Launch News Soyuz 2.1b launch with Resurs-P1, June 25, 2013

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Russia's most advanced commercial and civilian Earth observation satellite has finally reached the launch pad after a long and difficult development and construction process. Resurs-P1, with image resolution of up to 70 cm, will replace a 7 years old satellite as the flagship satellite for Earth observation in Roscosmos' satellite fleet.

Launch location:

Baikonur Launch pad no. 31/6 45°59'46.16"N, 63°33'51.29"E

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Time Zone|Australia - Sydney/AEST|Baikonur (UTC+6)|Moscow / MSKS (UTC+4)/|Universal / UTC|Washington / EDT

Launch time:|03:28:48|23:28:48|21:28:48|17:28:48|13:28:48

on:|Jun. 26, 2013|Jun. 25, 2013|Jun. 25, 2013|Jun. 25, 2013|Jun. 25, 2013

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Live Coverage Of The Launch:

TSENKI video streams (Russian + English)
http://www.tsenki.com/broadcast/broadcast/

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Resurs-P1 spacecraft

Spacecraft Overview

Developed by TsSKB Progress in the city of Samara, the Resurs-P No. 1 (47KS) remote-sensing satellite was designed to provide high-resolution imagery of the Earth surface reavaling details as small as one meter in size. Resurs-P (where "P" stood for "prospective") would complement and ultimately replace in this role the Resurs-DK spacecraft launched in 2006. Both satellites were considered to be civilian cousins of a classified optical reconaissance spacecraft also developed by TsSKB Progress. The company's Soyuz-2-1b rocket was expected to orbit Resurs-P.

Resurs-P was designed to carry three types of remote-sensing payloads for high-resolution, wide-angle and multi-spectral observations of the Earth surface. As a result, the spacecraft could photograph individual targets on the Earth surface, as well as long stretches of Earth surface extending as far as 2,000 kilometers. The width of the shot would cover 38 kilometers of land during its pass, comparing to 27 kilometers for its predecessor. (562) Resurs-P could also image areas 100 by 300 kilometers during a single path and conduct stereo-imaging.

For the first time the Russian satellite would carry so-called hyper-spectral system featuring 96 spectral channels in each of its two optical-electronic converters.

TsSKB Progress also hoped to use the American GPS and Russian GLONASS networks for navigation of Resurs-P.

The Resurs-P's projected lifespan was extended to five years, even though by the time the satellite reached the launch pad in 2013, its predecessor -- Resurs-DK -- would log seven years of operational life.

Among users of the satellite, TsSKB Progress listed following institutions:

  • Ministry of Natural Resources, MPR;
  • Ministry of Emergency Situations, MChS;
  • Ministry of Transportation, Mintrans;
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Rosselkhoz;
  • Ministry of Fishing, Rosrybolovstvo;
  • Ministry of Meteorology, Rosgidromet;
  • "Other" domestic customers, which, obviously implies the Ministry of Defense;
  • Foreign customers.

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Resurs-P1

Picture:​
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Customer:​
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  • Roscosmos
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Prime contractor:​
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  • Samara Space Centre (Energia Holding enterprise)
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Mass at Separation:​
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  • 6570 kg

Stabilization:​
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  • 3 axis stabilized

Dimensions:​
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  • length 7.93 m, maximum diameter 2.72 m

Life time:​
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  • 5 years

Spatial resolution:​
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  • Panchromatic: 0.7 m
  • Multi-spectral: 3 m

Imaging Swath:​
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  • Panchromatic: 38 km
  • Multi-spectral: 97 km

Instruments:​
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  • Geoton-L1 imager
  • GSA hyper-spectral imager
  • ShMSA multi-spectral spectrometer

Operation orbit:​
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  • 475 km circular orbit, inclination 97.3 degrees

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Launch Vehicle:

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Soyuz-2.1b

Prime contractor:​
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  • Samara Space Sentre (Energia Holding enterprise)
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GRAU Index:​
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  • 14A14

Height:​
| 51.1 m

Diameter:​
| max 10.3 m

Liftoff mass:​
| 313 metric tonnes

Payload mass:​
| up to 7835 kg (a launch to LEO from Plesetsk)

1st stage (boosters B, V, G, D):​
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  • 4 X RD-107 engines
  • Propellants (T-1 Kerosene and LOX)
  • Thrust/ISP in vacuum - / 320.2 s
  • Thrust/ISP at sea level 85.6 tonnes / 263.3 s

2nd stage (core A):​
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  • 1 X RD-108 engine
  • Propellants (T-1 Kerosene and LOX)
  • Thrust/ISP in vacuum 94 tonnes / 320.6 s
  • Thrust/ISP at sea level 80.8 tonnes / 257.7 s

3rd stage (block I):​
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  • 1 X RD-0124 engine
  • Propellants (T-1 Kerosene and LOX)
  • Thrust/ISP in vacuum 30.00 tonnes / 359 s

Payload Fairing:​
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  • Diameter 3.7 m
  • Length 7.7 m

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The launch vehicle's reliability standings (according to http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/log2013.html#rate):

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Vehicle     Successes/Tries Realzd Pred  Consc. Last     Dates    
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Soyuz 2-1b        2     2   1.00  .75      2    None     2008-

Weather forecast for Baikonur, Kazakhstan for June 25, 2013 (11 p.m.)

Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 20C. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 km/h.

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Source References
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/resurs_p.html
http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/resurs_p.htm
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com
http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru
http://www.tvroscosmos.ru
http://www.tsenki.com
http://www.spacelaunchreport.com
http://english.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=44.84999847,65.50000000
 
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