Author Topic: LIVE: Zenit-3F/Fregat-SB - Angosat-1 - December 26, 2017 (19:00 UTC)  (Read 44316 times)

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Devido ao processo de vaporização de gases, vacumização e uma certa inação do computador de bordo, o satélite por algumas hora deixou de enviar telemetria.
No entanto, as 15h00 de Angola do dia 28, foi restabelecido a telemetria com o Angosat.
Actualmente decorre a normalização dos seus sistemas e subsistemas e o processo de inserção em órbita. O estado do satélite é considerado óptimo.

http://www.ggpen.gov.ao/LerMais/?cd=15

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Bing Portuguese translation:

"Due to the process of vaporization of gases, vacumização and a certain inaction of the onboard computer, the satellite for a few hours stopped sending telemetry. However, at the 15th of Angola on the 28th, telemetry was reinstated with Angosat. At present the standardization of its systems and subsystems and the insertion process in orbit. Satellite status is considered optimal."
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I must say that the thought that a satellite's inertial platform either doesn't notice or doesn't initially take action when some factor makes the spacecraft drift off its proper attitude makes me wince.
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An update from Anatoly Zak on

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/zenit-angosat-launch.html#1228

"On December 30, Interfax reported that the problems with Angosat-1 had stemmed from incompatibility between standards used by Russian and French-built hardware aboard the satellite. The issue was resolved remotely by specialists at RKK Energia, Interfax said, quoting industry sources."

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Original Interfax article: http://www.interfax.ru/russia/594045

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Moscow. December 30th. INTERFAX.RU - The problems that arose after the launch of the Angolan communications satellite Angosat were related to the compatibility of Russian and French onboard equipment standards, an informed source told Interfax.
[...] After [Angosat] launch, problems arose due to "inconsistencies" between Russian and French regulations, "the source said.
He clarified that the satellite has components produced in France, whose compatibility with the Russian standards has created difficulties.
"The problem was solved remotely by a group of young Energia employees, who developed the spacecraft," the source said.
« Last Edit: 12/30/2017 09:09 PM by input~2 »

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Unfortunately, Fregat upper stage (2017-086B) from the 26 Dec AngoSat 1 launch left in an orbit infringing upon GEO Protected Region--perigee only 92 km above GEO. #SpaceDebris (graphic-ECR frame depicting 10 days of the Fregat orbit).  lnkd.in/difEp32

https://twitter.com/shell_jim/status/947900207689338880

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In a German forum i found a report, that the problem occurred with a star tracker which have a to high resolution. This makes the buffer overflow....

https://www.raumfahrer.net/forum/smf/index.php?topic=14712.75
http://www.sodern.com/website/fr/ref/Optroniques_215.html

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In a German forum i found a report, that the problem occurred with a star tracker which have a to high resolution. This makes the buffer overflow....

https://www.raumfahrer.net/forum/smf/index.php?topic=14712.75
http://www.sodern.com/website/fr/ref/Optroniques_215.html

I'd seen the original "rumor" reported on NK forum, however it was much criticized there so I wasn't sure how credible it is..

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https://twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb/status/949383061459914753

"...all systems aboard Angosat-1 satellite are operating well."

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I'd seen the original "rumor" reported on NK forum, however it was much criticized there so I wasn't sure how credible it is..
It was obvious mockery.

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Glad to see the satellite was recovered, but does the reported incompatibility between French and Russian equipment perhaps suggest a lack of integration testing?
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http://nsn.fm/aviation-and-space/istochnik-sputnik-angostat-perestal-funkcionirovat.html

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Source: Angosat satellite ultimately ceased to function

I'd like to note, that I'm not sure how credible this info. The source makes strange (doubtful) statements:

1. The solar panels did not deploy
2. The communication with satellite reestablished on Dec 28 lasted only 15 minutes.

With respect to this info - couple questions:
Is it possible to tell if a satellite in GEO dead or alive - just by observation? Say, by registering its drift?

Also - is there any rule which require GEO-satellite operator report lost control of satellite ?
« Last Edit: 01/12/2018 03:53 PM by smoliarm »

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Satellite is still in its drift orbit and has drifted right past its announced location.

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I think it's true there is no control.
Looking at STK plots now, since Dec 29 not a single hint of any manoever. Drifting about 3°W/day, now near 3°E, and inclination increasing steadily.

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I think it's true there is no control.
Looking at STK plots now, since Dec 29 not a single hint of any manoever. Drifting about 3°W/day, now near 3°E, and inclination increasing steadily.

Can you please give me a link to the STK plots?

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So apparently the commands to the thrusters sent on January 9 to stop the drift and stabilize at 14.5°E in GEO were never received :(
« Last Edit: 01/13/2018 02:17 PM by input~2 »

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So apparently the commands to the thrusters sent on January 9 to stop the drift and stabilize at 14.5°E in GEO were never received :(

So is apparently lost again?

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So apparently the commands to the thrusters sent on January 9 to stop the drift and stabilize at 14.5°E in GEO were never received :(

So is apparently lost again?
Not quite...

https://www.energia.ru/ru/news/news-2018/news_01-15.html

RSC Energia: work with the satellite "Angosat" will resume in April
01/15/2018
The spacecraft (spacecraft) "Angosat", created in RSC Energia, commissioned by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Angola, is undergoing scheduled flight tests.

The telemetry received from the satellite made it possible to identify the problem in the operation of the equipment of the electric power supply system of the "Angosat" spacecraft. RSC Energia specialists complete the processing of available telemetry information and are preparing to conduct a series of tests.

In the near future, the spacecraft "Angosat", moving along the geostationary orbit in the western direction, will leave the radio visibility zone of the means of the Flight Control Center (Korolev).

In view of the high responsibility of maneuvers in the geostationary orbit, it was decided not to actively influence the spacecraft before it returned to the radio visibility zone.

The resumption of work related to the flight tests of the spacecraft "Angosat" is planned in mid-April 2018.

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So they will try to revive the spacecraft after ~90 days with no telemetry and no command capability? No one in their right mind would voluntarily do that. It is just too embarrassing for Energia to admit that a spacecraft designed to work for 15 years only lasted 15 minutes. By April they hope everyone will have forgotten about it.

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