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Zvezdichko
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.
Hungry4info
Well that was rather sudden...
mchan
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.
Zvezdichko
Yes, it was - there was a Roscosmos link, but the website is currently closed due to technical problems.
Zvezdichko
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
Zvezdichko
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



Zvezdichko
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.
Zvezdichko
http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5303

I can confirm launch!!!
Zvezdichko
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.
Zvezdichko
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!
ngunn
Great! Thanks for keeping us updated with events.
Zvezdichko
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.
Zvezdichko
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.
maschnitz
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.
Sunspot
Spaceflight Now article on the launch http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0901/30tsyklon/
Zvezdichko
http://zvezdanews.ru/video/day_events/0026033/ - LAUNCH VIDEO!
lyford
Thanks for this - very cool.

As someone raised on watching launches at Cape Canaveral, it's really a treat to see SNOW on the ground! (other than the frost from the LOX and such) wink.gif
Zvezdichko
I also wonder how they are able to launch in such conditions.
ugordan
QUOTE (Zvezdichko @ Jan 31 2009, 05:47 PM) *
I also wonder how they are able to launch in such conditions.

Why shouldn't they be able? The rocket was derived from an ICBM, it would be surprising if a little snow bothered it.
Zvezdichko
Roscosmos announces that the team has started switching on the scientific instruments. Everything is proceeding smoothly. There are no problems being reported.
Sunspot
Are we likely to see any data/images from this mission?
Zvezdichko
I think it's very, very likely - especially from TESIS.

http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/
tedstryk
QUOTE (Sunspot @ Feb 20 2009, 10:44 AM) *
Are we likely to see any data/images from this mission?


It is likely, based on Coronas-I and Coronas-F. http://coronas.izmiran.rssi.ru/
Zvezdichko
FIRST IMAGES!!!!

http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5535

Yeah Yeah!!!
Sunspot
WOW... that was quick
Dominik
Awesome images! I always love to view the newest SOHO Images, but these pictures are even better smile.gif.
Zvezdichko
http://tesis.lebedev.ru/project_diary.html

A whole lot of new images were published!!!

Plus Google translation of the publication:


QUOTE
28 February 2009 began testing the inclusion of telescopes TESIS mode continuous monitoring Sun. So far, telescopes alone spent more than a day: in total during this period received approximately 200 images. The images are not yet centered: the frame of the Sun shows the actual situation in the field of detectors. At tomorrow scheduled a series of moves mirror telescopes, in which images the Sun will be transferred to the working area detectors. It is planned to move the solar disk at the center, then part of its move into the lower half-matrices.
ustrax
Look ma, no show off!
Just love the russian sobriety... wink.gif
There they are, staring at the sun, and we almost missed the whole thing if it weren't for Zvezdichko... smile.gif

When we'll check the next time we'll have a Dmitri's footprint on martian ground... rolleyes.gif
lyford
QUOTE (ustrax @ Mar 4 2009, 11:48 AM) *
...we almost missed the whole thing if it weren't for Zvezdichko... smile.gif

Second that thought -

Zvezdichko , I really appreciate your efforts! Thanks!
Zvezdichko
Thanks, folks!

More news coming:

http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/info/tesis_centering.php

Centering the telescope.

Translated version of the page:

http://translate.google.com/translate?prev...=auto&tl=en
Juramike
Wow. These are beautiful. Is this going to be the main page for daily updated imaages?
Zvezdichko
I think so.
Zvezdichko
http://tesis.lebedev.ru/gallery/image_of_day.php?id=1

What do you think this is supposed to be?

Hint: It's a famous planet smile.gif
ugordan
A star scanner image with Earth in the FOV?
Zvezdichko
ugordan: Bingo!
ugordan
I'm still having trouble figuring out the geometry - is this a limb shot and if so, what's the discrete "haze" layer to the right?
Hungry4info
QUOTE (ugordan @ Mar 14 2009, 04:45 PM) *
I'm still having trouble figuring out the geometry - is this a limb shot and if so, what's the discrete "haze" layer to the right?


I would guess the haze is a cloud.
ynyralmaen
The airglow layer?
Zvezdichko
According to Roscosmos:

http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=5834

Koronas-Foton made its first scientific discovery. New belts of activity have formed across the Sun. These belts are symmetrical and are in the Northern and Southern Solar hemispheres.
Zvezdichko
Koronas-Foton photographs solar flares:

http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=6310
nprev
Ooo...COOL shot, thanks for posting the link, Z! Are those flares, actually, or are they solar spicules? If the latter, lots more detail than I've seen before.
Zvezdichko
I believe these are flares.

Btw there's a very cool video made by Koronas-Foton here:

http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/info/movie/Act...ionsMay2009.wmv
Zvezdichko
An update:

http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/info/tesis_20090527.php

Koronas-Foton observes the creation of a Southern belt of activity ...
Zvezdichko
Yet another update (Is anybody interested in the mission ohmy.gif ) :

http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/info/tesis_20090604.php

Koronas-Foton photographs the biggest group of solar spots this year!
Sunspot
QUOTE (Zvezdichko @ Jun 8 2009, 06:32 PM) *
(Is anybody interested in the mission ohmy.gif ) :


Of course,

although my Russian isn't very good lol
lyford
Keep the updates coming! I shared some of these images and videos with our 6th grade science class smile.gif

I too depend upon you since my Russian is lacking.
imipak
The Google translation app is getting pretty good these days: http://translate.google.com/translate?prev...history_state0=
Zvezdichko
A new update:

http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/info/mass_ejection_20090614.php

Koronas-Foton registered new major release of substances from the Sun
Zvezdichko
NEW IMAGE:

http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=6669

A huge solar flare has been photographed
Zvezdichko
http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/info/tesis_20090722.php

Koronas-Foton successfully photographs the Solar eclipse.

This mission is wonderful!

PS: There are also several video files published smile.gif
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