Rockot - SERVIS 2 (Launched June 2, 2010)

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Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch the SERVIS 2 satellite for Japan's Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer (USEF) to test commercial off-the-shelf technologies for space applications. Delayed from March.

Eurockot's Servis'2 Press Release from SpaceRef:
Eurockot Servis-2 News & Photos: ... 3&subm=106
JAXA's Servis-2 Related Materials: ... .html#1042

Rockot Launch Vehicle

Rockot first and second stages are taken from old Russian UR-100N ICBM.

Rockot LV Wikipedia Article:
Eurockot Lv Photo Gallery: ... =5&subm=51
UR-100N Wikipedia Article:
Khrunichev's Rockot Page:
Khrunichev's Rockot Photo Gallery:


First Stage

One RD-244 engine burning N[sub]2[/sub]O[sub]4[/sub]/UDMH

Astronautix RD-0244 Page:
Engine Manufacturer KBKhA:


Second Stage

One RD-235 engine burning N[sub]2[/sub]O[sub]4[/sub]/UDMH

Astronautix RD-0235 Page:
Engine Manufacturer KBKhA:


Third Stage

Eurockot has Breeze-KM upper stage which has one RD-2000 engine burning N[sub]2[/sub]O[sub]4[/sub]/UDMH. It can be started up to 8 times during the flight which provides excellect accuracy to payload orbit placement.

Khrunichev's Breeze-KM Page:
Breeze-M Wikipedia Article:




Re: June 2 Rockot - SERVIS 2

Servis 2 has been mated with Breeze-KM:
As the mating of spacecraft and adapter system was successfully completed the day before, now the stack of both had to be connected with the upper stage of the Rockot launch vehicle, the so called Breeze seen in the bottom part of Figure 1. For the careful alignment and mating of the two units an experienced crane operator is needed as shown in Figure 2.

After installation of the mechanical and electrical connections (Figure 3) the slings from the crane are removed. Different mobile platforms are used for the access from two sides, as seen in Figure 4 and Figure 5.

Several verification procedures were run knowing that their will be no more access to the spacecraft after it will be covered with the fairing. The installation of the fairing is foreseen for tomorrow.



Re: June 2 Rockot - SERVIS 2 : Rockot Blasts Off from Plesetsk
: 02.06.2010

A Rockot launch vehicle, carrying the SERVIS-2 satellite launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia at 05:59 a.m. Moscow Time ) today on 2 June. The lift off of the launch vehicle was nominal. The Rockot’s booster unit (the first two stages of the launch vehicle) separation from the orbital block occurred successfully and on schedule. The Breeze KM is performing planned mission maneuvers to propel the satellite into its target orbit.

SERVIS-2 is an acronym for the second spacecraft in the "Space Environment Reliability Verification Integrated System" programme conducted by USEF under a contract from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The purpose of SERVIS-2 is the verification of commercial off - the - shelf (COTS) parts and technologies in the severe space environment.

The Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer (USEF) of Tokyo, Japan and Eurockot Launch Services GmbH of Bremen, Germany signed a contract for the launch of the SERVIS-2 spacecraft on a Russian Rockot small launch vehicle in 2007.

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Khrunichev Space Center PAO



Re: June 2 Rockot - SERVIS 2

Video captured from live stream: (poor quality)

Official Roscosmos video will be better so let's wait for that. ;)
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