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Koronas-Foton - a new Russian spacecraft to explore the Sun!
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post Jan 3 2009, 12:23 PM
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http://www.newsinfo.ru/news/2008-12-15/sputnik/174938

Russia will launch a new spacecraft to study the Sun - Koronas-Foton (or Coronas-Photon). Launch is scheduled to occur on 29th of jan 2009.

This is supposed to be the last launch of a Tsyklon rocket.

Once launched Koronas-Photon will be placed into a cirtular orbit 500kms above the Earth. Orbital inclination - 82.5 deg.
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post Jan 4 2009, 04:42 AM
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Well that was rather sudden...


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post Jan 4 2009, 06:59 AM
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QUOTE (Zvezdichko @ Jan 3 2009, 04:23 AM) *
http://www.newsinfo.ru/news/2008-12-15/sputnik/174938

This is supposed to be the last launch of a Tsyklon rocket.

I don't see the reference to the Tsyklon launcher in the Google translation. Was that mentioned in a separate reference?

Thanks.
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post Jan 4 2009, 09:01 AM
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Yes, it was - there was a Roscosmos link, but the website is currently closed due to technical problems.
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post Jan 22 2009, 11:13 PM
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http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5225
http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/content/z22.01.09.shtml

Tests have nown been completed successfully. Launch is scheduled to occur on time.

Image of the satellite : http://www.roscosmos.ru/PictFiles/8/2009_01_20_1.JPG

It's a beautiful bird wink.gif
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post Jan 27 2009, 10:22 AM
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http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5277

All preparations for launch have been completed.

Launch time: 29-01-08 | 16:30 Moscow time; 13:30 GMT



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post Jan 29 2009, 08:54 AM
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http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=247070&cid=10

Roscosmos plans to launch today. Russian scientists thing big again - they say the "highest priority" of the mission is to answer the question how to avoid Solar radiation during trips to Mars.


EDIT : Launch postponed for a day.
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post Jan 30 2009, 01:40 PM
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http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5303

I can confirm launch!!!
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post Jan 30 2009, 02:25 PM
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http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/project_diary.html

They confirm that the first and the second stages of the rocket have worked. We don't have confirmation that the third stage has worked. The first radiosignal of the spacecraft should be received at 18:02 Moscow time. This means yet another 40 minutes of tense waiting.
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post Jan 30 2009, 03:23 PM
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LAUNCH SUCCESS:

http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5304
http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/project_diary.html

Spacecraft successfully inserted into the desired orbit. Solar panels have opened! Congratulations to all!
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post Jan 30 2009, 04:10 PM
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Great! Thanks for keeping us updated with events.
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post Jan 30 2009, 05:34 PM
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What surprised me most is that the Russian space program is very open and they share a lot of information with us. The former Soviet space program was very secretive.
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post Jan 30 2009, 05:46 PM
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http://iaf.mephi.ru/

We have information that the second set of telemetric data has been received successfully. The spacecraft reports that the temperature and pressure is normal.
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post Jan 30 2009, 09:00 PM
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For us non-Russian-speakers out there: you can follow the project diary in Google Translate.

The Indian RT-2 instrument page also has information, in English, but not a lot.
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post Jan 31 2009, 01:32 PM
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Spaceflight Now article on the launch http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0901/30tsyklon/
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