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Launch preparations of Dnepr launch vehicle with Japanese satellites started on Baikonur

Press Release From: Roscosmos
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2005

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Dnepr LV with two experimental satellites of Japanese Space Agency is to be launched from Baikonur in the mid-August.

OICETS, one of the satellites, was delivered to Baikonur today informed O. Urusov, spokesman of FSC Baikonur. First, the satellite was transported to Yubileyny aerodrome from Ulyanovsk aboard AN-124 airplane (Ruslan), and then to the Assembly & Test Facility of Site 31 on Baikonur where it will be prepared for launch.

Delivery of the second Japanese satellite INDEX is expected in the mid-June.

Launch of Dnepr, as in case with all previous launches of this conversion rocket, will be carried out from the shaft launcher of Site 109.

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