Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat | Meteor-M №2-1 & rideshare payloads

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) launch of a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat Rocket

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Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat rocket as part of the Meteor-M №2-1 & rideshare payloads mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Tue, Nov 28th, 2017, 12:41 AM EST from Cosmodrome Site 1S, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation. The status of the launch was Failed. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Meteor-M №2-1 & rideshare payloads

This is the third spacecraft in the Russian Meteor-M series of remote sensing satellites. Weighing about 2750 kg, it is intended to gather hydrometeorological data from sun-synchronous orbit. This includes monitoring ozone layer and radiation levels in the near-Earth space, as well as monitoring ocean surface temperatures and ice conditions.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Cosmodrome Site 1S, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation

Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation
Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

Rocket

Soyuz 2.1B

Soyuz-2, GRAU index 14A14, is the collective designation for the 21st-century version of the Russian Soyuz rocket. In its basic form, it is a three-stage carrier rocket for placing payloads into low Earth orbit. The first-stage boosters and two core stages feature uprated engines with improved injection systems, compared to the previous versions of the Soyuz. Digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to be launched from a fixed launch platform, whereas the launch platforms for earlier Soyuz rockets had to be rotated as the rocket could not perform a roll to change its heading in flight. The Soyuz 2.1b represents the latest development stage of the proven rocket. It uses the new RD-0124 engines in the first three stages, coupled with an improved injection system that significantly boosts the performance of the Soyuz. Furthermore, she wears a new, digital startup control system. This will allow the Soyuz 2.1b to carry around 1.2 tonnes more payload into low earth orbit compared to its predecessor.

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center is a Moscow-based producer of spacecraft and space-launch systems, including the Proton and Rokot rockets and is currently developing the Angara rocket family. The Proton launch vehicle launches from Baikonur and Rokot launches from Baikonur and Plesetsk. Angara will launch from Plesetsk and Vostochny.

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