Russia Successfully Launches New Communications Satellite

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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.

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Posted on October 30, 2014, in Space Industry News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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