Author Topic: Soyuz ST-B Flight VS11 - Galileo FOC-M2 FM03&04 - March 27, 2015 (21:46 UTC)  (Read 48699 times)

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Looks like the Russians are asking for a (short) slip to this launch because of conflicting schedules of TsSKB Progress engineers which needs to prepare for the launch of Soyuz TMA-16M, which is currently scheduled on March 27 GMT, meaning that there won't be enough people to work on this down in the Amazon.

I guess this will be a several day slip?

Source: http://www.militarynews.ru/story.asp?rid=1&nid=365001
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Interesting, however our launch date currently is still the 26th, not the 27th....

still interesting, however it seems we swap with Soyuz TMA-16M and launch on the 27th, and they launch on the 26th, not confirmed...
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FM03 and FM04 have arrived in CSG.


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February 6, 2015 – Soyuz Flight VS11

The two Galileo satellite passengers for launch on Arianespace’s next Soyuz flight have now been delivered to French Guiana, enabling the start-up of payload preparations for this medium-lift mission.

Transported by a Boeing 747 cargo jetliner, the pair arrived overnight at Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne – after which these satellites, protected inside their shipping containers, were unloaded and subsequently moved by road to the Spaceport early this morning.

OHB System built the two Galileo spacecraft in Bremen, Germany as prime contractor. Their navigation payloads, which will generate the precision positioning measurements and services to users worldwide, were supplied by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. in Guildford, UK.

The Galileo program is Europe’s initiative for satellite navigation, providing a highly accurate global positioning system under civilian control – to consist of 30 satellites in total, along with European control centers and a worldwide network of sensor and uplink stations.

To deliver highly accurate positioning for most places on Earth, the complete Galileo constellation will be distributed along three circular medium Earth orbit planes at an operational altitude of 23,222 km., inclined 56 deg. to the equator.

The network’s complete operational and ground infrastructure will be deployed during Galileo’s Full Operational Capability phase, which is managed and funded by the European Commission, with the European Space Agency delegated as the design and procurement agent on the Commission’s behalf.

The upcoming mission, designated Flight VS11 in Arianespace’s numbering system, will mark the company’s fourth launch to date with Galileo spacecraft.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1257.asp
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Fairing serial T 15000-021

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Some pics of the Galileo satellites after arrival (opening shipping containers, fit check).
Source: http://www.csgpreparationlancement.com/soyouz/vol-soyouz-11-controle-des-satellites-galileo/

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Fit and checked! Payload preparations advance for Arianespace’s Soyuz mission with Galileo spacecraft

 February 13, 2015 – Soyuz Flight VS11

The third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed “fit” for their Arianespace Soyuz launch in March, having made initial contact with the mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana.

This week’s activity – which is called the fit check – was completed over a two-day period inside the Spaceport’s S1A payload preparation building. The two satellites were installed separately, with the Flight Model #3 (FM3) spacecraft integrated on – and subsequently removed from – the dispenser on Monday. Flight Model #4 (FM4) underwent the same process the following day.

The payload dispenser for Galileo was developed by RUAG Space Sweden for Arianespace, and carries one satellite on each side. It will deploy the spacecraft during their Soyuz launch by firing a pyrotechnic separation system to release them in opposite directions at the orbital insertion point.

Final integration on the dispenser is to be performed during upcoming processing at the Spaceport, and will be followed by the completed unit’s installation on Soyuz.

This March 27 mission – designated Flight VS11 in Arianespace’s numbering system – will be the company’s fourth launch carrying spacecraft for the Galileo constellation, which is Europe’s initiative for a satellite-based navigation system. FM3 and FM4 were built by OHB System, with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. supplying their navigation payloads.

The Galileo network’s complete operational and ground infrastructure will be deployed during the Full Operational Capability phase, which is managed and funded by the European Commission. The European Space Agency has been delegated as the design and procurement agent on the Commission’s behalf.

http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2015/1261.asp
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launch time

18:46:18 Local


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launch time

18:46:18 Local

Clarification: that would be 2 hours after the new ISS 1-year expedition departs Earth (March 27 @ 19:43 UTC), correct?
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launch time

18:46:18 Local

Clarification: that would be 2 hours after the new ISS 1-year expedition departs Earth (March 27 @ 19:43 UTC), correct?

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=34129.msg1324905#msg1324905

our launch dated changed to 27th because of Soyuz TMA-16M, we swapped I assume they launch on the 26th....

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Launch poster of CSG (Kourou space center).
Note that the Galileo sats are called "7 and 8" here

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Launch poster of CSG (Kourou space center).
Note that the Galileo sats are called "7 and 8" here

those are EC names,  both on this poster and the fairing logo its 7 and 8, technical names remain FM03 and FM04
and if you really want to complicate it further, you can also use GSAT203 and GSAT204 ;-)

Local launch team t-shirts will have FM03 and FM04....

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Launch poster of CSG (Kourou space center).
Note that the Galileo sats are called "7 and 8" here

those are EC names,  both on this poster and the fairing logo its 7 and 8, technical names remain FM03 and FM04
and if you really want to complicate it further, you can also use GSAT203 and GSAT204 ;-)

Local launch team t-shirts will have FM03 and FM04....

Just like any other things, everything in Europe is so complicated... :-[

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Launch poster of CSG (Kourou space center).
Note that the Galileo sats are called "7 and 8" here

those are EC names,  both on this poster and the fairing logo its 7 and 8, technical names remain FM03 and FM04
and if you really want to complicate it further, you can also use GSAT203 and GSAT204 ;-)

Local launch team t-shirts will have FM03 and FM04....

Just like any other things, everything in Europe is so complicated... :-[
Quite unlike the GPS system, where the latest satellite is variously GPS IIF-8, Navstar 2F-8, Navstar 72, SV-8, SVN 69, PRN 3 and USA 258

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Video of Soyuz rocket assembly


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Fueling done, all nominal

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Launch kit
« Last Edit: 03/14/2015 07:11 am by Jester »

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Launch kit

If my calculation is correct, then the satellites will separate around 3 minutes before the nominal ISS docking time of the 1-year expedition!  :o (01:33/01:36 UTC March 28)
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