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Yamal-401 was delivered to Baikonur today: http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=3155

I did not notice until now that ILS was contracted to launch it despite Yamal-401 being Russian-built!  :o
« Last Edit: 12/14/2014 12:46 PM by Chris Bergin »
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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 12, 2014
« Reply #1 on: 10/27/2014 11:29 AM »
Yamal-402 was also contracted to ILS.

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 12, 2014
« Reply #2 on: 10/28/2014 09:06 AM »
Pics of the arrival of Yamal-401 posted by Roscosmos here:
http://www.roscosmos.ru/21051/

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 12, 2014
« Reply #3 on: 11/10/2014 03:18 PM »
The upper stage "Breeze-M" for launch of "Yamal-401" delivered to Baikonur.

roscosmos.ru

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 12, 2014
« Reply #4 on: 11/14/2014 02:08 PM »
Yamal-401 fuelling... http://www.roscosmos.ru/21112/ (in Russian)

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With Astra 2G grounded for several weeks due to problems with the Briz-M, will Yamal-401 take over as the prestige passenger of the 400th Proton? Sources are currently disagreeing with that: http://oborona.gov.ru/news/view/1456 says yes (i.e. Yamal-401 staying on Dec. 12 and Astra 2G NET late Dec.); http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2152811 and this:

Peter B. de Selding @pbdes
On Proton manifest, Gazprom's Yamal 401 was to be next, mid-Dec, then Inmarsat 5F2/Global Xpress in late Jan, a sched likely to be scrapped.

says no (both slipping due to possible commodity problems)

We shall see what happens....  ;)
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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 16, 2014
« Reply #6 on: 11/26/2014 12:15 PM »
Yamal-401 launch is now schedule for December 16.

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 16, 2014
« Reply #7 on: 12/02/2014 05:02 PM »
Launch preparations for Yamal-401: http://www.roscosmos.ru/21167/ (in Russian)

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 16, 2014
« Reply #8 on: 12/05/2014 11:27 AM »
http://www.roscosmos.ru/21174/

At Baikonur the next stage of preparation for the upcoming launch of the carrier rocket "Proton-M" with the upper stage "Breeze-M" and the Russian telecommunications spacecraft (SC) "Yamal-401".

 Preparation spacecraft "Yamal-401" to launch carried out by specialists of "Information Satellite Systems" Academician M.F.Reshetnёva. " At an early stage in the assembly building site 92A-50 were conducted final stages of preparation of the carrier rocket "Proton-M" for docking with the space head part (SHM). Today we have completed the preparation of the AU to the general assembly with the carrier rocket "Proton-M". Also, experts finalized verification work carried out and the spacecraft fairing knurling. However, the staff of the FSUE "TsENKI - Space Center" South "is prepared launch pad 81 to receive ILV" Proton-M ", which will orbit" Yamal-401 ".

 Previous launch rocket "Proton-M" was held October 22, 2014. As a result, was successfully launched into orbit Russian telecommunications spacecraft "Express-AM6."

 Launch of "Proton-M" with the spacecraft "Yamal-401" is scheduled for December 16.

 The new satellite orbital group of the Russian satellite operator "Gazprom Space Systems" is designed to provide relaying communications and broadcasting in Europe and Asia in a continuous mode. The satellite transponder 53 and six antennas operating in C- and Ku-band frequencies.

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 16, 2014
« Reply #10 on: 12/05/2014 06:11 PM »
Yamal-401 launch poster

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Russian media now reporting that this launch is moving up 1 day to December 15: http://www.interfax.ru/russia/411682

Thanks to that SpaceX again got an exclusive launch day.  ;)
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Rocket's final assembly completed.

http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=3184 (in Russian)
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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #13 on: 12/09/2014 03:35 PM »
NOTAM for 2nd stage and fairing debris

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P8567/14 -  ATS RTE SEGMENTS CLSD: A814 ARNUL - ADOBA, B206 ARNUL - AKTAS, G489 TELRU - AKTAS. SFC - UNL, 15 17 0005-0100, 15 DEC 00:05 2014 UNTIL 17 DEC 01:00 2014. CREATED: 09 DEC 07:30 2014

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P8607/14 -  RESTRICTED AREA UNR1238 ACT. SFC - UNL, 15 17 0005-0100, 15 DEC 00:05 2014 UNTIL 17 DEC 01:00 2014. CREATED: 11 DEC 10:58 2014
« Last Edit: 12/13/2014 07:28 PM by input~2 »

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #14 on: 12/10/2014 08:35 AM »
The launcher was taken to the fuelling stantion: http://www.roscosmos.ru/21182/ (in Russian)

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #15 on: 12/10/2014 08:39 AM »

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #16 on: 12/11/2014 06:44 AM »
http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=1&nid=3186

Carrier rocket "Proton-M" spacecraft "Yamal-401" is set to Launch pad

12/11/2014

Yesterday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome State Commission has decided to roll out the launch vehicle (ILV) "Proton-M" with the upper stage "Breeze-M" and the spacecraft "Yamal-401" to the launch pad.

In accordance with the decision of the State Commission this morning ILV "Proton-M" was delivered to the launch site and installed on the launcher. 

After supplying the rocket service tower and connecting communications specialists Khrunichev. Khrunichev and enterprises Roscosmos began work on the first day of the schedule.

Launch of spacecraft "Yamal-401" is scheduled for December 15th. This will be the seventh space launch, carried out in 2014 with the help of the carrier rocket "Proton", and 400th start in year history of the media (1965).

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #17 on: 12/11/2014 10:45 AM »
Launcher transported to the launch pad: (other images also at) http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=324

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #18 on: 12/11/2014 02:49 PM »
Roll-out images from Roscosmos: http://www.roscosmos.ru/21183/

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #19 on: 12/11/2014 05:58 PM »
Roscosmos' FB page is indicating that this launch is going on the 12th... any confirmation?!?!
 ( https://www.facebook.com/Roscosmos?hc_location=timeline )
« Last Edit: 12/11/2014 06:00 PM by BabaORileyUSA »

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #20 on: 12/11/2014 06:45 PM »
will be 15 December night

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #21 on: 12/11/2014 11:02 PM »
Roscosmos' FB page is indicating that this launch is going on the 12th... any confirmation?!?!
 ( https://www.facebook.com/Roscosmos?hc_location=timeline )

This is not the official Roscosmos FB page.

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #24 on: 12/13/2014 04:07 AM »
Thanks xm11. Launch time is 3:16 Moscow time (00:16 UTC).

Webcast starts 30 minutes before.

Video: http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=427
Trajectory: http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=428
Orbit in 3D space: http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=429
Telemetry in 3D space: http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=532
Audio: http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=430
« Last Edit: 12/13/2014 04:16 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #25 on: 12/13/2014 02:37 PM »
NOTAM for first stage debris
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K1715/14 -  ATS ROUTE SEGMENTS CLOSED A113 TIROK GISIR FM 25 TO 65 KM B822 LUGER BETIK FM 35 TO 85 KM SFC/UNL. 15 DEC 00:05 2014 UNTIL 15 DEC 01:00 2014. CREATED: 11 DEC 12:46 2014

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #26 on: 12/13/2014 02:47 PM »
NOTAM for Proton-M 3rd stage debris
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A4840/14 -  THE RUSSIAN FEDERAL SPACE AGENCY HAS PLANNED A MISSILE LAUNCH. DEBRIS FROM THIS LAUNCH WILL FALL WITHIN AN AREA BOUNDED BY 2515N16000E  2600N16045E  2330N16335E  2245N16248E BACK TO THE POINT OF ORIGIN.  IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY ALL NON-PARTICIPATING AIR TRAFFIC ARE ADVISED TO AVOID THE NOTAMED AREA.  IFR AIRCRAFT UNDER ATC JURISDICTION SHOULD ANTICIPATE CLEARANCE AROUND THE NOTAMED AREA. SFC - UNL, 2359-0130 DLY, 14 DEC 23:59 2014 UNTIL 18 DEC 01:30 2014. CREATED: 12 DEC 15:55 2014

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #27 on: 12/13/2014 02:58 PM »
4 Briz-M firings are planned to inject the satellite in an equatorial circular orbit with altitude 35,668.6 km
« Last Edit: 12/13/2014 03:23 PM by input~2 »

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #28 on: 12/13/2014 03:01 PM »
Thank you Input~2 for the details of the burns ...... do we have a timetable for these, please?
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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #29 on: 12/13/2014 03:10 PM »
Planned lift-off to S/C separation timeline
« Last Edit: 12/13/2014 03:11 PM by input~2 »

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Re: Proton-M/Briz-M launch with Yamal-401 - December 15, 2014
« Reply #30 on: 12/13/2014 03:15 PM »
Thank you, Input~2!
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"Tonight, we dine in hydrazine!" (C)  :P

Yes, 400 Protons is much cooler than 300 Spartans. Somehow, even with all its problems from 1965 till 2014, the thought that a rocket of the size of the Saturn IB is still in active duty after 400 flights in basically the same configuration (yes I know the number of incremental upgrades is huge) is......astonishing. Given its extremely chequered early history (9 failures in 11 launches 1969.1-1970.2 - had this been the Saturn IB/Titan III there would be zero chance that it would have survived this feat), it's amazing to see the Proton having a chance of actually getting to 500 flights before retirement.
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Heh. That's a great post. 400 milestone will give me an angle.

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Preparing for service tower roll-back.

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some linkage for the new ones ;)

http://yamal401.imgondemand.com/
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90 minutes for launch...

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Service tower roll-back has started.

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Service tower roll-back is completed...

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some linkage for the new ones ;)

http://yamal401.imgondemand.com/
If it helps anyone, this page defaults to using the Silverlight plugin which doesn't work in Chrome 64 bit and maybe other browsers/OS's.
Try
http://yamal401.imgondemand.com/Flash.aspx for the Flash version or
http://yamal401.imgondemand.com/iPhone.aspx for iOS

Edit: Seems like they updated the default page to include these options anyway...
« Last Edit: 12/14/2014 10:43 PM by IslandPlaya »

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"Tonight, we dine in hydrazine!" (C)  :P

Yes, 400 Protons is much cooler than 300 Spartans. Somehow, even with all its problems from 1965 till 2014, the thought that a rocket of the size of the Saturn IB is still in active duty after 400 flights in basically the same configuration (yes I know the number of incremental upgrades is huge) is......astonishing. Given its extremely chequered early history (9 failures in 11 launches 1969.1-1970.2 - had this been the Saturn IB/Titan III there would be zero chance that it would have survived this feat), it's amazing to see the Proton having a chance of actually getting to 500 flights before retirement.

What's most amazing to me about Proton is it's pioneering use of staged combustion hypergolic propellant engines, even more impressive than the Soviet Union's development of hydrocarbon SC engines.  The latter were challenging enough to develop, but hypergols are in a class of their own using very highly reactive and corrosive propellents.  No one else I'm aware of has attempted the design of such engines, far less attempt the development of F-1 class engines using the same SC cycle and propellants (RD-270)

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30 minutes for launch...

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Satori, which feed are you using? I'm only getting the below at

http://yamal401.imgondemand.com/Flash.aspx

The feed at

http://coopi.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=427

isn't showing anything.
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Satori, which feed are you using? I'm only getting the below at



I'm using the TsENKI feeds at http://www.tsenki.com/broadcast/broadcast/

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Everything is progressing smoothly for the 400th launch of Proton...

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L-20 minutes.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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L-18 minutes. This feed skips time!
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Broadcast up in 1 minute.
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L-17 minutes.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.


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ILS feed has started!
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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15 minutes for launch...

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Launch times.

L-15 minutes.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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« Last Edit: 12/14/2014 11:04 PM by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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Talking about mission.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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« Last Edit: 12/14/2014 11:06 PM by Steven Pietrobon »
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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10 minutes for launch... all looks good...

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Great animation.
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Talking about Gazprom.
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Previous launch?
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ILS still showing Gazprom.
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LAUNCH!!

They messed up the camera views and had me in a panic there!

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Lost ILS feed just before liftoff!
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MaxQ.
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First stage separation.

Second stage ignition.
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Some delays due to relaying of telemetry.
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some peel off
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Launch
« Last Edit: 12/14/2014 11:21 PM by Prober »
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Flight proceeding nominally.

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Fairing separation.
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Going to be a long haul of hours
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Third stage separation.
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Well, let's wait Briz-M does is job. Four firings on the next ~9 hours.

Spacecraft separation should take place at 0917UTC.

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Briz-M ignition.
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Briz-M main engine ignition.
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Lots of data, but my resolution is too low to read it.
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Looks like webcast is over on TsENKI.

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The first Briz-M burn should have ended by now. My feed has stopped.
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ILS feed is ending.
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Online Chris Bergin

Thanks for the great coverage everyone and all the best to you Steven, given what's happening in your country right now.

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Second Briz-M burn will take place from T+1h 7m 28s to T+1h 25m 23s.
« Last Edit: 12/14/2014 11:37 PM by Satori »

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Someone got the serial numbers of rocket parts for this flight?  ;)
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End of ILS broadcast.

Congratulations to ILS and Gazprom for a successful orbital insertion!

No worries Chris. Glad to be of help.
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Launch replay.

« Last Edit: 12/14/2014 11:46 PM by Steven Pietrobon »
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A view that doesn't freeze:

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Yamal-401 | Second Burn
December 14, 2014 8:50 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the Yamal-401 satellite onboard, we have received confirmation that the 2nd burn of the upper stage occurred and shut down as scheduled.

The next events are scheduled for about 2 hours from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn for approximately 18 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned. All this will happen in a span of almost 20 minutes while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the vehicle shortly after the APT is jettisoned.
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Wow, I think this the first time I've seen 2nd stage sep./3rd stage ignition from Baikonur! (easy to see down-range, but not from the launch site)

Briz-M's 3rd burn should be completed by now and external fuel tank jettison should happen very soon. We will know very shortly when it comes back into ground station coverage.  ;)
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Briz-M's 3rd burn and APT jettison completed without issues. 4th and last burn starts at 09:03 UTC.
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http://sen.com/news/yamal-401-launch-on-proton
04:10 UTC
Ground control confirmed that the third engine firing and the separation of the external tank had actually took place.

04:15 UTC
The telemetry accumulated onboard Briz-M during the flight out of range of ground stations and later downlinked to mission control indicates that the third engine cutoff and the jettisoning of the external tank took place 11 seconds ahead of schedule. (It is not an indication of a serious problem).
« Last Edit: 12/15/2014 03:17 AM by Olaf »

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All first three Briz-M firings were a little shorter than planned:
1st burn: -5s
2nd burn: -14s
3rd burn: -11s
APT was jettisonned 11s early
(should not represent an issue at this stage)

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What seems to be the Briz-M auxiliary tank (APT) has been catalogued by USSTRATCOM:
2014-082A/40345 in
397 x 35622 x 47.63° Arg of perigee: 359.88°
Planned orbit for APT was:
383 x 35651 km x 47.6° Arg of perigee: 0°

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Plume observed over Gorno-Altaisk near 2nd stage drop zone
http://www.gorno-altaisk.info/news/33930
(via http://novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/)

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4th Briz-M firing has started on the planned time

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Briz-M 4th burn shutdown and S/C separation occurred right on the mark.
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4th burn finished 11 s early and

Separation satellite achieved! (12 seconds early)

Запуск МД31629316290
Выключение МД3241432403-11
Отделение КА3248432472-12
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ILS ‏@ILSLaunch 9 minutes ago

Yamal-401 Mission Success with ILS PROTON!

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"Yamal-401" launched into the target orbit
http://www.federalspace.ru/21191/

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Exact launch time was 0016:00.021UTC

Spacecraft separation was 0917:12.302UTC

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Launch photos from Roscosmos http://www.roscosmos.ru/21189/

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Launch photos from Khrunichev http://www.khrunichev.ru/main.php?id=324

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Representation of 1st stage drop zone (Y401-4.jpg) and 2nd stage/fairing sections drop zones (Y401-5.jpg)
source: Khrunichev

N°327 = UNR1238 (NOTAMed area)
« Last Edit: 12/15/2014 11:10 AM by input~2 »

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Has anybody recorded the ILS webcast?

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What seems to be the Briz-M auxiliary tank (APT) has been catalogued by USSTRATCOM:
2014-082A/40345 in
397 x 35622 x 47.63° Arg of perigee: 359.88°
Planned orbit for APT was:
383 x 35651 km x 47.6° Arg of perigee: 0°
Latest TLE for this object (the only one catalogued so far) with epoch 1541UTC provides essentially the same orbit as above (epoch was 0418UTC) confirming that it represents the APT and not the stack

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Plume observed over Gorno-Altaisk near 2nd stage drop zone
http://www.gorno-altaisk.info/news/33930
(via http://novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/)


Not a straight path to orbit? It may explain why they keep missing the target. (I am not being serious.)

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Has anybody recorded the ILS webcast?

why bother, the launch stream died.  Better to watch other sources.
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Plume observed over Gorno-Altaisk near 2nd stage drop zone
http://www.gorno-altaisk.info/news/33930
(via http://novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/)


Not a straight path to orbit? It may explain why they keep missing the target. (I am not being serious.)

but they didn't miss the target on this launch, did they? (and I am being serious)  :P

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I like this image a bit better. Don't mind the telephone pole falling over... It happens to be perpendicular to the mountain horizon, so it is aesthetically okay.
« Last Edit: 12/16/2014 11:54 AM by TakeOff »

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As of now, 9 days after near-GSO injection, the satellite has apparently not yet been catalogued by USSTRATCOM
« Last Edit: 12/24/2014 08:07 AM by input~2 »

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No TLEs yet for the spacecraft.
However according to NK forum on January 1, Yamal-401 was in GEO with excentricity 0.0001 and longitude was 89.92°E

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No TLEs yet for the spacecraft.
However according to NK forum on January 1, Yamal-401 was in GEO with excentricity 0.0001 and longitude was 89.92°E

Looks like NORAD finally tracks the satellite and the Briz-M today - currently the satellite TLE is issued under 40347/2014-082C although I guess it will be swapped later on.  ::)
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