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March 10, 2009
The 2008 Russian Government Prize in Science and Technology was awarded for the CORONAS-F project
December 6, 2005
CORONAS-F decayed (17:34 UTC)
February 17, 2005
CORONAS-F orbited the Earth 20,000 times ...
January 31 - February 5, 2005
July 31, 2004
CORONAS-F: Three years in orbit
July 31, 2004
V.D. Kuznetsov, IZMIRAN Director, delivers presentation about the CORONAS-F project on the Russian Academy of sciences' presidium session
July 18-25, 2004
July 31, 2003
CORONAS-F: Two years in orbit
November 12, 2002
On November the 7th (orbit 7093) malfunction of one of the on-board transmitters detected.
All attempts to revive the device have failed. Since November 12 telemetry is only sent back to Earth
using T1700/1. Due to the orientation characteristics of the spacecraft this have the result of a
40% decrease in the total amount of data received (to approx 520 Mbytes per week).
November 4, 2002
Technical meeting on CORONAS project status and data usage (CKIT, 15:00)
October 7, 2002
New version of the CORONAS Project Web site launched
October 4, 2002
RESIK observes entire M4.0 class event (S18 W08) with the ADS settings
September 30 - October 1, 2002
RESIK workshop held at MSSL UK - definition of new observing modes
September 22, 2002
New automatic system has been put into service for sending control commands
over the spacecraft's command radio line (CRL) to SSNI-KF
The process of sending commabds to SSNI and receiving of the acknowledgment
from the spacecraft is now fully autimatic and does not require operator's interference.
(Former procedure was semi-automatic). New system allows groups of researchers to remotely
control their device themselves over the Internet.
July 31, 2002
CORONAS-F: One year in orbit
The process of CORONAS-F raw data download from the Neustrelitz Satellite Groundstation (Germany),
unpacking, preprocessing and distribution of the processed data over FTP is now fully automated.
Special measures undertaken to optimize mode of operation of the onbord transmitters T1700/1,2
and improve accuracy of the commands sent to onboard equipment allowed to considerably
raise quality of the received data (to practically 100%). Calculations of the relative orientation
of the onboard 1.7 GHz antennas is performed in cooperation with collegues from FIAN and
takes into account data supplied by the stellar sensors of the RES-K and SRT-K devices.
May 1, 2002
Control over data download sessions from SSNI-KF
passed to CKIT IZMIRAN. ( until now it was carried out
by the military, using RTS-9 system).
April 17, 2002
First in-orbit PHA calibration using Fe55 calibration source
January 22, 2002
Start of basic RESIK science mode
November 8, 2001
October 23, 2001
RESIK: Start of the active monitoring of the particle radiation environment
September 17, 2001
Diogeness problems encountered - moving cam probably stack.
The instrument is electrically healthy - attempts to revitalize continue.
29 Á×ÇÕÓÔÁ 2001
Payload power switched back on, orientation restored, normal work continues.
August 27, 2001
The spacecraft's orientation system and scientific payload is powered off due to a wrong command
sent to the service control system (RTS).
August 24, 2001
August 16, 2001
Basic payload checks passed
The spacecraft is fully operational
August 6, 2001
Service control systems checks passed
July 31, 2001
CORONAS-F successfully launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.
First launch attempt. Cancelled due to strong side wind.
Another week of preparations and checks.
Most tests fnished, devices packed and the team set out to launch site.
Full sequence of tests on site. Mounting devices on the spacecraft.
March 4, 2001
Designator CatNo Common Name Source LaunchDate DecayDate
------------ ----- ------------------------- ------ ---------- ----------
1994-014A 23019 CORONAS I CIS 1994/03/02 2001/03/04
Complex equipment tests started
RESIK science workshop in Wroclaw. IZMIRAN, NRL, RAL, and SRC representatives present.
It is decided that complex equipment tests will be held at CKIT IZMIRAN.
On-board control systems simulators prepared.
Tests of RESIK Detectors at Mullard Space Science Lab. (UK)
Equipment tests continued (mechanical, climatic, other ...)
Test of RESIK crystals at Rutherford-Appleton Lab. (UK)
First equipment tests started
CORONAS-F launch time is set to August 2000
Co-alignment of crystals at Mullard Space Science Lab. (UK)
Practical work on the onboard control systems started
Naval research Lab. delivers RESIK crystals to MSSL
March 2, 1994
CORONAS-I successfully launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome