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Soyuz-U with Kosmos 2445 was launched today at 15:50 UT from launch pad 16/2 at Pleseck cosmodrome,  Launch was successful.

http://gazeta.ru/news/lastnews/2008/11/14/n_1296040.shtml
http://gazeta.ru/news/lenta/2008/11/14/n_1296048.shtml
« Last Edit: 11/15/2008 09:07 AM by anik »
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Re: Unannounced launch
« Reply #1 on: 11/14/2008 04:34 PM »
Any idea what type of satellite it is?

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Re: Unannounced launch
« Reply #2 on: 11/14/2008 04:36 PM »
Any idea what type of satellite it is?

IMINT, IMHO :)
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Re: Unannounced launch
« Reply #3 on: 11/14/2008 05:18 PM »
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Re: Unannounced launch
« Reply #4 on: 11/14/2008 05:22 PM »
Maybe it was this launcher :

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=14658.0

According to http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=1133.780 we have 3 possibilities:

end of year – Meridian No. 2 – Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat – Plesetsk
TBD – Kosmos (Kobal't-M) – Soyuz-U – Plesetsk
TBD – Kosmos (Liana-Lotos) – Soyuz-U – Plesetsk

I think, we have new Kobal't-M on orbit.
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Re: Unannounced launch
« Reply #5 on: 11/14/2008 05:53 PM »
end of year – Meridian No. 2 – Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat – Plesetsk
TBD – Kosmos (Kobal't-M) – Soyuz-U – Plesetsk
TBD – Kosmos (Liana-Lotos) – Soyuz-U – Plesetsk

It's not the Meridian.

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Re: Unannounced launch
« Reply #6 on: 11/14/2008 07:42 PM »
end of year – Meridian No. 2 – Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat – Plesetsk
TBD – Kosmos (Kobal't-M) – Soyuz-U – Plesetsk
TBD – Kosmos (Liana-Lotos) – Soyuz-U – Plesetsk

It's not the Meridian.

Initial orbit is 183x340 km, 67,18°. It's Kobal't-M.
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Re: Unannounced launch
« Reply #7 on: 11/15/2008 01:08 AM »
Here's my take:

On Nov 14 a Russian Defense Ministry Kobal't-M imaging reconnaissance
satellite codenamed Kosmos-2445 was launched into a 169 x 314 km x 67.1
deg orbit.

This is the fourth improved Kobal't satellite, all of which flew
in similar 67.1 deg orbits:
  Kobal't-M   Kosmos-2410  2004 Sep 24-2005 Jan 9 (107 days)
  Kobal't-M   Kosmos-2420  2006 May  3-2006 Jul 19 (77 days)
  Kobal't-M   Kosmos-2427  2007 Jun  7-2007 Aug 22 (76 days)
  Kobal't-M   Kosmos-2445  2008 Nov 14

We can therefore expect this mission to last at least until Jan 29.
The satellite consists of a propulsion module, and a recoverable
camera module. It also carries two small supplementary SpK recoverable film
capsules which will be deorbited during the mission - alas, I haven't
managed to figure out a way to tell when the SpK recoveries happen.

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Launch gallery is here :

Thank you very much for providing those images!!!!

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When I posted them, I thought : "Rui will be happy with that !"  ;-)
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Launch gallery is here :

http://www.kosmonavtika.com/lancements/2008/14112008/14112008photos.html

Interesting enlarged sections on that payload fairing.  Has that been seen with Kobol't-M launches before?

 - Ed Kyle

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Interesting enlarged sections on that payload fairing.  Has that been seen with Kobol't-M launches before?
BTW, Ed, it's "Kobal't" (a stone). The accent is on the "a".

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Wuuuhhhuuuuuu !!!! First time I see such pictures !!!
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Thank you for the images, quite interesting for me as I'd never seen Kobal't capsules. TKS-based design?
-DaviD-

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TKS-based design?

No, a design of its own

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