Russia Achieves Successful Soyuz Rocket Flight


A launch of a Soyuz U rocket (Source: Roscosmos).

A Russian Glonass-M satellite has reached orbit after a successful launch of a Soyuz 2-1B rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. This is the first Soyuz launch since the August 23 failure of the Progress M12-M launch. According to the Interministrial Commission that investigated the accident, the reason of the failure of the Soyuz third engine was a faulty gas generator.

The Glonass satellite navigation system is Russia’s equivalent to US GPS. The fleet of 27, with only 23 operational, still lacks a couple more spare satellite in order to insure global coverage. Russia had lost three Glonass satellites in December, 2010, for a failure of a Proton-M rocket.

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Andrea Gini is a content strategy consultant specialized in companies of the space sector. He is founder of Space Safety Magazine, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief until March 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked in the European Space Agency in the Independent Safety Office, which overviews the utilization of the International Space Station. He previously worked as Software Developer, IT Consultant, and trainer of Java-related technologies. Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in Communication of Science from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.