Soyuz to Return to Flight from Vostochny
Russia's Soyuz rocket is targeting liftoff from the country's Far Eastern Vostochny Cosmodrome on February 1st with eleven satellites from Russia, the U.S. and Germany. This marks the return to flight mission of the Soyuz/Fregat combination after a failed launch in November caused by a previously unknown bug in the navigation software of the Fregat that could only arise from the unique geometry of the Vostochny launch pad.
Launching in freezing temperatures, Soyuz/Fregat will be tasked with a multi-orbit mission to dispatch the Kanopus-V No. 3 and No.4 Earth-imaging satellites into a 500-Kilometer Orbit while the rideshare satellites - four S-NET, four Lermur-2 & D-Star ONE V1.1 - are aiming for a higher orbital destination.
|Launch Date: February 1, 2018||Launch Updates|
|Launch Time: 02:07:18 UTC||Soyuz 2-1A Launch Vehicle|
|Launch Site: 1S Vostochny||Kanopus-V No. 3 & 4|
|Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1A/Fregat-M||S-Net Constellation|
|Payload: 11 Satellites||Lemur 2 Constellation|
|Target Orbit: Sun Synchronous Orbit||D-Star One Re-Flight|
|Mission Duration: 5 Hours 35 Minutes||Flight Profile|