GK LAUNCH SERVICES: ONE YEAR IN THE COMMERCIAL LAUNCH MARKET

28.04.2018

April 25, 2018 marks one year of the foundation of Glavkosmos’ subsidiary, GK Launch Services, an international commercial operator of launch services.

GK Launch Services concludes 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 to the commercial market.

During a year of productive work, Glavkosmos and GK Launch Services signed a contract for a launch of CAS500-1 satellite with Korea Aerospace Research Institute and a contract for a launch of CAS500-2 satellite with Korea Aerospace Industries.

Also, the company has signed a memorandum with Lavochkin Research and Production Association on joint efforts for use of the Fregat Upper Stage and its modifications to widen the business.

In January 2018 an agreement was signed with Planet Labs Inc. on the launch of 12 Dove satellites as a secondary payload on Souyz-2 launch mission with Kanopus-V 5/6 satellites currently scheduled for late 2018.

Formation of secondary payload clusters for commercial and state missions continues.

Glavkosmos congratulates its colleagues and wishes good luck, great achievements and successful progress!

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.