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6 x Globalstar-2

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

Low Earth Orbit 31/6 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

The Globalstar second-generation constellation consists of 24 Low Earth Orbiting satellites for satellite phone and data communications.

Soyuz 2.1A Fregat-M

Family: Soyuz
Configuration: Fregat-M

The 2.1a version includes conversion from analog to digital flight control system and uprated engines on the booster and the first stage with improved injection systems. The new digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to launch from a fixed rather than angled launch platform and adjust its heading in flight. A digital control system also enables the launch of larger commercial satellites with wider and longer payload fairings such as the ST-type fairing. These fairings introduce too much aerodynamic instability for the old analog system to handle.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    46.3 m
  • Diameter
    2.95 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    312 T
  • Thrust
    4149 kN
Family
  • Name
    Soyuz 2.1A Fregat-M
  • Family
    Soyuz
  • Variant
    Fregat-M
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Soyuz 2.1A Fregat-M
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $80,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    7020 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Russian Space Forces

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Aleksandr Golovko Founded: 1992 Successes: 40 Failures: 2 Pending: 13

Agency Type: Government

The Russian Space Forces are a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Russia. Having been reestablished following August 1, 2015 merger between the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces after a 2011 dissolving of the branch. The Russian Space Forces were originally formed on August 10, 1992 and the creation of the Russian Armed Forces.

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Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

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