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CAS500-1 & rideshare

Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M

GK Launch Services

Launch Status
Success

Mission

CAS500-1 & rideshare

Type: Earth Science

CAS500-1 is the first of two South Korean Earth observation satellites. These spacecraft feature the AEISS-C imaging system with a ground resolution of 0.5 m in panchromatic mode and 2 m in color mode. More than a dozen other satellites are included as secondary payloads, among them being the first spacecraft by the Catalan Space Agency.

Location

31/6

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

468 rockets have launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan.

31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M

Length: 46.3 meters
Diameter: 2.95 meters
First Launch: October 19, 2010

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.

The Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M rocket has been launched a total of 15 times with 14 successful and 1 failed launches.

Agency

GK Launch Services

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: GKLS
Administration: Alexander V. Serkin
Founded: 2017

Country: RUS

GK Launch Services is a company established by Glavkosmos (a subsidiary of Roscosmos State Space Corporation) and International Space Company Kosmotras. GK Launch Services is an operator of Soyuz-2 commercial launches from the Russian spaceports.

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Aaron Gosnell
Aaron Gosnell
2 months ago

I hope all goes well for this mission.