Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M | Meridian-M No.19L

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

Launch Status
Success

Russian Space Forces was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M rocket as part of the Meridian-M No.19L mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Feb 20th, 2020, 3:24 AM EST from 43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. 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.

Mission

Meridian-M No.19L

Meridian is a series of communications satellite for military and civilian use.

Location

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

Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Russian Aerospace Defence Forces

Rocket

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.