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Friday, December 28, 2018

Russia Launches Kanopus-V Duo and 26 Other Satellites from Vostochny

Soyuz-2.1a rocket launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome on Dec. 27, 2018. Credit: Roscosmos

On December 27, 2018, at 5:07 a.m. Moscow time, Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with Fregat booster and Earth remote sensing (ERS) satellite vehicles №5 and №6 of the Kanopus-V series, as well as 26 hosted payload space vehicles, was successfully launched from the launch pad of the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

"The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket was launched at a scheduled time," Russia's Roscosmos space agency said.

In accordance with the launch sequence, following two impulses of Fregat booster’s service propulsion system, satellite vehicle Kanopus-V №5 and satellite vehicle Kanopus-V №6 were routinely detached from the booster at 6:06 a.m. and 6:12 a.m. Moscow time respectively.

Kanopus-V satellite vehicles that have been developed and crafted by VNIEM (All-Russian Scientific Research Institute Of Electromechanics) Corporation, are designed for monitoring of anthropogenic and natural emergencies, including hydrometeorological phenomena, large-scale emissions of pollutants, monitoring of agricultural activities, natural resources and land management. 

Using successive impulses of Fregat booster’s service propulsion system, two groups of small space vehicles, composed of 12 and 14 space vehicles respectively, were detached from the carrier rocket. All of the space vehicles were deployed to operational orbits.

Altogether, seven impulses of Fregat booster’s service propulsion system were carried out in the course of the mission, with the last one deploying the booster to the “withdrawal” orbit. Fregat booster has once again proved its undeniable competitive advantage on the global launch services market. This was Fregat booster’s 72nd launch.

Space vehicles GRUS, iSAT, UWE-4, Sparrow and 8KA of Lemur type that are deployed as hosted payload under the contracts of Glavcosmos Launch Services and Glavcosmos, were routinely detached from Fregat booster between 7:33 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. Moscow time at the orbital height of about 585 km.

Space vehicles Lume-1, ZACube-2 and 12 Dove satellites were also routinely detached from Fregat booster between 9:13 a.m. and 9:43 a.m. Moscow time at the orbital height of about 495 km.

This was the fourth launch from the Vostochny spaceport in Russia's Far East.

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