Soyuz Cluster Launch
Russia's Soyuz 2-1A Rocket is targeting liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on Friday, July 14 with a cluster of 73 satellites headed into Sun Synchronous Orbit for Earth Observation, meteorology, technology demonstrations and science. The primary payload of the flight, the 600kg Kanopus I-VK Earth Observer, will be joined by five microsatellites ranging from 17 to 120 Kilograms and 67 CubeSats.
Soyuz, flying with a Fregat upper stage, will first inject the primary payload into its target orbit ahead of another series of maneuvers to deploy the secondary payloads into two different orbits.
Live Video by Roscosmos/Tsenki
|Launch Date: July 14, 2017||Flying Laptop|
|Time: 06:36:49 UTC||CICERO 1, 2 & 3|
|Launch Site: Site 31/6, Baikonur||Corvus-BC 1 & 2|
|Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1A / Fregat-M||WNISAT-1R|
|Payload: 73 Satellites||TechnoSat|
|Ascent Duration: 8 Hours & 42 Min||NORSAT-1|
|Target Orbit: 3 different SSOs||NORSAT 2|
|Kanopus V-IK Satellite||NanoACE|
|Soyuz 2-1A Launch Vehicle||MKA-N 1 & 2|
|Countdown Timeline||Eight Lemur 2|