Russia Finished 2018 by Launching 28 Satellites From Vostochny

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, Russia (Roscosmos PR) — Today, on 27 December 2018, at 5:07am Moscow time, Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with Fregat booster and Earth remote sensing (ERS) satellite vehicles №5 and №6 of the Kanopus-B series, as well as 26 hosted payload space vehicles, was successfully launched from the launch pad of the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

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

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 am and 7:50 am 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 am and 9:43 am Moscow time at the orbital height of about 495 km.

  • Ignacio Rockwill

    That’s like what, 4 launches in 3 years?

  • Jeff Smith

    Yeah. I imagine it’s probably tough when the launch team is Samara and Baikonur. Training up a local team is on a slow track, cuz how much demand is there really for this new facility. We could go into the reasons for having such a facility, but we’d just end up at the predetermined conclusion…