Soyuz 2.1a Fregat-M – Progress Rocket Space Center Family: Soyuz Length: 46.3 meters Diameter: 2.95 meters Launch Mass: 312 Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 7020 The Soyuz 2.1a Fregat-M was manufactured by Progress Rocket Space Center with the first launch on 2010-10-19. Soyuz 2.1a Fregat-M has 14 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 15 launches. 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. Manufacturer Progress Rocket Space Centre, formerly known as TsSKB-Progress, is a space science and aerospace research company which is known for manufacturing launch vehicles and satellites. Most notably, Progress Rocket Space Centre is the manufacturer of Soyuz launch vehicles. Progress Rocket Space Center is a Commercial RUS entity that was founded in 1996 and is administered by Dmitry Baranov. Progress Rocket Space Center has 164 successful launches and 7 failed launches with a total of 171 launches.