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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #20 on: 10/11/2018 12:41 PM »
Any impacts on this launch because of the MS-10  Failure?

Will be likely delayed.

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #21 on: 10/11/2018 06:16 PM »
Any impacts on this launch because of the MS-10  Failure?

Will be likely delayed.

I'm hearing the same thing. The strap-on boosters of R7-derived vehicles, such as Soyuz-FG and Soyuz-ST, are now suspect, courtesy of the MS-10 mishap earlier today.

Soyuz-ST uses the same basic set-up for the strap-on boosters. Until they are cleared the booster for this mission is grounded.

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #22 on: 10/11/2018 07:39 PM »
Any impacts on this launch because of the MS-10  Failure?

Will be likely delayed.

I'm hearing the same thing. The strap-on boosters of R7-derived vehicles, such as Soyuz-FG and Soyuz-ST, are now suspect, courtesy of the MS-10 mishap earlier today.

Soyuz-ST uses the same basic set-up for the strap-on boosters. Until they are cleared the booster for this mission is grounded.
All Soyuz versions are grounded by the State commission with the lone exception of Soyuz-2.1v which does not use the strap-on boosters.

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #23 on: 10/18/2018 11:12 PM »
The last I heard, a final check on the boosters is planned, the result is expected to be positive (because the failure is allegedly due to mounting and not manufacturing) and the launch is supposed to proceed as scheduled.

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #24 on: 10/21/2018 08:36 PM »
Cross-post from the BepiColombo launch thread, post-successful-launch speeches, Stephane Israel:
Next mission is for Eumetsat on 6 November [local time]. Waiting on information from Roscosmos.
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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #25 on: 10/23/2018 03:28 AM »
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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #26 on: 10/30/2018 02:51 AM »
Getting ready for MetOp-C

European Space Agency, ESA
Published on Oct 29, 2018

The third in the series of MetOp satellites is scheduled for launch on 7 November from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou. In this special edition of Earth from Space, ESA’s MetOp-C project manager, Stéfane Carlier, talks about this latest polar-orbiting weather satellite and how its range of instruments provide data on a host of atmospheric variables such as temperature and humidity. These data are used largely for numerical weather prediction – the basis for weather forecasting. They also contribute to climate research.

The MetOp programme is a joint undertaking between ESA and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, Eumetsat.

The programme is also Europe’s contribution to a cooperative venture with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. The satellites work in conjunction with the NOAA satellite system.

Not only do the MetOp and NOAA satellites fly in complementary orbits to offer maximum coverage, but some of the instruments are also common to both missions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANlEYxaPS9I?t=001



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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #27 on: 10/30/2018 06:17 PM »
Press Release

N°31-2018

Paris, 30 October 2018

 

Call for media: launch of MetOp-C – European meteorological satellite

Media representatives are invited to Eumetsat in Germany on 6 November to follow the launch of Europe’s third polar-orbiting weather satellite, MetOp-C.

Early next Wednesday morning, Eumetsat’s MetOp-C – the last in the current series of polar-orbiting meteorological satellites – will be launched from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The MetOp series of satellites has the biggest impact
on weather forecast accuracy.

Eumetsat is hosting an event at its Darmstadt headquarters, from where the satellite will be operated after the launch and early orbit phase (LEOP). The programme includes live crossovers to Kourou to follow the launch as it happens.

Speakers will cover how MetOp has not only improved weather forecasting, but how it is also used to monitor the atmosphere, droughts and the disappearance of old Arctic sea ice.

Representatives from all of the partners involved in the MetOp mission – Eumetsat, ESA, Airbus Defence and Space, the French space agency CNES, Arianespace and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – will also speak.

The media are welcome to attend the event at Darmstadt headquarters. Tours of Eumetsat and ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), from where MetOp-C’s LEOP activities will be carried out, will be arranged before the event.

The MetOp programme is a collaborative undertaking between Eumetsat and ESA, whereby ESA is responsible for procuring the satellites for Eumetsat.

 

Tours of ESOC and Eumetsat

 

Where:

ESA/ESOC

Robert-Bosch-Straße 5 

64293 Darmstadt

Germany

 

When:

Arrival and check-in at ESOC 21:15 – 21:30 (Tuesday 6 November)

Briefing about the MetOp-C LEOP activities in ESOC including a visit of the control centre 21:30 – 22:10

Transfer to Eumetsat by bus 22:15

Welcome drink at Eumetsat 22:30

Briefing about Eumetsat’s activities including a visit of the control centre 22:45 – 23:20

 

Launch Event Programme at Eumetsat

Where:

Eumetsat

Eumetsat-Allee 1

64295 Darmstadt

Germany

 

When:

Doors open at 23:30 (Tuesday 6 November)

Programme begins 00:15 (Wednesday 7 November)

Launch is at 01:47

Event concludes around 03:30

 
Registration

Media can register by sending an email to [email protected]

Please indicate if you’d like to participate in the tours of ESOC and Eumetsat, or if you plan to join the Eumetsat event programme only.

Please note that you need to bring a valid ID/passport to enter ESOC and Eumetsat.

For more information, please contact Ruth Evans – [email protected] or 0171 221 3015 or p[email protected]

For more information about ESA/ESOC, please contact [email protected] .

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #28 on: 10/30/2018 06:22 PM »
October 29, 2018 

The Metop-C weather satellite is readied for Arianespace’s Soyuz launch in early November

Payload preparations are advancing for Arianespace’s next launch from French Guiana: a Soyuz mission to orbit Metop-C, the third in a series of European satellites that is significantly enhancing weather forecasting.

During activity in the Spaceport’s S3B clean room facility this month, Metop-C was “topped off” with its propellant load – which followed its initial integration and checkout processes.

Built by Airbus Defence and Space, Metop-C continues the European Meteorological Operational program of polar-orbiting spacecraft operated by the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

Enhancing weather forecasting

The program also represents the European contribution to a cooperative venture with the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has been delivering meteorological data from polar orbit, free of charge, to users worldwide during the past 40 years.

The first two satellites – Metop-A and Metop-B – were launched on Soyuz vehicles from Baikonour in 2006 and 2012, respectively, by Starsem (Arianespace’s European-Russian joint-venture).

Metop spacecraft carry a payload of instruments to measure a wide range of variables – such as temperature and humidity, wind speed and direction over oceans, ozone and other atmospheric gases – marking major advances in global weather forecasting and climate monitoring capabilities.

Metop-C is scheduled for an early November liftoff on Arianespace Flight VS19, which will be the 19th Soyuz mission with the Russian-built medium-lift workhorse performed from the Spaceport. After its deployment by Soyuz, the satellite is to undergo approximately six-weeks of commissioning, during which the proper operation of the spacecraft and its instrumentation is verified.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/metop-c-preparations/

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Launch time is Nov 7 00:47 UTC, according to the Arianespace website.

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #31 on: 10/31/2018 02:20 PM »

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #32 on: 11/02/2018 05:19 PM »
After evaluating the pictures of the Fregat for this launch = Fregat-M .

https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=17286.msg1872282#msg1872282

Have I possibly found a clue in the launch kits.
The kits with Fregat-MT show the tank extensions in the image of the cut payload fairing.
The kits with Fregat-M or the old Fregat show these tank extensions not.

VS16: Fregat-MT
VS17 and VS19 are Fregat-M
« Last Edit: 11/02/2018 09:41 PM by GWR64 »

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #33 on: 11/03/2018 06:42 AM »
Improving weather forecasting: Soyuz reaches the launch zone for Arianespace’s upcoming flight with Metop-C


The Soyuz vehicle for Arianespace’s next medium-lift mission has moved to the launch zone in French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the Metop-C satellite passenger that will be lofted on this November 6 flight.

In procedures that have become familiar at the Spaceport, Soyuz was moved via a transport/erector rail car in a horizontal-transfer process from the MIK launcher assembly facility to the ELS launch complex. Once over the launch pad, the vehicle was erected into a vertical orientation, where it is suspended in place by four large support arms.

Following this step’s completion, the mobile gantry was moved into position over the launcher – providing protection for the upcoming installation of Soyuz’ “upper composite,” which consists of Metop-C, the Fregat upper stage and payload fairing.

http://www.arianespace.com/mission-update/vs19-soyuz-rollout/
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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #34 on: 11/04/2018 07:28 PM »
Two nice videos from EUMETSAT
Luxury problems 3 satellites at the same time were not planned
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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #35 on: 11/06/2018 06:24 PM »
MetOp-C in launch tower

MetOp-C in the launch tower at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It is the last in the current series of MetOp satellites, following on from MetOp-A and MetOp-B, which were launched in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Launching the satellites sequentially ensures continuous observations of a host of atmospheric variables such as temperature, humidity, trace gases, ozone, and wind speed over the ocean. These data are used mainly for numerical weather prediction – the basis for weather forecasting. The satellites have all been developed by ESA under a cooperation agreement for the space segment of the Eumetsat Polar System. This system is Europe’s contribution to a multi-satellite system shared with the US NOAA agency.

Related article: MetOp-C ready for big day

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/11/MetOp-C_in_launch_tower

Image credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace
« Last Edit: 11/06/2018 06:25 PM by bolun »

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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
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Re: MetOp-C - Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-M (VS19) - November 07, 2018
« Reply #38 on: 11/06/2018 11:05 PM »
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