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Dnepr LV with 14 satellites onboard launched

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Apr 28, 2007 9:34 pm
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On April 17, 2007, at 9.46 Kyiv time, Dnepr LV, launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, put 14 satellites on the rated circumterrestrial orbit: the first Egyptian EgyptSat-1 SC, 6 satellites of Saudi Arabia and 7 American universities’ microsatellites.

At 10.02 Kyiv time, all space crafts detached from the IIId LV’s stage. This was fixed by the Ukrainian remote measuring station, which was specially deployed on the Oman territory.

From 11.24 till 11.33, Kyiv time, the first communication session with EgyptSat-1 was fulfilled from the Flights Operating Center of the National Space Facilities Control and Test Center, which is situated in Crimea near Evpatoria.

EgyptSat-1 ERS SC was developed at Yuzhnoe and produced at Yuzhmash. Ground-based complex for satellite operating was developed at the Ukrainian space industry enterprises: Yuzhnoe, NRIRM, Dneprokosmos and deployed on the territory of Ukraine and Egypt.

Russian-Ukrainian Space Project Dnepr presupposes re-equipment of SS-18, which is reducted in the Russian arsenal, into III staged Dnepr LV. Dnepr LV was developed by Yuzhnoe and serially produced by Yuzhmash. Fulfillment of the Dnepr Project is coordinated by Kosmotras Company.

In general, 8 Dnepr LVs were launched since April 1999. More than 30 SC were put to orbit during these launches. Quantity and useful operating life of the missiles that were taken off the military duty in Russia and subjected to modernization, allow providing launching services till 2020.

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