Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) is scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M rocket as part of the CAS500-1 & rideshare mission. The launch window for the Earth Science mission is on 03/20/2021 UTC (UNCONFIRMED) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M and experience the excitement for yourself.
CAS500-1 is the first of two South Korean Earth observation satellites. These spacecraft feature the AEISS-C imaging system with a ground resolution of 0.5 m in panchromatic mode and 2 m in color mode.
More than a dozen other satellites are included as secondary payloads, among them being the first spacecraft by the Catalan Space Agency.
The 2.1a version includes conversion from analog to digital flight control system and uprated engines on the booster and the first stage with improved injection systems. The new digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to launch from a fixed rather than angled launch platform and adjust its heading in flight. A digital control system also enables the launch of larger commercial satellites with wider and longer payload fairings such as the ST-type fairing. These fairings introduce too much aerodynamic instability for the old analog system to handle.
The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.
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