28 Nov 2017 09:14

Soyuz-2.1b LV with Earth remote sensing satellite, other satellites blasts off from Vostochny Cosmodrome

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME. Nov 28 (Interfax) -A Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle (LV) carrying Russia's Earth remote sensing satellite Meteor-M No. 2-1 and a group of small-size satellites has blasted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, in Russia's Amur region.

The LV lifted off according to the schedule at 8:41 a.m. Moscow time, marking the second launch since the Vostochny Cosmodrome was put into operation, an Interfax correspondent reported.

The Soyuz-2.1b LV equipped with a Fregat upper stage will place Russia's Meteor-M No. 2-1 Earth remote sensing satellite, which will become the main payload, into orbit.

In addition to that, the LV will also put another 18 small-size satellites, which are a hosted payload, into orbit.