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Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr to fly in the midst of political crisis
As Russia and Ukraine are locked in the most serious political crisis and the military confrontation since the end of the USSR, specialists from both sides launched a converted Soviet ballistic missile originally built in Ukraine.
Previous chapter: The 19th mission of the Dnepr rocket
The liftoff of the 20th Dnepr rocket, took place as scheduled on June 19, 2014, at 23:11:11 Moscow Summer Time (3:11 p.m. EST) from an underground silo facility No. 370/13 in the Dombarosvsky ICBM deployment area in southern Russia.
The rocket carried the KazEOSat-2 (DZZ-MRES) remote-sensing satellite for the imaging of the Earth surface, which was built by the European consortium Airbus Defense and Space for the government of Kazakhstan and a cluster of 36 secondary payloads for customers from 17 countries, including Deimos-2, Hodoyoshi-3, Hodoyoshi-4, BugSat-1, SaudiSat-4, AprizeSat-9, AprizeSat-10, UniSat-6, Tigrisat, AeroCube 6, ANTELSAT, Lemur-1, BRITE-CA 1, BRITE-CA 2, NanosatC-Br1, Duchifat-1, Perseus-M1, Perseus-M2, QB50P1, QB50P, Tablesat-Avrora, 11 satellites Flock-1c, POPSAT-HIP 1, PACE, PolyITAN, DTUSat-2.
Following the blastoff from its launch silo, the Dnepr headed south to enter an orbit with an inclination 97.9 degrees toward the Equator. After separation of two lower stages of the launch vehicle, the payload section turned 180 degrees and continued its ascent with the help of low-thrust engines. The top section of the payload fairing then separated allowing payloads to be released from the back side of the carrier vehicle one after another around every two seconds, while the third stage continued the powered flight between 950th and 972nd seconds of the flight.
Release sequence in the 20th Dnepr mission:
Payloads in Dnepr's 20th mission:
*Payloads designed to deploy other satellites which are marked with bullet points.
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KazEOSat-2 (DZZ-MRES) will serve as a main payload during Dnepr's 20th mission. Credit: Kosmotras
Deimos-2 satellite. Credit: Kosmotras
SaudiSat-4. Credit: Kosmotras
Hodoyoshi-3 and 4 satellites. Credit: Kosmotras
Tablesat-Avrora. Credit: Kosmotras