December 25, 2014
Image above: Soyuz 2-1B rocket carrying Lotos-S reconnaissance satellite on the launch-pad.
December 25 at 6:00 Moscow time on 01 minutes from launch pad 43 state test spaceport of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation (the cosmodrome "Plesetsk") to Start a space rocket "Soyuz-2.1b" with the communication spacecraft. Start calculation made joint experts Russian Ministry of Defense and enterprises of the rocket and space industry.
The launch vehicle and spacecraft removing the calculated orbit passed in a regular mode.
Launches of the rocket middle class "Soyuz-2.1b" carrying military spacecraft
Three minutes after the start of the carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1b" was taken on the support means ground automated control complex.
In the estimated time the spacecraft was launched into the target orbit and the estimated time (06 pm 16 minutes) adopted by the management of the funds Main Test Space Center. Titov Space Command Forces Aerospace Defence.
Carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1b" was created in FSUE "GNPRKTs" Samara Space Center "(Samara) and is a modification of Soyuz-2 ". Compared with the option "1a" it has an engine with high power characteristics at the 3rd stage. The "Soyuz-2.1b" in relation to the previous version more accurate clearance, stability and control, increased payload mass.
Lotos-S reconnaissance satellite
Russia's Soyuz 2-1B rocket went into orbit on Thursday morning after a successful launch at 03:01 GMT from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Mirny, North Russia. The Soyuz 2-1B’s payload was a Lotos-S reconnaissance satellite - the country's most advanced electronic intelligence satellite. The first-stage separation took 117.5 seconds. The Soyuz 2-1B is 46.1 meters (151 ft) high, has a diameter of 2.95 meters (10 ft) and a launch mass weight of 308,000 kg (679,023 lbs).
ROSCOSMOS Press Release: http://www.federalspace.ru/21215/
Press Service of the Russian Federal Space Agency/ROSCOSMOS/Russian Ministry of Defense/Translation: Orbiter.ch Aerospace.