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Customer focus

In 2017 in collaboration with ISC Kosmotras Glavkosmos has created a new company – the operator of commercial launches of Soyuz – 2 family launch vehicles GK Launch Services.

GK Launch Services is a commercial operator authorized to conclude contracts for rendering commercial launch services to satellites with the use of Soyuz-2 family launch vehicles from the Russian launch sites. Along with that, the company is involved in potential return of Dnepr LV (converted RS-20 rocket) to the commercial market.

GK Launch Services (www.gklaunch.ru) is also a single point of contact for Glavkosmos on all pre-contract negotiations and proposals related to the secondary payload launches to go with Roscosmos federal missions.

«Soyuz-2» launchers

Soyuz-2 is a new generation of medium-class launchers based on the world’s longest operating civil Soyuz launcher. It incorporates innovative solutions and national achievements in launch vehicle building. Soyuz-2 features an increased power capacity, modern control system and eco-friendly propellant.


Soyuz-2 launcher with the Fregat upper stage provides payload injection into the most demanded orbits today: a low-Earth orbit, a sun-synchronous orbit, a geostationary transfer orbit, a geostationary orbit, and interplanetary orbits.


Soyuz-2 / Fregat launch system provides launching of satellite constellations and their further delivery to various orbits.

« Soyuz 2.1 »

< 5500 kg
< 880kg
< 1900 kg
20-24 months
Key partners:
JSC SRC «Progress»
Manufacturer of the “Soyuz-2” launch vehicle family
Production, tests and adaptation of the Fregat upper stage
Launch site facilities preparation; general coordination of launch campaigns
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 détente 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.
Interesting facts 3/3
Soyuz-2.1a became the first rocket launched from the new Russian space center Vostochny. The historical launch was conducted on April 28, 2016.
Space centers

Vostochny is a first civilian space center. The area is 700 km². First launch was conducted on April, 28, 2016.

As of today, there are the following main facilities:

  • Launch Complex 1S for light- and medium-class Soyuz-2 launchers;
  • Assembly and Test Complex for launch vehicles;
  • Assembly and Test Complex for spacecraft, upper stages, and fairing.

Baikonur is the world’s largest cosmodrome and a leader in space launches. Baikonur has a great historical meaning. This space center was used for launching the first artificial Earth satellite and the first human space flight.

The complex is leased by Russia from Kazakhstan for the period up to 2050. Its area is 6,717 km². The first space launch was conducted on October 4, 1957.

As of today, there are the following main facilities:

  • 12 launch pads (including six currently functioning);
  • launch sites for Soyuz-U, Soyuz-FG, Soyuz 2.1a, Soyuz 2.1.b;
  • 39 complexes for assembly, integration, tests, and pre-launch processing of launch vehicles, upper stages, and spacecraft.

A former military center Plesetsk was transformed into a cosmodrome as a result of expansion of the Soviet Space Program. This space center is now used for spacecraft launching and missile system testing.

The first space launch was conducted on March 17, 1966. The area of the cosmodrome is 1,762 km².

As of today, there are the following main facilities:

  • launch complexes (launch pads for Soyuz-2 launch vehicles);
  • pre-launch processing complexes for launch vehicles, upper stages, and spacecraft.complexes for the pre-launch processing of launch vehicles, upper stages and spacecrafts