06th June 2017
ECM Space Technologies GmbH has just started a launch campaign for 17 international smallsats to be launched this summer from Baikonur onboard the Russian Soyuz-2/Fregat launch system. Currently, launch campaign participants are busy with autonomous preparations before the final integration followed by electrical checks with Fregat upper stage.
The smallsats will be launched under the Contracts with GLAVKOSMOS Joint-stock company, Russian authorized Soyuz-2 launch operator. The primary Kanopus-V-IK mission is an Earth Observation satellite of the Russian State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS.
As part of a strong partnership with GLAVKOSMOS, ECM Space Technologies GmbH also supports the launch of CubeSats developed by the Russian universities: Moscow Polytechnic University (Mayak 3U CubeSat), Moscow Aviation Institute (Iskra-MAI-85 3U CubeSat) and Kursk South West State University (Equador UTE - SWSU 1U CubeSat).
In total, 73 satellites will be launched on Kanopus-V-IK mission. Reliable Soyuz-2 launcher with a unique Fregat upper stage will ensure injection of the primary payload and smallsats into 3 different orbits. Such flexibility can not be found in any other launch system in the world.
The launch date is scheduled for the 14th of July, 2017.
More news from the launch site are coming.