Nov. 25, 2021
Soyuz-2.1b carrying Kosmos-2552 liftoff
A Soyuz-2.1b rocket launched the Kosmos-2552 satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia, on 25 November 2021, at 01:09 UTC (04:09 local time).
Soyuz-2.1b launches Kosmos-2552
According to official sources, the satellite was placed into the desired orbit and is functioning normally. Kosmos-2552, also known as Tundra 15L or EKS-5, is part of the EKS system (Единая Космическая система).
Tundra (EKS, 14F142). Image Credit: Gunter's Space Page
This satellite joins four other Tundra/EMK satellites currently in orbit around the earth, the first of which was launched in 2015.
These satellites are designed and operated to provide the Russian military with an early warning capability to detect the launches of any potential ballistic missiles towards Russia. In addition, it has been reported that the Tundra/EMK satellites also have secure communication capabilities in the case of a nuclear war.
Images, Video, Text, Credits: Roscosmos/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/SciNews/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.