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Approval of Dnepr LV Launches from Baikonur in 2009

Three SS-18 launches under Dnepr Program are scheduled to be performed from Baikonur in 2009 to inject payloads into outer space. The Launch Plan was agreed upon by the Russian and Kazakhstan government bodies.

The first Dnepr launch from Baikonur in 2009 will be a cluster launch with DubaiSat-1 (Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology) satellite as a primary payload and Deimos-1 (Deimos Imaging SL, Spain), UK DMC-2 (SSTL, UK), NanoSat-1B (INTA, Spain) as well as two US SpaceQuest Company’s satellites – AprizeSat and AprizeSat-4 – as piggyback payloads.   

Next, scheduled for Q3 of 2009, will be the launch of Tandem-X, German Space Agency.  For Q4 of 2009, the Plan provides for the launch of CryoSat-2 spacecraft owned by the European Space Agency. For both of these launches, the LVs will have extended space head modules.
27.01.2009


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Dnepr Program

During 1992-2003 timeframe, a team of Russian and Ukrainian companies together with the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) were involved in developing a commercial space launch system based on the technology of the SS-18 ICBMs being withdrawn from service.

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Dnepr LV



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