Russian Aerospace Forces successfully launches "Soyuz-2" rocket carrier from Plesetsk Cosmodrome
On Thursday, February 20, at 11: 24 a.m., a successful launch of the Soyuz-2 medium-class rocket carrier with the Russian communications spacecraft "Meridian-M" was carried out by the military crew of the Space Troops of the Aerospace Forces from the Plesetsk State test cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region.
The launch of the rocket carrier and the maneuvering of the spacecraft into the orbit took place under normal operating conditions.
Three minutes after launch, Soyuz-2 was accepted for support by means of the ground-based automated control complex of the main test space center named after Herman Titov.
At the estimated time, the spacecraft of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation was launched into the targeted orbit, and accepted for control by ground-based facilities of the Space Troops of the Aerospace Forces.
A stable telemetric connection has been established and maintained with spacecraft. The onboard systems of the "Meridian-M" spacecraft are functioning normally.
The "Meridian-M" communications spacecraft is designed to provide communication between sea vessels and ice reconnaissance aircraft in the area of the Northern sea route with coastal and ground stations, and to expand the network of satellite communications stations in the Northern regions of Siberia and the Far East in the interests of developing the Russian Federation's economy.
This is the first launch of the "Soyuz-2" rocket carrier from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2020.
Flight tests of the "Soyuz 2" space rocket complex began at the Plesetsk cosmodrome on November 8, 2004. Over the past 15 years, 43 launches of "Soyuz-2" rocket carriers of series 1A, 1B and 1B have been carried out from the Northern cosmodrome.