Sich-1M shortfall

From: Allen Thomson (thomsona@flash.net)
Date: Mon Dec 27 2004 - 15:29:01 EST

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      2004-12-27 12:56     * UKRAINE MISSILE CARRIER FAILS TO DELIVER CARGO
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      MOSCOW, December 27 (RIA Novosti) - A Cyclone-3 missile carrier produced 
    in Ukraine that was launched with two Ukrainian satellites, Sich-1M and 
    KS5MF2, by Russia's Space Forces last Friday from the Plesetsk launch site 
    (the Arkhangelsk region, northwestern Russia) has failed to deliver its 
    cargo to the necessary circum-terrestrial orbits.
    
      The flight proceeded as planned for 40 minutes. But the second cycle of 
    the engine in the third stage was complete almost a minute earlier, sending 
    the vehicles to the elliptic orbit of 280 by 645km instead of a circular 
    orbit of 640-680km. According to Commersant, the Sich-1M will now have to 
    burn its onboard reserve fuel to reach to the circular orbit. This will 
    reduce its guaranteed flight term from three to one year. The other craft, 
    the KS5MF2, which has no engines, will descend into Earth's atmosphere and 
    burn up.
    
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