Re: Sich-1M shortfall

From: Tristan Cools (
Date: Tue Dec 28 2004 - 17:25:40 EST

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    At 14:29 27-12-04 -0600, you wrote:
    >  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.
    I just received an email from a very reliable source that the satellite is 
    probably tumbling out of control.  Although this is a setback for the 
    operaters of the Sich 1M satellite, it would be very interesing to observe 
    this satellite.  I(and my source) have great doubts about an engine aboard 
    this satellite.  The satellite is based on a Tselina D or Okean satellite 
    and they never had manoeuvring capabilities.
    >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.
    I presume this will be for both satellites.
    Tristan Cools
    BWGS Belgian Working Group Satellites
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