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

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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 Sat, Jun 29th, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT from 43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. The status of the launch is Red. 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/Fregat

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