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9th Launch of SS-18 Rocket - TerraSAR-X Mission
Today, on June 15, 2007 at 06:14 a.m. Moscow time (02:14 UTC) the German EADS ASTRIUM GmbH TerraSAR-X satellite was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome into a 514.8 km sun-synchronous orbit aboard a converted SS-18 ICBM commercially known as "Dnepr".

Dnepr successfully returns to flight
On April 17, 2007 at 10 hours 46 minuets Moscow time (06 hours 46 minutes UTC), a converted RS-20 (SS-18) ICBM (commercially known as Dnepr) was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Shortly thereafter the rocket successfully deployed 14 satellites into a 640 km Sun-synchronous orbit.

RS-20 (Dnepr) Cluster Launch Mission Preparation
The original launch date for the RS-20 (converted SS-18 ICBM, commercially known as Dnepr) cluster launch mission was scheduled for March 27, 2007. The rocket was to lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with the following payloads on-board: EgyptSat-1 (Ukraine/Egypt), SaudiSat-3, SaudiComsat-3, SaudiComsat-4, SaudiComsat-5, SaudiComsat-6 and SaudiComsat-7 (Saudi Arabia) and P-Pod deployers carrying 7 CubSat nanosatellites.

Results of Dnepr LV Launch Failure Investigation
The Dnepr launch vehicle (the SS-18 missile conversion variant) with a group of spacecraft aboard was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 26, 2006 at 22 hours 43 minutes, Moscow Standard Time. The launch ended up in a failure during the 73,9th second of flight.

On Dnepr LV Next Launch
On July 12th 2006 at 18:54 Moscow time, the US manufactured Genesis-1 spacecraft was successfully launched into the cusomter’s predetermined orbit, aboard a Dnepr rocket from Yasny launch base. The launch was prepared and performed by specialists of RF Ministry of Defense and industrial enterprises of Russia and Ukraine under the leadership of International Space Company Kosmotras.

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Dnepr Program

During 1992-2003 timeframe, a team of Russian and Ukrainian companies together with the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) were involved in developing a commercial space launch system based on the technology of the SS-18 ICBMs being withdrawn from service.

Description and main specifications

Dnepr LV

Description and main specifications
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