Russia launches Soyuz 2.1v with Razbeg reconnaissance satellite

At 19:59 UTC on September 9, a Soyuz 2.1v rocket launched from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome carrying the Razbeg n°1 satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The launch was originally scheduled for mid-July, but multiple launch attempts were canceled due to unknown circumstances, and the vehicle was rolled back to the integration facility prior to this launch attempt.  The Razbeg n°1 satellite is a small-sized military optical reconnaissance satellite. The payload was built by the Russian corporation NPP VNIIEM. Onboard the satellite is a camera which was built OAO Peleng, a company from Belarus. This camera has a maximum ground resolution of 0.9 meters while operating in the panchromatic mode. The Plesetsk Cosmodrome Launch Site The Plesetsk Cosmodrome is one of three major launch sites operated by the Russian military and the state-owned corporation Roscosmos. These include the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and the newer Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Russian far east.  The Plesetsk Cosmodrome is located in the Arkhangelsk Oblast, which is located north of Moscow in western Russia. The spaceport itself is located near the Yemtsa River and near the town of Mirny. Plesetsk was the second spaceport built by the then-Soviet Union, with Baikonur…

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Russia launches Soyuz 2.1v with Razbeg reconnaissance satellite

Updated: September 9, 2021 — 10:26 pm