Category Archives: Soyuz-2.1a

Samsat-218 still not operating correctly

Russian nanosatellite launched as piggyback payload on atop of Soyuz-2.1a, on April 28, 2016 during maiden mission of Vostochny cosmodrome, still has problems and is not considered as fully operational. SamSat-218 (previously known as Contact-Nanosatellite) is 3U Cubesat designed and built by students on Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU). It was described as first nanosatellite…
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Vostochny, we have a problem !

It seems that beginnings are always difficult even for such experienced space corporation like Roscosmos. Samsat-218, one of the satellites launched on April 28 2016 on atop of Soyuz-2.1a lost contact with ground. It is not disaster, because main payload, MVL-300 satellite and second additional satellite Ainst-2D seemed to work fine. News was published by…
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Vostochny after its maiden mission !

This time Vladimir Putin was able to see how Soyuz-2.1a is lifting off and fly through clear sky to put into orbit three satellites: MVL-300, SamSat-218 and Ainst-2D. There was no place for second mistake during 1860th launch of Soyuz rocket. After postponing flight due the problems with cable connected to valve in fuel tank…
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First from Vostochny Cosmodrome delayed

Tough beginning for Vostochny cosmodrome - countdown was interrupted, launch is delayed and date of next attempt is set for 28th April 2016. If someone missed great celebration of Roscosmos will soon have another chance. After interrupting countdown procedure of Soyuz-2.1a with MVL-300 satellite on atop at 02:00 GMT at T-90", first questions were about reasons…
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Sentinel-1B finally on orbit !

Fourth time was lucky for Arianespace and ESA. Sentinel-1B after breathtaking launch reached designated orbit and confirmed its perfect condition. Arianespace gave all of us beautiful spectacle with spectacular VS14 flight, first launch of the Soyuz-2.1a from Guiana Space Center in 2016. After two attempts were halted due the poor weather condition and third was…
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Scrubbed launch of Soyuz-2.1A with Sentinel-1B

Arianespace decided to stop preparing for flight again. There was no next launch date announced but Company is targeting for 25th April 2016. UPDATE: 25 April 2016 - Launch was set for 25th April 2016, 21:02 GMT, IMU was changed and testing went correctly. UPDATE: 25 April 2016 - Russian specialists discovered that reason of the problem was…
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First launch of Soyuz-2.1A from French Guiana with Sentinel-1B set for today !

Due the poor weather conditions launch was postponed for today and is set to launch window starting at 21:02 GMT today. UPDATE: launched was postponed to Sunday, 24th April 2016 due the bad weather in French Guiana Space Center. Arianespace is targeting for today to reach LEO orbit during VS14 flight with their Soyuz-2.1A equipped with Fregat upper stage. This time…
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Progress-MS 66P launched !

Today Roscosmos launched first Progress supply spacecraft to International Space Station. It was announced that mission is successful, robotic spacecraft is continuing flight to ISS. Punctually at 16:23:57 GMT Soyuz-2.1A started its engines in Baikonur Cosmodrome. Rocket core propulsion was started along with four boosters and Soyuz-2.1a started to lift over LC-31 in Baikonur Cosmodrome. Four RD107 engines and…
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Busy morning in Plesetsk – Russian military satellite launched

Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome military satellite at 09:42 GMT on 24 March 2016. It was second launch performed from Plesetsk this year. This military satellite should be considered as highly classified payload - Russian authorities kept it in secret until yesterday. Soyuz-2.1A rose over Plesetsk Cosmodrome with imaging satellite on…
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