KANOPUS-V STANDALONE PRE-LAUNCH PROCESSING BEGAN AT VOSTOCHNY

15.01.2018

Kanopus-V-3 and −4 standalone processing began in the Assembly & Test Building (ATB) at Vostochny space center. Currently, the team from the space industry, including experts from Glavkosmos, are conditioning power batteries and carrying out electrical tests of the satellites.

The Fregat Upper Stage has been fueled and is stored at the Fueling Station at the moment. Upon completion of all satellite standalone preparations, Space Head Module (SHM) assembling will be proceeded with.

Soyuz-2.1a 1st/ 2nd stage stack has undergone all required vacuum and electrical tests, and is now awaiting further operations in the LV ATB. The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a with Russian Earth remote sensing and emergency monitoring satellites Kanopus-V-3 and −4, and foreign LEMUR (USA), S-NET (Germany) and D-Star-One (Germany) spacecraft contracted by Glavkosmos, is scheduled for 1 February 2018. It will be the third launch from the new Russian Vostochny space center.

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.
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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.