Glavkosmos organized the launch of 42 small spacecraft from the Vostochny Cosmodrome

June 27, 2023

VOSTOCHNY, June 27. – The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage was launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Tuesday, at 14:34 Moscow time, the rocket successfully injected into orbit the satellite Meteor-M No. 2-3 as the main payload and 42 small spacecraft as a rideshare payload. Today's launch has set the record for the number of Russian  spacecraft simultaneously launched from Vostochny; all satellites have been launched into target orbits.

Glavkosmos (part Roscosmos) acted as the launch service provider for the rideshare payload. Moreover, the company managed the general organization and coordination of the activities of the Russian space industry enterprises and those of the small spacecraft manufacturers and customers at all stages of the launch preparation of the rideshare payload.

The launch of 16 educational university CubeSats of the Space PI project within the 'Planet Attendant' program was provided under the contract of Glavkosmos and the Foundation for the Promotion of Innovations. Nine SmallSats were launched under the UniverSat program, which is a project of Roscosmos for launching small spacecraft for educational and scientific purposes. Seventeen more small spacecraft were launched for the benefit of Russian and foreign commercial customers.


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) 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.