Author Topic: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010  (Read 15599 times)

Offline William Graham

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #20 on: 06/22/2010 11:06 pm »
So what happened to Ofek-8?

That's what I was thinking too. We know that in the past there were several attempts by Israel to launch satellites. It's possible that there was a launch failure since 2007?
The strange thing is that earlier this year there were reports that the Ofek-9 programme had "stalled". Those still stated that Ofek-8 would be the next launch, but I doubt if there had been a failure in the last few months they could have turned around and launched again so quickly.

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #21 on: 06/23/2010 12:55 am »
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4681651&c=MID&s=AIR

This article calls the rocket an "improved" Shavit, mentioning three stages. 

Any ideas about the "improvement"?

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #22 on: 06/23/2010 01:56 am »
So what happened to Ofek-8?
That's what I was thinking too. We know that in the past there were several attempts by Israel to launch satellites. It's possible that there was a launch failure since 2007?
Insiders report otherwise. Allegedly, the rename of Ofeq-8 into Ofeq-9 was an attempt to break the jinx of even numbers. Yes, I too think that it's a batshit insane explanation, but reportedly the initiators of it feel completely vindicated today. Wait for Ofeq-11 now.
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Re: Next Israeli Launch - Ofeq 8
« Reply #23 on: 06/23/2010 04:48 am »
ofeq 9 has been launched from palmahim air base just a few moments ago :).

Ofeq 9???????

What about Ofeq 8?!
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Re: Next Israeli Launch - Ofeq 8
« Reply #24 on: 06/23/2010 05:10 am »

Ofeq 9???????

What about Ofeq 8?!
"TecSAR ...now occupies the Ofeq-8 slot in the Israeli MoD lineup"
source: Defense News, Space News
(see also earlier post by Yarrah)

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #25 on: 06/23/2010 06:09 am »
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4681651&c=MID&s=AIR

This article calls the rocket an "improved" Shavit, mentioning three stages. 

Any ideas about the "improvement"?

 - Ed Kyle

I think, it referres to the stretched version, which was also used in the launch of Ofeq 7

There were three known evolutions of the Shavit rocket:
* Shavit with ATSM-9 motors as 1st and 2nd stages
* "Shavit-1" with stretched ATSM-13 as 1st and standard ATSM-9 as 2nd stage
* "Shavit-2" with stretched ATSM-13 as 1st and 2nd stages

Images of the three versions for comparison:
http://space.skyrocket.de/index_frame.htm?http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_lau/shavit.htm

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #26 on: 06/23/2010 06:43 am »
Israel Aerospace Industries (which developed and produced Ofeq-9) has published a launch pic on its website: http://www.iai.co.il/32981-41124-en/MediaRoom_News.aspx

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #27 on: 06/23/2010 10:07 am »
More IAI pictures from here:
« Last Edit: 06/23/2010 10:20 am by input~2 »

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #28 on: 06/23/2010 11:33 am »
Does anyone know the exact launch time? All I've seen so far is "a little after 22:00 [local time]". It would be nice to at least know the minutes

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #29 on: 06/23/2010 11:51 am »
Does anyone know the exact launch time? All I've seen so far is "a little after 22:00 [local time]". It would be nice to at least know the minutes

The MoD announcement said "at 22:00 hrs"

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #30 on: 06/23/2010 11:54 am »
Does anyone know the exact launch time? All I've seen so far is "a little after 22:00 [local time]". It would be nice to at least know the minutes

According to user Leroy from Novosti Kosmonavtiki forum:
http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=10932&start=36
who was launch eyewitness (800-900 meters from the launch site), the rocket launched exactly at 22:00 local (19:00 GMT).
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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #31 on: 06/23/2010 11:59 am »
Does anyone know the exact launch time? All I've seen so far is "a little after 22:00 [local time]". It would be nice to at least know the minutes

The MoD announcement said "at 22:00 hrs"

I have just run the initial Two-Lines through my launch time calculator and that gives a time of 18:59 UT.   So a launch on the hour is within my error bound.
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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #32 on: 06/23/2010 12:09 pm »

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #33 on: 06/23/2010 01:20 pm »
Does anyone know the exact launch time? All I've seen so far is "a little after 22:00 [local time]". It would be nice to at least know the minutes

The MoD announcement said "at 22:00 hrs"

I have just run the initial Two-Lines through my launch time calculator and that gives a time of 18:59 UT.   So a launch on the hour is within my error bound.

Agreed
Comparing the ground track with that of Ofeq 7, I get 19:00 UT +/- 1 min
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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #34 on: 06/23/2010 04:50 pm »
With the retrospective renaming of TechSAR to Ofeq 8 to avoid the Great Even-Numbered Ofeq Destroyer, can we look forward to EROS-A 1 and EROS-B becoming Ofeqs 10 and 12 at some point?


On a more serious note, this could be the last Ofeq/photoreconnaissance launch for a while.   It is reported that this is the final flight of the 2000 platform and that future launches will use the 3000 platform, unveiled at Paris in 2007.   However, Israel is looking for international collaboration for the development of the new satellite platform - maybe India? - and so this funding problem could cause a longer gap in launches than the 2.5-3 years that we have seen typically since 1995.
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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #35 on: 06/23/2010 07:57 pm »
Tecsar and opsat 300 are basiclly the same platform:
http://www.iai.co.il/32540-32805-en/MediaRoom_NewsArchives_2005.aspx?PageNum=5

So the platform is already "proven" w/tecsar launched 2008.

Also the Israel/French VENUS science satellite which should be launched 2012 (got delayed already for a couple of years from 2009/2010) looks to use the same platform.
http://smsc.cnes.fr/VENUS/satellite.htm

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #36 on: 06/24/2010 07:57 pm »
A News item from channel 10 in Israel
http://news.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleId=727432&sid=126

Has a nice animation, some footage from the control room and a few words from an IAF officer as well as the head of the space program at the Israeli MoD, saying that it was his tenth launch - and the excitment was as high as the first launch.

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Re: Ofeq-9 launch - June 22, 2010
« Reply #37 on: 06/24/2010 08:08 pm »
... saying that it was his tenth launch ...

Tenth launch? So two unconfirmed launches (1991/1993) are confirmed now?
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