Smallsats standalone tests began at Vostochny

14.12.2018

The team of Glavkosmos/ GK Launch Services together with the customers from the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan have begun standalone check-outs of small satellites for the launch in the SC Processing Facility at the Vostochny spaceport.

The foreign satellites from the USA, Japan, Spain, South Africa, and Germany are to be orbited under the contracts of Glavkosmos and GK Launch Services as secondary payload in the launch mission with Russian Kanopus-V- 5/6.

The launch of Soyuz-2.1a LV/ Fregat Upper Stage is scheduled for December 27 from Vostochny.

Interesting facts 1/3
On July 15, 1975 Soyuz-19 spaceship was lifted aboard Soyuz-U launch vehicle. It was the first international space flight with the docking of Apollo, a US spaceship. The famous Soyuz-Apollo docking was a historical event and a symbol of rapprochement between the two superpowers in the period of d├ętente during the long-lasting Cold War.
Interesting facts 2/3
Soyuz spaceship was used for the first commercial space flight coordinated by Glavkosmos. In December 1990, a Japanese journalist Toyohiro Akiyama became a member of the crew delivered to MIR space station.
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Soyuz-2.1a became the first rocket launched from the new Russian space center Vostochny. The historical launch was conducted on April 28, 2016.