The spacecraft will be launched into the calculated orbit within a few hours using the Frigate upper stage.
In the Arkhangelsk region of Russia at the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with a military satellite was successfully launched. On Friday, May 22, TASS reports with reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense “At 10:31 from the launch pad No. 4 of the platform No. 43 of the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the Soyuz-2.1b medium-class launch vehicle was successfully launched by the combat crew of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces with a spacecraft in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry, “the report said.
According to the agency, all prelaunch operations and the start were completed as usual. The launch and flight of the rocket were controlled by a ground-based automated control complex. This is the third launch of Soyuz-2 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2020.
10 minutes after the start, the Frigate booster block with a military satellite separated from the third stage of the rocket. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation added that bringing the device into the calculated orbit will take place within a few hours.
Earlier, NATO said that spacecraft launched by Russia maneuver near an American satellite and pose a threat to Western countries.