CORONAS-F Tracking

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March 10, 2009

    The 2008 Russian Government Prize in Science and Technology was awarded for the CORONAS-F project

December 6, 2005

    CORONAS-F decayed (17:34 UTC)

February 17, 2005

    CORONAS-F orbited the Earth 20,000 times ...

January 31 - February 5, 2005

July 31, 2004

    CORONAS-F: Three years in orbit

July 31, 2004

    V.D. Kuznetsov, IZMIRAN Director, delivers presentation about the CORONAS-F project on the Russian Academy of sciences' presidium session

July 18-25, 2004

July 31, 2003

    CORONAS-F: Two years in orbit

November 12, 2002

    On November the 7th (orbit 7093) malfunction of one of the on-board transmitters detected. All attempts to revive the device have failed. Since November 12 telemetry is only sent back to Earth using T1700/1. Due to the orientation characteristics of the spacecraft this have the result of a 40% decrease in the total amount of data received (to approx 520 Mbytes per week).

November 4, 2002

    Technical meeting on CORONAS project status and data usage (CKIT, 15:00)

October 7, 2002

    New version of the CORONAS Project Web site launched

October 4, 2002

    RESIK observes entire M4.0 class event (S18 W08) with the ADS settings

September 30 - October 1, 2002

    RESIK workshop held at MSSL UK - definition of new observing modes

September 22, 2002

    New automatic system has been put into service for sending control commands over the spacecraft's command radio line (CRL) to SSNI-KF The process of sending commabds to SSNI and receiving of the acknowledgment from the spacecraft is now fully autimatic and does not require operator's interference. (Former procedure was semi-automatic). New system allows groups of researchers to remotely control their device themselves over the Internet.

September 2002

July 31, 2002

    CORONAS-F: One year in orbit

May 2002

    The process of CORONAS-F raw data download from the Neustrelitz Satellite Groundstation (Germany), unpacking, preprocessing and distribution of the processed data over FTP is now fully automated.

May 2002

    Special measures undertaken to optimize mode of operation of the onbord transmitters T1700/1,2 and improve accuracy of the commands sent to onboard equipment allowed to considerably raise quality of the received data (to practically 100%). Calculations of the relative orientation of the onboard 1.7 GHz antennas is performed in cooperation with collegues from FIAN and takes into account data supplied by the stellar sensors of the RES-K and SRT-K devices.

May 1, 2002

    Control over data download sessions from SSNI-KF passed to CKIT IZMIRAN. ( until now it was carried out by the military, using RTS-9 system).

April 17, 2002

    First in-orbit PHA calibration using Fe55 calibration source

January 22, 2002

    Start of basic RESIK science mode

November 8, 2001

October 23, 2001

    RESIK: Start of the active monitoring of the particle radiation environment

September 17, 2001

    Diogeness problems encountered - moving cam probably stack.
    The instrument is electrically healthy - attempts to revitalize continue.

29 2001

    Payload power switched back on, orientation restored, normal work continues.

August 27, 2001

    The spacecraft's orientation system and scientific payload is powered off due to a wrong command sent to the service control system (RTS).

August 24, 2001

August 16, 2001

    Basic payload checks passed
    The spacecraft is fully operational

August 6, 2001

    Service control systems checks passed

July 31, 2001

    CORONAS-F successfully launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

July 2001

    First launch attempt. Cancelled due to strong side wind.
    Another week of preparations and checks.

June-July 2001

May 2001

    Most tests fnished, devices packed and the team set out to launch site.
    Full sequence of tests on site. Mounting devices on the spacecraft.

March 4, 2001

    CORONAS-I Decayed
    Designator   CatNo Common Name               Source LaunchDate DecayDate
    ------------ ----- ------------------------- ------ ---------- ----------
    1994-014A    23019 CORONAS I                 CIS    1994/03/02 2001/03/04

February-March 2001

    Complex EMS (ESS) tests

November 2000

    Complex equipment tests started

October 2000

    RESIK science workshop in Wroclaw. IZMIRAN, NRL, RAL, and SRC representatives present.

September 2000

    It is decided that complex equipment tests will be held at CKIT IZMIRAN.
    On-board control systems simulators prepared.

June 2000

    Tests of RESIK Detectors at Mullard Space Science Lab. (UK)

June-September 2000

    Equipment tests continued (mechanical, climatic, other ...)

May 2000

    Test of RESIK crystals at Rutherford-Appleton Lab. (UK)

May 2000

    First equipment tests started

December 1999

    CORONAS-F launch time is set to August 2000

October 1999

    Co-alignment of crystals at Mullard Space Science Lab. (UK)

Summer 1999

    Practical work on the onboard control systems started

May 1999

    Naval research Lab. delivers RESIK crystals to MSSL

March 2, 1994

    CORONAS-I successfully launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome

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