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Foton-M No. 2

Soyuz-U-PVB

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Foton-M No. 2

Type: Earth Science

Foton-M No.2 was an unmanned Foton-M spacecraft which carried a European payload for the European Space Agency (ESA). The spacecraft carried a 600-kilogram (1,300 lb) payload, including 385 kilograms (849 lb) of experiments; consisting of 39 experiments in fluid physics, biology, material science, meteoritics, radiation dosimetry and exobiology (BIOPAN-5). Some of the experiments were designed by the ESA’s student programme. One notable experiment tested the ability of lichen to survive in space. It was successful, as the lichen survived over 14 days of exposure to space.

Location

1/5

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

1536 rockets have launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan.

1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Soyuz-U-PVB – Progress Rocket Space Center

Family: Soyuz
Length: 51 m
Diameter: 3 m
Launch Mass: 313 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 6900 kg

The Soyuz-U-PVB was manufactured by Progress Rocket Space Center with the first launch on 1984-03-21. Soyuz-U-PVB has 72 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 74 launches. A Russian orbital launch vehicle. A version of the Soyuz-U with safety modifications to prevent and resist fires in all stages and the upper stage avionics compartment.

Agency

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

Type: Government
Abbreviation: RFSA
Administration: Administrator: Yuri Borisov
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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