Author Topic: Proton-M/Briz-M - Kosmos 2533 (Blagovest #3) - December 21, 2018 (00:20UTC)  (Read 5235 times)

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If the launch of the third Blagovest satellite occurs as presently scheduled, it would be:
the next, second, and final Proton launch this year.

Launch date, most recent iteration:
Kosmos (Blagovest n.º 13L) - December 25:
 https://ria.ru/science/20181024/1531340116.html

EDIT 10/26
Update from SFN launch schedule page, updated October 25:
Launch time 22:12 UTC = 01:12 Dec. 26 MST


Thus:
Planned Russian space launches
(suborbital launches are not included!)

2018
Date Time (UTC) – Satellite(s) – Rocket/Upper stage – Cosmodrome

Late December 25 (22:12) Fourth quarter – Kosmos (Blagovest n.º 13L) Comercial launch - Proton-M/Briz-M – Baikonur, 200/39

Changes on October 18
Changes on October 24
Changes on October 26
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Source of the Proton launch vehicle:
Is the Proton launcher for MLM manufactured, and sitting somewhere, waiting for the go-ahead to fly?
Or is it still to be built?

With the upcoming retirement of Proton:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=17568.msg1833077#msg1833077

I'm curious to know if the launcher for MLM is already in existence, or is part of the final batches to be built?

The only part of the launcher for MLM that is known to actually exist is the fairing. That is because the fairing is a special build. Some of the protrusions of the MLM stick slightly outside the payload envelope, notably where the European Robotic Arm (ERA) is attached to the module. To make room for those protrusions a part of the "skin-on-stringers" construction of the fairing was modified.
Seen from the outside the fairing for MLM looks no different from a regular one, but internally it is different in a few places.
Every launcher to date that has been assigned to MLM has been flown upon reaching the end of its useful certified life by flying other government payloads. MLM will now have to use a newer Phase-IV as its previous assigned launcher is now launching Blagovest n.º 13L this year (2018: November - Kosmos (Blagovest n.º 13L) - Proton-M/Briz-M - Baikonur (or 2019)). Other wise it will have to wait for Vostochny Site-1A Pad 1 (1A/1) to be finished and launch on Angara-A5M or Angara-A5V.

The Proton rockets used to launch W7 and Yahsat-1B both were previously assigned to MLM Nauka.

http://www.zakupki.gov.ru/223/purchase/public/purchase/info/documents.html?noticeId=2405815
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=17568.msg1088974#msg1088974
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Per https://ria.ru/space/20181122/1533292815.html this launch has moved up to December 21 with the launch time at around 00:15-00:30 UTC.
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Any news on this payload and/or launch?  We're about 7 days from the most recently announced launch date and time.

(The 2nd Blagovest launch received less pre-launch coverage than the first, IIRC.  And, the Blagovests are (primarily? all?) military payloads.)
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It is possible that we do not get any information before the launch.

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The first "news" could be NOTAMs and/or NOTMARs that match Proton-M GTO launch azimuth drop zones?
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If this goes on December 21, then the Proton-M is already on the launch pad.

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If this goes on December 21, then the Proton-M is already on the launch pad.

Vehicle was transported to the launch pad on December 17.

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Launch schedule for 0020UTC.

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any live streaming for Proton?

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any live streaming for Proton?

Military launch, I wouldn't expect a live stream.

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Can someone list the NOTAMs related to this launch?
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Launch should be happening about now.
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twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb/status/1075912231433449472

Briz-M should now fire its engine for the first time to enter an initial parking orbit with Blagovest satellite. The whole mission to deliver the spacecraft will last slightly more more than nine hours after liftoff: http://www.russianspaceweb.com/blagovest13l.html
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https://www.interfax.ru/russia/643395

In Russia 03:30, 21 December 2018
Rocket "Proton-M" with Russian military satellite started with Baikonur

Moscow. December 21. INTERFAX.RU-Launch vehicle "Proton-M" with spacecraft in the interests of the Russian Ministry of Defense launched on Friday from the Spaceport Baikonur, reports the Department of Information and Mass Communications office.

"On Friday, December 21, at 03:20 MSK from Baikonur Baikonur (Republic of Kazakhstan) successfully launched a heavy-class rocket launcher "Proton-M" with a spacecraft in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of Russia" - the department said.

They noted that all pre-start operations and launch of the space-purpose rocket "Proton-M" were in normal mode. The means of the ground automated control complex carried out control of launch and flight of the booster.
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3-nd stage engine shut down OK!

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twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb/status/1075915577888292864

CONFIRMED: The payload section with upper stage and the satellite had separated from the third stage of #Proton rocket as planned. After first maneuver, Briz-M space tug should perform three more engine firings in the next 9 hours before spacecraft separation...
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https://ria.ru/20181221/1548374156.html

Baikonur launched Rocket "Proton-M" with military companion
03:28
Launch of Proton-M launcher from Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad
© RIA Novosti/Alexei Filippov

MOSCOW, 21 Dec-RIA Novosti. On Friday the launch vehicle "Proton-M" with spacecraft in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry informs.
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Anatoly Zak reports 3rd burn has gone right and the APT has been jettisoned, with a highly elliptical orbit having been achieved. The perigee-raising 4th and final burn should be starting around now.


By the way, he's also reporting this is the 100th (!!) mission of the (infamous but amazing) Briz-M tug.
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