Russia launches 4 satellites to orbit in 5th mission of closing 2 weeks

Russia launches 4 satellites to orbit in 5th mission of closing 2 weeks


A Russian Soyuz rocket launches three Gonets-M communications satellites and the Skif-D demonstration craft from Vostochny Cosmodrome on Oct. 22, 2022.



A Russian Soyuz rocket launches three Gonets-M communications satellites and the Skif-D demonstration craft from Vostochny Cosmodrome on Oct. 22, 2022.
(Image credit: Roscosmos)

Russia launched four satellites to orbit on Saturday (Oct. 22), the nation’s fifth liftoff in a two-week stretch.

A Soyuz rocket topped with three satellites for the Gonets-M communications constellation and a demonstration spacecraft called Skif-D lifted off Saturday at 3: 57 p.m. EDT (1957 GMT; 10: 57 p.m. Moscow time) from Vostochny Cosmodrome, in far jap Russia.

All four satellites were deployed into their designated orbits as deliberate, in response to Roscosmos, Russia’s federal residence agency.

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Each of the three Gonets-M satellites — Gonets-M33, Gonets-M34 and Gonets-M35 — weighs about 617 pounds (280 kilograms), in response to Anatoly Zak of RussianSpaceWeb.com (opens in contemporary tab)

The trio apt joined the Gonets-M (“Messenger-M”) constellation, which circles Earth at an altitude of about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers). These satellites “are designed to transmit facts and provide cell satellite tv for pc communications products and companies to cell and stationary subscribers wherever on the earth,” Roscosmos officials wrote in a Telegram post (opens in contemporary tab) quickly after Saturday’s open. (The post is in Russian; translation supplied by Google.)

Skif-D went elevated on Saturday; or no longer it’s designed to operate in a strategy-polar orbit about 5,015 miles (8,070 km) above Earth, in response to Zak.

The satellite tv for pc is a demonstration craft, as indicated by the “D” in its establish. Skif-D is “a prototype of the principle Russian satellite tv for pc for the broadband cyber internet get entry to in faraway areas, equivalent to Arctic regions of Russia,” Zak wrote.

The Skif machine is envisioned to finally embrace 12 spacecraft, every of that will most definitely be in a residence to beam all of the formulation down to Earth 100 gigabits of facts per 2nd, he added.

Saturday’s open persevered a busy October for Russia, which now has five launches underneath its belt in the closing two weeks. 

A Soyuz launched a GLONASS navigation satellite tv for pc from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in Russia’s northwest, on Oct. 9; a Proton rocket lofted a communications satellite tv for pc for the Angolan executive from the Russia-trail Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 12; an Angara rocket launched the mysterious EMKA-3 military satellite tv for pc from Plesetsk on Oct. 15; and a Soyuz launched two diversified clandestine military spacecraft from Plesetsk on Friday (Oct. 21).

One other liftoff is growing soon as smartly: A Soyuz is scheduled to open from Baikonur on Tuesday (Oct. 25) at 8: 20 p.m. EDT (0020 GMT on Oct. 26), sending a robotic Progress cargo spacecraft toward the Global House Space. That you just may perchance well look that liftoff reside right here at House.com, courtesy of NASA TV.

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