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  • Update: Soyuz delivers EgyptSat-A into orbit, despite potential issue

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 21st, 2019

    Russia's Soyuz launcher delivered a satellite into orbit but a potential issue during launch may have prompted the fourth stage to perform extra work.

  • Arianespace’s 2018 launch manifest closes with CSO-1 flight

    Jason RhianDecember 19th, 2018

    Arianespace's final flight of the year, that of the CSO-1 concluded the French-based company's 2018 launch manifest as well as provide greater security. It lifted off a little later than planned, but helped cap a successful year for the Paris-based firm.

  • Soyuz 2.1b launches new GLONASS-M navigation satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 4th, 2018

    Russia has continued the expansion of its GLONASS constellation with the Nov. 3, 2018 flight of a Soyuz 2.1b rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome located in northern Russia. 

  • Russian military launches Soyuz 2.1b rocket with spy satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 25th, 2018

    The United States wasn't the only country to launch a military spacecraft recently. Russia has sent the Lotos-S1 spacecraft to orbit on a mission for its military.

  • 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.

  • Meteor-M 2-1, 18 secondary payloads lost after apparent Fregat-M failure

    Derek RichardsonNovember 29th, 2017

    A Soyuz 2.1b launched with 19 satellites, including the Earth-observation satellite Meteor-M 2-1, at 2:41 p.m. local time (12:41 a.m. EST / 05:41 GMT) Nov. 28, 2017, from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East. While the initial ascent appeared to go according to plan, communications with the Fregat-M upper stage and the payload was not established as planned.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Russia successfully launches third Resurs-P Earth-observing satellite on second attempt

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 14th, 2016

    A Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the Russian Resurs-P No.3 Earth observation satellite thundered into the sky on Sunday, March 13, from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff occurred at 2:56 p.m. EDT (18:56 GMT). It was the second attempt to launch the satellite.

  • 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).

  • Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket successfully launches Tundra satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 17th, 2015

    Russia successfully launched on Tuesday the first satellite for its newest early warning system, named EKS. A Soyuz-2.1b rocket, carrying the Tundra satellite, lifted off at 1:33 a.m. EST (06:33 GMT), Nov. 17, 2015, from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, located in Northern Russia.

  • Russian Soyuz 2.1b to launch first satellite for EKS early warning system

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 16th, 2015

    Russia is readying a Soyuz-2.1b rocket to launch the first satellite of its newest early warning system called EKS (meaning Unified Space System). The spacecraft, named Tundra, is scheduled to lift off at 2:00 a.m. EST (7:00 GMT) on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, located in Northern Russia.