Aug. 31, 2019
Rokot vehicle successfully launches Geo-IK-2 satellite
A Rokot launch vehicle, with a Briz-KM upper stage, launched the Kosmos-2540 satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia, on 30 August 2019, at 14:00 UTC (17:00 local time).
Rokot launches Kosmos-2540 satellite
Also known as Geo-IK-2 No. 13 geodetic satellite, Kosmos-2540 was launched for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and is reported to have been placed into the desired orbit.
To keep its models of the planet’s gravitational field up to date, Russia operates a fleet of geodesy satellites. The current Geo-IK-2 series is the third generation of spacecraft that it has used for this purpose, following on from the earlier Geoid-Sfera and Geo-IK, or Musson, series. Geo-IK-2, also known as Musson-2, was conceived as a pair of spacecraft that would provide complementary data. A third satellite – which has been deployed by Friday’s launch – was ordered after the first satellite failed in orbit.
Images, Video, Text, Credits: ROSOCOSMOS/SciNews/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.