Author Topic: LIVE: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS16 - HISPASAT 36W-1 January 28, 2017  (Read 26315 times)

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Is it vehicle number R-15000-012 that is being prepared for this launch?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1589115#msg1589115
The first one listed in the post.

And do we know the Fregat-MT serial number?
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January 24, 2017 

Soyuz rolls out for Arianespace’s medium-lift launch with Hispasat 36W-1

The Soyuz launcher for Arianespace’s year-opening mission rolled out to the launch pad in French Guiana today, readying the vehicle to receive its Hispasat 36W-1 payload for a nighttime liftoff from the Spaceport on January 27.

Soyuz was moved from the Spaceport’s MIK launcher assembly facility to the ELS launch zone, using a transport/erector rail car in a horizontal transfer process. When positioned over the launch pad, the vehicle was erected into a vertical orientation, where it is suspended in place by four large support arms.

With this step’s completion, the mobile gantry was moved into position around the basic three-stage launcher – providing protection for the upcoming installation of Soyuz’ “upper composite,” which consists of the Hispasat 36W-1 spacecraft, plus the Fregat upper stage and payload fairing.

Flight VS16: a mission with several “firsts”

Friday’s mission, designated Flight VS16 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, will be the first for Soyuz to geostationary transfer orbit in the medium-lift vehicle’s operations from the Spaceport. Soyuz was introduced at French Guiana in 2011, and has performed 15 missions to date from the South America facility.

Another first for Flight VS16 is the Hispasat 36W-1 passenger – the initial telecommunications satellite to use the SmallGEO series platform, developed under the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program. Its design and manufacture was performed by Germany’s OHB System AG.

Once in orbit at a position of 36 deg. West, the three-metric-ton-category telecommunications platform will provide relay coverage and multimedia services across Europe, the Canary Islands and South America at the service of Hispasat – a world leader in Spanish and Portuguese broadcasting.

This photo series highlights today’s erection sequence for Soyuz at the Spaceport. After being positioned on the launch pad by its transporter/erector rail car (left), Soyuz is raised by the erector’s support arm (center photo). At right, the 53-meter-tall mobile gantry moves into position around Soyuz, providing a protected environment for installation of the mission’s Hispasat 36W-1 payload, as well as for final checkout of the fully-integrated launch vehicle.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/soyuz-rollout-vs16/

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Press Release
N°02-2017

Paris, 25 January 2017

Call for Media: First flight for SmallGEO

Europe's new versatile small geostationary platform will be launched on its maiden flight in the early hours of 28 January on a Soyuz rocket.

SmallGEO is carrying Hispasat's Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications payload, which marks the first partnership between ESA and a Spanish operator and will provide flight heritage to OHB System AG's platform. 

It is the first telecommunications satellite to be developed, integrated and tested in Germany for more than a quarter of a century. The launch will also be the first time a Soyuz has lifted a telecom satellite of more than 3 tonnes to geostationary
transfer orbit from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Liftoff is scheduled for 01:03 GMT on 28 January (02:03 CET, 22:03 on 27 January local time). 

The satellite's destination is a geostationary position at 36°W, where it will provide broadband coverage across Europe, the Canary Islands and the Americas.

It will do so through its Redsat payload, which offers better signal quality and flexible land coverage by independently allocating up to four reconfigurable Ku-band beams at once, adapting the beams' strength and location according to demand. 

Together with a traditional commercial payload using advanced Ka- and Ku-band transponders, Redsat allows for higher transmission speeds. It can also convert data received in the existing standard to the newer Digital Video Broadcasting Second generation
standard. 

The SmallGEO platform and Hispasat 36W-1 mission were developed under ESA's Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) programme, which transforms research and development investments into commercial products. This helps to secure the
future success of Europe and Canada in the highly competitive global satcom market. 

The launch will be streamed live and linked from the ESA website. 

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Video of the roll-out

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Proton grounded for at least six months?

Following on from the continuing investigation into the Progress MS-04 Soyuz-U failure, even more bad news from the Voronezh Mechanical Plant (VMZ), via Anatoly Zak:

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/proton_2017.html

On 24th January, "the Kommersant newspaper reported that a recent firing test had revealed technical problems with RD-0210 and RD-0212 engines, which propel the second and third stage of the Proton rocket respectively. The failure of the engine was reportedly traced to illegal replacement of precious heat-resistant alloys within the engine's components with less expensive but failure-prone materials."

The Proton engines have now been recalled as well as the Soyuz RD-0110 ones; and it looks as if Proton will be grounded for at least six months.

"To be continued ...",  as Zak writes with some understatement at the end of his article.

(Cross-posted from the MS-04 Failure thread)

From the Mission Planner’s Guide, with the introduction of the Proton-M there was:-
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The structural materials of the turbine parts have been replaced with combustion-resistant nickel alloy;

Given the fact that the RD-0124 used on tomorrows launch was built in the same plant, is there any concern that similar substitutions happened on those engines?

Quote from a different tread (https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=17568.160).

Anyone here has given any thought about it?

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January 26, 2017 

Soyuz is “GO” for Arianespace’s first launch of 2017

Arianespace’s year-opening mission has been approved for liftoff tomorrow night from the Spaceport in French Guiana, using a Soyuz to place the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications relay platform into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

The authorization for this mission, designated Flight VS16 in Arianespace’s numbering system, was given today following the Launch Readiness Review, which validated the “go” status of Soyuz and its three-metric-ton-category satellite passenger, along with the Spaceport’s infrastructure and network of ground-based tracking stations.

This will be the first of up to 12 missions planned in 2017 by Arianespace, utilizing its medium-lift Soyuz, heavy-lift Ariane 5 and lightweight Vega launchers.

Underscoring Arianespace’s reactivity, the launch services provider is planning six of its 2017 missions during a three-month timeframe from tomorrow’s liftoff of Flight VS16 through the second half of April.

A new Soyuz launch profile from Sinnamary

Flight VS16’s 32-minute mission profile with Hispasat 36W-1 will mark the first use of Soyuz from French Guiana in a GTO payload deployment from French Guiana.

The fully-assembled Soyuz for tomorrow’s mission is on the ELS launch pad, located in the Spaceport’s northwestern sector within the commune of Sinnamary. It is protected by a 53-meter-tall mobile gantry, which will be rolled back at 1 hour, 10 minutes prior to liftoff.

Hispasat 36W-1 is the initial telecommunications satellite built with a SmallGEO series spacecraft platform, developed under the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program. The satellite was designed and manufactured by Germany’s OHB System AG.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/vs16-launch-readiness-review/

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Is it vehicle number R-15000-012 that is being prepared for this launch?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1589115#msg1589115
The first one listed in the post.

That is for the next launch?
This one is rocket 24/136?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1534267#msg1534267
This is my offer:
R-15000-012 (30/136)
source:
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/hispasat-36w-1.html


But Mr. Zak is quoting from the above post; the fairing he shows has a different serial number of 6/137. That is for the next launch.
« Last Edit: 01/27/2017 04:50 PM by Stan Black »

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Is it vehicle number R-15000-012 that is being prepared for this launch?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1589115#msg1589115
The first one listed in the post.

That is for the next launch?
This one is rocket 24/136?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1534267#msg1534267
This is my offer:
R-15000-012 (30/136)
source:
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/hispasat-36w-1.html


But Mr. Zak is quoting from the above post; the fairing he shows has a different serial number of 6/137. That is for the next launch.
One thing s clear:
 R15000-012
(roll-out Video 0:26 sec)

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Is it vehicle number R-15000-012 that is being prepared for this launch?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1589115#msg1589115
The first one listed in the post.

That is for the next launch?
This one is rocket 24/136?
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1534267#msg1534267
This is my offer:
R-15000-012 (30/136)
source:
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/hispasat-36w-1.html


But Mr. Zak is quoting from the above post; the fairing he shows has a different serial number of 6/137. That is for the next launch.
One thing s clear:
 R15000-012
(roll-out Video 0:26 sec)
mr Zak said that it is an error and will be corrected after the launch.

Correct information confirmed by Jester: Soyuz-ST-B  SZ20  24М136С  Р15000-012  81КС  Р15000-025  VS16 HISPASAT-AG1
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1635893#msg1635893
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=13239.msg1635964#msg1635964
« Last Edit: 01/27/2017 08:17 PM by russianhalo117 »

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WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FRENCH GUIANA.
ROCKETS.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 0053Z TO 0207Z DAILY
28 JAN THRU 27 FEB IN AREA BOUND BY
05-22.03N 052-52.20W, 05-25.89N 052-37.34W,
05-21.65N 052-31.55W, 05-10.45N 052-38.45W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 270307Z FEB 17.//

Authority: MARINE GUYANE 111410Z JAN 17.

Date: 230444Z JAN 17
Cancel: 27030700 Feb 17


NORTH ATLANTIC.
ROCKETS.
DNC 01.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS 28 JAN THRU 27 FEB DAILY
IN AREAS BOUND BY:
A. 0103Z TO 0207Z
05-03N 047-27W, 05-05N 047-28W,
05-19N 048-27W, 05-17N 048-25W.
B. 0003Z TO 02007Z
04-44N 045-08W, 04-49N 046-23W,
05-16N 046-22W, 05-12N 045-07W.
C. 0003Z TO 0207Z
04-12N 039-05W, 04-01N 039-02W,
04-35N 040-34W, 05-14N 040-32W.
D. 0104Z TO 0254Z
01-53N 002-08W, 01-34N 000-59E,
00-59N 000-56E, 01-18N 002-11W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 270354Z FEB 17.//

Authority: MARINE GUYANE 111410Z JAN 17.

Date: 230533Z JAN 17
Cancel: 27035400 Feb 17
« Last Edit: 01/27/2017 07:10 PM by input~2 »

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L-3 hours, 50 minutes. The Soyuz is continuing to be fueled for tonight's launch of Hispasat 36W-1.

Only RP-1 kerosene and liquid oxygen are being used in the Soyuz's main rocket stages; the Fregat fourth stage's unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine and dinitrogen tetroxide propellants were loaded between one and two months before launch day.
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