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Mission News

List of mission campaigns

Below are important mission/campaign milestones:

2022

  • March 25 - QZS-1R. The Japanese Cabinet office announced that QZS-1R has started to provide normal services. The predecessor satellite, QZS-1, stopped transmitting signals and was shifted to standby operation. Japanese Cabinet office news report.
  • March 26 - Pre-ship review for LARES-2 mission held, where ASI (the Italian Space Agency) checked the systems and authorized its shipment to the launch site, Kourou (French Guiana). Article from "Parabolicarc.com".
  • April 4 - ICESat-2 observatory went into safe hold mode after re-orienting the solar array from sailboat to airplane orientation (ATLAS powered off and the observatory is pointing the telescope at the Earth to protect it). The ILRS lasing flag was set to nogo while investigation and recovery activities are occurring.
  • April 7 - End of Jason-3 & Sentinel-6A tandem mission. Sentinel-6A takes over as reference altimetry mission for measurement of the change in Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) from Jason-3. NASA/JPL Press Release.
  • April 7-25 - Jason-3 performs a series of maneuvers to move to interleaved orbit with Sentinel-6A.
  • April 11 - ICESat-2/ATLAS back in Science Mode (laser firing). Calibration activities follow, including TEP stares to assess timing stability, around the world scans for pointing calibration, and Alignment Monitoring and Control System (AMCS) calibrations to assess the boresighting of the ATLAS laser beams with the telescope. The mission expects to be pointing to the Reference Ground Tracks (RGT) close to April 21st, 2022, following a series of maneuvers.
  • April 12 - Go/nogo flag set to GO until the next ICESat-2 maneuver on Thursday April 14th, 2022. SLR tracking by enabled stations resumed.
  • April 17-30 - IRNSS SLR Tracking Campaign (organized at the request of ISRO by the ILRS Central Bureau).
  • November - Launch of SWOT (Surface Waters Ocean Topography) mission (URL: https://swot.jpl.nasa.gov/)

2021

  • March 23 - ELSA-d satellite launched. Astroscale Press Release.
  • May 19 - HY-2D, the Haiyang-2D oceanography satellite launched. News article from "nasaspaceflight.com".
  • June 30 - TUBIN, a microsatellite prepared by the Technical University of Berlin (Germany), launched from Cape Canaveral on a SpaceX rocket. TU Berlin statement.
  • October 26 - QZS-1R, a successor to the first Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) satellite, was launched at 11:19 a.m. Japan Standard Time, Oct. 26, from the Tanegashima Space Center. Article from "GPSWorld".
  • December 5 - Two new Galileo satellites launched (Galileo-223, Galileo-224). Article from "GPSWorld".
  • December 17, 2021. Cryosat-2 in safe hold mode from 2021/12/16 08:29 UTC to 2021/12/17 08:35 UTC.

2020

  • January 2 - BLITS-M mission contacts report that the spacecraft has not separated from the orbital insertion unit. Investigations are underway regarding this issue.
  • January 31 - JASON-3 in safe hold mode between 2020/01/31 at 04:51 UTC and 2020/02/04 at 15:59 UTC.
  • February 5 - JASON-3 in safe hold mode between 2020/02/05 at 21:00 UTC and 2020/02/12 at 17:05 UTC.
  • June 16 - JASON-3 in safe hold mode between 2020/06/16 at 21:50 UTC and 2020/06/19 at 07:25 UTC.
  • June 21 - TanDEM-X celebrates 10 years in orbit since launch. DLR Press Release.
  • Sept. 22 - HY-2C, the Haiyang-2C oceanography satellite launched.
  • October 27 - JASON-3 in safe hold mode between 2020/10/27 at 13:23 UTC and 2020/10/29 at 08:19 UTC.
  • November 21 - Sentinel-6A launched from Vandenburg AFB (California, USA). NASA Press Release.
  • December 18 - Sentinel-6A starts tandem orbit phase with Jason-3 (the two satellites are 30 secs apart along the orbit track in order to calibrate the instruments on Sentinel-6A).

2019

2018

  • September 01, 2017-February 28, 2018 - QZS-2 tracking campaign
  • November 01, 2017-February 28, 2018 - QZS-3 campaign
  • December 01, 2017-February 28, 2018 - QZS-4 tracking campaign
  • January 03 - GRACE-A in decommissioning phase; removed from priorities list
  • February 15-May 15 - First LARGE campaign of 2018
  • February 23 - SNET-1, -2, -3, and -4 added to the priorities list
  • April 09 - Time Transfer by Laser Link (T2L2) mission onboard the Jason-2 satellite is now completed
  • April 15 - Galileo-211 and -213 removed from priorities list; Galileo-215 and -216 added to priorities list
  • May 7 - CHEFSat added to the priorities list
  • May 8 - IRNSS-1I added to the priorities list
  • May 22 - GRACE-FO-1 and -2 successfully launched
  • May 25 - GRACE-FO-1 and -2 added to the priorities list
  • July 27 - Tiangong-2 tracking approved
  • July 27 - BeiDou-3M1, -3M2, -3M9, and -3M10 approved for tracking
  • August 01-October 31 - Second LARGE campaign of 2018
  • August 06 - BeiDou-3M2, -3M3, -3M9, and -3M10 added to priorities list
  • August 21 - COSPAR ID and Satellite Catalog ID for Beidou-3M3 corrected to 1801802 and 43208, respectively
  • December 15, 2018 - January 15, 2019 - GRACE-FO tracking campaign

2017

  • December 19, 2016-March 02, 2017 - Galileo campaign
  • January 15-April 15 - LARGE GLONASS campaign
  • January 17 - Lomonosov removed from ILRS tracking list
  • February 28 - Responsibility for the QZSS transitioned from JAXA to the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
  • March 01 - Galileo-207, -212, -213, -214 added to ILRS priority list
  • March 03-April 05 - Galileo campaign
  • March 11 - SpinSat re-entered Earth's atmosphere
  • March 17 - Jason-2 entered safehold mode
  • March 30 - Jason-2 returned to normal operations
  • April 06-May 11 - Galileo campaign
  • April 24-May 15 - IRNSS-1B campaign
  • June 01 - Launch of QZS-2
  • July 14 - Launch of TechnoSat
  • August 04 - IRNSS-1A removed from priorities list
  • August 19 - QZS-3 launched
  • August 25-September 09 - IRNSS-1B campaign
  • August 25-February 28, 2018 - QZS-2 campaign
  • August 31 - IRNSS-1H launched failed
  • September 01-February 28, 2018 - QZS-2 tracking campaign
  • September 11 - GRACE-B removed from priorities list after contact lost
  • September 12 - QZS-3 added to priorities list
  • September 14 - Jason-2 entered safehold mode
  • September 15 - GRACE-B returned to operational SLR tracking status after contact re-established
  • September 22 - The GRACE-FO and Geo-IK-2 missions have been approved for tracking by the ILRS GB.
  • September 22 - The ILRS has approved 2 new tracking stations - HRTL (a Russian station in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa and GEOL (a South Korean station in Geochang, Republic of Korea)
  • October 10 - QZS-4 launched
  • October 13 - Jason-2 is back in normal operating mode
  • November 01 - QZS-4 added to priorities list
  • November 01-February 28, 2018 - QZS-3 campaign
  • November 16 - GRACE-B in decommissioning phase; removed from priorities list.
  • November 28 - PN-1A removed from priorities list
  • December 01-February 28, 2018 - QZS-4 tracking campaign

2016

  • January 06 - The COSPAR and NORAD numbers in the CPF files for Compass-MS1 and Compass-MS2 were incorrect (they did not correspond to the TLE data); the numbers were switched by the prediction provider starting with CPF 5041 (dated January 05, 2016) and now correspond to the TLE data. The SIC numbers did NOT change.
    • Compass-MS1: NORAD ID=40749/COSPAR ID=1503702/SIC=2007
    • Compass-MS2: NORAD ID=40748/COSPAR ID=1503701/SIC=2008
    Data archived before the change will be replaced at the data centers shortly.
  • January 06 - COMPASS-IS2 added to priorities list
  • January 13 - GPS-36 removed from priorities list
  • January 17 - Jason-3 was successfully launched from Vandenberg AFB.
  • January 20 - IRNSS-1E was successfully launched.
  • January 26 - Galileo-208 and -209 were added to the priorities list.
  • February 16 - Sentinel-3A successfully launched.
  • February 17 - IRNSS-1E was added to the priorities list.
  • March 10- IRNSS-1F successfully launched.
  • March 30 - Sentinel-3A was added to the priorities list.
  • March 30-April 10 - IRNSS-1A tracking campaign
  • May 01 - The GREAT experiment begins
  • May 24 - Galileo-210 and -211 (Galileo-13 and -14) launched.
  • July 04-August 30 - Special tracking campaign on Galileo-210 and -211
  • August 04 - IRNSS-1A removed from list of tracked satellites as per request from mission
  • September 13 - Lomonosov was added to the priorities list
  • December 19, 2016-March 02, 2017 - Galileo campaign

2015

  • November 22, 2014-January 31, 2015 - Second GNSS tracking campaign
  • November 22, 2014 - February 28, 2015 - Second GNSS tracking campaign extension
  • January 14 - Galileo-201 tracking campaign from 01/14/2015 through 02/07/2015
  • February 15-22 - IRNSS-1C tracking campaign
  • March 07-16 - Second IRNSS-1C tracking campaign
  • March 16-26 - Galileo-202 tracking campaign
  • March 28 - successful launch of Galileo-203 and -204
  • March 28 - IRNSS-1D successfully launched
  • March 30 - successful launch of COMPASS-IS1
  • April 28 - PN-1A, PN-1B, PN-1C, PN-1D approved for tracking
  • May 11 - Galileo-203 and -204 have been added to the priorities list.
  • May 18 - The NISAR mission has been approved for tracking.
  • May 18 - The tracking of GIOVE-A has ended and it has been removed from the priority list.
  • May 20 - LightSail-1 launched
  • June 7 - LightSail-1 sail was deployed and ILRS tracking began.
  • July 25 - successful launch of COMPASS-MS1 and COMPASS-MS2
  • August 05 - Mission priority list updated for the third SLR GNSS Tracking Campaign
  • August - Launch of PN-1A, PN-1B, PN-1C, PN-1D
  • August 10 - October 16 - Third SLR GNSS Tracking Campaign
  • September 11 - Galileo-205 and -206 launched
  • September 29 - SVN36 (GPS-36) has been reactivated; satellite added to SLR priority list
  • October 22 - Galileo-205 and -206 made available for tracking
  • November 01 - December 10 - Galileo-205 and -206 tracking campaign
  • November 09 - COMPASS-MS1 and COMPASS-MS2 added to thepriority list
  • November 12 - PN-1A added to the priority list
  • November 17 - COMPASS-IS1 added to the priority list
  • December 17 - Galileo-208 and -209 were successfully launched.

2014

2013

  • January 06-18 - Galileo-103 campaign
  • January 19-30 - Galileo-104 campaign
  • January 22 - BLITS collided with a piece of space debris.
  • January 30 - STSAT-2C launch
  • February 25 - The SARAL satellite was successfully launched from the Satish Dhawan Spaceport in India at 12-31 UTC.
  • March 07 - The second QZS-1 tracking campaign is now over.
  • April 01 - The ILRS Governing Board approved tracking of the U.S. AFRL STPSat-2 mission.
  • April 26 - GLONASS-131 launched .
  • May 30 - The ILRS Governing Board approved resumption of tracking of the Envisat satellite for space debris research.
  • July 01 - Jason-1 mission end
  • July 01 - IRNSS-1A launch
  • August 23 - KOMPSAT-5 launch
  • October 16 - STPSat-2 tracking campaign ended
  • October 21 - GOCE end of mission
  • November 11 - GOCE re-entered Earth's atmosphere
  • November 22 - Swarm launch

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

  • January 21 - February 10 - GIOVE-A tracking campaign (mid beta angle in 2008)
  • March 01-23 - GIOVE-A tracking campaign (eclipse season)
  • March 21-May 31 - GPS tracking campaign
  • April 26 - GIOVE-B launch
  • May 28 - GLONASS-109 replaces GLONASS-95 in ILRS tracking list
  • June - Jason-2 (with T2L2) launch
  • September 26-October 21 - GIOVE-A/B tracking campaign (eclipse season)
  • November 12 - End of GFO-1 tracking
  • Galileo initial launch

2007

  • January 12 - GLONASS-99 replaces GLONASS-87 in ILRS tracking list
  • May 04 - GLONASS-102 replaces GLONASS-89 in ILRS tracking list
  • June 15 - TerraSAR-X launch
  • June 08-28 - GIOVE-A tracking campaign (max beta angle in 2007)
  • September 05-30 - GIOVE-A tracking campaign (eclipse season)
  • October 18-November 08 - GIOVE-A tracking campaign (mid beta angle value in 2007)
  • December 05-25 - GIOVE-A tracking campaign (min beta angle in 2007)
  • December - PROBA-2 launch
  • December - GIOVE-B (GSTB v2) launch

2006

  • January 18 - TOPEX mission termination
  • January 24 - ALOS launch
  • June 01 - Tracking on Gravity Probe B (GP-B) ceases as per mission request
  • May 22-July 23 - First GIOVE-A tracking campaign
  • November 01-December 31 - Second GIOVE-A tracking campaign
  • ANDE-RR launch
  • ETS-VIII launch

2005

  • May 05 - IRSP5 (CARTOSAT1) launch
  • August 23 - OICETS launch
  • August 25 - GLONASS-95 replaces GLONASS-84 in ILRS tracking roster
  • September 12-27 - CONT-05 (increased tracking on GPS and satellites w/GPS receivers)
  • September 20-27 - Jason-1 in safe hold mode
  • October 06 - CryoSat launch failure; satellite lost
  • December 26 - GIOVE-A (GSTB v2/A) launch

2004

  • April 20 - Gravity Probe B (GP-B) launch
  • November 01 - DORIS transmitter on TOPEX failed; SLR only means of POD
  • December 26 - GLONASS-95, -96, -97 launched

2003

  • January 13 - ICESat launch, campaign to begin at least 1 month after launch
  • January 22 - STARSHINE-3 enters Earth's upper atmosphere
  • March 26 - GLONASS-89 replaces GLONASS-86 in ILRS tracking roster
  • November - Start of Larets tracking campaign
  • Deccember 10 - GLONASS-92, -93, -94 launched

2002

  • March 01 - Envisat launch
  • March 17 - GRACE launch
  • October - Etalon is elevated from a campaign to a mission, while maintaining the highest priority of the high satellites
  • October - Meteor-3M gets elevated from a campaign to a mission
  • December 10 - Meteor-3M launch
  • December 14 - ADEOS-2 launch, campaign to end launch + 34 days
  • December 25 - GLONASS-89, -90, -91 launched