All small spacecraft arrived at Vostochny for the upcoming launch

June 8, 2023

MOSCOW, June 8. – All small spacecraft to be launched as a rideshare payload with the Meteor-M No. 2-3 satellite as the main payload have arrived at the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The designers and manufacturers of the CubeSats will get them ready for the upcoming launch with the assistance of the representatives of the Roscosmos enterprises.

The spacecraft were delivered to Ignatievo Airport (Blagoveshchensk, Russia’s Far East), from where the specialists of Glavkosmos JSC (part of Roscosmos) transported them to the cosmodrome.

The preparation of their upcoming launch onboard the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle and the Fregat upper stage will begin shortly.

As part of the contractual relationship between Glavkosmos and the Foundation for the Promotion of Innovations, 16 educational university CubeSats of the Space PI project will be launched under the 'Planet Attendant' program.

Nine SmallSats will be launched within the Roscosmos UniverSat program for launching small spacecraft for educational and scientific purposes.

Seventeen more small spacecraft will be launched as a rideshare payload for the benefit of Russian and foreign commercial customers.

Glavkosmos (part of Roscosmos) is the main integrator of the works and the launch service provider in the project of launching rideshare payloads. In total, 42 small spacecraft will be launched as a rideshare payload.


Glavkosmos, JSC is a subsidiary of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos. The main task of the company is to promote the achievements of the Russian rocket and space industry to world markets and to manage complex international projects. Throughout its history, the company has successfully fulfilled over 140 international contracts, including the launch of more than 180 spacecraft as a secondary payload.

Since May 2021, Glavkosmos has been the official operator of Roscosmos trademarks.

ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August 2015 to carry out a comprehensive reform of the Russian rocket and space industry. ROSCOSMOS ensures the implementation of the state policy in space activities and its normative and legal regulations, as well as places orders for the design, production and supply of space equipment and space infrastructure. ROSCOSMOS is also vested with authority to develop international cooperation in space and establish the appropriate environment for applying achievements in space domain for the social and economic development in Russia.

The Foundation for the Promotion of Small Scientific and Technical Enterprises (Innovation Promotion Foundation, or Bortnik Foundation) is a non-profit organization in the form of a federal state budgetary institution. The key goal of the Foundation's activities is financial support for young scientists and small enterprises that are engaged in scientific developments with a high potential for commercialization.