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November 27 – December 3, 2017 / Vol 36, No 48 / Hawai`i Island, USA

22 Nov 2017, 22:01 UTC
November 27 – December 3, 2017 / Vol 36, No 48 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Soyuz Launch of Meteor M2-1 from Vostochny Cosmodrome, Pacific Russia

Roscosmos Soyuz 2-1B rocket with Fregat upper stage to lift the Meteor M2-1 weather monitoring satellite into polar orbit November 28 at 14:41:46 local time. Meteor-M 2-1 is a 2,778-kg global weather research platform for monitoring the ozone layer, ocean surface temperatures, ice conditions in polar regions on Earth and the radiation environment in near-Earth space — part of a series of satellites developed around the Resurs-UKP bus by Moscow-based VNIIEM. Also on the manifest are 18 secondary payloads including Baumanets-2, Scout, SEAM, AISSat-3, CubeBel-1, multiple Dove Flock-2, Lemur-2 and Lemur-3 satellites. This is only the second launch from Russia’s newly redeveloped Pacific region Spaceport 600-800 km inland in the far east of the country. Vostochny Cosmodrome is designed as the deep space exploration hub of the future for Russia, easing reliance on access to former Soviet facilities at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. There are plans to upgrade infrastructure at Vostochny to accommodate super-heavy class rockets for interplanetary spacecraft and Vladimir Putin has expressed interest in international cooperation on various activities, as well as efforts to jointly explore Moon and Mars. The second phase of construction is projected to require ...

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