Soyuz 2.1b Fregat – Progress Rocket Space Center Family: Soyuz Length: 46.3 meters Diameter: 2.95 meters Launch Mass: 312 Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 8200 The Soyuz 2.1b Fregat was manufactured by Progress Rocket Space Center with the first launch on 2006-12-27. Soyuz 2.1b Fregat has 16 successful launches and 2 failed launches with a total of 18 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. The Soyuz 2.1b represents the latest development stage of the proven rocket. It uses the new RD-0124 engines in the first three stages, coupled with an improved injection system that significantly boosts the performance of the Soyuz. Furthermore, she wears a new, digital startup control system. This will allow the Soyuz 2.1b to carry around 1.2 tonnes more payload into low earth orbit compared to its predecessor. 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.