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Soyuz successfully launches Bion biology capsule and other small sats

19 Apr 2013, 12:11 UTC
Soyuz successfully launches Bion biology capsule and other small sats
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A Soyuz 2-1A/Fregat was successfully launched at 1000 GMT on 19 April from the Baikonur launch base near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan. On board was the Bion M1 spacecraft which itself was carrying an animal payload (mice, gerbils, geckos, snails and fish) in a re-entry capsule which is expected to return in May after a 30 day flight. In addition the following nanosatellites were also carried on the launch which will be released later from the outside of Bion M1. AIST satellite was built by TsSKB Progress to test out the new Stork bus design.Beesat 2 and 3 were earth obseravation cubesat satellites which are also testing out new technologies for cutesats. Dove 2 is a technology test cubesat. OSSI-1 is an amateur research cubesat satellite incorporating a random number generator.SOMP is a small cubesat taking measurements of atomic and molecular oxygen.

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