Soyuz 2.1B Fregat-M – Russian Space Forces Family: Soyuz meters Length: 46.3 meters Diameter: 10.3 meters Launch Mass: 313 Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 8200 The Soyuz 2.1B Fregat-M was manufactured by Russian Space Forces with the first launch on 2008-07-26. Soyuz 2.1B Fregat-M has 13 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 13 launches. Soyuz-2, GRAU index 14A14, is the collective designation for 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 first-stage boosters and two core stages feature uprated engines with improved injection systems, compared to the previous versions of the Soyuz. Digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to be launched from a fixed launch platform, whereas the launch platforms for earlier Soyuz rockets had to be rotated as the rocket could not perform a roll to change its heading in flight. Manufacturer 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 is a Government RUS entity that was founded in 1992 and is administered by Aleksandr Golovko. Russian Space Forces has 40 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 42 launches.