Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M | Kanopus-V No.5 & Kanopus-V No.6

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center launch of a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M Rocket

Launch Status

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M rocket as part of the Kanopus-V No.5 & Kanopus-V No.6 mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Wed, Dec 26th, 2018, 9:07 PM EST from Cosmodrome Site 1S, Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M and experience the excitement for yourself.


Kanopus-V No.5 & Kanopus-V No.6

Kanopus-V is a series of Russian Earth observation satellites. They are used for real-time monitoring of natural and man-made emergencies, detecting forest fires, monitoring of land and water resources.


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

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


Soyuz 2.1A Fregat-M

The 2.1a version includes conversion from analog to digital flight control system and uprated engines on the booster and the first stage with improved injection systems. The new digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to launch from a fixed rather than angled launch platform and adjust its heading in flight. A digital control system also enables the launch of larger commercial satellites with wider and longer payload fairings such as the ST-type fairing. These fairings introduce too much aerodynamic instability for the old analog system to handle.

Russian Space Forces

The Russian Space Forces are a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Russia. Having been reestablished following August 1, 2015 merger between the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces after a 2011 dissolving of the branch. The Russian Space Forces were originally formed on August 10, 1992 and the creation of the Russian Armed Forces.