Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat
Meridian-M №18

Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat | Meridian-M №18

Russian Space Forces launch of a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat Rocket

Russian Space Forces is scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat rocket as part of the Meridian-M №18 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission is on Tue, Jul 30th, 2019, 1:00 AM EDT from 43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. The status of the launch is Green. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Meridian-M №18

The Meridian series of communications satellites is reported to be the replacement for all the Molniya-1T, the Molniya-3 and Molniya-3K satellite series and possibly also for the communication component of the Parus. They are launched into highly eccentric Molniya-orbits. Meridian is the highly eccentric orbit (HEO) component of the Integrated Satellite Communications System (ISSS), where they work in conjunction with the geostationary Raduga-1M (Globus-M) satellites. The bus structure is reportedly pressurized, possibly based on the Uragan-M bus. Meridian satellites carry three transponders operating in different frequency bands.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Russian Aerospace Defence Forces

Rocket

Soyuz 2.1A

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.

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