Russian Aerospace Forces Launches Soyuz 2 Rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome

Russian Aerospace Forces launched a Soyuz-2 medium-class carrier rocket with a Gonets-M communications spacecraft and associated payload.

The rocket lifted off at 14:20 Moscow time, Sept. 28, from the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region. The launch was conducted by a combat crew of the Space Forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

All prelaunch operations and the launch of the Soyuz-2 rocket took place in the normal mode. The means of the ground-based automated control complex of the Aerospace Forces monitored the launch and flight of the launch vehicle.

Two minutes after the launch, the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket was taken over by ground-based facilities of the V.I. German Titov space center of the Aerospace Forces.

At the estimated time, the Fregat upper stage routinely separated from the third stage of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle and, several hours later, successfully launched the spacecraft into the calculated orbit.

After launching into orbit, the Gonets-M spacecraft were taken over by the customer, who will control them during the orbital flight. Specialists of the Main Testing Space Center German Titov carried out operations to de-orbit the Fregat upper stage.

After launching spacecraft into orbit and completing operations to de-orbit the upper stage, the officers of the Space Control Center of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces entered information on the spacecraft launched into orbit into the Main Catalog of Space Objects of the Russian Space Control System, and began to analyze and process information on new space objects for their acceptance by ground means of the Main Center for Space Situation Intelligence of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces.

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