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  • Soyuz 2.1b launches military satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 2nd, 2017

    The recent failure of a Soyuz 2.1b mission, which was unable to place a fleet of 19 satellites into their targeted orbits, has not stopped Russia from sending another such booster into space. This time, lifting off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 10:43 GMT (5:43 a.m. EST) on Saturday, December 2, 2017, a Soyuz 2.1b successfully orbited the Lotos-S1 (№ 803) military spacecraft for the Russian Defense Ministry.

  • Sentinel-5P rides to orbit on former ICBM launcher

    Lloyd CampbellOctober 13th, 2017

    A Rockot three-stage launcher provided the boost into orbit for the European Space Agency’s newest environmental observation satellite, the Sentinel-5 Precursor – also known as Sentinel-5P.

  • Soyuz-2.1b launches GLONASS-M navigation satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 23rd, 2017

    A Soyuz-2.1b rocket successfully sent the newest GLONASS-M into orbit on Friday, September 22, in order to replenish the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). The launch took place at 0:03 UTC (8:03 p.m. EDT Sept. 21) from Site 43/4 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Russia launches covert payload on rare Soyuz variant

    Curt GodwinJune 23rd, 2017

    A rare Soyuz-2-1v rocket lifted off from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome to deliver a covert payload to a highly inclined polar orbit. The rocket departed at 2:04 p.m. EDT (18:04 GMT) on June 23, 2017, from Plesetsk's Site 43, and was only the third flight of this uncommon launch vehicle.

  • Soyuz rocket successfully delivers EKS-2 early-warning satellite to rare orbit

    Curt GodwinMay 25th, 2017

    Shortly after 2:34 a.m. EDT (06:34 GMT), May 25, 2017, a Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket lifted off from site No. 43 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and delivered the second of the EKS series of early-warning satellites to a rare Tundra orbit.

  • EKS marks the spot: Russia set to launch 2nd of 6 early-warning satellites

    Curt GodwinMay 23rd, 2017

    Russia looks to enhance its missile detection system with the launch of the second in a series of six early-warning satellites. The EKS-2 satellite, alternately classed as a member of the 'Tundra' family of launch detection spacecraft, is designed to replace Russia's aging early-warning infrastructure and is targeting a launch at 2:33 a.m. EDT (0633 GMT) on May 25, 2017, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

  • Rokot launcher blasts off with Russian Geo-IK-2 geodesy satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 4th, 2016

    Russia successfully launched a Rokot booster on Saturday, June 4, carrying the country’s latest geodesy satellite. The spacecraft, named Geo-IK-2 No.12, lifted off at 10:00 a.m. EDT (14:00 GMT) from Site 133/3 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Russia to launch Geo-IK-2 satellite on Saturday amid protests in Canada

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 4th, 2016

    Russia is gearing up to launch its newest Geo-IK-2 geodesy satellite atop a Rokot booster on Saturday, June 4. Launch preparations are underway – despite voices of concern being raised in Canada about the rocket's toxic fuel possibly polluting the waters near Ellesmere Island.

  • Soyuz-2.1b blasts off from Plesetsk with latest GLONASS-M satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 29th, 2016

    Russia successfully launched its newest GLONASS-M spacecraft on Sunday, May 29, in order to replenish the country's homegrown navigation satellite system. The spacecraft took to the skies atop a Soyuz-2.1b rocket at exactly 4:45 a.m. EDT (08:45 GMT) from the Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Russia to launch its latest GLONASS-M navigation satellite on Sunday

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 28th, 2016

    A Soyuz-2.1b rocket is all set to launch the newest satellite for Russia’s homegrown GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS). The spacecraft will blast off at 4:44 a.m. EDT (08:44 GMT) Sunday, May 29, from the Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Sentinel-3A Earth-observing satellite successfully launches from Plesetsk

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 16th, 2016

    Europe successfully launched the Sentinel-3A satellite on Tuesday, Feb. 16, expanding its fleet of Earth observation spacecraft. The satellite lifted off from Site 133/3 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia at 12:57 p.m. EST (17:57 GMT) atop a Russian Rokot booster.

  • European Sentinel-3A Earth observation satellite ready for launch from Plesetsk

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 15th, 2016

    A Russian Rokot booster stands ready at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in northern Russia. It is primed to send a European Earth-observing satellite into space on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The Sentinel-3A spacecraft is scheduled to lift off from Plesetsk’s Site 133/3 at 12:57 p.m. EST (17:57 GMT).

  • Russia launches its latest GLONASS-M navigation satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 7th, 2016

    A Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket thundered into space from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region of Russia. Its payload was the latest GLONASS-M satellite. Liftoff took place at 7:21 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 6 (00:21 GMT on Sunday, Feb. 7).

  • Lost Russian Kanopus-ST satellite falls back to Earth over the Atlantic

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 10th, 2015

    A Russian defense satellite launched Dec. 5, has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft, named Kanopus-ST, has burned up in the dense layers of the atmosphere with its debris sinking into the Atlantic. This marked the latest embarrassment for Russian space efforts.

  • Russian Soyuz-2.1v launch a partial failure

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 7th, 2015

    Two defense satellites were launched by a Russian Soyuz-2.1v rocket at 9:09 a.m. EST (14:09 GMT) on Dec. 5, 2015, from site LC-43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The mission was declared a success after the launch, but the latest media reports indicate that one of the satellites is likely lost.