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Forum:Soviet - Russian Space
Topic:Vostochny Cosmodrome to replace Baikonur
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Robert PearlmanPer Anatoly Zak of
Roskosmos did not televise the launch, but sources at the site told, 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.
Originally posted by jasonelam:
Does this suggest that the launch platform does not move the rocket to the proper azimuth before launch, like it does at Baikonur?
Found the answer to my question via
In the original Service Cabin, all access bridges formed a circular turntable, which could rotate along with other service systems to orient the rocket for a correct ascent azimuth depending on the orbital inclination of the upcoming mission. This feature became unnecessary with the introduction of the Soyuz-2 variant, whose flight control system could perform the necessary roll maneuver in flight to attain the correct azimuth.
Robert PearlmanRocketcam footage of the first Vostochny launch:

Robert PearlmanRussia’s new Vostochny Space Center's astronaut training complex will be completed by 2022, the head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center said.
"According to the confirmed schedule, the construction of the preflight astronaut training center at the Vostochny Cosmodrom will be completed in 2022... This will be the most modern preflight training complex," Yuri Lonchakov told journalists.
Robert PearlmanRussia's second launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome lifted off at 10:41 p.m. Monday (Nov. 27; 8:41 a.m. Moscow time or 0341 GMT Nov. 28). The Soyuz-2.1b rocket carried 19 satellites companies from Russia, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Japan, Canada and Germany.

Following the launch though, Roscosmos was unable to make contact with the main payload, a Meteor-M meteorological satellite, because it was not in the expected orbit, reports TASS.

"The first scheduled communication session has failed to establish contact with the satellite due to its absence from the designated orbit," the corporation's spokesman said. "Analysis of the current situation is underway."

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