30 Jul 2019 12:54

Meridian satellite, launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, put into orbit

MOSCOW. July 30 (Interfax) - The Meridian satellite has separated from the Fregat upper stage and has entered its designated orbit, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service told reporters.

"The Soyuz-2.1a medium-class launch vehicle, which lifted off from the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome at 8:56 a.m. Moscow time on Tuesday, July 30, placed the Meridian satellite into its designated orbit at the set time," it said.

The takeoff of the launch vehicle (LV) and the placement of the satellite into orbit by the Fregat upper stage went according to plan, the ministry said.

The Soyuz-2.1a LV carrying the Meridian satellite blasted off from Launch Pad No. 4 of Platform No. 43 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

It is the third launch of a Soyuz-2 LV from the northern cosmodrome in 2019.