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Dnepr Readies For Launch

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:29 pm
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After its failure in mid 2006 the Dnepr launch vehicle, a converted SS-18 missile, readies for its next launch. The launch is planned for March 27, 2007 carrying EqyptSat and several microsatellites for Saudi Arabia and universities.

The launch failure in 2006 was due to overheating in the hydraulics system. This was caused by damaged heat insulation and led to the failure of the engine gimbal system. So the flight ended 74 seconds after launch.

After that a Ministrial Committee comprised of members of the manufacturers, the Russian Space Agency, Russian Ministry of Defense and several other organisation investigated the failure and cleared the path to the upcoming launch.

The primary payload, EgyptSat, and the micro-satellites from the SaudiSat-3 and SaudiComSat series arrived in Baikonur for final checking and integration with the launcher. As an additional payload several CubeSat satellites from universities are also included.

A successful launch of the Dnepr will clear the way to the upcoming launch of Bigelow Aerospace’s Genesis 2 space station currently slated for April 2007.

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