Soyuz 2.1b Launches Russian Early Warning Satellite

At 01:09 UTC, or 4:09 A.M. local time in Moscow, a Soyuz 2.1b rocket launched carrying the Tundra 15L early warning satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense. The launch occurred from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. Plesetsk is located in the Arkhangelsk oblast. The Cosmodrome has been in operation since 1957 and is predominately used for Russian military launches. The last launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome was the launch of a Nudol missile on Nov. 14-15. The missile intercepted and destroyed a defunct Soviet Tselina-D ELINT satellite, designated Kosmos 1408, creating space debris and threatening the Expedition 66 crew on the International Space Station (ISS). Another Soyuz 2.1b launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome a day prior carrying the Progress M-UM spacecraft with the Prichal module, destined for the ISS. The payload The Tundra 15L early warning satellite is also known as EMK (Edinaya Kosmicheskaya Sistema) #5. This satellite joins four other Tundra/EMK satellites currently in orbit around the earth, the first of which was launched in 2015. These satellites are designed and operated to provide the Russian military with an early warning capability to detect the launches of any potential ballistic missiles towards Russia. In addition, it has…

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Soyuz 2.1b Launches Russian Early Warning Satellite

Updated: November 24, 2021 — 9:26 pm