ISS-63 mission


ISS-62/63

ISS crew:

Commander -
Christopher Cassidy
Flight engineers:
Anatoly Ivanishin
Ivan Wagner


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April 16, 2014
Launch of a new-generation Earth Remote Sensing unmanned spacecraft

 

A successful launch of an optoelectronic observation satellite built by S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia for a foreign customer was carried out from the Baikonur launch site at 20:20:00 Moscow Time. The satellite performance data and operational features place it amongst the best spacecraft of this type in the world.

The spacecraft was put into an elliptical orbit with apogee altitude of 720.0 km, perigee altitude of 440.0 km and inclination of 51,6°, and at 21:52 Moscow Time the equipment of the ground segment of the space system assumed control of the satellite.

The onboard systems of the spacecraft operate normally, no anomalies have been detected.

Pre-launch processing and launch of the spacecraft were performed in accordance with the Roskosmos directive. Overall work management and coordination were provided by the Head of Roskosmos Directorate at Baikonur A.A. Belokon and technical management was provided by the President and General Designer of RSC Energia V.A. Lopota.

During the period before 2014, it is planned to boost the spacecraft into its circular working orbit with the altitude of 720 km using the onboard electrical propulsion thrusters, to conduct the spacecraft flight tests which include taking pictures from various altitudes, and to hand the spacecraft over to the Customer.

 

For reference:

  1. The spacecraft was developed by RSC Energia and designed for imaging Earth surface in the visible and near infrared wavebands with high spatial resolution of up to 1 m in panchromatic channel and of up to 4 m in multispectral channel.
  2. The spacecraft has the launch mass of 1080 kg.
  3. The spacecraft life in orbit is no less than 10 years.
  4. The spacecraft is operated as a part of space system developed at RSC Energia and deployed in the Customer's territory. The space system includes the space system control center, the ground control segment, the fixed and mobile facilities for reception and processing of the images, delivered to the Customer on a turnkey basis.

 

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Launches

October, 2020
The launch of LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-17 is planned
July 23, 2020
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-15 is launched

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