Soyuz-2.1b space rocket successfully launched from the Plesetsk space centre
A Soyuz-2.1b medium class rocket booster equipped with a new generation space module was launched at 9:34 (Moscow time) from the State Testing Cosmodrome in Plesetsk by a Russian Aerospace Forces crew in the interests of the Ministry of Defence.
All the required procedures and the Soyuz-2.1b space rocket launch were carried out as planned. Automated ground control means of the centre conducted observation of the launch and flight of the rocket.
At 09:36 the Soyuz-2.1b rocket was guided by the ground services of the Main Testing Centre of the Russian Space Forces.
This has been the fourth Soyuz-2 rocket launch carried out in 2015 from the Plesetsk space centre. The previous launch from the northern space centre was carried out on June 23, 2015. All in all, 6 space rocket launches have been carried out from Plesetsk this year: 4 Soyuz-2 launches and 2 Rokot launches.
Flight tests of the Soyuz-2 space rocket system started on November 8, 2004 in the Plesetsk space centre.
Soyuz-2 carrier rocket succeeded Soyuz-U rockets, which had been employed by the Plesetsk space centre from 1973 to 2012. Within this period Plesetsk launched 434 Soyuz-U rocket carriers and 430 space modules of various purposes were launched into space.