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Dnepr 1A launches most ever spacecraft at 33 in one go

22 Nov 2013, 14:25 UTC
Dnepr 1A launches most ever spacecraft at 33 in one go
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A converted Ukranian-built ballistic missile, now known as the launch vehicle DNEPR 1A successfully launched 32 spacecraft (or 33 if you count a stage mounted instrument payload) at 0710 GMT on 21 November 2013 taking the record for the most satellites carried on an individual launch. The previous record had just been set on by the 230 spacecraft launched by a Minotaur 1A.
Derived from the Derived from SS-18 (RS-36M) tube launched intercontinental ballistic missile, the launch vehicle took off from the Yasniy-Dombarovskiy launch site in Eastern Russia. Aboard were three “main” satellite payloads consisting of the 300kg remote sensing satellite Dubaisat-2, the Korean astronomical satellite STSAT-3, and the 90kg Skysat 1 remote sensing satellite. The other 29 spacecraft carried ranged in size from sub-1kg picosats to 1-5kg cubesat nanosatellites plus a small paylaod attached to the rocket’s third stage.
We are grateful here that Nasaspaceflight.com has made a desciption of hte payloads here: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2013/11/russian-dnepr-record-breaking-32-satellite-haul/

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