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Default Dnepr launch with Asnaro-1 and 4 other satellites, November 6, 2014
by Galactic Penguin SST 11-12-2014, 08:56 AM

Hello! Here's yet another late launch report delivered by yours truly......

Yet another ex-Russian converted ICBM has been used last week to deliver satellites into space! This time it's the turn of 5 Japanese satellites to get into space on the Dnepr rocket, a converted R-36M "Satan" ICBM. Liftoff occurred at 07:35 UTC last Thursday (Nov. 6) from the Dombarovsky AFB in southern Russia, and they were deployed into the planned polar orbit a dozen minutes later.

The main passenger on this flight, ASNARO-1, is a 500 kg Earth observation satellite built not only to validate a small satellite platform designed by NEC for Earth observation usage, but to provide Earth images of down to half a meter resolution for commercial usage. Japan is planning to use the same satellite bus for various domestic and export projects, as well as small science satellites for JAXA.





Also on board are 4 small satellites for various Japanese institutions. See here for more information about the 5 members on board!





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