«Roscosmos» State Corporation set preliminary dates of the next launches from the Vostochny Cosmodrome — December 6 and December 26.
The rockets have been already manufactured by the «Progress» Rocket Space Center in Samara and sent to the cosmodrome. «The direct work on testing the rocket units, their integration and preparation for launch will start in mid—autumn,» - specified interlocutor.
The «Soyuz-2.1b» rocket is designed to deliver «Meteor-M» (No. 2-2) observation satellite into orbit. The «Soyuz-2.1a» rocket will be used to launch two Earth remote sensing satellites «Kanopus-V» (No. 5 and No. 6).
«Fregat-M» and «Fregat» upper stages for these launches are produced by Lavochkin Research and Production Association and spacecrafts – by VNIIEM Corporation.
Earlier it was reported that one or both launches could be postponed to 2019 because of the spacecraft unavailability. VNIIEM denied this information.
Source: GIS-Association information portal
Today multichannel scanner units (MSU), created in the Russian Space Systems Holding, provide a continuous global survey of the earth's surface from space. Several divisions of the company are involved in the MSU creation, including the sector of development of MSU optical elements, control and adjustment works.
The Falcon 9 rocket was launched in California with a pair of NASA’s research probes and Iridium Next communication satellites, SpaceX is broadcasting live.
The rocket was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 22.48 by Moscow time. Falcon 9 launches GRACE-FO twin satellites ...