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

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) launch of a Soyuz 2.1B Rocket

Launch Status
Failure

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1B rocket as part of the Meteor-M No.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. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1B and experience the excitement for yourself.

Location

Cosmodrome Site 1S

Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation

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.

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.