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CryoSat-2 inside Dnepr rocket
- Title CryoSat-2 inside Dnepr rocket
- Released 05/02/2010 12:30 pm
- Copyright ESA - AOES Medialab
CryoSat-2 will be launched by a Dnepr – a converted SS-18 intercontinental ballistic missile – from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Dnepr is a three-stage vehicle. The first and second stages are original SS-18 stages, used without any modification. The third stage is a modified standard SS-18 third stage equipped with a liquid propellant, two-mode propulsion unit that operates based on a 'drag' scheme in which it flies backwards, dragging the satellite behind it to ensure the most accurate orbit injection.
- Id 207452