Russia Successfully Launches New Communications Satellite
Russia has launched the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Meridian communications satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region. This was announced by Colonel Alexey Zolotukhin, a spokesperson for Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces.
“The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Meridian communications satellite was successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 4:43 a.m. Moscow time. The launch was carried out in the usual mode,” Mr. Zolotukhin said, adding that the launch was controlled by Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko.
It should be noted that the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket is an upgraded version of the Soyuz rocket, which has been used in Russia’s manned and unmanned space programs since the 1960s. The Soyuz-2 can carry a payload of 7,800 kilograms into the Earth’s orbit and 4,500 kilograms into higher orbits.