NSSDC MCSQF online spacecraft database

Ed Cannon (ecannon@mail.utexas.edu)
Thu, 11 Sep 1997 02:08:00 -0400

I don't remember seeing or hearing about this resource before: 
the National Space Science Data Center's (NSSDC) Master Catalog 
Spacecraft Query Form -- "Information on lots of spacecraft":

... http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/sc-query.html

It's a database (requires forms-capable Web browser) that you can 
query by satellite name (or partial name) and/or by launch date 
(or partial date), as well as by scientific discipline.  It's 
missing a lot of data but seems to at least have records on many 
objects (payloads) all the way back to Sputnik 1 (57-001A/00001 -- 
two records for some reason), whose orbital data are given at:

... http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/tmp/57-001A-traj.html

On some (many?) major missions they do have launch/orbital data and 
information (including URLs) on experiments, data sets, personnel 
involved (some with e-mail addresses), etc.  In the orbital data 
they use the terms "periapsis" and "apoapsis", which I assume are 
about the same as perigee and apogee.  Their telemetry data are 
almost all missing (including Mir), except they did have telemetry 
information for HST.  

They even have a record on USA 34 (88-106B, Lacrosse 1), but it's 
not very informative....  They also have USA 32, USA 129, and 
USA 81, but interestingly, under "Sponsoring Agencies/Countries" 
for USA 81 they have "unknown/U.S.S.R." (!), which makes me wonder 
if the site's been hacked.  They don't seem to have TiPS by name or 
date ("1996-06").  

For "Mars 96" they have a page regarding its failure:

... http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/text/mars96_timeline.txt

So, if I'm just the last one to hear about this interesting site, 
please pardon me for repeating something you already knew....

Ed Cannon
ecannon@mail.utexas.edu
Austin, Texas, USA
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