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Russia's conversion rocket Rokot is taking in a near-earth orbit the CompSat-2 South Korean satellite of remote probing of the Earth
Russia's conversion rocket Rokot that was blasted off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 11:05, Moscow time, on Friday, is taking in a near-earth orbit the CompSat-2 South Korean satellite of remote probing of the Earth. Spokesman for the Russian Space Troops Alexei Zolotukhin told, “The Rokot commercial launch was carried out in a normal mode and the command and measurement complex of the Space Troops is receiving telemetric information about the operation of the rocket’s systems and components.” According to the official, “The satellite is expected to be placed in a working orbit in some 50 minutes after launch.” However, “This will happen outside the Russian territory’s radio coverage zone,” said Zolotukhin. “Optical-electronic and radio technical space monitoring equipment will be able to watch the craft on the calculated orbit only after the second revolution.” CompSat-2 (the second Korean multipurpose satellite) created on the order of the South Korean Aerospace University KARI is designed to monitor natural cataclysms, as well as exploration of national natural resources. The satellite is equipped with a multi-spectral camera resolving power of up to four metres. The satellite’s mass with fuel is some 800 kilogrammes. It will be placed in orbit at an altitude of 685 kilometres with an inclination of 98.13 degrees. The Rokot light carrier rocket was created by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre on the basis of the RS-18 two-stage ballistic missile by means of fitting up its boost cluster with the Briz-KM upper-stage rocket. It is designed to place in low and medium circular and elliptical near-earth orbits payloads under two tonnes. A total of seven starts of the Russian carrier rocket have been carried out since 2000 – six in the interests of foreign customers and one launch (of the Monitor-E spacecraft) within the framework of the Federal Space Programme. All commercial launches of Rokot are carried out by the EUROCKOT JV (Eurockot Launch Services GmbH), the participants in which are the Khrunichev Space Centre (49 percent) and European aviation and space group EADS SPACE Transportations (51 percent.)
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