Cosmos 2455 (Lotos-S) atop Soyuz-U on November 20, 2009

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Launch site: Plesetsk
Launch date: November 20, 2009

The launch time is:
13 : 44 Moscow Time 20.11.2009
10 : 44 UTC November 20, 2009
5 : 44 a.m. EST November 20, 2009

Payload: Lotos-S Electronic Reconnaissance satellite (Cosmos 2455)

Spacecraft: Lotos-S ("Lotos" means Lotus), possible production item's code 14F145.

Manufacturer: Samara Space Centre; ELINT Payload Manufacturer: PLC Arsenal Machine Building Plant, St. Petersburg

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Lotos-S satellites are one component of the the next generation ELINT satellite system Liana. Liana replaces both the Tselina-2 with Lotos-S satellites and the naval US-PM with Pion-NKS spacecrafts. It's built upon Yantar remote sensing satellites' bus. The coming launch is going to be first in the service career of this model.

It's anticipated to operate in high inclination LEO, possibly 500 km alt with 72° inc.

Cosmos 2455 is also likely to carry a small scientific payload, Nuklon high energy cosmic rays detector:

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History of the project

The project was conceived 15 years ago to satisfy new requirements put up for a Tselina-2's replacement. "Billions" was spent on this project over the period. Producing of the 1st item had likely began in 2004.

The first launch of Lotus-S was originally planned for July 28, 2009, but was cancelled due to the payload's internal defect found, which required returning the satellite back to the manufacturer. The launch vehicle, however, was preserved for launching later the same year.

Launcher: Soyuz-U

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Manufacturer: Samara Space Centre
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The vehicle's reliability statistics according to http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/reliability2009.txt:
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Vehicle     Successes/Tries Realzd Pred  Consc. Last     Dates    
                             Rate  Rate* Succes Fail    
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Soyuz-U         726   746    .97  .97     43    10/15/02 1973-

Launch Complex

The launch will be performed off LC 2 at site 16.
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Weather forecast for Plesetsk, Russia on November 20, 2009

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Hi: 1°
Lo: -2°
Scattered showers. There is a 30% chance of precipitation. Cloudy. Cold. Temperature of 1°C. Winds SW 14km. Humidity will be 99% with a dewpoint of 0° and feels-like temperature of -3°C.

Sunrise/Sunset and associated twilight times for Plesetsk on Tuesday, November 20, 2009

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Watching the launch live

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I love your launch reports. So thorough!
 

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ITAR-TASS has reported the successful launch at 13 : 44 Moscow Time (10 : 44 UTC) today. At 13 : 52 the spacecraft has acquired a control downlink with Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre (the primary spacecraft control centre of Russian Space Force).

---------- Post added at 14:11 ---------- Previous post was at 14:10 ----------

I love your launch reports. So thorough!

You're welcome, Xyon! :)

---------- Post added at 17:29 ---------- Previous post was at 14:11 ----------

1st NORAD's elset for Object 36095 appeared:

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1 36095U 09063A   09324.57057428 -.00001409  44542-5  00000+0 0    19
2 36095 067.1699 206.9672 0508572 091.6658 274.2424 15.04789572    22

Which corresponds to a bit unexpected orbit:

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Cosmos 2455 has raised its orbit

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It is apparently in the working orbit now.

---------- Post added 24-11-09 at 12:09 ---------- Previous post was 23-11-09 at 19:50 ----------

I can't help but simply quote the following:
http://dzalab.livejournal.com/14518.html

Для начала рекомендую ознакомиться с orbiter-forum.com/showthread.php
Если басурманского не знаем - www.infox.ru/authority/defence/2009/11/20/sputnik_shpion.phtml
Потом с www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/phpBB2/viewtopic.php

Но всё это ложь, пиздеж и провокация.
"Новейшему" КА скоро 20 год идет, На данный момент полного раскрытия нет (одна из штанг не отошла).
Короче, опять бабло впустую.Tags: КБ

Translation:
1st, go to http://orbiter-forum.com/showthread.php?p=134412#post134412
If you don't know English, read here: http://www.infox.ru/authority/defence/2009/11/20/sputnik_shpion.phtml
Then here http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru/...&start=75&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=

But all that is an outright lie and bull****.
The "newest" spacecraft is now already 20 years old. Right now, we haven't got a full deployment of one of the booms.
Speaking shortly, it's again a waste of money.


My note to the guys who have access to a classified information: it's you who are babbling secrets out on the Internet, and no one else. Do you believe Thy Adversary cannot read Russian?

Друзья под подпиской: никто, кроме вас самих, её не нарушает, когда вы трепетесь в интернете. По-вашему, супостат по-русски не прочитает?
 
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