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Soyuz-2-1v to launch a military payload

The history of the EMKA (Zvezda) project by Anatoly Zak | Editor: Alain Chabot

VNIIEM EMKA (Kosmos-2525)

Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Sun-Synchronous Orbit 43/4 (43R) Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The payload for the Soyuz-2-1v launch is a small reconnaissance satellite developed by VNIIEM and known by the acronym EMKA ("Experimental Small Space Apparatus"). Launch was originally scheduled for October and then slipped to November, December and eventually January due to technical problems with the payload.

Soyuz

Family: Soyuz
Configuration: 2-1v

Specifications
  • Stages
    2
  • Length
    44.0 m
  • Diameter
    3.0 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    158 T
  • Thrust
Family
  • Name
    Soyuz
  • Family
    Soyuz
  • Variant
    2-1v
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Soyuz 2-1v
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    2850 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

(MOD_RUS)

Successes: 1 Failures: 0 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Government

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Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Pad: 43/4 (43R)


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