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Pion-NKS No. 1 (Kosmos 2550)

Soyuz 2.1b

Russian Space Forces

Launch Status
Success

Mission


Pion-NKS No. 1 (Kosmos 2550)

  • Type: Government/Top Secret
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $80,000,000

The Russian Pion-NKS (14F139) satellites are the naval component of the next generation ELINT satellite system Liana.

As a replacement for both the passive ELINT US-PM and the active radar US-A, they carry both ELINT sensors as well as an active radar.

Location


43/4 (43R)

Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

43/4 (43R) has witnessed the launch of 318 rockets, including 318 orbital launch attempts, while Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation, has been the site for 1666 rocket launches.

43/4 (43R)

Rocket


Progress Rocket Space Center 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.

Soyuz 2.1b

Agency


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.

Russian Space Forces
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