Russian Space Forces is scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1a rocket as part of the Bars-M No. 5 mission. The launch is scheduled on 11/25/2023 20:00 UTC for the Government/Top Secret mission launching from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation. The status of the launch is Go For Launch. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1a and experience the excitement for yourself.
Mission: Bars-M No. 5
Note: Payload identity uncertain.
Bars-M is the second incarnation of the Bars project, which was started in the mid 1990ies to develop a successor for the Komtea class of area surveillance satellites. The original Bars project was halted in the early 2000s. In 2007, TsSKB-Progress was contracted for Bars-M, for which reportedly the Yantar-based service module was replaced by a new developed advanced service module.
The Bars-M satellites feature an electro-optical camera system called Karat, which is developed and built by the Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association (LOMO), and a dual laser altimeter instrument to deliver topographic imagery, stereo images, altimeter data and high-resolution images with a ground resolution around 1 meter.
Rocket: Soyuz 2.1a
The Soyuz 2.1A converted the flight control system from analog to digital, which allowed launch from fixed platforms. It also allowed big fairings and payloads.
It is currently used for crewed Soyuz and Progress flights to the ISS.
Agency: Russian Space Forces
The Russian Space Forces are a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Russia. Having been reestablished following August 1, 2015 merger between the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces after a 2011 dissolving of the branch. The Russian Space Forces were originally formed on August 10, 1992 and the creation of the Russian Armed Forces.