ISS-63 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Christopher Cassidy
Flight engineers:
Anatoly Ivanishin
Ivan Wagner


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RSC Energia: LV Zenit-2SLBF with Angosat SC launched from Baikonur

December 27, 2017

On December 26, 2017, at 22:00 Moscow Time, the integrated launch vehicle Zenit-3SLBF carrying Angosat spacecraft (SC) was launched from the launch pad of Area 45 of the Baikonur cosmodrome.

The upper stage Fregat-SB carrying Angosat SC separated from the launch vehicle on time.

Angosat spacecraft (SC) was made at RSC Energia under a contract with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technologies of the Republic of Angola and is built around a new satellite bus constructed out of Russian-made components.

The Angosat SC project used a number of innovative solutions, which made it possible to build a fairly powerful SC with a mass that is relatively low (2647 kg) for the satellites of this class. The electric propulsion system installed on the Angosat SC enables a slow ascent of the spacecraft to its final orbit (if need be) and corrections of its orbital position.

Angosat is a spacecraft made by RSC Energia in the interests of the Republic of Angola to provide broadcast coverage in C- and Ku-bands over the territory of the Republic of Angola, as well as over the territory of the entire African continent. The Angosat project calls for constructing a communications satellite with a transponder, launching it into the geostationary orbit and building a round infrastructure for communications and TV broadcasting. Also taking part in the implementation of the project are enterprises included in the State Corporation Roscosmos.

PAO RSC Energia is the leader in the rocket and space industry, and the prime contractor for manned space systems. The Corporation conducts work on the development of unmanned space and rocket systems (launch vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles), and high-technology systems for various non-space applications. Since August 2014, the Corporation is headed by Vladimir Solntsev.

ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August of 2015 in order to conduct a comprehensive reform of the rocket and space industry in Russia+. State Corporation Roscosmos assures implementation of the Government policies in the field of space activities and provides for them a legal and regulatory framework, as well as places orders for the development, production and delivery of space hardware and space infrastructure facilities. The functions of the State Corporation also include development of international cooperation in space, and creating conditions for using results of space activities in social and economic development of Russia.


Photo from ROSCOSMOS site


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The launch of LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-17 is planned
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LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-15 is launched



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