Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat
Glonass-K1 (Kosmos 2471)

Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat | Glonass-K1 (Kosmos 2471)

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

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Russian Space Forces was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat rocket as part of the Glonass-K1 (Kosmos 2471) mission. The launch window for the Navigation mission was on Fri, Feb 25th, 2011, 10:07 PM EST from 43/4 (43R), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

Glonass-K1 (Kosmos 2471)

Glonass-K are the third generation of satellite design for GLONASS satellite navigation system. GLONASS is a Russian space-based navigation system comparable to the similar GPS and Galileo systems. This generation improves on accuracy, power consumption and design life. Each satellite is unpressurized and weighs 935 kg, and has an operational lifetime of 10 years.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

43/4 (43R), 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 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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