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Land Launch Project

Chronology of Launches

AMOS-3 Launch


CHRONOLOGY OF ACTIVITIES

March 15–29, 2008

Prelaunch processing of Block DM-SLB №1TL within the Zenit-3SLB ILV.

March 30, 2008

US filling with high-boiling propellant components and compressed gases.

April 2–5, 2008

Amos-З SC (Israel) filling with propellant components and compressed gases.

April 1–13, 2008

Assembly and nominal processing of Ascent Unit №1L. Nominal prelaunch processing of launch vehicle Zenit-2S №1L within the Zenit-3SLB ILV.

April 14–21, 2008

Assembly and nominal prelaunch processing of the Zenit-3SLB ILV.

April 20, 2008

State Committee accepted a decision on the Zenit-3SLB ILV roll-out to LC for ILV further processing for the Amos-3 SC launch planned for April 24, 2008.

April 21, 2008

1-st launch day. ILV transportation to the Launch Complex ILV installation on LD. Start of ILV nominal prelaunch processing.

April 22, 2008

2-nd launch day. Critical launch readiness checklist (CLRC).

April 23–24, 2008

3-rd launch day. CLRC mode analysis. Meeting of the State Committee (launch readiness review with Customer participation). LC preparation for prelaunch processing (PLP) mode.
On April 24, 2008 at 04:00 Moscow time (00:00 UTC) PLP mode began. 2 minutes before the "LAUNCH" command because of the failure of the transporter-erector hydraulic support retraction operation the launch complex was shifted to the "TIMELINE CANCELLATION" mode. Upon the propellant components and the compressed gases venting ILV was transfered to a horizontal position. At the meeting of the State Committee a decision on the launch date postponement to April 28, 2008 was adopted.

April 24–27, 2008

TE trouble-shooting. ILV installation into a vertical position.

April 28, 2008

At 04:00, Moscow time (00:00 UTC) PLP mode began. At 09:00 Moscow time (05:00 UTC) the first launch under the Land Launch program was performed.

LAUNCH RESULTS

The Amos-З spacecraft was injected into close to GEO orbit with the following parameters:

Perigee altitude,
km
Apogee altitude,
km
Inclination,
deg.
34240
39360
0.7

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