Russia’s Soyuz-2.1b Places Communications Satellite into Orbit
Russia has launched the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the communications satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The satellite has been successfully put into orbit and all of its functions were in the normal range. This was stated by Col. Alexey Zolotukhin, a spokesman for Russia’s Aerospace Defence Forces.
The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket blasted off at 06:01 a.m. Moscow time. The previous launch of the Soyuz-2.1b was conducted on December 1, when carrier rocket put into orbit the new-generation Russian navigation satellite Glonass-K.
It’s necessary to mention that the modernized Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket was designed according to the Russian technology using materials manufactured in Russia. The rocket differs from all previous models in its digital control system, which helps adjust its trajectory more accurately.