Friday, July 14, 2006

Satellite Launch 2006-026A

The Bigelow Aerospace Genesis 1 was launched from a new Russian launch site on 12 July 2006 at 1453 UTC. The payload was launched on a Dnepr rocket (a converted SS-18 ICBM) from their new Dombarovskiy launch site, previously just an intercontinental missile base (also identified as the ISC Kosmotras space and missile complex in the Orenburg region of Russia).

Bigelow Aerospace is located in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Genesis 1 is a prototype of hardware that the firm anticipates will advance habitable structures in space to carry out research and manufacturing, among other tasks.

Intl Desig: 2006-026A, SSC #29252
Orbital parameters:
Apogee 561 km
Perigee 555 km
Inclination 64.5 deg
The module inflated from 1.9 to 3.8 meters diameter once on orbit.

We believe that the Genesis 1 might be carried a 2 GHz S-band downlink.