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
Austin, Texas, USA
30.3086N, 97.7279W, 165m