Category Archives: Soyuz-2.1b

Lotos-S1 launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on the top of the Soyuz-2.1b

This time Roscosmos can announce success - Soyuz-2.1b without Fregat-M upper stage delivered to orbit ELINT satellite, second from constellation of four replacing Tselina-2 constellation. As payload is classified Electronic Intelligence satellite it was not announced anything about designated orbit and flight plan. It was given to public, that rocket with satellite was launched punctually at…
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Problems with guidance system possibly caused disaster of Fregat-M with Meteor-M2-1 and 18 other satellites

Problems with Fregat-M were caused probably by navigational and guidance system but not necessary by their technical malfunction. According to TASS news agency problems with Fregat-M launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome on November 28 were directly linked with guidance system. TASS refers here to anonymous source inside Russian space industry - Agency claims that guidance system,…
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Soyuz-2.1b delivers Glonass-52M satellite from Plesetsk Cosmodrome

Glonass-52M navigation satellite was delivered today on September 22, 2017, to orbit from Launch Site 43/4 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia. Soyuz-2.1b combined with Fregat-M delivered Glonass-52M to 191000 km orbit inclined  64.8 degrees toward the Equator. Satellite was correctly deployed and will join constellation of 23 operational satellites, which are virtually remaining technically…
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Tundra early warning satellite on orbit !

Russia managed to deliver to orbit another early warning satellite from EKS system yesterday. Soyuz rocket was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome from Launch Complex 43/4 at 06:34 UTC. This was in fact first launch of the rocket from Russia in 2017 not related with International Space Station. Mission was planned to cover demand of Russian…
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SES-15 on orbit, Arianespace celebrates 79th successful launch in a row

Arianespace is getting close to new record: 100 successful launches in a row performed by one organization. Thanks to Russian Soyuz rocket Company delivered today to orbit SES-15 communications satellite.   With the codename VS17 Arianespace signed launch of Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket from Guiana Space Center with first SES satellite with electric propulsion. This step is…
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More details about Soyuz anomaly during launch of Glonass-M

Recent problems which appeared during last launch performed from Plesetsk cosmodrome were related with last stage of Soyuz-2.1B. Anomaly appeared during mission of Soyuz-2.1B/Glonass-M which started on May 29, 2016 at 08:45 GMT from Plesetsk cosmodrome. Mission was planned as part of modernization program of Russian GLONASS (Globalnaya Navigationnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema-Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System)…
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Problems with Soyuz during launch of Glonass-M unveiled !

It seems that even most reliable rocket can be affected with "bad day" syndrome. According to TASS news agency during last launch of Soyuz-2.1B, which took place on May 29, 2016, some kind of problems appeared before separation of Fregat-M upper stage with the rocket. Due the unspecified anomaly, Fregat-M upper stage was forced to…
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Glonass-M delivered to orbit

Russian navigation satellite developed under Glonass system was launched today in the morning from Plesetsk cosmodrome. This mission was planned as second in 2016 launch of satellite from Glonass-M generation. Objective of the mission is to place satellite on 19132 km x 19158 elliptical orbit with inclination at 64.8° to improve capabilities of Glonass system…
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FM10 & FM11 on the orbit !

276th mission by Arianespace finished with success - both FM10 & FM11 Galileo satellites reached their planned orbit. European Space Agency put this mission in the addition to Galileo launch schedule for 2016 thanks to decision of European Commission. Both satellites were contracted for OHB System as main contractor and for SSTL as payload contractor. ESA signed agreement with…
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