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Rokot carrier with 3 communication satellites to go to space from Plesetsk on July 3

July 02, 13:16 UTC+4 MOSCOW
The rocket, which belongs to a light class of carrier rockets, will take into orbit three communication satellites Gonets-M, which will enlarge the Russian orbital satellite system Gonets to ten satellites
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Rockot carrier rocket transported to Plesetsk cosmodrome

Rockot carrier rocket transported to Plesetsk cosmodrome

© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Babenko

MOSCOW, July 02. /ITAR-TASS/. The Rokot carrier rocket built at the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center will be launched into space from Plesetsk cosmodrome on July 3. The rocket, which belongs to a light class of carrier rockets, will take into orbit three communication satellites Gonets-M, which will enlarge the Russian orbital satellite system Gonets to ten satellites, the press service of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.

The Gonets satellite system is intended for establishing communication and transmitting various data, including coordinates and temperature parameters provided by the satellite communication system GLONASS. The information is transmitted by a group of space apparatuses flying on a low orbit at the altitude of 1,400km, the press service said.

The Gonest satellite communication system is used for monitoring different infrastructure facilities, transmitting navigation and time parameters, established by means of the Glonass system, from moving objects to different dispatcher and monitoring centers and ensuring communication with facilities on remote territories.

The Rokot’s high technical parameters were achieved due to the “Briz -KM” accelerator block which performs multiple functions, such as taking a space apparatus into orbits at different altitudes and with different inclinations. The accelerator block enables to ensure with a high precision the assigned orientation of a space apparatus during a launching process and throughout its orbital flight of up to seven hours, Roscomos said.

The preparations for launching the Rokot carrier from Plesetsk cosmodrome are in the final stage, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry department that supervises air space defense troops Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin told ITAR-TASS.

A Rokot launch vehicle already successfully taken to the orbit three Gonets satellites for the Russian defense ministry on May 23, 2014.

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