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Offline Colby

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Soyuz launch
« on: 08/12/2005 11:33 PM »

A Soyuz/Fregat is on the pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome ready for launch, and no one I know knew about it!  Apparently it's having telemetry problems, but there is a live feed from Arianespace. It's supposedly launching the Galaxy 14 satellite, built by Orbital. That's all I have... I would really hate to find out that this really isn't a live feed, but I just got an e-mail from Arianespace notifiying me about its launch, so... who knows!

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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #1 on: 08/12/2005 11:58 PM »

Well, apparently it's real, folks. It seems Starsem decided not to update its website about this launch until the very last minute. Here is more information:

http://www.starsem.com/news/g14_3.htm

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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #2 on: 08/13/2005 01:49 AM »
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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #3 on: 08/13/2005 02:59 PM »
Is this the launch in question?

>Launch hold for the Soyuz-Fregat mission with PanAmSat's Galaxy 14 satellite

The flight of PanAmSat's Galaxy 14 satellite was put on hold early today when a telemetry anomaly occurred with its Soyuz-Fregat launcher during the final countdown at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Both the Galaxy 14 payload and the Soyuz-Fregat vehicle were immediately configured in a safe mode on Launch Pad #6 at the Cosmodrome.

A new launch date will be announced following an analysis of the telemetry anomaly.

Galaxy 14 is the second of three C-band geostationary communications satellites ordered by PanAmSat from Orbital Sciences Corporation. It originally was scheduled for launch on an Ariane 5, and was switched to Soyuz-Fregat to meet PanAmSat's operational requirements.

This transfer from Ariane 5 to Soyuz-Fregat was made possible by the Starsem/Arianespace policy of cooperation, which allows the two launch service providers to best respond to their clients' needs. Starsem is an Arianespace affiliate company, and it has responsibility for Soyuz commercialization and operation on the international marketplace. <

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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #4 on: 08/13/2005 03:24 PM »

Yeah, there is a bunch of news about it now that wasn't there when I looked for it the other night. They said something on Arianespace about another launch soon from Baikonur, but it was just a little headline, and not an article explaining anything. I discovered the launch five minutes from lift-off, so I scrambled to post, but then it delayed! All that work for nothing, I suppose? :(

Oh well, here's the latest... http://www.starsem.com/news/g14_4.htm

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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #5 on: 08/14/2005 04:23 AM »

Mission success for Starsem and Arianespace: the Galaxy 14 satellite is in orbit

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Saturday, August 13, 2005 – Starsem and Arianespace today
successfully launched the Galaxy 14 telecommunications satellite for U.S.
operator PanAmSat.

The 1,699th launch of a Soyuz family launch vehicle took place from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz-Fregat launcher version lifted off as
scheduled at 5:28 a.m. local time on August 13 (23:28 UTC on Friday August 12;
01:28 a.m. Paris time on August 13).

Starsem, Arianespace and their Russian partners confirmed that the launcher’s
Fregat upper stage accurately injected Galaxy 14 into the targeted geostationary
transfer orbit (GTO). To achieve the mission, two successive burns of the Fregat
upper stage were performed, placing the Galaxy 14 spacecraft on its transfer
orbit 1 hour and 37 minutes after lift-off.

To comply with PanAmSat’s requirements, Arianespace and Starsem decided that the
launch of Galaxy 14 – initially planned on an Ariane 5 – would be performed by a
Soyuz vehicle. This transfer was made possible with the launcher family concept
developed by Arianespace and Starsem, which provides the maximum responsiveness
to customers’ needs.

With a liftoff mass of approximately 2,000 kg., Galaxy 14 is the second in a
series of new-generation satellites ordered by PanAmSat from Orbital Sciences
Corporation to provide additional power, greater flexibility and service
availability to its customers. This all C-band spacecraft is designed to deliver
digital video programming, high-definition television (HDTV), VOD and IPTV
service throughout the continental U.S. Galaxy 14 is equipped with 24 C-band
transponders, and will join the Galaxy 12 spacecraft at 125° West – one of
PanAmSat’s key orbital positions for the North American continent.

Galaxy 14 is the 19th satellite orbited by the Arianespace family of launchers
for PanAmSat. PanAmSat began operations in the late 1980s with its first
spacecraft, PAS-1, which was orbited in June 1988 on the maiden flight of
Arianespace’s Ariane 4 launcher.
Today’s latest success for Soyuz with Galaxy 14 clearly reflects the industrial
capabilities of the Samara Space Center (prime contractor for the Soyuz
launcher), as well as the availability of the Russian teams in charge of Soyuz
operations, which are managed by the Russian Aviation and Space Agency.

Starsem is responsible for international marketing of the Soyuz launch vehicle,
as well as for its operation. Starsem’s shareholders are Arianespace, EADS, the
Russian Aviation and Space Agency and the Samara Space Center.


That I just received in my e-mail. I'm going to track down the launch video and post some nice screenshots if I can.

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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #6 on: 08/14/2005 04:26 AM »
Great spot Colby!
Don't ya wish your spaceship was hot like me

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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #7 on: 08/14/2005 04:57 AM »
Here are the launch pictures. My favorite is the last one of the second stage burning just before fairing jettison. ;)
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RE: Soyuz launch
« Reply #8 on: 08/14/2005 07:51 AM »
Superb!

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