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Meridian Spacecraft

Russian communications satellite 'Meridian' launched by the Federal Space Agency

Russian communications satellite ‘Meridian’ launched by the Federal Space Agency

December 23, 2011 Meridian Spacecraft was launched on a carrier rocket “Soyuz” from the 43rd site of “Plesetsk” cosmodrome. Previously, these launch facility sites were designed for for launches of missiles R-7, that were here on duty during the Caribbean crisis. Now they are converted for launches of rockets for space purposes. On December 23 a space unit was launched, which will provide continuous communication of the European part of Russia with the Far East.

Meridian Spacecraft

Russian communications satellite ‘Meridian’ launched by the Federal Space Agency

Meridian Spacecraft

Russian communications satellite ‘Meridian’ launched by the Federal Space Agency

Meridian Spacecraft

Russian communications satellite ‘Meridian’ launched by the Federal Space Agency

Meridian Spacecraft

Russian communications satellite ‘Meridian’ launched by the Federal Space Agency

Russian communications satellite 'Meridian' launched by the Federal Space Agency

Russian communications satellite ‘Meridian’ launched by the Federal Space Agency

Communications satellite Meridian 5 was launched by the Russian Federal Space Agency which was lost in a launch failure in December 2011. The fifth Meridian spacecraft to be launched, Meridian 5 was to have been deployed into a Molniya orbit with an apogee of 39,000 kilometers (24,000 mi), a perigee of 900 kilometers (560 mi) and 65 degrees of orbital inclination; from which it would have provided communications for the Russian military. It would have been operated by the newly formed Russian Aerospace Defense Forces.

chistoprudov.livejournal.com