Russia to Conduct 14 Soyuz-2 Launches in 2014
The record number of the Soyuz-2 launches (14) will take place this year. This came in a statement by Leonid Shalimov, Director General of the company supplying the starting equipment.
12 launches have already been performed so far, with the last one being conducted on December 18, when the Soyuz-ST carrier rocket with four O3b communications satellites was launched from Kourou in French Guiana. In addition, two launches are to take place before the end of the year. The Soyuz-2 carrier rocket is scheduled to take off from Plesetsk on December 26 and from Baikonur at the end of the year.
The first launch of the Soyuz-2.1 carrier rocket was conducted on November 8, 2004. The main difference of the Soyuz-2 from the Soyuz-U base rocket consists in the use of a digital control system with a set of high-precision instruments. The digital system can be easily adapted to the conditions of flight, including random external influences.