From the cosmodrome "East" has been carried out the launch of the third
From the cosmodrome "East" has been carried out the launch of the carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" with eleven satellites on board. Among them are two Earth remote sensing apparatus "Canopus-B" number 3 and 4, as well as nine foreign vehicles. This launch was the third in a row for the new Russian spaceport, and he went exactly according to plan, without any accidents, successfully put weight on the calculated orbit.
The launch took place at 5:07:18 Moscow time. Immediately after separation from the launch pad rocket performed a U-turn to take the necessary azimuth for launching into polar orbit. After about an hour the upper stage "Fregat" brought the payload to the calculated orbit. Separation of the spacecraft passed nominally at 6:06 Moscow time - said Roscosmos. The next launch of a Russian rocket from the "East" is planned for 11 February. During the mission, the cargo ship "Progress MS-08" will deliver to the ISS fuel, food and other valuable cargo. Overall, the first quarter of 2018 is planned to launch four. Despite the fact that on board the "Soyuz-2.1a" was nine satellite foreign production, the greatest value represented by the Russian spacecraft "Canopus-B", intended for panchromatic and multispectral images of the planet's surface. With their help, we plan to monitor man-made and natural disasters, monitor agricultural activities, and to engage in mapping. Satellite images are planning to use not only in the Russian Space Agency, but also in the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology, Roshydromet, Russian Academy of Sciences and other departments.
Let us remind you that the previous launch of the carrier rocket from the cosmodrome "East" ended in failure, causing 19 spacecraft have been lost, including satellite "Meteor-M". According to an official statement of the commission headed by Deputy Director General TsNIIImash Oleg Skorobogatov, an accident led to "unforeseen behavior of the booster after separation from the launch vehicle."