Re: Kupon = SL12

Craig Cholar (3432P@VM1.CC.NPS.NAVY.MIL)
Sat, 15 Nov 97 01:35:52 PST

Fred Berger said:
>I am hearing reports on the news that the Satellite re-entry seen from
>Seattle was a 'Russian SL12 booster'.  Was the Kupon platform launched
>on a SL12 booster?

Yes.

SL-12 is a designation for a 4-stage Proton rocket.  Protons with
3 stages are SL-13 models.  I think the SL-xx designations are
a construct used by the US Dept of Defense.

These pages have some more information on Proton launch vehicles,
including typical launch event sequences...
http://www.lmco.com/ILS/txtmain/facts_PK_BlkDM.htm
http://www.lmco.com/ILS/txtmain/facts_PM_BrzM.htm

Craig