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19th Dnepr rocket launches cluster of satellites

A converted Russian ballistic missile launched a record-breaking number of small satellites Thursday during its 19th mission.

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Payloads

Above: Dnepr's payloads during its 19th mission. Credit: NADER's satellite blog.


The Dnepr rocket, converted from the R-36M UTTKh intercontinental ballistic missile, lifted off as scheduled on Nov. 21, 2013, at 11:10:11 Moscow Time (07:10:11 GMT) from a silo facility in Dombarovsky missile deployment area in Southern Russia.

The vehicle carried DubaiSat-2 and STSat-3 satellites as its primary cargo and a large group of small secondary payloads.

According to the Russian space officials, the launch vehicle successfully released all its satellites into their planned near-Sun-synchronous orbits with an inclination around 97 degrees toward the Equator.

The owners of the UniSat-5 satellite reported that, their payload separated at 07:25:48 GMT into a 634-kilometer orbit. Italian company GAUSS srl, which built UniSat-5 announced that ground operation stations in Italy and Spain have reported receiving data packets from the satellite indicating that the systems were functioning normally.

The mission was previously scheduled in October or November 2012. The rocket for this launch was manufactured at KB Yuzhnoe in Dnepropetrosvk in 1984 and was operationally deployed in Dombarovsky until 2009.


Payloads in Dnepr's 19th mission:

Satellite
Mission, payloads
Owner
DubaiSat-2
Remote-sensing, imagery
Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology for the Satrec Initiative, UAE
STSat-3
Astronomy and remote-sensing infrared imaging
South Korea
SkySat-1
Remote-sensing, imagery
Skybox Imaging, USA
AprizeSat-7
Data relay
-
AprizeSat-11
Data relay
-
UniSat-5
Science, life science, MRFOD, PEPPOD-1 and -2 carriers
University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy
MRFOD carrier on UniSat-5 satellite
-
-
  • Eagle-1 BeakerSat
  • Eagle-2 $50Sat
  • WREN
  • QBScout-1
  • Experimental, atmospheric drag research
  • Experimental, thermal measurements
  • Experimental, ion propulsion, imaging
  • ?
  • Morehead State University, Kentucky, USA
  • Morehead State University, Kentucky, USA
  • StaKoDo UG, Germany
  • ?
PEPPOD-1 carrier on UniSat-5 satellite
-
-
  • ICube-1
Imaging, communications
Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan
  • HumSat-D
Communications, data relay
University of Vigo, Spain
  • PUCPSat-1
    • Pocket PUCP
Experimental, themperature measurement, Pocket PUCP deployment
Insitute for Radio Astronomy at PUCP university, Peru
PEPPOD-2 carrier on UniSat-5 satellite
-
-
  • Dove-4
Remote sensing (imaging)
Planet labs, USA

ISIPOD-1 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • HiNCube
Remote-sensing (imaging)
Narvik University College, Norway
  • FUNcube-1
Communications, education
AMSAT, UK
  • ZACUBE-1
Science, ionospheric research
Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

ISIPOD-2 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • First-MOVE
Experimental
Technical University, Munich, Germany
  • UWE-3
Experimental
University of Wurzburg, Germany
  • Velox-PII
Experimental, sun sensor experiment
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

ISIPOD-3 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • NEE-02 Krysaor
Imaging, education
Ecuadorian space agency, EXA
  • CubeBug-2 Manolite
Communications
Argentina

ISIPOD-4 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • KHUSat-01 CINEMA-2
Science
Kyung Hee University, the University of California, Berkeley, USA

ISIPOD-5 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • KHUSat-02 CINEMA-3
Science
Kyung Hee University, the University of California, Berkeley, USA

ISIPOD-6 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • Triton-1
Data relay
-

ISIPOD-7 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • Delfi-n3Xt
Experimental
Delft University of Technology

ISIPOD-8 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • OPTOS
Experimental
Spanish space agency

ISIPOD-9 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • Dove-3
Remote sensing (imaging)
Planet labs, USA

NLS-9 XPOD-1 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • BRITE-PL Lem
Science, astronomy
Poland

NLS-9 XPOD-2 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • WNISat-1
Remote-sensing
Weathernews Inc. Japan

NLS-9 XPOD-3 platform

Payloads carrier
-
  • GomX-1
Air-traffic control
University of Aalborg, Norway
BPA-3*
Experimental payload
Ukraine

*Remains attached to the orbiting 3rd stage of the Dnepr launcher

An early list of payloads for this mission included DubaiSat-2, STSat-3, WNISat-1, SkySat-1, UniSat-5, AprizeSat-7, AprizeSat-8, GOMX-1, BRITE-PL (Lem), a BPA-3 payload, as well as containers holding several "cubesat" microsatellites: UWE-3, Ukube-1, NEE-01 Pegaso, Delfi-n3Xt, Triton 1/2, Cinema 2/3, FUNcube-1.


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Page author: Anatoly Zak; Last update: November 21, 2013

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launch

Dnepr lifts off from Dombarovsky on Nov. 21, 2013. Credit: Russia Today


DubaiSat-2

The 300-kilogram DubaiSat-2 satellite was a primary payload during the 19th Dnepr mission on Nov. 21, 2013.


STSAT-3

The 170-kilogram STSAT-3 satellite.


Skysat-1

The 90-kilogram SkySat-1 satellite.


UniSat-5

The 28-kilogram UniSat-5 spacecraft was designed to release eight satellites from its launch containers a month after reaching orbit. In turn, one of the released satellites -- PUCPSat-1 -- would then release its own sub-satellite.