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Cluster Salsa & Samba

Soyuz-U-PVB

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Cluster Salsa & Samba

Type: Earth Science

Cluster is an magnetospheric research project, consisting of a constellation of four identical satellites. Part of the first Cornerstone Mission in the European Space Agency’s long-term space science programme, the Cluster II satellites were built to replace the original Cluster mission, which was aborted after Ariane-5G’s maiden flight in June 1996 failed to launch the satellites. The mission’s objective is to research the Earth’s magnetosphere and its interaction with the solar winds, via four identical satellites flying in formation which take simultaneous measurements to provide the most detailed three-dimensional study of changes and processes taking place in near-Earth space. The four satellites were launched in 2000 on two Soyuz-U Fregat rockets.

Location

31/6

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

1532 rockets have launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan.

31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Agency

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

Type: Government
Abbreviation: RFSA
Administration: Administrator: Dmitry Rogozin
Founded: 1992
Launchers: Soyuz
Spacecraft: Soyuz
Country: RUS

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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