According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, the military satellite launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Saturday has been successfully deployed into the orbit allocated for it.
As per the ministry, the spacecraft was successfully launched into the target orbit at the originally planned time, and it is currently under the supervision of the ground facilities of the Aerospace Forces.
They also noted that a reliable telemetric connection has been established and maintained with the satellite and that the spacecraft’s onboard systems are operating normally.
According to the military, the rocket launch and the placement of the spacecraft into the prescribed orbit were carried out following the protocols.
The ground-based automated control complex of the Main Test Space Centre, named after Herman Titov, was utilised to monitor the rocket known as “Soyuz-2.1b” after it had been launched, as stated by the Russian Ministry of Defence.
It was also mentioned that after the satellite was placed into orbit, officers from the Main Centre for Reconnaissance of the Space Situation of the Aerospace Forces added information to the Main Catalogue of Space Objects of the Russian Space Control System. They have started evaluating and processing the information to understand the new space object better.
Earlier, the ministry announced that the “Soyuz-2.1b” carrier rocket, carrying the military satellite, had successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Saturday at 23:58 Moscow time.
Students from the Kyzyl Presidential Cadet School and the Moscow and St. Petersburg Cadet Corps “Pension of the Wards of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation” were present to witness the launch, according to the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.