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YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« on: 09/20/2010 12:52 pm »
According to http://news.xinhuanet.com/mil/2010-09/20/c_12591386.htm China will launch the YG-11 YaoGan Weixing-11 remote sensing satellite from Jiuquan.
« Last Edit: 09/21/2010 10:46 pm by Satori »

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Online Chris Bergin

Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 21, 2010
« Reply #2 on: 09/20/2010 01:00 pm »
Getting a bit busy in China lately!
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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 21, 2010
« Reply #3 on: 09/20/2010 01:01 pm »
Getting a bit busy in China lately!

Indeed! And two more launches expected in the next two weeks!!!

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 21, 2010
« Reply #4 on: 09/20/2010 03:12 pm »
The use of CZ-2D was confirmed in the original announcement by China MoD
http://news.mod.gov.cn/headlines/2010-09/20/content_4195267.htm

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 21, 2010
« Reply #5 on: 09/21/2010 10:02 am »
NOTAM issued!

http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=11133&start=4

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A7580/10 - ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO FLY INTO AN AREA CENTERED AT
N405738E1001729 WITH RADIUS OF 10KM. VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL. SFC - UNL, 22
SEP 02:27 2010 UNTIL 22 SEP 02:47 2010. CREATED: 21 SEP 06:59 2010

A7581/10 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY
N350520E0983727-N350922E0981818-N353813E0982722-N353246E0985259
BACK TO START. VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL.ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO
FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 22 SEP 02:44 2010 UNTIL 22 SEP 02:52 2010. CREATED:
21 SEP 07:01 2010

A7582/10 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY
N330249E0980347-N330817E0973856-N340040E0975508-N335508E0982017
BACK TO START. VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL.ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO
FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 22 SEP 02:44 2010 UNTIL 22 SEP 02:59 2010. CREATED:
21 SEP 07:03 2010

First record denotes prohibited zone near the launch pad, the other two are, probably, for the first stage and shroud. The trajectory is as expected for a sun-synchronous orbit insertion. I guess the scheduled launch time is 02:42 UTC = 10:42 Beijing time, with descending node pass time of 09:00. And I guess that's JB-6 #04.
This message reflects my personal opinion based on open sources of information.

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 21, 2010
« Reply #6 on: 09/21/2010 02:10 pm »
NOTAM issued!

http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=11133&start=4

Quote
A7580/10 - ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO FLY INTO AN AREA CENTERED AT
N405738E1001729 WITH RADIUS OF 10KM. VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL. SFC - UNL, 22
SEP 02:27 2010 UNTIL 22 SEP 02:47 2010. CREATED: 21 SEP 06:59 2010

A7581/10 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY
N350520E0983727-N350922E0981818-N353813E0982722-N353246E0985259
BACK TO START. VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL.ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO
FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 22 SEP 02:44 2010 UNTIL 22 SEP 02:52 2010. CREATED:
21 SEP 07:01 2010

A7582/10 - A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA ESTABLISHED BOUNDED BY
N330249E0980347-N330817E0973856-N340040E0975508-N335508E0982017
BACK TO START. VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC-UNL.ALL ACFT ARE PROHIBITED TO
FLY INTO THE AREA. SFC - UNL, 22 SEP 02:44 2010 UNTIL 22 SEP 02:59 2010. CREATED:
21 SEP 07:03 2010

First record denotes prohibited zone near the launch pad, the other two are, probably, for the first stage and shroud. The trajectory is as expected for a sun-synchronous orbit insertion. I guess the scheduled launch time is 02:42 UTC = 10:42 Beijing time, with descending node pass time of 09:00. And I guess that's JB-6 #04.
Interesting information! The first prohibited zone is, as you    mentionned, centered on JSLC, the second (E Qinghai) is centered 620  km   SSW (azimuth ~195°); the third (NW Sichuan) is aligned with the   previous ones about 820 km from JSLC. 

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #7 on: 09/21/2010 10:48 pm »
Expecting the launch on the next few hours.

It is not usual to China to announce this kind of mission so in advance.
« Last Edit: 09/21/2010 10:48 pm by Satori »

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #8 on: 09/21/2010 10:52 pm »
I've got your article on standby to go on Rui :)

Also, if any of us see a launch photo in the Chinese media, please note, and we'll use and accredit.
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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #9 on: 09/22/2010 05:15 am »
There is an unofficial information of a launch at 0242 UTC (congrats to Liss for his prediction! :) ).
US observation has now TLE for PRC object 2010-047A/37165

giving an orbit of:
627.3 km x 657.4 km inclined  98.01°

This would be a similar orbit as for YG-2/YG-4/YG-7
« Last Edit: 09/22/2010 05:31 am by input~2 »

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #10 on: 09/22/2010 05:57 am »
How long does it usually take for the Chinese media to catch up with confirmation?
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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #11 on: 09/22/2010 06:13 am »
How long does it usually take for the Chinese media to catch up with confirmation?
Usually a couple of hours. Today's official confirmation is longer than usual.
However the successful launch was already announced on 1pm (LT) TV newscast (with still images of the launch)
http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/38661372-1290078633.html#1757503

also here at 12pm (LT)
http://space.tv.cctv.com/video/VIDE1285132938533882
« Last Edit: 09/22/2010 06:23 am by input~2 »

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #12 on: 09/22/2010 06:28 am »
Excellent, thanks!
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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #14 on: 09/22/2010 06:58 am »
Pictures of the launch available at
http://china.huanqiu.com/photo/2010-09/1120820.html

Launch time quoted there is 0240UTC

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #15 on: 09/22/2010 07:49 am »
How long does it usually take for the Chinese media to catch up with confirmation?
Usually a couple of hours. Today's official confirmation is longer than usual.
However the successful launch was already announced on 1pm (LT) TV newscast (with still images of the launch)
http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/38661372-1290078633.html#1757503

also here at 12pm (LT)
http://space.tv.cctv.com/video/VIDE1285132938533882
According to the reporter in the video, this launch also send two small satellites "ZDPS" (Zhe Da Pi Sing, it means Zhejiang University Pico Sat) into the orbit. There are rumors on Chinese wesite that this sat weight 3.5 kilogram with dimension 150mm x 150mm x 150mm and life span for 3 months. Maybe they are too small so that there are no TLEs for them.

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #16 on: 09/22/2010 07:58 am »
Great work Liss!!! Launch time was 0242:03.835UTC.
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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #17 on: 09/22/2010 08:35 am »

According to the reporter in the video, this launch also send two small satellites "ZDPS" (Zhe Da Pi Sing, it means Zhejiang University Pico Sat) into the orbit. There are rumors on Chinese wesite that this sat weight 3.5 kilogram with dimension 150mm x 150mm x 150mm and life span for 3 months. Maybe they are too small so that there are no TLEs for them.

Very likely Follow-on versions of Zheda Pixing 1, launched together with YG-2.

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #18 on: 09/22/2010 08:38 am »
A nice 55sec launch video with a representation of main satellite and both picosats release:
http://video.sina.com.cn/v/b/38651299-1290078633.html

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Re: YaoGan Weixing-11 launch - September 22, 2010
« Reply #19 on: 09/22/2010 09:13 am »
Here is the official confirmation press release
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2010-09/22/c_12597062.htm
bearing a time tag of 0808 UTC for a launch time of 0242 UTC!

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