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ORBIT AND LAUNCH

The telescope is planned to be launched by a Zenit-2SB medium-class launcher equipped with a Fregat accelerating module. All launch facilities will be provided by Russia. The observatory is expected to operate for about 10 years. 

Launch date  planned for 2016
Carrier medium class Zenit-2SB carrier with Fregat accelerating module
Expected lifetime about 10 years
Orbit geosynchronous orbit with inclination 51.8 deg

A geosynchronous orbit with an inclination of 51.8 degrees has been chosen. For this orbit the effects of the radiation belts will be negligible and the observing efficiency high. The figure above illustrates the trace of the geosynchronous orbit.


 

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