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Main » 2014 » July » 7 » Record cluster of satellites launched by Russian rocket.


Record cluster of satellites launched by Russian rocket.
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On June 19, 2014 at 19:11 UTC a Soviet-era "Dnepr” ballistic missile blasted off from southern Russia. The "Dnepr” rocket launched from an underground silo at a space base near Yasny, Russia, a small community in the Orenburg region in the southern part of the country. The launch was performed by Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation in according to the agreement with Kosmotras, a Moscow-based company with joint Russian-Ukrainian ownership that oversees the commercial exploitation of the Dnepr rocket.

The rocket orbited 37 satellites. The payload package is the most number of individual satellites ever launched on a single rocket, representing nations from 17 countries on four continents. The main payload was Deimos-2 (Spain) and KazEOSat-2 (Kazakhstan). The satellites carry Earth observing cameras to supply imagery to commercial clients and government authorities.


 

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