The Space Troops of the Russian Aerospace Forces successfully launched the Kosmos 2542 military satellite in the interest of the Russian Defence Ministry abroad a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Monday, Nov. 25.
The launch took place from the Site 43 launch complex at Plesetsk at 12:52 p.m. EST (1752 GMT or 8:52 p.m. local time).
The launch of the launch vehicle and the launching of the spacecraft into the orbit took place under normal operating conditions, said a Russian Ministry of Defence statement.
Three minutes of the launch, the Soyuz-2.1 was accepted for control by ground-based facilities of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre. At the estimated time, the spacecraft, expected to be designated Kosmos 2542, was injected into the targeted orbit and accepted for control by ground-based facilities of the Space Troops.
A stable telemetric connection has been established and maintained with spacecraft an all systems are functioning normally, according to the Ministry.
“The spacecraft, created on the basis of a unified multifunctional space platform, is launched into the target orbit from which the state of domestic satellites can be monitored. The optical equipment of the spacecraft also allows you to take pictures of the Earth’s surface”, the statement noted.
This is the fifth launch of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle in 2019 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. The previous launch of Soyuz-2 from the northern spaceport was successfully carried out on September 26, 2019. Flight tests of the Soyuz 2 rocket complex began at the Plesetsk cosmodrome on November 8, 2004.