Soyuz-2.1b rocket on the launch-pad 43
November 17, 2015 at 09:33 minutes MSK (06:33 UTC) from launch pad 43 State Test Cosmodrome Russian Defense Ministry (Plesetsk Cosmodrome) to Start a space rocket program Soyuz-2.1b launches secret spacecraft for the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry. Running made joint to specialists of Roscosmos, enterprises of space industry and the Defense Ministry of Russia. The launch of the rocket Soyuz-2.1b was occurred normally.
Soyuz-2.1b rocket launches secret Russian army spacecraft
The upper stage "Fregat" brought the spacecraft into its target orbit. Carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1b created in FSUE "GNPRKTs "Samara Space Center", is a modification of Soyuz-2 . Compared to option "1a" this rocket has an engine with increased power characteristics in the third stage. At the Soyuz-2.1b with respect to the previous version more accurate clearance, stability and control, increased payload mass.
The upper stage "Fregat" evolution
The upper stage "Fregat" developed by NPO. Lavochkin spacecraft to remove various purposes as part of the upgraded and existing PH. The upper stage can significantly improve the energy performance and pH. Using block "Fregat" makes possible the removal of spacecraft on almost any given orbit of satellites and on interplanetary trajectories.
ROSCOSMOS Press Release: http://www.federalspace.ru/21841/
Images, Video, Text, Credits: ROSCOSMOS/NPO. Lavochkin/Translation: Orbiter.ch Aerospace.