Launch Date: NET December 18, 2017 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Rockot Launch Operator: Russian Space Forces Launch Site: Site 133/3 Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia Payload: 3 Gonets-M, Blits-M Spacecraft Manufacturer: ISS Reshetnev A Rockot launch vehicle with Briz-KM upper stage will deploy
|Launch Date:||NET December 18, 2017|
|Launch Operator:||Russian Space Forces|
|Launch Site:||Site 133/3 Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia|
|Payload:||3 Gonets-M, Blits-M|
|Spacecraft Manufacturer:||ISS Reshetnev|
A Rockot launch vehicle with Briz-KM upper stage will deploy three Gonets-M Low Earth Orbit Communications Satellites. Gonets, Russian for ‘messenger,’ builds a low-orbiting constellation of satellites at 1,500 Kilometers in altitude supporting store-and-forward communications for civilian and government customers. BLITS stands for Ball Lens In The Space and is a small, passive satellite serving as target for laser ranging experiments. An earlier iteration of the BLITS design was destroyed in a collision with a piece of space debris.
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