Soyuz 2.1b | Resurs-P No.3

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) launch of a Soyuz 2.1b Rocket

Launch Status
Success

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1b rocket as part of the Resurs-P No.3 mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission was on Sun, Mar 13th, 2016, 2:56 PM EDT from 31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The status of the launch was Success with a 0% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1b and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Resurs-P No.3

This is the third satellite in the Resurs-P series of Earth observation satellites launched by the Russian government to replace the Resurs-DK 1 satellite. The satellite is capable of capturing images with a resolution of 3m per pixel in colour mode and as low as 1m in its panchromatic mode. The images provided will be used for the Russian ministries of Agriculture and Fishing, Meteorology, Transportation, Defence, and Natural Resources.

Location

31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Soyuz 2.1B

Soyuz-2 is 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 2.1b version adds an upgraded engine (RD-0124) with improved performance to the second stage.

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.