The Soyuz LV with Meteor-M №2-2 satellite was rolled out to the launch pad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome

02.07.2019

On July, 2, 2019, the Soyuz 2.1b LV with Meteor-M №2-2 satellite and 32 secondary payload spacecraft was rolled out to the launch pad.

The rocket transportation from the Assembly Integration and Test Building to the launch pad is carried out on the transport and installation unit by rail.

LV is transported through the Mobile Service Tower (MST), which is taken away from the launch pad at this moment. In the operating position MST rolls over the launch pad, which allows the engineers to prepare LV and space nose cone for the launch even in adverse climatic conditions.

After closing the MST folds, LV is completely inside the tower. Within three days the engineers will prepare LV for the launch.

The Soyuz 2.1b LV launch is scheduled on July 5, at 08:41:46 Moscow time.

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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 détente during the long-lasting Cold War.
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On April 4, 2019, Glavkosmos JSC, under a contract with Arianespace, launched four communication satellites of O3b Networks, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based satellite communications operator SES. The name O3b stands for “Other 3 billions”, which refers to the world's population, where broadband Internet is not available right now. Thanks to the O3b satellites, the Internet will come to them.
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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.