Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) is scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M rocket as part of the Arktika-M No.2 mission. The launch is scheduled on 12/16/2023 00:00 UTC for the Earth Science mission launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan. The status of the launch is Date/Time TBD. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M and experience the excitement for yourself.
Mission: Arktika-M No.2
Arktika-M (“Arctic-M”) is a series of Earh observation satellites which will gather meteorological and hydrological data on polar region. Arktika-M satellites will also provide communication services for the region.
Rocket: Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Soyuz-2, GRAU index 14A14, is the collective designation for the 21st-century version of the Russian Soyuz rocket. In its basic form, it is a three-stage carrier rocket for placing payloads into low Earth orbit. The first-stage boosters and two core stages feature uprated engines with improved injection systems, compared to the previous versions of the Soyuz. Digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to be launched from a fixed launch platform, whereas the launch platforms for earlier Soyuz rockets had to be rotated as the rocket could not perform a roll to change its heading in flight.
Agency: Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)
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.