Spacecraft Metop-B launched into the target orbit

  • Start ILV "Soyuz-2.1a" with RB "Fregat" and satellite "Metop-B."  Baikonur Cosmodrome.  September 17, 2012
  • Start ILV "Soyuz-2.1a" with RB "Fregat" and satellite "Metop-B." Baikonur Cosmodrome. September 17, 2012

MOSCOW, Sept. 17 — RIA Novosti. Carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" launched on Monday night from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, led European weather satellite MetOp-B (Metop-B) into the proper orbit, told RIA Novosti the Russian Federal Space Agency.

"Department of the spacecraft from the upper stage" Fregat "was held at the estimated time," — said the source.

Unlike currently used rockets of "Soyuz-FG" and "Soyuz-U" on the "Soyuz-2.1a" instead of two analog control systems to establish a unified digital control system in Russia.

This has significantly improved the accuracy of excretion, stability and control missiles, as well as the increased use nose fairing and, consequently, increase the orbital payload.

On the "Soyuz-2.1a" also uses a new digital radio telemetry system. Flight tests carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" began with the launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome November 8, 2004.

The first commercial launch vehicle was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome October 19, 2006. On the manned program this rocket will fly in 2015.


1. Rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" successfully completed a series of flight tests and is ready for serial delivery to the customer, told reporters the first zamgenkonstruktora "TsSKB-Progress" (Samara), Alexander watchman.

"According to a rocket" Soyuz-2.1a "We have completed all the required tests, including flight, and now the rocket is transferred into operation. At this rocket in 2015, should begin by launching the manned program, "- said the watchman at the International Aerospace Exhibition ILA-2012 in Berlin.


2. As for the version of the "Soyuz-2.1b ', it is necessary to launch another missile at the flight test program, and then, perhaps as early as 2013, we will prepare all the documents for the approval of the government," — said the watchman.


3. The first launch of "Soyuz-2.1V" postponed from October 2012 to spring 2013. Cause-accident during ground tests of the first stage of the new rocket "Soyuz-2.1V" in August 2012.

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