Russia Launches Three Rodnik Military Satellites Abroad Rokot Launch Vehicle

Russia has successfully launched three Rodnik-S/Strela-3M military communications satellites abroad a Rokot light-class carrier rocket equipped with a Briz-KM Upper Stage at 05:27 Moscow Time (09:27 EST) on Nov. 30.

The launch was conducted from the Launch Pad 3 in Site 133 of the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region.

The Briz-KM upper stage together with three military satellites separated from the rocket’s second stage as scheduled, at 05:33 Moscow time. Approximately two hours after the blastoff, the Briz-KM upper stage successfully inserted the three satellites into the designated orbit.

A stable telemetric connection has been established and maintained with spacecraft. The spacecraft on-board systems are functioning in standard mode.

Once in orbit, the satellites were designations – Kosmos-2530, Kosmos-2531, and Kosmos-2532. They will be operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS).

This is the second launch of the Rokot spacecraft from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in 2018. The previous launch took place this April.

The Rokot is a space launch vehicle capable of delivering light and medium payloads to orbit. It was created on the basis of the RS-18 (SS-19) intercontinental ballistic missile. Its first launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome took place on May 16, 2000. So far, 29 Rokot launches have been held to put about 70 satellites into orbit.

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