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Launch of the 2.1 Union launched from the spaceport "Vostochny"
UPD: missile with 19 satellites collapsed into the ocean
A spectacular event: today at 08:41 Moscow time a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket was launched from the Vostochny Amur Region cosmodrome, as part of the Fregat upper stage, the Meteor-M hydrometeorological support spacecraft No. 2 1 and 18 small spacecraft for scientific and technological purposes. Workers of the first civilian cosmodrome and hundreds of Amur residents specially came to the cosmodrome so as not to miss the launch. They saw off the rocket with a major space hit.
The initial stages of the flight of the launch vehicle passed without incident, according to roscosmos.ru. After 9 minutes 23 seconds, the head unit separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle, and the Fregat upper stage began the spacecraft launch program. Orbits for separating Meteor-M No. 2-1, IDEA, Baumanets-2 spacecraft, SEAM, AISSat and LEO Vantage spacecraft groups at an altitude of 600 to 1000 km will be formed by seven turns of the propulsion system of the Fregat upper stage. ... In the end, the upper stage will be transferred to the trajectory of entering the atmosphere for flooding in the Pacific Ocean.
Launch of small space vehicles is carried out in the interests of scientific, educational, research and commercial institutions in Russia, Norway, Sweden, the United States of America, Japan, Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany.
"It has a guaranteed flight resource for five years, that is, it is designed for five years, but the first Meteor has been operating for more than seven years in orbit, if the spacecraft continues to provide valuable information, then it continues to work and it functions." That is, the guarantee flight resource - this is how much it is obliged to work in. This does not mean that in five years it is closed by all means, " - commented the deputy. Pavel Sachkov, Chief Designer of VNIIEM Corporation.
UPD 12:08 (Moscow time). SOMETHING WENT WRONG:
During the first scheduled communication from the ground, it was not possible to establish contact with the spacecraft. The launch vehicle, including the three-ton hydrometeorological apparatus Meteor-M, could fall into the Atlantic Ocean in the Antarctic region.
- "Soyuz-2.1b" head unit as part of the upper stage "Frigate" and the spacecraft "Meteor-M" was launched into a given intermediate orbit. However, during the first scheduled communication session with the spacecraft, it was not possible to establish communication due to its absence in the target orbit. Information is currently being analyzed - says the official message Roscosmos.
The spacecraft "Meteor-M" No. 2-1 was intended for obtaining global and local images of cloudiness, the Earth's surface, ice and snow cover in the visible, infrared and microwave ranges; data for determining sea surface temperature and radiation temperature; data on the distribution and content of ozone in the atmosphere; data on the spectral density of the radiance of the outgoing radiation to determine the vertical profile of temperature and humidity in the atmosphere, as well as to assess the components of the radiation balance of the "Earth - atmosphere" system.
Elena Vertyankina, based on materials roscosmos.ru
Photo Shoot: Roskosmos