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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #105 on: 04/23/2012 12:26 PM »
Via 9ifly space forum, Shenzhou-9 at Jiuquan.

Apparently these are OLD photographs of Shenzhou 6......  :P

I thought same before. Photos from weibo can be interesting, though no one can claim they are not 5 years old...   ;D  ;D

No new comments about launch date? Till now it seems august term is still not ruled out officialy.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #106 on: 04/27/2012 08:25 AM »
All gone very quiet on the SZ-9 front, with no new Chinese media commentary for 2/3 weeks, and particularly, no report of the launcher being delivered to JSLC.

Based on the sequence of events leading up to the previous SZ/TG related launches, it needs to be there very soon, if they are going to make the early June window............
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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #107 on: 05/05/2012 01:53 AM »
Some good news: the Long March 2F rocket has been completed, and on today a delivery ceremony will take place at CALT's plant before the rocket heads to JSLC via rail. (source) Last year the rocket for TG-1 was delivered on July 15 and was originally tracking for launch on August 30 (before the SJ-11 launch failure happened)(photos here), so maybe the Chinese are thinking of launching in late June - early July?
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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #108 on: 05/05/2012 04:48 AM »
That is good news. For SZ-8, the equivalent dates are 24th September and 31st October; 37 days from arrival at JSLC to launch. Presumably it will leave the plant soon after today's ceremony, so how long does the rail journey take?

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #109 on: 05/05/2012 09:45 AM »
The ceremony itself: http://www.calt.com/xwzx/zyxw/2012050512215011b2d8.html

P.S. The press release confirms that there will be one woman taikongnaut on board!
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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #110 on: 05/05/2012 12:53 PM »
I am not cross-checking with Bob Christy's data to ensure that my thoughts are independent of his.   Currently, it looks as if the orbit of Tiangong 1 will reach the 31 circuits repeating orbit altitude around the end of the first week of July or the beginning of the second week.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #111 on: 05/05/2012 02:09 PM »
I am not cross-checking with Bob Christy's data to ensure that my thoughts are independent of his.   Currently, it looks as if the orbit of Tiangong 1 will reach the 31 circuits repeating orbit altitude around the end of the first week of July or the beginning of the second week.

Bob Christy's detailed analysis (on the previous landing times for Shenzhou missions and the orbit variations of TG-1) points to mid-July as the currently most probable launch window, but an earlier opportunity in late June is also possible.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #112 on: 05/10/2012 04:25 AM »
Some good news: the Long March 2F rocket has been completed, and on today a delivery ceremony will take place at CALT's plant before the rocket heads to JSLC via rail. (source) Last year the rocket for TG-1 was delivered on July 15 and was originally tracking for launch on August 30 (before the SJ-11 launch failure happened)(photos here), so maybe the Chinese are thinking of launching in late June - early July?

Per Xinhua news, both the processing team and the rocket itself arrived at JSLC yesterday.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #113 on: 05/10/2012 08:01 AM »
Now that the booster is actually at JSLC, we can ponder some interesting dates:-

TG-1 booster arrived 23rd July for planned launch on 30th August (which was of course delayed due to SJ-11 event) Processing time 38 days

SZ-8 booster arrived 24th September for launch 1st November (local time, and correcting my post above) Processing time 38 days

SZ-9 booster arrived 9th May - possible processing time 38 days - projected launch date 16th June?

I'm not suggesting this is a definitive date; only the Chinese know their plans, but it would seem to fit the previously achieved schedule.
 

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #114 on: 05/10/2012 01:56 PM »
Some good news: the Long March 2F rocket has been completed, and on today a delivery ceremony will take place at CALT's plant before the rocket heads to JSLC via rail. (source) Last year the rocket for TG-1 was delivered on July 15 and was originally tracking for launch on August 30 (before the SJ-11 launch failure happened)(photos here), so maybe the Chinese are thinking of launching in late June - early July?

Per Xinhua news, both the processing team and the rocket itself arrived at JSLC yesterday.



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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #115 on: 05/11/2012 04:11 PM »
Warning, take the news below with a large bag of salt!

A forum member claimed that Shenzhou 9 will be launched "around June 28". Can't judge his truthfulness at this moment, but he also claimed that the next Chinese launch will carry a radar satellite. So maybe he's an insider, or he's not.  :-\

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #116 on: 05/11/2012 05:33 PM »
Now that the booster is actually at JSLC, we can ponder some interesting dates:-

TG-1 booster arrived 23rd July for planned launch on 30th August (which was of course delayed due to SJ-11 event) Processing time 38 days

SZ-8 booster arrived 24th September for launch 1st November (local time, and correcting my post above) Processing time 38 days

SZ-9 booster arrived 9th May - possible processing time 38 days - projected launch date 16th June?

I'm not suggesting this is a definitive date; only the Chinese know their plans, but it would seem to fit the previously achieved schedule.
 

In addition to the factors in my previous post, 16th/17th June has also been computed at www.zarya.info as the start of an 8 day launch window, which would allow SZ-9 to rendezvous and dock with TG-1, and then return after 13 days and land, in daylight, in the target landing area.

The previous such window is in late May - now far too soon - and the next one, possible, but improbable, is in mid-July - a fallback option maybe.

The date referred to above, 28th June, does not support the flight plan already publicised, unless the overall mission pattern is to be very different to previous SZ missions, which seems highly unlikely.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #117 on: 05/16/2012 11:04 AM »
Just had a look at the latest Tiangong 1 orbital data and the lab should be in the 31-circuits repeating orbit at the end of June.

So we might see Shenzhou 9 in the last 7-10 days of June?

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #118 on: 05/18/2012 08:53 PM »
A mobilization meeting of the launch team for the SZ-9 mission took place at Jiuquan to prepare for the upcoming launch.

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Re: SZ-9 Shenzhou 9, CZ-2F/G, Jiuquan, June 2012 launch
« Reply #119 on: 05/19/2012 08:39 AM »
This source reports that the launch will occur at "around June 20", with the flight duration around 10 days. Crew consists of two male and one female.

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