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Forum:Soviet - Russian Space
Topic:Vostochny Cosmodrome to replace Baikonur
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Robert PearlmanPer Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com:
Roskosmos did not televise the launch, but sources at the site told RussianSpaceWeb.com, that the launch countdown was automatically aborted after the "Klyuch na Start" (key to launch) command and during the pressurization of the vehicle's tanks, just minutes before a scheduled liftoff. The umbilical cable mast reportedly remained connected to the rocket.

The problem required to postpone the launch for at least 24 hours and, according to Kremlin's press officials, President Putin would remain at the launch site for another day, hinting a likely launch attempt on April 28.

domHaving Putin breathing down their necks isn't going to make it easier for the launch crew. They have to get it right as Vostochny is a personal vanity project of his but once it's done they can mothball the place for a few years...
Robert PearlmanThe first launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome was a success, reports TASS.
A cluster of three space satellites — Lomonosov, Aist-2D, and SamSat-218 — in combination with the upper stage booster Volga has successfully separated from the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket, launched from the spaceport, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Thursday.

"The satellites are now in the interim orbit," a Roscosmos spokesman at the spaceport said.

The carrier rocket was launched from Russia's new Far Eastern spaceport Vostochny at 05:01 a.m. Moscow time. The satellites and the upper stage separated from the third stage approximately nine minutes after the blastoff.

jasonelamI noticed during the launch the rocket executed a roll program right after liftoff. I hadn't seen this on previous launches. Does this suggest that the launch platform does not move the rocket to the proper azimuth before launch, like it does at Baikonur?
domA little underwhelming...

Launching 60 year-old rockets just isn't impressive anymore and it'll be years before the Angara is flown from there because of Russia's present economic situation. It's going to be a long time before this new site gets used to its full potential - ironically, this will be in the post-Putin era. Watching Putin's unimpressed face makes me think he realises this too!

Robert PearlmanFrom Anatoly Zak on Twitter:
Very rare shot: A fallen Stage I booster from Soyuz rocket just spotted downrange from Vostochny.

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