Author Topic: LIVE: Túpac Katari 'TKSat-1' CZ-3B/E Xichang , December 20, 2013 (1642UTC)  (Read 50981 times)

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They sure like to overfly Taiwan, don't they? :D

Also - is there no commonality with the CZ-4 third stage that would cause a delay due to the last launch failure?
None that I know of. It was formally cleared by the Launch Centre and a Chinese Commission (source link can be found in the failure thread for the last China launch).

Here:
The launch will not be affected by the CBERS launch failure and is still on track for launch on December 20 GMT - in fact the Bolivians are planning a party in La Paz for the launch! (and president Evo Morales will head to Xichang for the launch)

http://www.la-razon.com/sociedad/satelite-acoplado-cohete-lanzamiento_0_1959404077.html
http://www.la-razon.com/sociedad/Lanzamiento-TKSAT-1-festejara-Paz_0_1958804123.html
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 Given the amount of preparation going on still, it doesn't look like it. The CZ-3 and CZ-4 third stages are different technologically (cryogenic V. hypergolic) and were developed at about the same time by different institutes, so AFAIK there's little or no commonality.

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LIVE launch broadcast from Bolivia TV will be available at:
https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6378553/events/2624491
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Launch time will be 1642UTC
(source: Agencia Boliviana Espacial)

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Seems to be cloudy in Xichang!
(from microblogger on site)

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Lots of pre-launch preparation photos here: http://tech.gmw.cn/2013-12/20/content_9871076.htm
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Special broadcast from Bolivia TV has started on
https://new.livestream.com/accounts/6378553/events/2624491

I expect such a vibrant satellite launch party for the next Falcon 9 launch.  ;)
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Cool! A webcast! :)

 I have Rui's article ready to go, so we'll treat this with full coverage. South American coverage is usually very sport, so this should be fun!
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60 minutes to planned lift-off!


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Yeha!!!!! Metal rules!!!!!!!!!!

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Yeha!!!!! Metal rules!!!!!!!!!!

This is surreal! ;D
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Apparently some snow falling in Xichang
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En la zona donde se lanzará el satélite comenzó a nevar de este este momento. Según personeros chinos la nieve cae después de mucho...

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A lot of people there. Some wearing satellite hats!
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T-14 mins.
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Yeha!!!!! Metal rules!!!!!!!!!!

This is surreal! ;D
I thought I've been watching a re-run of a New Year celebration... :D
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Álvaro García Linera - Vice President of Bolivia
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