Launch News Rokot (aka SS-19 "Stiletto" ICBM aka UR-100N) / Briz-KM / Kosmos-2540


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Rokot booster successfully launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome

August 31, 2019, 00:00 GMT
On August, 30 a Rokot carrier rocket with a military purpose satellite was successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. All the prelaunch operations and the lift off went as expected.

At the expected time the Briz-KM booster put the satellite into the final orbit and was taken under control by the ground means of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre.

The carrier rocket and the booster were designed and manufactured by the Khrunichev Center. The Rokot carrier rocket was created as a part of the conversion program based on the decommissioned RS-18 ICBM and is meant to launch spacecraft of up to 2 tons to low-earth orbit.

Source : Roscosmos


Also known as Geo-IK-2 No. 13 geodetic satellite, Kosmos-2540 was launched for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and is reported to have been placed into the desired orbit.

To keep its models of the planet’s gravitational field up to date, Russia operates a fleet of geodesy satellites. The current Geo-IK-2 series is the third generation of spacecraft that it has used for this purpose, following on from the earlier Geoid-Sfera and Geo-IK, or Musson, series. Geo-IK-2, also known as Musson-2, was conceived as a pair of spacecraft that would provide complementary data. A third satellite – which has been deployed by Friday’s launch – was ordered after the first satellite failed in orbit.

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