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Converted Russian ICBM Takes German Satellite Into Orbit
RIA Novosti via Space Daily ^ | 6/22/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Daily

Posted on 06/23/2010 10:02:27 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

A converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile took Germany's TanDEM-X satellite into orbit on Monday, a military spokesman said. The RS-20B carrier rocket lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 6:14 Moscow time [2:14 GMT].

This is the 16th launch of an international satellite under the Dnepr program involving Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, which converts RS-20 ICBMs (classified by NATO as the SS-18 Satan) into carrier rockets to put satellites into low Earth orbit. Around 50 satellites have been put into orbit so far.

"The RS-20B rocket took the TanDEM-X satellite into orbit," Col. Vadim Koval said.

The 1,350-kg TanDEM-X satellite, with a life span of five years, will survey the land surface of the Earth several times during its mission. The primary objective of the mission is to generate a consistent, highly-accurate global digital elevation model.

Russian-Ukrainian joint venture Kosmotras uses launch pads at the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and Russia's Strategic Missile Forces facilities equipped for RS-20 launches.

The RS-20 is the most powerful ICBM in the world. It was first launched in 1973 and is still in service with Russia's Strategic Missile Forces

(Excerpt) Read more at spacedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: icbm; russianmilitary; satellite; space; ss18

1 posted on 06/23/2010 10:02:34 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove
The primary objective of the mission is to generate a consistent, highly-accurate global digital elevation model.

Or so they say...

2 posted on 06/23/2010 10:10:24 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Founders revolted for less.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

If you can get it to boost Pelosi into orbit, i’ll buy a round of vodka shots for everyone here.


3 posted on 06/23/2010 10:12:01 PM PDT by wheresmyusa
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To: sonofstrangelove

(classified by NATO as the SS-18 Satan)

Loral helped?


4 posted on 06/23/2010 10:13:28 PM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: sonofstrangelove

More space junk.

Hard to believe 0zero would sign a nuke deal with the Ruskies, huh?


5 posted on 06/23/2010 10:13:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Eccl. 10:18 -)
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

The SS-18 was developed in the 1970s.


6 posted on 06/23/2010 10:15:00 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

The SS-18 was designed for only a 22 year lifespan. As we already know, it has exceeded its design lifespan


7 posted on 06/23/2010 10:47:48 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove
The SS-18 was developed in the 1970s.

Most articles concerning satellite launches seem to include the cost of the tech being sent up there. Any idea? That's generally an aweful big risk.
8 posted on 06/23/2010 11:15:42 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

There has been 16 launches. The money for thw launches goes directly into the pockets of the Strategic Rocket Forces.Technically, the launches of SS-18 missiles are conducted as part of the effort to liquidate these missiles, which is part of strategic arms reductions


9 posted on 06/23/2010 11:18:14 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Didn’t the USA pay for that?


10 posted on 06/23/2010 11:21:36 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

I do not think so. I did not read about it in any of the reports or from my sources


11 posted on 06/23/2010 11:25:40 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I thought we paid them to disarm. Sent our people over there to help them due to the mass quantity that needed attention. That was the deal. Could be wrong.


12 posted on 06/23/2010 11:34:31 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

All I know that the missile used was in storage since 2005.


13 posted on 06/23/2010 11:35:35 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Just curious, sometimes you ask a question on this site and end up with an extraordinary amount of information. My understanding is that these are not legal. Not like the media cares, but it popped into my head.


14 posted on 06/23/2010 11:39:50 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

The information is out there and legal. I belong to many organizations that deal with these subjects.


15 posted on 06/23/2010 11:43:11 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Decomissioned ICBMs under international treaty are allowed to be launched. I was not aware.
16 posted on 06/23/2010 11:47:48 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

They are allowed. We are launching decommissioned Peacekeepers and Minuteman missiles under the Minotaur rocket program.


17 posted on 06/23/2010 11:50:06 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I was not aware that treaty enforced missiles could be ‘reinstated’ under a different guise. I appreciate the information, do you have a link?


18 posted on 06/23/2010 11:54:11 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/minotaur.htm
http://www.russianspaceweb.com/dnepr.html


19 posted on 06/24/2010 12:04:28 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove
Interesting. Thanks for the information.

Still makes no sense to me. All these empty delivery systems sitting around.
20 posted on 06/24/2010 12:14:13 AM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost

I need to make a correction. The launch vehichle was in storage in 2005 and then taken out of storage in 2006 and then transferred to the Dnepr program.


21 posted on 06/24/2010 12:18:42 AM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld ( "Fortes fortuna adiuvat"-Fortune Favors the Strong)
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To: sonofstrangelove

The corrections are appreciated but essentially irrelevant when the scope is considered. The treaties and pacts of the past are best seen through current eyes, the only eyes that currently matter. There are a few thousand ‘nearly ready to go’ intercontinental missiles. I guess I will research the treaty terms later as it is such an astonishing conclusion from what has been presented here.


22 posted on 06/24/2010 12:28:34 AM PDT by allmost
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