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From the launch site “Vostochny” for the second time launched a carrier rocket

Roskosmos reported that the launch was in normal mode.

Launch vehicle “Soyuz-2.1b”. Photo by Yuri Smituk, TASS
From the cosmodrome “East” was launched carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1b” with Russian satellite remote sensing (RS) “Meteor-M» №2-1 and a group of small satellites.

Continuation : The satellite launched from the “Eastern” satellite did not reach the target orbit

The rocket started at 08:41 Moscow time. The launch was the second in the history of the cosmodrome. As reported Roskosmos, he passed in the regular mode.]


Soyuz-2.1b will put into orbit the Russian satellite of Earth remote sensing “Meteor-M” No. 2-1, as well as 18 small spacecraft of the associated load. The first to be put into orbit is a satellite of Earth remote sensing, followed by the separation of small satellites.

The first Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Lomonosov satellites, SamSat-218 and Aist-2D was launched from the Vostochny spaceport on April 28, 2016. The launch was preceded by an unsuccessful attempt on April 27, which at that time became one of the most discussed topics on the Russian Internet. The start had to be postponed the next day due to malfunctions in the control system detected by the automation one and a half minutes before the launch.

Immediately after the launch of the missile from the East, Vladimir Putin announceda reprimand space industry supervising Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and reprimand – the head of Roscosmos, Igor Komarov. The general director of the enterprise, from which the cable received the signal of a malfunction, received a resolution on incomplete service compliance.

The construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome has been carried out since 2012, over 120 billion rubles have been spent on the construction of its facilities and infrastructure. This is the first Russian civil cosmodrome.

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