Author Topic: LIVE: Soyuz-2-1B launch - Meteor-M and other satellites - September 17, 2009  (Read 49379 times)

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http://www.roscosmos.ru/NewsDoSele.asp?NEWSID=7412

The launch of Meteor-M has been postponed due to bad weather.

EDIT: This cannot be true. This simply cannot be true.
« Last Edit: 09/15/2009 02:12 pm by Svetoslav »

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Next launch opportunity for tomorrow at the same time
« Last Edit: 09/15/2009 02:14 pm by jan_carlo_bascu »

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Current weather: Some clouds, no wind, no visibility restrictions, and not forecast to change today. Temps around 70*F.

Tomorrow's forecast is the same but about 10*F warmer.
« Last Edit: 09/15/2009 02:16 pm by rdale »

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Current weather: Some clouds, no wind, no visibility restrictions, and not forecast to change today. Temps around 70*F.

Tomorrow's forecast is the same but about 10*F warmer.

I was checking that too. The weather doesn't look bad at all.

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Google says it is raining at the Cosmodrome, but I'm not sure where that info comes from. And the humidity is so low, at the worst it would be considered sprinkles.

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This is what is written on the website of Roscosmos. "Due to unfavorable meteorological conditions".

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From Google
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Now: Raining
Winds: South East - 1.5 M/H
Humidity: 62 %
« Last Edit: 09/15/2009 02:44 pm by jan_carlo_bascu »

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From Google

That's what I noted above - but no other site in the area reports rain, and the humidity is so low that any rain would be very light, and I'm pretty sure sprinkles won't stop the launch.

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http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=315329

The launch of the Soyuz 2 rocket with Meteor-M and six smaller satellites was delayed due to meteorological conditions.

The launch day is now September 16th.

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Are there any images of the IRIS payload available ?

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http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=315329

The launch of the Soyuz 2 rocket with Meteor-M and six smaller satellites was delayed due to meteorological conditions.

The launch day is now September 16th.
Unusual for Russia to scrub for weather.

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This is why I posted "This cannot be true". I couldn't believe my eyes :) I can't remember when a Soyuz or a Proton launch was delayed due to bad weather the last time.

Personally I feel so frustrated when the shuttle is delayed several times in a roll due to bad weather that I start to believe it will never launch. Sometimes people love to draw parallels and say: "NASA can never launch on time, but the Russians...". Obviously bad weather can prevent a launch of Soyuz, too.
« Last Edit: 09/15/2009 03:10 pm by Svetoslav »

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Obviously bad weather can prevent a launch of Soyuz, too.

I wouldn't say obvious yet - until we find out exactly what conditions existed that prevented the launch...

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I'm searching through the Ru-net, but I cannot find more information. What I can say for sure is that the launch was 100% delayed and the official information is that it was delayed due to bad weather.
« Last Edit: 09/15/2009 03:22 pm by Svetoslav »

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It shall be noted that the 4,1 m fairing is used for this launch and this launch vehicle configuration is more restricted with regard to the wind gradient at the high altitude. So it is nothing to do with surface weather.

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Winds are fairly light overhead as well - out of the north at 5-10mph then shifting to the west at 20mph by 30,000ft overhead. Is that really over the limit?

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About two times more in speed and altitude

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I'm not sure I understand - are you saying that their limit at 30000ft is 10mph?

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I want to say that in 20000ft – 60000ft range there are limits about 40mph on winds and about 30mphpkm on gradient.

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