6 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi). Ionos./Tech.

2009 March 13 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • SSC REXUS 5 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 87 km (54 mi). Atmos./Tech.

2009 March 15 - . 23:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-119 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Acaba, Antonelli, Archambault, Arnold, Ricky, Phillips, Swanson. Payload: Discovery F35 /. Mass: 120,860 kg (266,450 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-119. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 12.81 days. Decay Date: 2009-03-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 34541 . COSPAR: 2009-012A. Apogee: 353 km (219 mi). Perigee: 335 km (208 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. Crew: Archambault, Antonelli, Phillips, Swanson, Acaba, Arnold. ISS assembly mission. Delivered to the ISS and installed the fourth starboard truss segment (ITS S6) and fourth set of solar arrays and batteries..

2009 March 16 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Free Bird - . Flight: STS-119. "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, played for Pilot Tony Antonelli..

2009 March 17 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Radio Exercise - . Flight: STS-119. "Radio Exercise" ” performed by the Tokyo Broadcast Children’s Choir. The song traditionally accompanies exercise for Japanese schoolchildren, and was played for astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency..

2009 March 17 - . 14:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC133/3. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • GOCE - . Mass: 1,100 kg (2,400 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: KVR. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: GOCE. Decay Date: 2013-11-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 34602 . COSPAR: 2009-013A. Apogee: 276 km (171 mi). Perigee: 256 km (159 mi). Inclination: 96.6000 deg. Period: 89.80 min. Gravity-Field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer. Carried a gravity gradiometer..

2009 March 18 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: I Walk the Line - . Flight: STS-119. "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash, was played for Steve Swanson..

2009 March 18 - . 00:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Platform: MLP. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • THAAD Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Target.

2009 March 18 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: THAAD.
  • THAAD KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). ABM Test.

2009 March 19 - .
  • EVA STS-119-1 - . Crew: Arnold, Ricky, Swanson. EVA Duration: 0.25 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-119.

    The crew exited from the Quest module at 17:12 GMT to mate the S6 truss to the end of the S5 truss on the station. S6, maneuvered by the station's robot arm, made contact with S5 at 18:17 GMT and was bolted in place by the astronauts at 19:06 GMT. The crew spent several hours in removing covers and making connection betwen the station and the S6 before returning to the Quest airlock at 23:20 GMT.


2009 March 19 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Que Bandera Bonita - . Flight: STS-119. "Que Bandera Bonita" by Jose Gonzalez, played for Mission Specialist Joseph Acaba..

2009 March 20 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Box of Rain - . Flight: STS-119. "Box of Rain" by the Grateful Dead, was played for Mission Specialist John Phillips..

2009 March 20 - . 11:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XII.
  • NASA 40.023UE - . Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Apogee: 560 km (340 mi). Aurora.

2009 March 21 - .
  • EVA STS-119-2 - . Crew: Acaba, Swanson. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-119. The crew exited the Quest airlock at 16:50 GMT but were unable to deploy the UCCAS-1 payload attachment platform from the P3 truss, returning to the airlock at 23:16..

2009 March 21 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: In a Little While - . Flight: STS-119. "In a Little While" performed by the group Pilgrim and Trout for Mission Specialist Richard Arnold..

2009 March 22 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Alive Again - . Flight: STS-119. "Alive Again" by Chicago, played for Chicago-area native Commander Lee Archambault..

2009 March 23 - .
  • EVA STS-119-3 - . Crew: Acaba, Arnold, Ricky. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-119. The crew emerged from the Quest airlock at 15:36 GMT but were unsuccessful in deploying the recalcitrant UCCAS-1 platform. Other work included relocating one of the CETA carts on the station exterior. The crew returned to the ISS at 22:00 GMT..

2009 March 23 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens - . Flight: STS-119. "Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens" by Louis Jordan. It was played for Swanson..

2009 March 24 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Andrew’s Song - . Flight: STS-119. "Andrew’s Song" by Treestump, a band in which John Phillips’ daughter plays..

2009 March 24 - . 08:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17A. Launch Pad: SLC17A. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7925-9.5.
  • USA 203 - . Payload: Navstar 63 / GPS SVN 49. Mass: 2,032 kg (4,479 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft Bus: AS 4000. Spacecraft: GPS Block 2R. USAF Sat Cat: 34661 . COSPAR: 2009-014A. Apogee: 20,272 km (12,596 mi). Perigee: 20,093 km (12,485 mi). Inclination: 55.1000 deg. Period: 718.00 min. Carried the first civil L5 signal..

2009 March 25 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Dirty Water - . Flight: STS-119. "Dirty Water" by the Standells, played for Pilot Tony Antonelli..

2009 March 25 - . 13:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Hera.
  • PAC-3 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Target.

2009 March 26 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Enter Sandman - . Flight: STS-119. "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, played for Mission Specialist Joseph Acaba..

2009 March 26 - . 11:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-14 - . Call Sign: Altair. Crew: Barratt, Padalka, Simonyi. Backup Crew: Dyson, Surayev, Walker. Return Crew: Barratt, Laliberte, Padalka. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 224. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 198.66 days. Decay Date: 2009-10-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 34669 . COSPAR: 2009-015A. Apogee: 354 km (219 mi). Perigee: 344 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. Delivered EO-19 crew and space tourist Simonyi to ISS; returned EO-19 crew and space tourist Laliberte to earth on 11 October 2009 at 04:32 GMT..

2009 March 27 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: Bright Side of the Road - . Flight: STS-119. "Bright Side of the Road" by Van Morrison, was played for Mission Specialist Richard Arnold..

2009 March 28 - .
  • STS-119 - Wakeup Song: I Had a Dream - . Flight: STS-119. "I Had a Dream" ” by ABBA. The song was played for Sandy Magnus..

2009 April 3 - . 16:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Eutelsat W2A - . Payload: Spacebus 4000C4. Mass: 5,900 kg (13,000 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: ILS. Program: Eutelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 34710 . COSPAR: 2009-016A. Apogee: 35,808 km (22,250 mi). Perigee: 35,765 km (22,223 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Ku, S and C-band communications payload; stationed at 1.7 deg East..

2009 April 4 - . 08:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 421.
  • USA 204 - . Payload: WGS 2. Mass: 5,987 kg (13,199 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 702. USAF Sat Cat: 34713 . COSPAR: 2009-017A. Apogee: 35,452 km (22,028 mi). Perigee: 35,397 km (21,994 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,417.60 min. Wideband Global Satcom; provided communications for the US Dept. of Defense Central Command (CENTCOM)..

2009 April 5 - . 02:30 GMT - . LV Family: Unha. Launch Vehicle: Unha-2. FAILURE: Third stage failure..
  • Kwangmyongsong 2 - . Nation: Korea North. Agency: Choson. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Second North Korean satellite launch attempt. Fell in Pacific..

2009 April 10 - . 08:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Topol Test - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Op Test.

2009 April 14 - . 16:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3C.
  • Beidou G2 - . Payload: Beidou DW2. Mass: 3,800 kg (8,300 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Beidou-GEO. USAF Sat Cat: 34779 . COSPAR: 2009-018A. Apogee: 35,799 km (22,244 mi). Perigee: 35,783 km (22,234 mi). Inclination: 0.7000 deg. Period: 1,436.30 min. First launch of the geostationary component of the Beidou-2 navigation satellite constellation. Experienced control problems; as of 2010 not in the operational constellation..

2009 April 20 - . 01:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. Launch Complex: Sriharikota SLP. Launch Vehicle: PSLV.
  • Risat-2 - . Mass: 340 kg (740 lb). Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: Tecsar. USAF Sat Cat: 34807 . COSPAR: 2009-019A. Apogee: 552 km (342 mi). Perigee: 446 km (277 mi). Inclination: 41.2000 deg. Period: 94.60 min. Tecsar-class radar imaging satellite bought by India from Israel..
  • Anusat - . Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Anusat. Decay Date: 2012-04-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 34808 . COSPAR: 2009-019B. Apogee: 551 km (342 mi). Perigee: 401 km (249 mi). Inclination: 41.2000 deg. Period: 94.10 min. 40 kg imaging satellite from Anna University, Chennai, India..

2009 April 20 - . 08:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiritimati. Launch Pad: 0.0 N x 154.0 W. Launch Platform: Odyssey. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SL.
  • Sicral 1B - . Payload: Italsat-3000. Mass: 3,038 kg (6,697 lb). Nation: Italy. Agency: SeaLaunch. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Italsat. USAF Sat Cat: 34810 . COSPAR: 2009-020A. Apogee: 35,787 km (22,236 mi). Perigee: 35,785 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min. Second Italian military communications satellite. Dry mass 1680 kg..

2009 April 22 - . 02:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C.
  • Yaogan 6 - . Payload: Jianbing 7. Mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-7. USAF Sat Cat: 34839 . COSPAR: 2009-021A. Apogee: 512 km (318 mi). Perigee: 512 km (318 mi). Inclination: 97.6000 deg. Period: 94.90 min.

2009 April 29 - . 16:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Cosmos 2450 - . Mass: 6,600 kg (14,500 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Yantar. Spacecraft: Yantar-4K1. Duration: 90.00 days. Decay Date: 2009-07-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 34871 . COSPAR: 2009-022A. Apogee: 282 km (175 mi). Perigee: 180 km (110 mi). Inclination: 67.1000 deg. Period: 89.10 min. Return film capsule optical reconnaisance satellite. Landed on 27 July..

2009 May 5 - . 20:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7920-10C.
  • USA 205 - . Payload: STSS-ATRR. Mass: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Surveillance. Type: Orbital object tracking satellite. Spacecraft: SA-200. USAF Sat Cat: 34903 . COSPAR: 2009-023A. Space Tracking and Surveillance System Advanced Technology Risk Reduction satellite..

2009 May 7 - . Launch Site: Woomera. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • HiFire-0 - . Nation: Australia. Agency: DSTO. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Hypersonic.

2009 May 7 - . 18:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-02M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 402. Mass: 7,120 kg (15,690 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 67.00 days. Decay Date: 2009-07-13 . USAF Sat Cat: 34905 . COSPAR: 2009-024A. Apogee: 348 km (216 mi). Perigee: 337 km (209 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min.

    ISS logistics flight. Docked with the Pirs module of the ISS on 12 May at 19:24. Undocked with ISS on 30 June, conducted scientific experiments, then made a second rendezvous with the ISS at the Zvezda module to test docking systems for the upcoming Mini-Research Module 2. Backed away after getting within 10 m of the station. Retrofire on 13 July followed by burn up over the Pacific at 16:28 GMT.


2009 May 11 - . 18:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-125 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Altman, Feustel, Good, Grunsfeld, Johnson, Gregory C, Massimino, McArthur, Megan. Payload: Atlantis F30 /. Mass: 119,820 kg (264,150 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: Hubble. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, STS-125. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 12.90 days. Decay Date: 2009-05-24 . USAF Sat Cat: 34933 . COSPAR: 2009-025A. Apogee: 566 km (351 mi). Perigee: 302 km (187 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 93.30 min.

    Hubble Servicing Mission SM-4. Atlantis rendezvoused with the Hubble space observatory, grappled it with the RMS arm, and secured it in the payload bay at 18:12 GMT on 13 May. After repairs and upgrades over four EVA's, the satellite was released at 12:57 GMT on 19 May. Atlantis landed at Edwards AFB at 15:39 GMT on 24 May.


2009 May 12 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Kryptonite - . Flight: STS-125. "Kryptonite" performed by 3 Doors Down. It was played for pilot Greg Johnson..

2009 May 13 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Upside Down - . Flight: STS-125. "Upside Down" by Jack Johnson at 4:01 a.m. CDT. The song was played for Megan McArthur..

2009 May 14 - .
  • EVA STS-125-1 - . Crew: Feustel, Grunsfeld. EVA Duration: 0.31 days. Nation: USA. Program: Hubble. Flight: STS-125. Replaced the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC 2) with Wide Field Camera 3 (WFPC III), replaced the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling Unit, lubricated three of the shroud doors, and installed a mechanism for spacecraft to capture Hubble f.

2009 May 14 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Stickshifts and Safetybelts - . Flight: STS-125. "Stickshifts and Safetybelts" performed by Cake. It was played for Drew Feustel..

2009 May 14 - . 13:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Herschel - . Mass: 3,400 kg (7,400 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: Arianespace. Class: Astronomy. Type: Infrared astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Herschel. USAF Sat Cat: 34937 . COSPAR: 2009-026A.

    Carried Far Infra Red and Submillimeter Telescope. After completing a successful mission, the spacecraft was sent into solar orbit and was deactivated. Herschel departed L2 on 1 April 2013 and was turned off on 17 June in a 1.04 AU x 1.06 AU x 0.19 deg inclination solar orbit.

  • Planck - . Mass: 1,940 kg (4,270 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: Arianespace. Class: Astronomy. Type: Microwave astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Planck. USAF Sat Cat: 34938 . COSPAR: 2009-026B.

    Cosmic background radiation anisotropy satellite, carried a telescope with a primary mirror of 1.5 meter in size. Mission was to measure the fine structure of the temperature of the cosmic microwave background radiation over the whole sky, leading to a better understanding of conditions at the time of the big bang. After completing a successful mission, the spacecraft was sent into solar orbit and was deactivated. Planck departed L2 on 14 August 2013 and was turned off on 23 October in a 1.00 AU x 1.10 AU x 0.1 deg inclination solar orbit.


2009 May 15 - .
  • EVA STS-125-2 - . Crew: Good, Massimino. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Program: Hubble. Flight: STS-125. Removed and replaced all three of Hubble's gyroscope rate sensing units (RSUs). Removed the first of two battery unit modules.[154][155].

2009 May 15 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: God of Wonders. - . Flight: STS-125. "God of Wonders." It was played for Mike Good..

2009 May 16 - .
  • EVA STS-125-3 - . Crew: Feustel, Grunsfeld. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Program: Hubble. Flight: STS-125. Removed COSTAR corrective optics package and installed Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. Repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys including get-ahead by completing steps from EVA-5.[156].

2009 May 16 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Hotel Cepollina - . Flight: STS-125. "Hotel Cepollina" performed by Fuzzbox Piranha. The song was played for John Grunsfeld..

2009 May 16 - . 00:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Protostar 2 / SES 7 - . Payload: HS 601HP. Mass: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb). Nation: Bermuda. Agency: ILS. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 601. USAF Sat Cat: 34941 . COSPAR: 2009-027A. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,781 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. S band transponder known as Indostar 2, launched to replace Indostar 1 (Cakrawarta) in providing communications services to Indonesia. Sold in 2009 to SES when Protostar was wound up and renamed SES 7..

2009 May 17 - .
  • EVA STS-125-4 - . Crew: Good, Massimino. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Program: Hubble. Flight: STS-125. Repaired Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph.[157].

2009 May 17 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: New York State of Mind - . Flight: STS-125. "New York State of Mind" performed by Billy Joel. The song was played for Mission Specialist Mike Massimino..

2009 May 18 - .
  • EVA STS-125-5 - . Crew: Feustel, Grunsfeld. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Program: Hubble. Flight: STS-125. The twenty third and final spacewalk to service Hubble and last planned EVA from the Shuttle airlock replaced the final battery module, installed Fine Guidance Sensor No. 3, removed degraded insulation panels from bays 8, 5 and 7, and installed three New .

2009 May 18 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Sound of Your Voice - . Flight: STS-125. "Sound of Your Voice" performed by Barenaked Ladies. It was played for Commander Scott Altman..

2009 May 18 - . 23:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA0B. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1.
  • Aerocube 3 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2011-08-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 35005 . COSPAR: 2009-028E. Apogee: 464 km (288 mi). Perigee: 427 km (265 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 93.50 min. 10-cm 1U cubesat for Aerospace Corporation..

2009 May 19 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Lie in Our Graves - . Flight: STS-125. "Lie in Our Graves" performed by the Dave Matthews Band. It was played for Mission Specialist Megan McArthur..

2009 May 19 - . 23:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA0B. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1.
  • Tacsat 3 - . Mass: 400 kg (880 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Program: Tacsat. Class: Technology. Type: Surveillance jtechnology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Road Runner/NGMB/SN-200. Spacecraft: Tacsat ORS. Decay Date: 2012-04-30 . USAF Sat Cat: 35001 . COSPAR: 2009-028A. Apogee: 465 km (288 mi). Perigee: 433 km (269 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 93.60 min. USAF experimental imaging satellite..
  • Pharmasat - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2012-08-14 . USAF Sat Cat: 35002 . COSPAR: 2009-028B. Apogee: 465 km (288 mi). Perigee: 429 km (266 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 93.50 min. 3U cubesat for NASA Ames Research Center, Santa Clara University, UTMB. Measured the effect of antifungal countermeasures on yeast strains in microgravity. 96 hour experiment was successful..
  • Hawksat 1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2011-10-06 . USAF Sat Cat: 35003 . COSPAR: 2009-028C. Apogee: 464 km (288 mi). Perigee: 428 km (265 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 93.50 min. 10-cm 1U cubesat for Hawk Institute for Space Sciences..
  • CP6 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2011-09-04 . USAF Sat Cat: 35004 . COSPAR: 2009-028D. Apogee: 463 km (287 mi). Perigee: 427 km (265 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 93.50 min. 10-cm 1U cubesat for California Polytechnic..

2009 May 20 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Star Trek - . Flight: STS-125. "Star Trek" ” which was composed by Alexander Courage. The song was played for the entire crew..

2009 May 20 - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Sejjil. Launch Vehicle: Sejjil-2.
  • Missile test - . Nation: Iran. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Test.

2009 May 21 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Cantina Band, - . Flight: STS-125. "Cantina Band," one of composer John Williams’ songs from the soundtrack to “Star Wars.” The song was played for the entire crew..

2009 May 21 - . 21:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1A.
  • Meridian 2 - . Mass: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Glonass. Spacecraft: Meridian. USAF Sat Cat: 35008 . COSPAR: 2009-029A. Apogee: 36,423 km (22,632 mi). Perigee: 328 km (203 mi). Inclination: 62.9000 deg. Period: 646.00 min. Secon Meridian communications satellite. Third stage cut off early. Fregat upper stage ran out of fuel during second burn, leaving satellite in useless orbit..

2009 May 22 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: The Galaxy Song - . Flight: STS-125. "The Galaxy Song" from “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.” It was played for the entire crew..

2009 May 22 - . 10:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Improved Orion.
  • MAPHEUS - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi). Micrograv.

2009 May 23 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Where My Heart Will Take Me - . Flight: STS-125. "Where My Heart Will Take Me" performed by Russell Watson. It was played for the entire crew..

2009 May 24 - .
  • STS-125 - Wakeup Song: Ride of the Valkyries - . Flight: STS-125. "Ride of the Valkyries" ies,” composed by Richard Wagner. It was played for the entire crew..

2009 May 26 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Platform: UK S29. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • Trident Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test.

2009 May 27 - . 10:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-15 - . Call Sign: Parus. Crew: De Winne, Romanenko, Roman, Thirsk. Backup Crew: Hadfield, Kondratiyev, Kuipers. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 225. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-15. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 187.86 days. Decay Date: 2009-12-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 35010 . COSPAR: 2009-030A. Apogee: 354 km (219 mi). Perigee: 344 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. Delivered EO-20 crew to the ISS. Returned to earth 1 December 2009..

2009 May 28 - . 16:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.080NR - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Hypersonic.

2009 May 29 - . 13:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • Maracati 1 - . Nation: Brazil. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi). Test.

2009 June 5 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-20-1 - . Crew: Barratt, Padalka. EVA Duration: 0.20 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15.

    Wearing new Orlan-MK suits, the astronauts emerged from the Pirs module at 07:52 GMT. The crew added two Kurs rendezvous antennas to the exterior of Zvezda to enable arrival of the new MIM-2 Small Research Module, to be delivered by a Progress service module later in the year.


2009 June 6 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Lynx. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx.
  • ABL Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Target.

2009 June 10 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-20-2 - . Crew: Barratt, Padalka. EVA Duration: 0.0083 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15.

    Internal spacewalk in a depressurized Zvezda module to reconfigure it. The spacesuited crew entered the forward transfer comparment of Zvezda and closed the hatches to Zarya and to the aft compartments of Zvezda. The transfer compartment was then depressurized at 06:22 GMT. Then a flat cover on the zenith hatch was removed and stowed on top of the Pirs hatch, leaving the port open to space. The no-longer-required docking cone on the port leading to Zarya was removed installed on the zenith port, preparing it for arrival of the new MIM-2 research/docking module later in the year. The transfer compartment was repressurized at 07:11 GMT.


2009 June 13 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Lynx. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx.
  • ABL Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Target.

2009 June 18 - . 21:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • LRO - . Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar orbiter. Spacecraft: LRO. USAF Sat Cat: 35315 . COSPAR: 2009-031A. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
  • LCROSS - . Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar impacter. Spacecraft: LRO. Decay Date: 2009-10-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 35316 . COSPAR: 2009-031B.

    Lunar impact probe, designed to detect ice in the lunar polar regions. LCROSS and the Centaur stage flew 3270 km from the Moon at 1030 GMT on June 23 and were hurled to a 5820,00 km apogee. On 9 October LCROSS separated from the Centaur. The Centaur impacted in Cabeus crater at 11:31 GMT on 9 October followed by LCROSS at 11:35 GMT. The impacts did not produce the expected spectacular impact plume as expected. However later data reduction did show significant amounts of water.


2009 June 21 - . 21:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Measat 3A - . Mass: 2,370 kg (5,220 lb). Nation: Malaysia. Agency: SIS. Program: Measat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 35362 . COSPAR: 2009-032A. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,784 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min.

2009 June 26 - . 09:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.083UO - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi). Education.

2009 June 27 - . 22:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(4,2).
  • GOES 14 - . Payload: HS 601HP. Mass: 3,210 kg (7,070 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Program: GOES. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: HS 601. USAF Sat Cat: 35491 . COSPAR: 2009-033A. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,786 km (22,236 mi). Inclination: 0.5000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite..

2009 June 29 - . 07:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.244UG - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). UV Astron.

2009 June 29 - . 10:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • Minuteman 3 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi). Op Test.

2009 June 30 - . 19:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Sirius FM-5 - . Mass: 5,976 kg (13,174 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: ILS. Program: Sirius. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 35493 . COSPAR: 2009-034A. Apogee: 35,795 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,779 km (22,231 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Direct radio broadcast satellite for North America. 2900 kg dry mass..

2009 July 1 - . 17:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Terrestar-1 - . Mass: 6,910 kg (15,230 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Arianespace. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 35496 . COSPAR: 2009-035A. Apogee: 35,790 km (22,230 mi). Perigee: 35,783 km (22,234 mi). Inclination: 5.9000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Heaviest communications satellite to date; equipped with an 18-meter deployable antenna for S-band mobile communications..

2009 July 4 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
  • Nation: Korea North. Agency: KP. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). 1 of 7?.

2009 July 4 - . Launch Site: Gitdaeryung. Launch Vehicle: Nodong 1.
2009 July 6 - . 01:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC133/3. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • Cosmos 2451 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 35498 . COSPAR: 2009-036A. Apogee: 1,507 km (936 mi). Perigee: 1,499 km (931 mi). Inclination: 82.5000 deg. Period: 116.00 min.
  • Cosmos 2452 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 35499 . COSPAR: 2009-036B. Apogee: 1,506 km (935 mi). Perigee: 1,498 km (930 mi). Inclination: 82.5000 deg. Period: 116.00 min.
  • Cosmos 2453 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 35500 . COSPAR: 2009-036C. Apogee: 1,505 km (935 mi). Perigee: 1,496 km (929 mi). Inclination: 82.5000 deg. Period: 116.00 min.

2009 July 13 - . Launch Site: North Pole. Launch Platform: K-117. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Shtil'.
  • Sineva Test - . Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test.

2009 July 14 - . Launch Site: North Pole. Launch Platform: TK-208. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava.
  • Sineva Test - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test.

2009 July 14 - . 03:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein OM. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Falcon 1.
  • Razaksat - . Mass: 180 kg (390 lb). Nation: Malaysia. Agency: SpaceX. Class: Surveillance. Type: Civilian surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Satrec. USAF Sat Cat: 35578 . COSPAR: 2009-037A. Apogee: 690 km (420 mi). Perigee: 665 km (413 mi). Inclination: 9.0000 deg. Period: 98.30 min. Malaysian imaging satellite..

2009 July 15 - . 22:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-127 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Cassidy, Hurley, Kopra, Marshburn, Payette, Polansky, Wolf. Payload: Endeavour F23 / ISS 2J/4. Mass: 120,000 kg (260,000 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-127. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 15.60 days. Decay Date: 2009-07-31 . USAF Sat Cat: 35633 . COSPAR: 2009-038A. Apogee: 336 km (208 mi). Perigee: 328 km (203 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min.

    Crew: Polansky, Hurley, Cassidy, Marshburn, Wolf, Payette. Deliver to the ISS and install the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility (JEM EF); Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module - Exposed Section (ELM-ES); and Spacelab Pallet - Deployable 2 (SLP-D2).

  • Dragonsat - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2010-03-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 35690 . COSPAR: 2009-038B. Apogee: 332 km (206 mi). Perigee: 326 km (202 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.10 min.

    Ejected from the Endeavour on 30 July at 12:34 GMT. Dragonsat consisted of two 1.5 kg cubesats, BEVO-1 from the University of Texas at Austin and Aggiesat 2 from Texas A&M University. The two satellites were ejected attached to each other, but failed to separate as planned.

  • ANDE Passive(Pollux) - . Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: ANDE. Decay Date: 2010-03-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 35690 . COSPAR: 2009-038E. Apogee: 332 km (206 mi). Perigee: 326 km (202 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.10 min. Ejected from the Endeavour on 30 July at 12:33 GMT. Upper atmosphere studies..
  • ANDE Active (Castor) - . Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: ANDE. Decay Date: 2010-03-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 35690 . COSPAR: 2009-038F. Apogee: 332 km (206 mi). Perigee: 326 km (202 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.10 min. Ejected from the Endeavour on 30 July at 12:33 GMT. Upper atmosphere studies..

2009 July 16 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: These Are Days - . Flight: STS-127. "These Are Days" by the band 10,000 Maniacs emanated from speakers inside Endeavour’s crew cabin, a wake-up call targeted especially for Mission Specialist Tim Kopra..

2009 July 17 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Here Comes the Sun - . Flight: STS-127. "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles, was chosen for Commander Mark Polansky..

2009 July 18 - .
  • EVA STS-127-1 - . Crew: Kopra, Wolf. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-127. JEF installed and P3 Nadir UCCAS deployed. S3 Zenith Outboard PAS deploy postponed due to time constraints..

2009 July 18 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Home, - . Flight: STS-127. "Home," by Marc Broussard, played for lead spacewalker Dave Wolf, who heard the call while camped out in the Quest airlock with Tim Kopra, the newest addition to the Expedition 20 crew..

2009 July 19 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Learning to Fly, - . Flight: STS-127. "Learning to Fly," by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, for former Navy SEAL Chris Cassidy, who is making his first space flight aboard the space shuttle Endeavour ..

2009 July 20 - .
  • EVA STS-127-2 - . Crew: Marshburn, Wolf. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-127. Transferred Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) from the Shuttle Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC) to the External Stowage Platform-3 (ESP3). Transferred materials included a spare high-gain antenna, cooling-system pump module and spare parts for the Mobile Ser.

2009 July 21 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Life Is a Highway - . Flight: STS-127. "Life Is a Highway" ” performed by Rascal Flatts. The tune was played for Tom Marshburn, who completed his first spacewalk Monday..

2009 July 21 - . 03:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC132/1. LV Family: R-14. Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K65M.
  • Cosmos 2454 - . Mass: 820 kg (1,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft Bus: KAUR-1. Spacecraft: Parus. USAF Sat Cat: 35635 . COSPAR: 2009-039A. Apogee: 944 km (586 mi). Perigee: 918 km (570 mi). Inclination: 83.0000 deg. Period: 103.60 min.
  • Sterkh - . Mass: 160 kg (350 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Communications. Type: Search and rescue satellite. Spacecraft: Sterkh. USAF Sat Cat: 35636 . COSPAR: 2009-039B. Apogee: 944 km (586 mi). Perigee: 917 km (569 mi). Inclination: 83.0000 deg. Period: 103.60 min. First Sterkh search-and-rescue satellite. Russia moved the COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue system previously installed on Nadezhda navigation satellites to a dedicated platform..

2009 July 22 - .
  • EVA STS-127-3 - . Crew: Cassidy, Wolf. EVA Duration: 0.25 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-127. JPM preparation work, ICS-EF MLI, and P6 battery replacement (2 of 6 units). EVA was cut short due to high levels of CO2 in Cassidy's suit..

2009 July 22 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Santa Monica - . Flight: STS-127. "Santa Monica" ” performed by Everclear, for Endeavour’s pilot, Doug Hurley..

2009 July 22 - . 19:45 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, Pacific Ocean off San Nicolas Islan. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: LRALT.
  • Arrow Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi). Target.

2009 July 23 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Tiny Dancer - . Flight: STS-127. "Tiny Dancer" ” performed by Elton John. The song was selected for Polansky..

2009 July 24 - .
2009 July 24 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Wish You Were Here - . Flight: STS-127. "Wish You Were Here" ” offered up for lead spacewalker Dave Wolf..

2009 July 24 - . 10:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-67 - . Payload: Progress M s/n 367. Mass: 7,285 kg (16,060 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 65.00 days. Decay Date: 2009-09-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 35641 . COSPAR: 2009-040A. Apogee: 354 km (219 mi). Perigee: 344 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. Docked at the Zvezda port of the International Space Station at 11:12 GMT on 29 July. Undocked and was deorbited over the Pacific Ocean on 27 September at 09:33 GMT..

2009 July 25 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: In Your Eyes - . Flight: STS-127. "In Your Eyes" ” by Peter Gabriel was selected for Tom Marshburn, who completed his second spacewalk on Friday with Chris Cassidy..

2009 July 26 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Dixit Dominus - . Flight: STS-127. "Dixit Dominus" ” The excerpt was uplinked for Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette..

2009 July 27 - .
  • EVA STS-127-5 - . Crew: Cassidy, Marshburn. EVA Duration: 0.20 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-127. SPDM thermal cover adjustment, Z1 patch panel reconfiguration, JEM visual equipment (JEM-VE) installation (forward and aft), and JEM-LTA reconfigurations. S3 Nadir PAS (outboard) deployment postponed to later mission..

2009 July 27 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: On the Sunny Side of the Street - . Flight: STS-127. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" ” performed by Steve Tyrell. The song was uplinked especially for Commander Mark Polansky..

2009 July 28 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Proud to Be an American - . Flight: STS-127. "Proud to Be an American" performed by Lee Greenwood. The song was selected for spacewalker Chris Cassidy, a former Navy SEAL..

2009 July 29 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Yellow - . Flight: STS-127. "Yellow" by the band Coldplay, uplinked for Pilot Doug Hurley in honor of his International Space Station fly-around..

2009 July 29 - . 18:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC109. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: Dnepr.
  • Deimos 1 - . Mass: 90 kg (198 lb). Nation: Spain. Agency: Makeyev bureau. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: MicroSat-100. USAF Sat Cat: 35681 . COSPAR: 2009-041A. Apogee: 677 km (420 mi). Perigee: 635 km (394 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 97.80 min. Disaster monitoring satellite, surveilling 600 km swaths in 22-meter resolution in three spectral bands. Operated by Deimos Space SL, Madrid, Spain..
  • Dubaisat 1 - . Mass: 190 kg (410 lb). Nation: UAE. Agency: Makeyev bureau. Class: Surveillance. Type: Civilian surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: SatRec. USAF Sat Cat: 35682 . COSPAR: 2009-041B. Apogee: 682 km (423 mi). Perigee: 666 km (413 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.20 min. Emirates Institute of Advanced Science and Technology, Dubai..
  • DMC 2 - . Mass: 95 kg (209 lb). Nation: UK. Agency: Makeyev bureau. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: MicroSat-100. USAF Sat Cat: 35683 . COSPAR: 2009-041C. Apogee: 677 km (420 mi). Perigee: 625 km (388 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 97.80 min. DMC International Imaging, Guildford, Surrey, UK..
  • Aprizesat 4 - . Mass: 14 kg (30 lb). Nation: Argentina. Agency: Makeyev bureau. Program: AIS. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Aprizesat. USAF Sat Cat: 35684 . COSPAR: 2009-041D. Apogee: 677 km (420 mi). Perigee: 607 km (377 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 97.60 min.
  • Nanosat 1B - . Mass: 22 kg (48 lb). Nation: Spain. Agency: Makeyev bureau. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Nanosat. USAF Sat Cat: 35685 . COSPAR: 2009-041E. Apogee: 677 km (420 mi). Perigee: 587 km (364 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 97.30 min. INTA, Spain..
  • Aprizesat 3 - . Mass: 14 kg (30 lb). Nation: Argentina. Agency: Makeyev bureau. Program: AIS. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Aprizesat. USAF Sat Cat: 35686 . COSPAR: 2009-041F. Apogee: 677 km (420 mi). Perigee: 566 km (351 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 97.10 min.

    Part of a planned constellation of 64 of small low-earth-orbit satellites for global data transmission, fixed and mobile asset tracking and monitoring built by Spacequest, Fairfax, Virginia for exactEarth. Included Automatic Identification System receiver to gather position data from ships.


2009 July 30 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: I Got You Babe - . Flight: STS-127. "I Got You Babe" ” performed by Sonny and Cher. The song was a special request for Koichi Wakata, the first Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut to serve as a long-duration resident of the station..

2009 July 31 - .
  • STS-127 - Wakeup Song: Beautiful Day - . Flight: STS-127. "Beautiful Day" by the band U2 was played for Mission Specialist Tom Marshburn..

2009 July 31 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Aegis Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Target.

2009 July 31 - . 03:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Platform: DDG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: SM-3.
  • Aegis FTM-17 KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Interceptor.

2009 July 31 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Aegis Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Target.

2009 August 7 - .
  • ISS Reconfigured - . The SSRMS robotic arm moved the PMA3 docking port from the Unity module's nadir berth and reattached it to Unity's port berth, leaving the nadir berth free for a new module..

2009 August 10 - . 18:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • [Assume LT=Z-3] - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2009 August 11 - . 04:50 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.229DR - . Mass: 150 kg (330 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. ABM target.

2009 August 11 - . 19:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Asiasat 5 - . Mass: 3,760 kg (8,280 lb). Nation: China. Agency: ILS. Program: Asiasat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 35696 . COSPAR: 2009-042A. Apogee: 35,791 km (22,239 mi). Perigee: 35,781 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Provided C-band and Ku-band communications services..

2009 August 13 - . 14:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 31 km (19 mi).

2009 August 17 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A.
  • IVRE Support 2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: Wallops. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

2009 August 17 - . 10:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17A. Launch Pad: SLC17A. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7925-9.5.
  • USA 206 - . Payload: Navstar 64 / GPS SVN 50. Mass: 2,032 kg (4,479 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft Bus: AS 4000. Spacecraft: GPS Block 2R. USAF Sat Cat: 35752 . COSPAR: 2009-043A. Apogee: 20,228 km (12,569 mi). Perigee: 20,138 km (12,513 mi). Inclination: 54.9000 deg. Period: 718.00 min. Last launch from LC17A. Final Block IIR-M Global Positioning System satellite..

2009 August 17 - . 11:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A.
  • IRVE Support - . Mass: 90 kg (198 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Langley. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite.

2009 August 17 - . 12:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.254NR - . Mass: 210 kg (460 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Reentry test.

2009 August 21 - . 22:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Optus D3 - . Payload: Star-2.4. Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Program: Aussat. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 35756 . COSPAR: 2009-044B. Apogee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Perigee: 35,773 km (22,228 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min.
  • JCSAT 12 - . Payload: A2100AXS. Mass: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Program: JCSAT. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: AS 2100. USAF Sat Cat: 35755 . COSPAR: 2009-044A. Apogee: 35,795 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,779 km (22,231 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min.

2009 August 23 - . 16:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • Mk 12 RV? GT195 - . Mass: 1,300 kg (2,800 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Operational test.

2009 August 25 - . 08:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Goheung. LV Family: Angara. Launch Vehicle: Naro-1. FAILURE: First and second stages operated correctly, but half of payload fairing failed to separate. Extra mass prevented the second stage and payload from reaching orbital velocity, and the satellite reentered over New Guinea..
2009 August 29 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Back in the Saddle Again - . Flight: STS-128. "Back in the Saddle Again" by Gene Autry was played for Commander Rick Sturckow..

2009 August 29 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-128 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Ford, Kevin, Forrester, Fuglesang, Hernandez, Olivas, Stott, Sturckow. Payload: Discovery F36 /. Mass: 121,420 kg (267,680 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-128. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery . Duration: 13.87 days. Decay Date: 2009-09-12 00:53:00 . USAF Sat Cat: 35811 . COSPAR: 2009-045A. Apogee: 352 km (218 mi). Perigee: 310 km (190 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min.

    Crew: Sturckow, Ford, Forrester, Hernandez, Fuglesang, Olivas. Deliver to the ISS and install the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM); Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC); Three-crew quarters, galley, and second treadmill (TVIS2); and the Crew Health Care System 2 (CHeCS 2).


2009 August 30 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Made to Love - . Flight: STS-128. "Made to Love" by Toby Mac was played for Mission Specialist Nicole Stott..

2009 August 31 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Mi Tierra - . Flight: STS-128. "Mi Tierra" by Gloria Estefan was played for Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez..

2009 August 31 - . 09:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. Launch Complex: Xichang LC2. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3B.
  • Palapa D - . Payload: Spacebus 4000B3. Mass: 4,100 kg (9,000 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Program: Palapa. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 35812 . COSPAR: 2009-046A. Apogee: 35,795 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,779 km (22,231 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Early third stage cutoff left spacecraft in sub-geostationary transfer orbit of 217 km x 21,138 km at 22.4 deg inclination. It used its on-board system to reach an operational orbit, albeit with reduced life due to the propellant consumption..

2009 September 1 - .
  • EVA STS-128-1 - . Crew: Olivas, Stott. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15, STS-128. The crew exited at 21:48 and retrieved the EUTEF and MISSE 6 experiments from the Columbus module. The hatch was closed at 04:19 GMT..

2009 September 1 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Indiana, Our Indiana - . Flight: STS-128. "Indiana, Our Indiana" performed by the Indiana University Band was played for Pilot Kevin Ford, born in Indiana and on his first spaceflight..

2009 September 2 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: What a Wonderful World - . Flight: STS-128. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong was played for Mission Specialist Christer Fuglesang..

2009 September 3 - .
2009 September 3 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: There is a God - . Flight: STS-128. "There is a God" by 33 Miles was played for Mission Specialist Patrick Forrester..

2009 September 3 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Platform: SSBN 736. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • USN Mk 5? RV - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Operational test.

2009 September 4 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: What a Wonderful World - . Flight: STS-128. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong was played for Mission Specialist Danny Olivas..

2009 September 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Platform: SSBN 736. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • USN Mk 5? RV - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Operational test.

2009 September 5 - .
2009 September 5 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: El Hijo del Pueblo - . Flight: STS-128. "El Hijo del Pueblo" by Alfredo Jimenez was played for Mission Specialist Jose Hernandez..

2009 September 6 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Rocket - . Flight: STS-128. "Rocket" by Andrew Peterson was played for Mission Specialist Pat Forrester..

2009 September 7 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Only One - . Flight: STS-128. "Only One" by Jeremy Kay was played for Mission Specialist Danny Olivas..

2009 September 8 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Beautiful Day - . Flight: STS-128. "Beautiful Day" by U2 was played for Mission Specialist Tim Kopra, the Shuttle’s newest crew member..

2009 September 8 - . 21:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • USA 207 - . Payload: PAN. Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: PAN. USAF Sat Cat: 35815 . COSPAR: 2009-047A. Apogee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Perigee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,440.00 min. Classified communications satellite, perhaps providing services for the CIA to replace channels hosted on the US Navy's UHF Follow-On series. Stationed in geostationary orbit at 34 deg E..

2009 September 9 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Sailing - . Flight: STS-128. "Sailing" performed by Rod Stewart was played for Mission Specialist Christer Fuglesang..

2009 September 10 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Good Day Sunshine - . Flight: STS-128. "Good Day Sunshine" by the Beatles was played for Pilot Kevin Ford..

2009 September 10 - . 17:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima Y2. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIB.
  • Kounotori 1 / HTV-1 - . Mass: 16,000 kg (35,000 lb). Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-14, Soyuz TMA-15. Spacecraft: HTV. Duration: 53.00 days. Decay Date: 2009-11-02 . USAF Sat Cat: 35817 . COSPAR: 2009-048A. Apogee: 342 km (212 mi). Perigee: 334 km (207 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.30 min.

    First launch of the H-IIB booster and the HTV International Space Station resupply spacecraft. HTV-1 rendezvoused with the ISS on 17 September, stationkeeping 10 m away. It was grappled by the station's Canadarm and berthed to the Harmony port of the station and then unloaded. HTV-1 was unberthed from the ISS at 15:02 GMT on 30 October 2009 and deorbited on 2 November.


2009 September 11 - .
  • STS-128 - Wakeup Song: Big Boy Toys - . Flight: STS-128. "Big Boy Toys" by Aaron Tippin was played for Commander Rick Sturckow..

2009 September 14 - . 17:40 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.221DS - . Nation: USA. Solar astronomy payload. HERSCHEL HEIT/SCORE..

2009 September 16 - . 13:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Hera.
  • PAC-3 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 September 17 - . 15:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Meteor-M - . Mass: 2,700 kg (5,900 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Meteor. Spacecraft: Meteor-M. USAF Sat Cat: 35865 . COSPAR: 2009-049A. Apogee: 820 km (500 mi). Perigee: 818 km (508 mi). Inclination: 98.8000 deg. Period: 101.30 min.

    First Meteor-M satellite. This replaced the Meteor-3M satellite, with new generation weather instruments. Plagued with problems: the infrared sensor cooling broke down, an antenna did not deploy properly, camera mirrors were degraded by vibration, imagery was not delivered in a usable rectified format.

  • Sterkh 12L - . Mass: 160 kg (350 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Search and rescue satellite. Spacecraft: Sterkh. USAF Sat Cat: 35866 . COSPAR: 2009-049B. Apogee: 818 km (508 mi). Perigee: 814 km (505 mi). Inclination: 98.5400 deg. Period: 101.22 min. Second dedicated Sterkh search-and-rescue satellite..
  • IRIS - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. USAF Sat Cat: 35867 . COSPAR: 2009-049C. Apogee: 502 km (311 mi). Perigee: 490 km (300 mi). Inclination: 97.3000 deg. Period: 94.50 min. Inflatable structure technology test - two inflatable masts carrying dummy solar arrays mounted on the Fregat upper stage and inflated after all payloads had been deployed..
  • Tatyana-2 - . Mass: 90 kg (198 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Tatyana. USAF Sat Cat: 35868 . COSPAR: 2009-049D. Apogee: 820 km (500 mi). Perigee: 814 km (505 mi). Inclination: 98.5400 deg. Period: 101.23 min. Space physics research satellite built by students from Moscow State University..
  • UGATUSAT - . Mass: 35 kg (77 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: UGATUSAT. USAF Sat Cat: 35869 . COSPAR: 2009-049E. Apogee: 821 km (510 mi). Perigee: 815 km (506 mi). Inclination: 98.5400 deg. Period: 101.25 min. Remote sensing satellite built by the Ufa State Aviation Technical University..
  • Sumbandila - . Mass: 81 kg (178 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Sumbandila. USAF Sat Cat: 35870 . COSPAR: 2009-049F. Apogee: 505 km (313 mi). Perigee: 501 km (311 mi). Inclination: 97.3000 deg. Period: 94.70 min. South African imaging satellite with a ground resolution of 6.25 m..
  • BLITS - . Mass: 7.00 kg (15.40 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: BLITS. USAF Sat Cat: 35871 . COSPAR: 2009-049G. Apogee: 822 km (510 mi). Perigee: 818 km (508 mi). Inclination: 98.8000 deg. Period: 101.30 min. Spherical glass lens for laser geodesy, built by the NII for Precision Instruments (NIIPP), Moscow..

2009 September 17 - . 19:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Nimiq-5 - . Mass: 4,745 kg (10,460 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: ILS. Program: Anik. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 35873 . COSPAR: 2009-050A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min.

2009 September 19 - . 23:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • NASA 39.009DR - . Mass: 283 kg (623 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Chemical release.

2009 September 23 - . 06:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. Launch Complex: Sriharikota PSLV. Launch Vehicle: PSLV.
  • Oceansat-2 - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: IRS. Spacecraft: Oceansat. USAF Sat Cat: 35931 . COSPAR: 2009-051A. Apogee: 726 km (451 mi). Perigee: 720 km (440 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 99.20 min. Remote sensing satellite with an 8-band ocean color monitor, a radar scatterometer and a radio occultation atmospheric sounder..
  • SwissCube - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: India. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 35932 . COSPAR: 2009-051B. Apogee: 712 km (442 mi). Perigee: 702 km (436 mi). Inclination: 98.4300 deg. Period: 98.93 min. Cubesat from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • BEESAT - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: India. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 35933 . COSPAR: 2009-051C. Apogee: 710 km (440 mi). Perigee: 703 km (436 mi). Inclination: 98.4300 deg. Period: 98.92 min. Cubesat from Technische Universitat Berlin, Germany..
  • UWE-2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: India. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 35934 . COSPAR: 2009-051D. Apogee: 712 km (442 mi). Perigee: 704 km (437 mi). Inclination: 98.4200 deg. Period: 98.95 min. 1U cubesat from Julius-Maximilians-Universitat Wurzburg, Germany. ADCS technology demonstrator. Successful..
  • ITU-p-SAT 1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: India. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 35935 . COSPAR: 2009-051E. Apogee: 715 km (444 mi). Perigee: 704 km (437 mi). Inclination: 98.4400 deg. Period: 98.97 min. Cubesat from Istanbul Teknik Universitesi..
  • Rubin-9.1 - . Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Rubin. USAF Sat Cat: 35936 . COSPAR: 2009-051F. Apogee: 795 km (493 mi). Perigee: 715 km (444 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 99.90 min. Maritime communications package which remained attached to the PSLV final stage..
  • Rubin-9.2 - . Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Rubin. USAF Sat Cat: 35936 . COSPAR: 2009-051F. Apogee: 795 km (493 mi). Perigee: 715 km (444 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 99.90 min. Maritime communications package which remained attached to the PSLV final stage..

2009 September 25 - . 12:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17B. Launch Pad: SLC17B. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7920-10C.
  • USA 208 - . Payload: STSS 1. Mass: 1,122 kg (2,473 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Military. Type: Anti-satellite system target. Spacecraft: STSS. USAF Sat Cat: 35937 . COSPAR: 2009-052A. Space Tracking and Surveillance System for missile launch and flight monitoring using infrared sensors..
  • USA 209 - . Payload: STSS 2. Mass: 1,122 kg (2,473 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Military. Type: Anti-satellite system target. Spacecraft: STSS. USAF Sat Cat: 35937 . COSPAR: 2009-052A. Space Tracking and Surveillance System for missile launch and flight monitoring using infrared sensors..

2009 September 27 - . Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 1.
  • Shahab RV - . Mass: 100 kg (220 lb). Nation: Iran. Operational test.

2009 September 27 - . Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 2.
  • Shahab RV - . Mass: 100 kg (220 lb). Nation: Iran. Operational test.

2009 September 28 - .
  • Death of Nikolai Stepanovich Porvatkin at Zvyozdny Gorodok, Russia - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Porvatkin. Russian engineer cosmonaut, 1967-1983. Graduated from Technical Air Force School, 1952. Graduated from Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy, Monino, 1960. Cosmonaut training May 1967 - 18 August 1967. Worked at NPO Energia..

2009 September 28 - . LV Family: Nodong 1. Launch Vehicle: Ghadr 1.
  • Shahab RV - . Mass: 500 kg (1,100 lb). Nation: Iran. Operational test.

2009 September 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Sejjil. Launch Vehicle: Sejjil-2.
  • Sejjil RV - . Mass: 800 kg (1,760 lb). Nation: Iran. Operational test.

2009 September 29 - .
  • Death of Pavel Romanovich Popovich at Gurzuv, Krim - . Nation: Ukraine. Related Persons: Popovich. Ukrainian pilot cosmonaut. Flew on Vostok 4, Soyuz 14. Commander of first military space station mission..

2009 September 30 - . 07:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-16 - . Call Sign: Bort. Crew: Laliberte, Surayev, Williams, Jeffrey. Backup Crew: Barrett, Skvortsov, Walker, Shannon. Return Crew: Surayev, Williams. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 226. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-16. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 169.17 days. Decay Date: 2010-03-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 35940 . COSPAR: 2009-053A. Apogee: 352 km (218 mi). Perigee: 342 km (212 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. Docked with the International Space Station at 08:35 GMT on 2 October. Carried the EO-21 crew of Suraev and Williams, and space tourist Guy Laliberte due to the station. Surayev and Williams landed aboard Soyuz TMA-16 in Kazakhstan on 18 March 2010..

2009 October 1 - . 21:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • COMSATBw-1 - . Payload: Spacebus 3000B2. Mass: 2,440 kg (5,370 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Program: COMSATBw. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 35942 . COSPAR: 2009-054A. Apogee: 35,807 km (22,249 mi). Perigee: 35,765 km (22,223 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. German military communications satellite. Dry mass 1040 kg..
  • Amazonas 2 - . Mass: 5,465 kg (12,048 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Program: Hispasat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 35943 . COSPAR: 2009-054B. Apogee: 35,794 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,778 km (22,231 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Commercial broadcast satellite for North and South America..

2009 October 3 - .
  • Death of Fernando 'Frank' Caldeiro - . Nation: Argentina, USA. Related Persons: Caldeiro. Hispanic-American engineer mission specialist astronaut, 1996-2009..

2009 October 6 - . Launch Site: Okhotsk. Launch Platform: K-433. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Volna.
  • Volna RV - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Operational test.

2009 October 7 - . Launch Site: Okhotsk. Launch Platform: K-44. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Volna.
  • Volna RV - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Operational test.

2009 October 8 - . 18:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7920-10C.
  • WorldView-2 - . Mass: 2,615 kg (5,765 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: BCP-5000. Spacecraft: WorldView. USAF Sat Cat: 35946 . COSPAR: 2009-055A. Apogee: 769 km (477 mi). Perigee: 766 km (475 mi). Inclination: 98.5000 deg. Period: 100.20 min. Commercial 0.5-meter-resolution, 8-band imaging satellite..

2009 October 12 - . 04:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Prithvi-2 - . Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2009 October 12 - . 05:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Prithvi-2 - . Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2009 October 13 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-B - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 October 13 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-B8 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 October 15 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Hera.
  • PAC-2 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 October 15 - . 01:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-03M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 403. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-15, Soyuz TMA-16. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 194.00 days. Decay Date: 2010-05-03 . USAF Sat Cat: 35948 . COSPAR: 2009-056A. Apogee: 348 km (216 mi). Perigee: 314 km (195 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. Docked at the Pirs module of the International Space Station at 01:41 GMT on 18 October..

2009 October 16 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-B - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 October 16 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-B - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 October 18 - . 16:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC3E. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • USA 210 - . Payload: DMSP 5D F-18. Mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft Bus: TIROS N. Spacecraft: DMSP Block 5D-3. USAF Sat Cat: 35951 . COSPAR: 2009-057A. Apogee: 858 km (533 mi). Perigee: 843 km (523 mi). Inclination: 98.9000 deg. Period: 101.90 min. Defense Meteorological Satellite Program. After release of the weather satellite the Centaur AV-017 upper stage was tested, having enough propellant left over to escape the earth's gravity and enter solar orbit..

2009 October 20 - . 20:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2009 October 21 - . 20:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2009 October 28 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: MLP1. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Ares I-X.
  • Ares I-X - . Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Spacecraft Bus: FLTP/FESTIP. Spacecraft: Ares spaceplane.

    First flight test of the Ares/Constellation program. The Ares I-X rocket consisted of the modified Shuttle RSRM-91A solid rocket booster, a dummy Upper Stage Simulator, and a dummy Ares command module / launch abort system. It was launched from the newly modified LC39B at Kennedy Space Center to test the aerodynamics of the vehicle within the atmosphere and provide real-world data to ameliorate concerns regarding the vibration level created by the SRB for any crew in a future mission. The SRB reached 46 km altitude before descending to the Atlantic for recovery.


2009 October 28 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • MRT-8 (Sep MRT) - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2009 October 28 - . 04:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: DDG-175. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: SM-3.
  • Stellar Raicho - . Nation: USA. Agency: JMSDF. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2009 October 29 - . Launch Site: Sary Shagan. LV Family: A-135. Launch Vehicle: 53T6.
  • Test launch - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2009 October 29 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • NSS 12 - . Mass: 5,620 kg (12,380 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 36032 . COSPAR: 2009-058A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,774 km (22,228 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. C- and Ku-band communications satellite stationed at 57 deg E..
  • Thor 6 - . Payload: Spacebus 4000B2. Mass: 3,050 kg (6,720 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Program: Thor Comsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 36033 . COSPAR: 2009-058B. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,780 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Direct broadcast satellite stationed at 1 deg W..

2009 November 1 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-117. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Sineva.
  • Sineva - . Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Operational test.

2009 November 2 - . 01:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • SMOS - . Nation: Europe. Agency: KVR. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 36036 . COSPAR: 2009-059A. Apogee: 760 km (470 mi). Perigee: 759 km (471 mi). Inclination: 98.4000 deg. Period: 100.00 min. Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission, obtaining climate-related data using a microwave aperture-synthesis interferometer..
  • PROBA-2 - . Mass: 130 kg (280 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: KVR. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: MiniSil. USAF Sat Cat: 36037 . COSPAR: 2009-059B. Apogee: 729 km (452 mi). Perigee: 709 km (440 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 99.20 min. Project for On-Board Autonomy technology satellite for demonstration of technologies allowing operational autonomy. Also carried sun observation and space environment instruments..

2009 November 5 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Talos Castor.
  • ARAV C - . Nation: USA. ABM target.

2009 November 10 - . 14:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Poisk - . Payload: Progress M s/n 302 / 240GK s/n 2L. Mass: 3,670 kg (8,090 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M-SO. USAF Sat Cat: 36086 . COSPAR: 2009-060A. Perigee: 11 km (6 mi).

    Docking/research module for the ISS, consisting of a pressurized Small Research Module and a Progress M service module. Docked at the zenith port of the Zvezda module of the ISS at 15:41 GMT on 12 November. On 8 December at 00:16 GMT the service module separated from Small Research Module, leaving the docking port clear for future spacecraft visiting the ISS. At 04:48 GMT the service module retrofired into a descructive reentry over the Pacific at 05:27 GMT.


2009 November 12 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C.
  • SJ-11-01 - . Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: SJ-11. USAF Sat Cat: 36088 . COSPAR: 2009-061A. Apogee: 705 km (438 mi). Perigee: 688 km (427 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 98.70 min. Experimental Satellite, believed to carry infrared surveillance system sensors..

2009 November 14 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.252UH - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. X-ray astronomy payload. X-ray spectroscopy instrument scanned the Cygnus Loop region..

2009 November 16 - . 19:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-129 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Bresnik, Foreman, Hobaugh, Melvin, Satcher, Wilmore. Payload: Atlantis F31 / ExPRESS Logistics Carrier. Mass: 120,848 kg (266,424 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-15, Soyuz TMA-16, STS-129. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 10.80 days. Decay Date: 2009-11-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 36094 . COSPAR: 2009-062A. Apogee: 348 km (216 mi). Perigee: 336 km (208 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min.

    The mission was to deliver and place spare components outside the ISS station. The 11-day flight included three spacewalks. The payload bay carried two large ExPRESS Logistics Carriers holding two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly, a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm, a spare trailing umbilical system for the Mobile Transporter, and a high-pressure gas tank.


2009 November 17 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: I Can Only Imagine - . Flight: STS-129. "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe was played for Mission Specialist Barry Wilmore, a tune selected by his wife Deanna to mark his first career spaceflight..

2009 November 18 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Higher Ground - . Flight: STS-129. "Higher Ground" by Stevie Wonder was played for Mission Specialist Robert L. Satcher Jr..

2009 November 19 - .
  • EVA STS-129-1 - . Crew: Foreman, Satcher. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-15, Soyuz TMA-16, STS-129. Installed a spare antenna on the station’s truss and a bracket for ammonia lines on the Unity module. Lubricated the grapple mechanism on the Payload Orbital Replacement Unit Attachment Device on the Mobile Base System and lubricated the snares of the han.

2009 November 19 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: In Wonder - . Flight: STS-129. "In Wonder" by The Newsboys was played for Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik, a tune chosen for Bresnik by his wife..

2009 November 20 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: We Are Family - . Flight: STS-129. "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge was played for Mission Specialist Leland Melvin..

2009 November 20 - . 10:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Cosmos 2455 - . Payload: Lotos-S. Mass: 6,620 kg (14,590 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: KVR. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft: Lotos-S. USAF Sat Cat: 36095 . COSPAR: 2009-063A. Apogee: 908 km (564 mi). Perigee: 902 km (560 mi). Inclination: 67.2000 deg. Period: 103.10 min.

    First Lotos-S electronic intelligence satellite, built by TsSKB-Progress, Samara and KB Arsenal, Saint Petersburg, using the same bus as the Resurs-DK optical remote sensing satellites. Maneuvered from an initial orbit of 199 km x 904 km x 67.2 deg to operational orbit of 903 km x 906 km on 23 November.


2009 November 21 - .
  • Death of Konstantin Petrovich Feoktistov at Moscow, Russia - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Feoktistov. Russian engineer cosmonaut. Flew on Voskhod 1. First spacecraft designer in space..

2009 November 21 - .
  • EVA STS-129-2 - . Crew: Bresnik, Foreman. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-15, Soyuz TMA-16, STS-129. Installed the GATOR (Grappling Adaptor to On-Orbit Railing) bracket to the Columbus laboratory and an additional ham radio antenna. Installed on the truss an antenna for wireless helmet camera video. Relocated the Floating Potential Measurement Unit that .

2009 November 21 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Voyage to Atlantis - . Flight: STS-129. "Voyage to Atlantis" by The Isley Brothers was played for Mission Specialist Robert Satcher..

2009 November 22 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Butterfly Kisses - . Flight: STS-129. "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle was played for Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik. Responding to the wake-up call from Houston, he delivered the news that his wife Rebecca had given birth..

2009 November 22 - . 11:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VSB-30.
  • TEXUS 46 - . Nation: Sweden. European and Japanese microgravity experiments.

2009 November 23 - .
  • EVA STS-129-3 - . Crew: Bresnik, Satcher. EVA Duration: 0.24 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-15, Soyuz TMA-16, STS-129. Installed new High Pressure Gas Tank (HPGT) on Quest airlock. Installed MISSE-7A and 7B on ELC-2. Strapped two micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD) shields to External Stowage Platform #2. Relocated foot restraint, released a bolt on Ammonia Tank Asse.

2009 November 23 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Space Rise - . Flight: STS-129. "Space Rise" by Larry Whitehair was played for Mission Specialist Mike Foreman..

2009 November 23 - . 06:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 431.
  • Intelsat IS-14 - . Mass: 5,663 kg (12,484 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 36097 . COSPAR: 2009-064A. Apogee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Perigee: 35,775 km (22,229 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min.

    Communications satellite to replace IS-1R at 24 deg W over the Atlantic. The Centaur AV-024 upper stage maneuvered and then released the satellite into a 6157 km x 39094 km x 22.5 deg geosynchronous transfer orbit at 08:53 GMT. IS-14 then used its own propulsion to reach its operational orbit. Mass 2517 kg unfuelled.


2009 November 23 - . 14:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC4. LV Family: ASLV. Launch Vehicle: Agni 2.
  • Agni RV - . Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

2009 November 24 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Marine Corps Hymn - . Flight: STS-129. "Marine Corps Hymn" performed by the U.S. Marine Corps Band was played for STS- 129 Commander Charlie Hobaugh..

2009 November 24 - . 14:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Eutelsat W7 - . Payload: Spacebus 4000C4. Mass: 5,627 kg (12,405 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: ILS. Program: Eutelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 36101 . COSPAR: 2009-065A. Apogee: 35,789 km (22,238 mi). Perigee: 35,784 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite, replacing SESAT-1 in broadcasting and data services to Russia and Africa..

2009 November 25 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Amazing Grace - . Flight: STS-129. "Amazing Grace" from the 1995 movie “Braveheart,” performed by Eric Rigler on bagpipes, was played for STS-129 Pilot Barry Wilmore..

2009 November 26 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Fly Me to the Moon - . Flight: STS-129. "Fly Me to the Moon" performed by Frank Sinatra was played for Mission Specialist Nicole Stott..

2009 November 27 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: Home Sweet Home - . Flight: STS-129. "Home Sweet Home" performed by Motley Crue was played for the entire crew..

2009 November 28 - . 01:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • IGS O-3 - . Nation: USA. Agency: Mitsubishi. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 36104 . COSPAR: 2009-066A. Information Gathering Satellite, an optical surveillance satellite operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center..

2009 November 29 - . 09:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VSB-30.
  • TEXUS 47 - . Nation: Sweden. Microgravity experiments.

2009 November 30 - . 01:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Great Mercury Island. LV Family: Atea. Launch Vehicle: Atea-1.
2009 November 30 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Intelsat IS-15 - . Payload: Star-2. Mass: 2,484 kg (5,476 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: SIS. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 36106 . COSPAR: 2009-067A. Apogee: 35,789 km (22,238 mi). Perigee: 35,785 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite, providing services to Russia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean area..

2009 December 6 - . 01:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(5,4).
  • USA 211 - . Payload: WGS 3. Mass: 5,990 kg (13,200 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 702. USAF Sat Cat: 36108 . COSPAR: 2009-068A. Apogee: 64,827 km (40,281 mi). Perigee: 31,268 km (19,428 mi). Inclination: 0.6000 deg. Period: 2,106.00 min. US Army Wideband Global Satcom, carried X-band and Ka-band communications payloads..

2009 December 9 - . 06:45 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: TK-208. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava. FAILURE: Third stage went into a wild spiral maneuver, creating a tremendous celestial spectacle visible all over Scandinavia.. Failed Stage: 3.
  • Bulava test - . Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Failed Bulava launch. Third stage went into a wild spiral maneuver, creating a tremendous celestial spectacle visible all over Scandinavia..

2009 December 9 - . 08:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2D.
  • Yaogan 7 - . Payload: Jianbing 6. Mass: 1,300 kg (2,800 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-6. USAF Sat Cat: 36110 . COSPAR: 2009-069A. Apogee: 659 km (409 mi). Perigee: 623 km (387 mi). Inclination: 97.8000 deg. Period: 97.50 min. Remote-Sensing Satellite, apparently a military optical surveillance satellite similar to YW-2 and YW-4..

2009 December 10 - . 11:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Topol test - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. ICBM test, flew to impact area at Sary Shagan..

2009 December 11 - . Launch Site: Midway. Launch Complex: Midway Island NDZ. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SRALT.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2009 December 13 - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Platform: INS-P51. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Dhanush.
  • Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2009 December 14 - . 10:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/DM-2.
  • Cosmos 2456 - . Payload: Uragan-M s/n 730. Mass: 1,370 kg (3,020 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 36111 . COSPAR: 2009-070A. Apogee: 19,132 km (11,888 mi). Perigee: 19,129 km (11,886 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 675.80 min. Annual replenishment of GLONASS satellite constellation..
  • Cosmos 2457 - . Payload: Uragan-M s/n 733. Mass: 1,370 kg (3,020 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 36112 . COSPAR: 2009-070B. Apogee: 19,133 km (11,888 mi). Perigee: 19,128 km (11,885 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 675.80 min.
  • Cosmos 2458 - . Payload: Uragan-M s/n 734. Mass: 1,370 kg (3,020 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 36113 . COSPAR: 2009-070C. Apogee: 19,128 km (11,885 mi). Perigee: 18,991 km (11,800 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 672.90 min.

2009 December 14 - . 14:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7320-10C.
  • WISE - . Mass: 674 kg (1,485 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Martin. Class: Astronomy. Type: Infrared astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: RS-300. USAF Sat Cat: 36119 . COSPAR: 2009-071A. Apogee: 532 km (330 mi). Perigee: 527 km (327 mi). Inclination: 97.5000 deg. Period: 95.20 min.

    Wide Field Infrared Explorer astronomy satellite, designed to conduct an all-sky survey at infrared frequencies of 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 microns, detecting objects 100 times fainter than the earlier IRAS and Akari satellites. Primary instrument is a 40 cm telescope cooled to 12 K by a cryostat filled with solid hydrogen. The survey was expected to detect tens of thousands of new asteroids, brown dwarf stars, and planets orbiting nearby stars.


2009 December 15 - . 02:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4C.
  • Yaogan 8 - . Payload: Jianbing 9. Mass: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-9. USAF Sat Cat: 36121 . COSPAR: 2009-072A. Apogee: 1,204 km (748 mi). Perigee: 1,193 km (741 mi). Inclination: 100.5000 deg. Period: 109.40 min. Sun-synchronous orbit low resolution imaging satellite, primarily for civilian Earth resource studies. Supplemental military missions may include weather forecasting..
  • Xi Wang 1 - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Communications. Type: Amateur radio communications satellite. Spacecraft: Oscar. USAF Sat Cat: 36122 . COSPAR: 2009-072B. Apogee: 1,205 km (748 mi). Perigee: 1,193 km (741 mi). Inclination: 100.5000 deg. Period: 109.40 min. Amateur radio satellite..

2009 December 16 - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Sejjil. Launch Vehicle: Sejjil-2.
  • Seijil test - . Nation: Iran. Test of two-stage solid-propellant IRBM, which Iran claimed was 'faster' (lower drag re-entry vehicel?) than earlier versions and had stealth capabilities. US authorities said they detected no different performance compared to earlier launches..

2009 December 16 - . 13:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: MLRS. Launch Vehicle: Mesquito.
  • NASA 12.068GT - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Langley. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Test.

2009 December 17 - . 03:25 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.086UO - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Airglow.

2009 December 17 - . 11:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Serrezuela. Launch Vehicle: Gradicom 1.
2009 December 18 - . 16:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5GS.
  • Helios 2B - . Mass: 4,200 kg (9,200 lb). Nation: France. Agency: Arianespace. Program: Helios. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: SPOT-5A-5B. USAF Sat Cat: 36124 . COSPAR: 2009-073A. Apogee: 680 km (420 mi). Perigee: 680 km (420 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. French military surveillance satellite..

2009 December 19 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Platform: SSBN 732. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • 130ss - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2009 December 20 - . 21:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-17 - . Call Sign: Pulsar. Crew: Creamer, Kotov, Noguchi. Backup Crew: Furukawa, Shkaplerov, Wheelock. Payload: Soyuz 7K-STMA s/n 227 / ISS-21S. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Creamer, Kotov, Noguchi. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-17. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 163.23 days. Decay Date: 2010-06-02 . USAF Sat Cat: 36129 . COSPAR: 2009-074A. Apogee: 351 km (218 mi). Perigee: 336 km (208 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. Docked with Zarya port of ISS at 22:48 GMT on 22 December. Undocked at 0:04 GMT on 2 June 2010 and landed in Kazakhstan at 03:25 GMT..

2009 December 24 - . 06:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Dombarovskiy. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: R-36M2 15A18M.
  • RV x 10? - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test.

2009 December 29 - . 00:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • DirecTV-12 - . Mass: 5,900 kg (13,000 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: ILS. Program: DirecTV. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 702. USAF Sat Cat: 36131 . COSPAR: 2009-075A. Apogee: 37,150 km (23,080 mi). Perigee: 34,409 km (21,380 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,435.70 min. Direct television broadcast to United States..


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