Launched on Wednesday at 15.42 MSK from Plesetsk launch vehicle (LV) "Soyuz-2.1a" with the upper stage "Fregat" successfully placed into orbit spacecraft (SC) "Meridian".
November 14, 15 hours 42 minutes MSK from Launch Complex 43 site Plesetsk State Test joint calculation Forces Aerospace and defense companies aerospace industry, the launch of a space rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" with the upper stage "Fregat" and spacecraft (CA) for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.
At the estimated time of spacecraft launched into the target orbit and adopted by the management. Since the spacecraft is installed and maintained stable telemetry. The onboard systems of the spacecraft are functioning normally.
To launch the spacecraft into orbit used rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" (the leading developer and manufacturer — HNP RCC "TsSKB-Progress", Samara) and the upper stage "Fregat" developed in the FSUE "NPO. Lavochkin. "
The spacecraft is manufactured by JSC "Information Satellite Systems" Academician MF Reshetnev "(Zheleznogorsk) to solve problems for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and provide communications between vessels and aircraft ice reconnaissance in the area of the Northern Sea Route from the coast earth stations as well as satellite communications northern regions of Siberia and the Far East.
"Meridian" — Dual-purpose satellite, designed for both military and civilian purposes. The satellite is made by NGOs Zheleznogorsky Reshetnev (Krasnoyarsk Territory). It was assumed that the "Meridian" will replace the currently used communication satellites ("Molniya-1", "Molniya-3K" and "Sail"). On the other hand, they must provide a link of ships and aircraft ice reconnaissance in the area of the Northern Sea Route to shore stations.
Satellite "Meridian" run on highly elliptical orbits, they are designed to work as part of an integrated system of satellite communication with satellites communication "Raduga-1M", operating in geostationary orbit.