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  1. Tracking and Data System Support for the Viking 1975 Mission to Mars: Prelaunch Planning, Implementation, and Testing (Technical Memorandum 33-783. Volume I) by D. J.; Traxler, M. R.; Jet Propulsion Laboratory; National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mudgway, 1977-01-01
  2. SpaceOps 92 proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Ground Data Systems for Space Mission Operations, November 16-20, 1992, Pasadena, California, USA (SuDoc NAS 1.55:194486) by NASA, 1993
  3. Research in software allocation for advanced manned mission communications and tracking systems final report (SuDoc NAS 1.26:188114) by Tom Warnagiris, 1990
  4. Continuous prediction of spartan visibility from orbiter over modeled free-flight mission (NASA technical memorandum) by Joseph C King, 1987
  5. An orbit simulation study of a geopotential research mission including satellite-to-satellite tracking and disturbance compensation systems (SuDoc NAS 1.26:182353) by Peter G. Antreasian, 1988
  6. Debris/Ice/TPS assessment and integrated photographic analysis of shuttle mission STS-77 (SuDoc NAS 1.15:111679) by Gregory N. Katnik, 1996
  7. Network operations support plan for the SPOT 2 mission by Victor Werbitzky, 1989

1. Chinese Space Tracking Fleet Continues Rehearsal
completed testings of several domestically developed systems in recent days, andthe tracking vessels were ready to perform space mission tracking tasks.
Tracking Fleet Continues Rehearsal
one of four ships making up China's fleeting of tracking ships by Wei Long
Tokyo - Feb 20, 2002
China's fleet of four space tracking vessels continued their rehearsal for the next Shenzhou launch despite ongoing delays with what will be the third test launch of China's future manned spacecraft. Report of the exercise activities appeared in the People's Liberation Army Daily Feb 10. The Yuanwang fleet (Yuanwang means "Long View") continued to rehearse up until days before the arrival of the Lunar New Year of the Horse a week ago. PLA Daily reported that the fleet successfully completed testings of several domestically developed systems in recent days, and the tracking vessels were ready to perform space mission tracking tasks. In order to meet the requirement of increasing tracking and commanding capabilities at sea, in the past few years the fleet has focused on networking research to support tracking and commanding, navigation, power, and equipment protection. One of the systems that the fleet has developed is the navigation command system network, which is equipped with an advanced electronic ocean map system.

2. Liftoff To Space Exploration
Direct access to NASA inflight displays and live camera feeds during shuttle flights. and Shuttle displays, search NASA Web sites, link to live shuttle tracking mission video/audio and find space imagery.

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living in space, astronauts, pioneers Tracking
keeping track of satellites and spacecraft To Sleep or Not to Sleep
Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Imagine this...the excitement of blasting off in a powerful rocket - the free-fall sensation of zero-gravity - sunrise every 45 minutes! Astronauts are faced with the question... sleep or not to sleep.
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3. Upgraded Chinese Space Tracking Ships In Full Rehearsal For New Mission
Beijing Dec 27, 2001 - The newly serviced fleet of Chinese space tracking vessels are ready for new assignment, possibly with tracking of the Shenzhou-3 unmanned mission as their next task. release of China's long-range space plan that the first manned mission would take place by 2005.
Chinese Tracking Ships In Full Rehearsal For Shenzhou-3 Launch
YW-1 left port for system testing in July after completion of servicing in its home port in Shanghai. (Photo: Wen Wei Po) by Wei Long
Beijing - Dec 27, 2001
Science and Technology Daily reported last Monday (17th) that the entire fleet of refurbished and upgraded Yuanwang (YW, Yuanwang means "Long View") tracking vessels gathered at an unspecified location to carry out a full scale launch tracking rehearsal in mid-December. The report, however, did not provide any details and the duration of the exercise. Then on Friday (21st) Xinhua News Agency reported that the fleet successfully completed the 10-day "comprehensive simulation" in the East China Sea and returned home in the afternoon. According to Xinhua the rehearsal was "a comprehensive assessment of executing the task of maritime tracking of Shenzhou." The full scale rehearsal of the entire tracking fleet probably signals another milestone in the launch preparation of the third unmanned test flight of Shenzhou ("Magic Vessel" or "Divine Vessel"), the SZ-3 mission. Chinese space officials have not acknowledged any preparations to launch SZ-3. But various reports in recent months indicate that SZ-3 prelaunch activities are underway. For example, the Chinese Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) said in October that the CZ-2F launcher which would launch SZ-3 had received certification by authorities in Beijing.

4. NASA - Space Science - Missions
and other countries since the beginning of the space age Multimission Programs. foottower telescopes; Near-Earth object detection, tracking, and characterization

Under Study In Development Operating ... Curator: Craig Tupper
Space Science Missions We have quite a few missions, some well-known and others not so well known. Many involve cooperation with international partners or other U.S. agencies . The links below will take you directly to the mission's home page; for full names and brief descriptions of these missions, click on the column headings (i.e., Under study In development Operating , or Past missions ). We also have a page with some very preliminary mission concepts Under study

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Sentinels SIM ... Past missions Ended after 1989: ASCA Astro-1 Astro-2 Astro-E ... Yohkoh Older missions: JPL missions NSSDC database You may also be interested in a comprehensive history of Space Science from the 1940s to present, as well as an excellent reference to the various deep space spacecraft that have been launched by the U.S., Soviet Union/Russia, and other countries since the beginning of the space age. Multi-Mission Programs The following programs include multiple missions, many of which are linked above. You can see brief descriptions of these programs, along with links to them, here Ground-Based Astronomy Most of our research activities are carried out using spacecraft (earth-orbiting or interplanetary) or suborbital vehicles (sounding rockets, balloons, and high-altitude aircraft). The

5. Ambit NASA LIVE Cams And Mission Displays
Real time images from live NASA web cams and space shuttle mission displays. Includes Kennedy space Center images and links to live shuttle tracking and airto-ground audio/video.
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6. Dave Ransom Software Home Pages
Home of STSPLUS, the satellite tracking software used at control centers, astronaut training facilities, Category Science Astronomy Amateur Satellites tracking Software...... built by Boeing and the Russian space Agency, was Home Page includes images and datafor the mission. PLUS (Version 0123) is a satellite tracking program for
Software and Data from David H. Ransom, Jr.
W elcome to the Home Page for STSPLUS and other space/astronomy software as well as information and images of current space shuttle missions. Comments, suggestions, and bug reports are invited!
e-mail: David H. Ransom, Jr.
This Home Page is operated as a public service in spite of costs which far exceed what I anticipated for a "part time hobby". Donations to help continue this service in 2001 are welcome; my mailing address is:

David H. Ransom, Jr.
240 Bristlecone Pines Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336 USA
NEW SITE FOR ORBITAL DATA! Thanks to the good offices of Rod Eldridge, my current orbital data (TLEs) are now being mirrored at Iowa State University. All users are requested to use the Iowa State site at Ames, Iowa, to keep the traffic at my personal website within reasonable bounds. Thanks, Rod!

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FLASH! News and comment by Dave Ransom (Atlanta, GA) Current TLE Data from US Space Command by Dave Ransom (Ames, IA) Current TLE Data from US Space Command by Dave Ransom (Atlanta, GA) ... ALM2TLE by Geoffrey Hitchcox, Program (ZIP file) International Space Station
It is traditional to make a final fly-around of the International Space Station (ISS) when a space shuttle departs. This image shows the current configuration, taken on 18 March 2001 by Discovery. Clearly visible are the P6 Solar Arrays, 240 feet wide. (Courtesy NASA)

7. Liftoff To Space Exploration: Fundamentals
the JTrack 3D java applet Live 2D Java tracking Maps J We even add the space Shuttle(during missions used by our remote scientists to keep up with the mission.

8. Human Space Flight (HSF) - Realtime Data
NASA information on the International space Station's whereabouts, Keplerian elements for the ISS Category Recreation Radio Amateur Satellite tracking...... IMAGE NASA Television, NASA Television provides live coverage of all space missions,Earth observation, mission Control Center IMAGE Orbital tracking.
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NASA Television provides live coverage of all space missions, Earth observation, Mission Control Center activities, and daily press briefings. Also, check out the KSC Live Video Feeds Check out the landing ground tracks, or flight path, the shuttle will take when it lands. Read the Deorbit and Landing Preliminary Advisory Data FAQ for an explanation of terms. Look for shuttle or station Sighting Opportunities from your back yard. Realtime orbital tracking data for station, shuttle and Russian vehicles. REQUIRES JAVA. Click here to visit the beta version of the Orbital Tracker, which more accurately depicts the International Space Station and space shuttle and includes new features. If you're using a tracking application, we've got the coordinates for the International Space Station, the space shuttle and more!

9. Boeing-Built NASA Tracking And Data Relay Satellite Successfully Launched | Spac
include the Hubble space Telescope, the Tropical Rainfall Measuring mission, Landsat,the Earth Observing System, Expendable Launch Vehicle tracking, and the

10. Spaceflight Now | STS-107 | Mission Status Center
NASA report from spaceflight Now.Category Science Technology missions Columbia Accident...... GMT (906 am EST) mission Control is waiting for Cband tracking data and UHF communicationswith Columbia through MILA, located near Kennedy space Center.


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A military radar system shows indications that an object might have separated from the shuttle Columbia in orbit, prompting a review of telemetry by NASA flight controllers to look for signs of anything - including impact by high-velocity space debris - that might have contributed to the shuttle's breakup Feb. 1 during re-entry. Read our full story FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2003
After a day of media speculation about Air Force imagery reportedly showing clear evidence of structural damage at or near the leading edge of the shuttle Columbia's left wing, NASA released a single blurry frame late today that raised more questions than it answered. Read our full story 1830 GMT (1:30 p.m. EST)
A large section of one of the shuttle Columbia's wings has been found near Fort Worth, a NASA official said today, but it's not yet clear whether it's the right wing or the left, the one that suffered a catastrophic structural problem during the ship's re-entry Saturday. Read our full story 1530 GMT (10:30 a.m. EST)

11. Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide Launch Schedule
Launch time TBD Launch site LC39, Kennedy space Center, Florida STS-114will be the seventeenth US mission to the International space Station.
April 10, 2003 - A regularly updated listing of planned missions from spaceports around the globe. Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time. "NET" stands for no earlier than. Recent updates appear in red type . Please send any corrections, additions or updates by e-mail to:
Latest changes:
Delta 2/GPS 2R-10 pushed back
Adding date for Pegasus/GALEX; Pegasus/OrbView 3 delayed; Pegasus/SciSat 1 delayed; Delta/Gravity Probe B delayed
Adding date for Atlas 5/Hellas Sat
Adding date for Ariane 5 V160; Adding launch time for Soyuz TMA-2; Updating Delta/GPS 2R-9 launch window
Adding Ariane 5 V160 launch window
Updating Pegasus/GALEX launch window
Titan/Milstar launch scrubbed
Ariane 5 V160 scrubbed
Adding Atlas 5/Rainbow launch date; Adding new M-5/MUSES-C launch date Adding next Ariane 5 launch; Adding launch dates for next two Titan 4 launches; Atlas/AsiaSat 4 scrubbed April 12 Launch window: 0008-0120 GMT (2008-2120 EDT on April 11 Launch site: SLC-36B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Lockheed Martin's Atlas rocket, AC-205, will launch the AsiaSat 4 telecommunications satellite. The Boeing-built craft will provide a variety of communications and broadband multimedia services to the Asia Pacific region and direct-to-home TV programming to Hong Kong. Delayed from May 28 because payload would not be ready. Then moved up from Jan. 30 target. Delayed from Jan. 13 and Feb. 5 due to spacecraft readiness. Scrubbed on evening of April 10 due to upper level winds.

12. TDRSS Overview
of space Flight (Code M) regarding all aspects of the tracking and Data Relay SatelliteSystem and the space Network. At Goddard, the mission Services Program
The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is a communication signal relay system which provides tracking and data acquisition services between low earth orbiting spacecraft and NASA/customer control and/or data processing facilities. The system is capable of transmitting to and receiving data from customer spacecrafts over 100% of their orbit (some limitations may apply depending on actual orbit). The Goddard Space Flight Center receives programmatic direction from NASA Headquarters Office of Space Flight (Code M) regarding all aspects of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System and the Space Network . At Goddard, the Mission Services Program Office , provides the day to day management and operations of TDRSS and the Space Network The TDRSS space segment consists of seven on-orbit Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRSs) located in geosynchronous orbit . The spacecraft constellation is distributed to provide global coverage. The TDRS constellation of spacecraft to provide ready backup in the event of a failure to an operational spacecraft and in specialized cases, resources for target of opportunity activities or dedicated operations. The TDRSS ground segment is located near Las Cruces, New Mexico and consists of two functionally identical

13. Space Network Online Information Center
comprehensive resource for information about NASA's tracking and Data website is sponsoredby the Goddard space Flight Center's mission Services Program
Welcome: to NASA's Space Network On-line Information Center. This knowledge base provides a comprehensive resource for information about NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System and selected supporting elements that together make up the Space Network (SN). This website is sponsored by the Goddard Space Flight Center's Mission Services Program Office To help you become acquainted with TDRSS and the Space Network we have included a very brief Quicktime video introduction which you can download. If you don't already have a viewer both Mac and Windows versions of the Apple Quicktime application (1 Meg) are available at the Quicktime Continuum Website
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14. ESA - Human Spaceflight - Information Notes - ESA Astonaut To
main purpose of this nineday space mission is to On 20 October, before this excitingmission begins, media in Houston from ESA's Satellite tracking Station in
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European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque will become the first Spanish national to travel into space when he lifts off with an international crew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on 29 October. The crew of seven will also include US Senator John Glenn, the first American ever to orbit the Earth, back in 1962, and Japanese astronaut Chiaki Mukai.
The main purpose of this nine-day space mission is to conduct a variety of science experiments, focusing on life sciences, physical sciences and advanced technology. ESA will have a good share of the payload on board, concentrated in a pressurised module where free-floating astronauts will perform experiments. This module, known as Spacehab, was built by industry, drawing on experience gained through ESA's Spacelab. During the mission, Duque will have the tasks of deploying communication antennae, switching on the Spacehab systems and looking after a record number of 19 portable computers being carried by Discovery to help run the Shuttle's systems and experiments. On 20 October, before this exciting mission begins, media representatives will have the opportunity to interview Pedro Duque in Houston from ESA's Satellite Tracking Station in Villafranca, near Madrid, via an audio-video link, between 15:00 and 16:00 hrs.

15. ISS Visibility Data
NASA's visibility forecasts and orbital data for the ISS.Category Science Astronomy Amateur Satellites...... On 10 February '01, space Shuttle flight STS98 on ISS mission 5A further or TLE)format generally used by PC-based satellite tracking programs contain all
ISS Naked-Eye Visibility Data
From Selected Cities
The OSF Orbital Visibility schedules at present cover 3,421 locations worldwide. To determine if your data for your city is available click on the "Country Search" link below . If you do not find your city/location on the list, for the time being, we ask that you to select the nearest listed entry. Please note that the times reported in the U.S. Cities tables are in the civilian AM/PM format used in the United States. The times reported in the non-U.S. Cities tables are in 24-hour format most commonly in use elsewhere in the world.
Country Search Now you can search for your country and then city of choice. City visibility information can also be bookmarked or added to your Favorite listing for future quick reference. List of Cities Served
ISS Altitude History
Apogee height Mean Altitude Perigee height
Two-Line Keplerian Orbital Elements
Dr. Jesco von Puttkamer

16. Office Of Space Communications
A limited ground network of tracking stations for and services to connect the spaceand ground spacecraft, aeronautical, and balloon mission operations control
Welcome to the
Office of Space Communications
Space Communications is a vital leg in the interdependent triad of space transportation, payloads and space communications. Each leg of the triad must meet demanding performance requirements to ensure space mission success. We meet our responsibilities by planning, developing, acquiring and operating a world-wide collection of space and ground networks of tracking and data communications systems. The Space Communications Functional Team provides essential and responsive telecommunications services that enable NASA customers to effectively conduct mission operations and accomplish their program objectives. This team provides technical expertise and the unique capabilities necessary to economically serve the requirements of diverse airborne, spaceborne and terrestrial customers. These data acquisition, data transport, and data processing capabilities are provided to a multitude of customers, both NASA and non-NASA, U.S. and international. We hope you enjoy our web site.
OSC Organization and Mission
The primary value OSC brings is in using multimission solutions to provideeconomically- -the similar communications and information handling services essential to the success of all Agency programs. In carrying out its assigned functions, OSC relies heavily on using or adapting commercial solutions leveraging the commercial marketplace where possible. Most of its engineering and operations are "privatized"meaning industry already does the design, development and operations, responding to incentives to minimize life-cycle costs for the Agency.

17. Space Technology - Johnson Space Center Mission Control
allowing the facility to be changed from controlling a space Shuttle to During STS70mission, tracking and data relay satellite deploy and entry operations
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For the first time since NASA's original Mission Control Center was established in 1965, flight controllers worked out of the new facility for portions of the STS-70 Space Shuttle mission. The new MCC was developed at a cost of about $250 million. The facility is located in Houston, Texas, USA. MODULAR MISSION CONTROL CENTER DESIGN The old Mission Control Center, built in the 1960s, employed approximately 80 people. They were required around the clock during shuttle missions to operate the equipment and cary out maintenance on the MCC. For such maintenance, NASA had to keep specialists on hand who knew the old equipment in detail because similar technology was long ago purged from the commercial world. The new centre eliminates the uniqueness of the NASA equipment and the massive hardware orientation of the old Mission Control Center. It replaces it with a modular, software-oriented design that uses standard, commercially available equipment. The MCC's new design offers unprecedented flexibility in flight control operations, allowing the facility to be changed from controlling a Space Shuttle to controlling any other spacecraft. The commercially available equipment and up-to-date technology used in the new MCC will greatly reduce maintenance costs for the facility as well. During STS-70 mission, tracking and data relay satellite deploy and entry operations were conducted from the old flight control room, but after the completion of the deploy, the flight control team moved to the new MCC for the remaining on-orbit operations.

18. Space Mission Management
space mission Management Documents. Recommendation include radio metric data, spacecraftorbital elements, solar system ephemeris, tracking station locations
Space Mission Management Documents
Recommendations Reports Draft Recommendations Back to Model
CCSDS Recommendations:
    CCSDS 203.0-B-2 . Blue Book. Issue 2. June 2001. This Recommendation was developed within the layered architectural framework and embraces the standard data structures and data communication procedures that may be used by conventional missions within the highest telecommand layers. The current issue adds specifications that allow the CCSDS Version-1 Telecommand Transfer Frame to be used to transport other types of packets in addition to CCSDS Version-1 Telecommand Packets, including CCSDS Network Protocol (NP) Packets and Internet Protocol (IP) packets. This enhanced functionality is added to the Transfer Frame through the introduction of a standardized approach to interpreting the packet version number field. The format of the Transfer Frame is not changed from the previous issue. CCSDS 301.0-B-3 Time Code Formats . Blue Book. Issue 3. January 2002. This Recommendation establishes a common framework and provides a common basis for the formats of time code data. CCSDS 320.0-B-2

19. NASA - News & Features
Artist concept of MISR satellite, tracking Clouds NASA is using a remotesensing ForIndustry space mission Communications and Data Services (SMCDS) procurement

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NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft is the most distant human-made object in the universe. Its twin, Voyager 2, has traveled to more planets than any other in history.
Gamma Ray Burst and Supernova Linked

High-Energy Transient Explorer satellite detected the burst in the constellation Leo.
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Expedition 7 Crew Set to Launch

The primary station crew will launch on a Russian Soyuz, April 26, 2003.
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Hubble Watches Light From Erupting Star

An erupting star's burst of light reveals a spectacular, multicolored bull's eye...or light echo + View feature NASA Selects Medium-Class Explorer Mission NASA selected spacecraft designed to fly through space storms that cause aurora. Launch date: 2007. + Read More Gamma-Ray Burst Reveals Explosive Activity Scientists witnessed the death of a gigantic star and possibly the birth of a brand new, spinning black hole. + View feature Visible Earth A gallery of NASA images of the Earth + View On the Drawing Board See artist's concepts of what future vehicles might look like.

20. Space Shuttle News Reference Manual
NSTS 1988 News Reference Manual
  • NSTS 1988 News Reference Manual
    Volume 2 - Operations
    Return to KSC Home Page Table of Contents Information content from the NSTS Shuttle Reference Manual (1988)
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