Neitron (Kosmos 2553)

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Low Earth Orbit 43/4 (43R) Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Payload suspected to be a new type of Russian military intelligence satellite called Neitron.

Updates

Nosu • Feb. 5, 2022, 10:04 a.m.

Successful launch


scottm3 • Feb. 5, 2022, 7:16 a.m.

Launch in flight per article


Cosmic_Penguin • Feb. 5, 2022, 7:15 a.m.

Liftoff confirmed.


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
    $80000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    7020 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Progress Rocket Space Center

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Dmitry Baranov Founded: 1996 Successes: 281 Failures: 10 Pending: 19

Agency Type: Commercial

Progress Rocket Space Centre, formerly known as TsSKB-Progress, is a space science and aerospace research company which is known for manufacturing launch vehicles and satellites. Most notably, Progress Rocket Space Centre is the manufacturer of Soyuz launch vehicles.

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