The alleged launch of the first new Razbeg (Eng: Run-up) reconnaissance satellite.
According to the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, on September 9, 2021, at 22: 59 Moscow time, a successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1v light-class launch vehicle (LV) with a spacecraft in the interests of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation was carried out from the launch pad No.4 of the Site No.43 of the State Test Cosmodrome of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation (Plesetsk Cosmodrome) in the Arkhangelsk Region.
All pre-launch operations and the launch of the Soyuz-2.1v space rocket were carried out in normal mode. The means of the ground-based automated control complex for spacecraft of the Russian orbital group controlled the launch and flight of the rocket.
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1v light class launch vehicle, whose flight design tests began at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2013, was carried out by the combat crews of the Space Forces for the seventh time.
Further, on the morning of September 10, it was reported that the spacecraft was put into the target orbit and taken over by the ground facilities of the Main Test Space Center named after G. S. Titov of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces.
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1v launch vehicle and the launch of the spacecraft into orbit were carried out in normal mode.
A stable telemetry connection has been established and maintained with the spacecraft. The onboard systems of the spacecraft are functioning normally.
After being taken over, the spacecraft was assigned the serial number "Cosmos-2551".
About 300 military personnel and specialists of civilian personnel were involved in ensuring the launch of the spacecraft, as well as more than 30 spacecraft controls, systems and complexes for collecting, processing and displaying telemetric information of individual command and measurement complexes of the Main Test Space Center named after G. S. Titov.
On the part of bmpd, we note that, according to Western data, during the specified space launch under the serial number "Cosmos-2551", the lead new optical reconnaissance satellite of the "Razbeg" series for the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation was put into orbit.
Recall that the "Razbeg" is considered a small-sized optical reconnaissance satellite of a new generation. According to Western publications, the satellite was developed by AO "Scientific and Production Corporation" Space Monitoring Systems, Information Management and Electromechanical Complexes named after A. G. Iosifyan (JSC "Corporation "VNIIEM", former All-Russian Research Institute of Electromechanics-VNIIEM, Moscow) under a contract signed with the Russian Ministry of Defense on November 1, 2016. The satellite project was probably designated as MKA-V ("Small High-resolution Spacecraft"). Presumably, the" Razbeg" has a mass of about 250 kg. Apparently, it is equipped with a digital camera developed by JSC "Peleng" (Belarus), which has a maximum resolution of 0.9 meters in panchromatic mode.
According to Western assumptions, the Russian Ministry of Defense intends to create a group of "Razbeg" satellites, which should play the same role of a mass supplier of satellite images with relatively low resolution for military needs, which in the West is played by commercial remote sensing satellites, whose images complement images from special military optical reconnaissance satellites.