Soyuz rocket puts communication satellite into orbit for Russian military
A communication satellite for the Russian military has been put into orbit by a Soyuz rocket, according to the Defense Ministry. It was launched on Thursday morning from the Plesetsk Military Cosmodrome in Russia's northern Arkhangelsk Region. The spacecraft set up a radio link with the mission control center as part of the plan and reported all systems working after deployment.
The Defense Ministry reported it to be the sixth launch of the medium-class Soyuz 2 rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome by the Aerospace Defense Forces in 2014. As per the ministry, the previous launch was conducted on December 1, when the orbital constellation was joined by a second Glonass-K satellite of the Russian global positioning satellite system.
The satellite carried high-resolution cameras to analyze the globe and a plasma physics experiment to search for signs of exotic antimatter and dark matter in the cosmos. The Soyuz 2-1b booster's dropped four strap-on rocket engines, a core stage engine and a bulbous nose fairing according to the plan. The Soyuz launch sequence was completed by a third stage RD-0124 engine before the rocket deployed about seven-ton satellite.
The Resurs P2 satellite will gather imagery of surface of Earth, which would be used by Russian government agencies for agriculture, emergency situations, the environment, fisheries, meteorology and cartography.
Dmitry Podorozhny, Nucleon's principal investigator, said that despite its less mass and small size, the Nucleon instrument will provide double the global statistics collected during the past 50 years. "And it is referred to (as) breakthrough data. For the first time, we'll study a wide energy range of cosmic rays as never before - by four orders - by means of a single method during a long, not less than five-year, orbital experiment", Podorozhny added.
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