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    Russian Military Satellites: News & Development

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    Post  George1 on Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:07 pm

    MOSCOW, June 4. /TASS/. Russia’s Bars-M new military surveillance and mapping satellite will be manufactured by December 1, 2019, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

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    Post  George1 on Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:11 am

    4 military satellites (Kosmos 2535, 2536, 2537, 2538) of unknown purpose were launched

    Russian Defense Ministry assumes control over satellites launched from Plesetsk

    The Soyuz-2 carrier rocket was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome on Wednesday

    MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry has assumed control over four satellites launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the interests of the Russian military, the ministry's press service told reporters on Thursday.

    "The spacecraft launched by the Aerospace Defense Forces from the State Trial Cosmodrome Plesetsk on July 10, have been delivered to the designated orbit, and the Russian Defense Ministry assumed control over the satellites," the press service said.

    "Stable telemetric communication has been established and is maintained with the spacecraft. The control systems of the spacecraft are functioning in the routine mode," the press service added.

    This was the second launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2019.

    https://tass.com/science/1068031


    Soyuz-2.1v launches four experimental satellites, including a satellite inspector



    On 10 July 2017, at 20:14 MSK (17:14 UTC) the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v launcher from the pad No. 4 of the site No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site. The Volga booster successfully released four small satellites - Cosmos-2535, Cosmos-2536, Cosmos-2537, and Cosmos-2538. According to the ministry of defense statement, the satellites' mission is to study the effect of natural and artificial factors of space on satellites operated by Russia and to calibrate radars operated by the Air and Space Forces.

    The satellites received international designations 2019-039A to 2019-039D and NORAD numbers 44421 to 44424.

    Two satellites - Cosmos-2535 and Cosmos-2536 - later conducted a series of proximity maneuvers. It appears that these are objects 2019-039A/44421 and 2019-039D/44424.

    This is not the first time Russia announces a launch of a satellite-inspector. In August 2017 the ministry of defense disclosed that Cosmos-2521 is a satellite-inspector launched in June 2017 along with Cosmos-2519. See a discussion of the program at the RussianSpaceWeb site.

    http://russianforces.org/blog/2019/07/soyuz-21v_launches_four_experi.shtml


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    Post  Big_Gazza on Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:27 pm

    Proton-M launches fourth Blagovest satellite

    Russia has launched its fourth Blagovest communications satellite via a Proton rocket Tuesday. Having lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 02:56 local time (00:56 Moscow Time, 21:56 UTC on Monday), Proton’s Briz-M upper stage is now undertaking a nine-hour multiple-burn mission that will deploy its payload into geostationary orbit.

    https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/08/proton-m-launches-fourth-blagovest-satellte/

    Its been a great 30 days or so for the Russian launch industry with no less than SEVEN successful missions launched:

    05-Jul  Meteor-M No 2-2 (+33 cubesats) on Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat
    10-Jul  4x unnamed milsats on Soyuz 2.1v/Volga
    13-Jul  Spectrum-RG on Proton-M/DM-03
    20-Jul  Soyuz MS-13 on Soyuz-FG
    30-Jul  Meridian-M No18L on Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat
    31-Jul  Progress MS-12 on Soyuz 2.1a
    06-Aug  Blagovest No14L on Proton-M/Briz-M

    That's more than doubled the years tally in one month...  Very Happy
     
    Hopefully there will be no upsets for the rest of the year and Russia can enjoy their first fully fail-free launch year since 2003.   russia
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    Post  George1 on Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:54 pm

    US spots maneuvers of Russian military satellite


    According to NORAD, in early June, it had an orbit of 247 for 282 km. Now, the satellite has descended again

    MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Russian military spacecraft Kosmos-2521, unofficially nicknamed the satellite inspector, has performed several new maneuvers since the beginning of 2019, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement.

    According to NORAD, in January 2019 the satellite was in near-Earth orbit with parameters of 280 km per 285 km. In early February, the orbit of the spacecraft began to decrease gradually and by April 10 its minimum altitude was 227 km. Then the satellite was once again raised - in early June, it had an orbit of 247 for 282 km.

    Now, the satellite has descended again, according to NORAD. The flight path of Kosmos-2521 around the Earth moves so that during the day it more than 10 times flies over different parts of North America.

    Kosmos-2521 satellite, capable of performing tens of hundreds of kilometers of orbital maneuvers, according to a number of specialized resources, was launched on June 23, 2017 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The satellite began to perform regular maneuvers in space starting from October 2017.

    https://tass.com/science/1075876
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    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:01 pm

    Last Rockot launch delivered Cosmos-2540 geodetic satellite into orbit



    On August 30, 2019 the Space Forces conducted a launch of a Rockot space launcher with the Geo-IK-2 geodetic satellite. The launch took place at 17:00 MSK (14:00 UTC) from the launch pad No. 3 of the launch complex No. 133 of the Plesetsk launch site. The rocket was equipped with a Briz-KM booster stage.

    The satellite was deployed on a nearly circular orbit with altitude of about 960 km and inclination of 99.3 degrees. It received international designation 2019-057A and NORAD number 44517.

    Rockot is a modified UR-100NUTTH/SS-19 missile converted as a space launcher. The ministry of defense announced that this is the last Rockot launch. Previous launch of Rockot took place in November 2018.

    Previous Geo-IK-2 satellite, Cosmos-2517, was launched in June 2016.


    http://russianforces.org/blog/2019/08/last_rockot_launch_delivered_c.shtml

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