Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr LV to launch South Korean satellite on March 26 - Kosmotrans

A Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr launch vehicle, a derivative from the RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, will put the South Korean KOMPSAT-3A satellite into orbit on March 26, Kosmotrans reports.

A Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr launch vehicle, a derivative from the RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, will put the South Korean KOMPSAT-3A satellite into orbit on March 26, Kosmotrans reports.

"The RS-20 rocket coupled with KOMPSAT-3A will blast off from the Yasny launch site in the Orenburg region at 03:08:46 local time on March 26," says a report posted on the company website.

Originally, the launch was planned for March 12.

Three commercial Dnepr missions were scheduled for 2015.

The previous Dnepr launch was performed in November 2014 to deliver the Japanese ASNARO remote sensing satellite and four mini-satellites to orbit. Joint crews of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces and the Russian-Ukrainian-Kazakh company Kosmotrans carried out the launch. A Dnepr rocket launched 33 satellites of varying purposes on June 19, 2014.

Dnepr missions are accomplished within the program of the liquidation of intercontinental ballistic missiles through the delivery of space payloads.

Kosmotrans transforms RS-20 rockets designed by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and built by the Yuzhmash plant into Dnepr launch vehicles. The rockets are launched from the Baikonur space center and the Yasny launch site of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces in the Orenburg region. Twenty successful launches of Dnepr rockets have been performed since 1999.

Dnepr is a three-stage liquid-fuel rocket, whose first and second stages are standard stages of the RS-20 ICBM. The Dnepr takeoff mass is 210 tonnes.

 

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