Author Topic: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011  (Read 260617 times)

Online Chris Bergin

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I wonder, do we need two threads?


Nope.

We're up to page 40. Most people have this as their update thread link. Half the "news" updates are based on the speculation, naturally. And most people can work out the difference between an update and a person's thoughts.

What we can/will do is move to a fresh update thread when we either have an End of Mission point (let's hope not) or the obvious move to the spacecraft thread to cover the transit to Phobos.

We're best avoiding this thread turning into a debate about how many threads we need ;)

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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #586 on: 11/10/2011 02:35 PM »
Interesting comment about the fuel onboard  at the foot of this article...

http://news.yahoo.com/russia-struggles-save-mars-moon-probe-103419852.html

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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #587 on: 11/10/2011 02:40 PM »
Ouch! Shades of Akatsuki, but possibly no second chance...

more than Akatsuki, it's shades of Nozomi and CONTOUR. and the Russians did the same bad choice that doomed these missions: having no ground stations tracking the burn.
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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #588 on: 11/10/2011 02:53 PM »
Greetings from me again.

I have news to report. We have a plan for this evening. I will be calling it a sound plan.


http://ria.ru/science/20111110/485724052.html

Russian specialists will try to turn on the main transmitter of Phobos-Grunt, says a specialist from the space industry. Today we have not only the Russians listening for a signal, but also a European base in Australia.

It was announced earlier that Russians will try to contact the spacecraft today in 22:00-23:00 MSK which  means it's two hours after posting my comment.

During the first signal received from the probe it was found out that the solar panels have deployed, the spacecraft is Sun-oriented, and the batteries are being recharged. Then the transmitter was about to be turned off according to the on-board program sequence. He was then scheduled to be turned on several times after, but no signal has been received.

The good news is - the transmitter can be turned on if commanded from Earth. This is what specialists are going to do today. They will send commands to turn the transmitter on and they will listen.
« Last Edit: 11/10/2011 03:00 PM by Svetoslav »
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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #589 on: 11/10/2011 02:58 PM »
Some good news. Let's hope for the best in a few hours.
« Last Edit: 11/10/2011 02:58 PM by mr. mark »

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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #590 on: 11/10/2011 03:00 PM »
I'm still holding out hope  ;D

I don't think it will fall out of orbit or lose power from what I've seen so far.

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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #591 on: 11/10/2011 03:05 PM »
Highly unlikely. Russia has no ASAT capacity. Nor do they have ABMs that can be modified to act as ASATs, like the SM-3 could.

To be precise, Russia has no announced, tested, ASAT system. However, several years ago they announced their intention to develop one, and Anatoly Zak gave a talk last week where he showed a picture of a previously-secret ASAT that they had developed in the 1980s that he believes is what they are currently working on.

But I don't expect them to do that even if they have the system ready.

Interesting question: The U.S. actually has formal standards that state that a vehicle must be de-orbited if it poses a risk to public safety. Do we know if the Russians have similar standards?

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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #592 on: 11/10/2011 03:09 PM »
more than Akatsuki, it's shades of Nozomi and CONTOUR. and the Russians did the same bad choice that doomed these missions: having no ground stations tracking the burn.

Lack of telemetry coverage had nothing to do with the failures.  It just made the failure investigations harder.
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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #593 on: 11/10/2011 03:14 PM »
more than Akatsuki, it's shades of Nozomi and CONTOUR. and the Russians did the same bad choice that doomed these missions: having no ground stations tracking the burn.

Lack of telemetry coverage had nothing to do with the failures.  It just made the failure investigations harder.
Isn't that a failure unto itself?
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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #594 on: 11/10/2011 03:22 PM »
Lack of telemetry coverage had nothing to do with the failures.  It just made the failure investigations harder.

and in the case of Nozomi it made the recovery impossible
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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #595 on: 11/10/2011 03:23 PM »
http://ria.ru/science/20111110/485786418.html

Latest news from RIA Novosti:

ESA's stations so far have failed to pick up a signal from Phobos-Grunt. More attempts will be made later.

Let's hope that by then Russia will be able to send the commands and turn on the transmitter...
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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #596 on: 11/10/2011 03:23 PM »
The latest rumour on NK has it that the low-gain omnidirectional antenna is not visible from the ground stations as the first fuel tank (the one that was supposed to be disposed of after the first burn) covers it. Which in turn means that they cannot reset the spacecraft and send orders (the directional antennas have really small field of view so chances of a signal being in the way are non-existent). If that is the case, is there any chance that they could get lucky and get a shot at the directional receivers or perhaps put enough power so that the craft could detect the input on the low-gain antenna?

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Re: LIVE: Zenit-2SB launch with Phobos-Grunt - November 8, 2011
« Reply #597 on: 11/10/2011 03:24 PM »
Sorry, I have to leave you again... I will report more news (if there are any) about three hours later
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The latest rumour on NK has it that the low-gain omnidirectional antenna is not visible from the ground stations as the first fuel tank (the one that was supposed to be disposed of after the first burn) covers it. Which in turn means that they cannot reset the spacecraft and send orders (the directional antennas have really small field of view so chances of a signal being in the way are non-existent). If that is the case, is there any chance that they could get lucky and get a shot at the directional receivers or perhaps put enough power so that the craft could detect the input on the low-gain antenna?

Thanks for passing on. While there's still a chance, there's always hope!

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Sorry, I have to leave you again... I will report more news (if there are any) about three hours later

You're doing fine work! Nearly 100,000 reads for this thread - over half of which are since the problem was noted, so there's a good amount of interest in any media and internal (even if we need to class as rumor) updates from our guys or the NK guys.

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