Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | Gonets-M27, Gonets-M28, Gonets-M29

Russian Space Forces launch of a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M Rocket

Launch Status
Date/Time May Change

Russian Space Forces is scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M rocket as part of the Gonets-M27, Gonets-M28, Gonets-M29 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission is on Mon, Sep 28th, 2020, 7:20 AM EDT from 43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. The status of the launch is Red. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

Gonets-M27, Gonets-M28, Gonets-M29

Gonets-M are an upgraded version of Gonets satellites, derived from military communications system Strela-3. Gonets-M constellation is tasked with monitoring ecological and industrial objects, providing communication and data transmission services, covering also the remote areas like the Far North region.

Location

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

Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Russian Aerospace Defence Forces

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.

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.