Updated Soyuz Booster Flight Tests Deemed Complete

Flight VS13 was the 13th Soyuz liftoff performed from French Guiana since this vehicle’s 2011 introduction at the Spaceport. (Credit: Arianespace)
Flight VS13 was the 13th Soyuz liftoff performed from French Guiana since this vehicle’s 2011 introduction at the Spaceport. (Credit: Arianespace)

SAMARA, Russia (TsSKB Progress PR) — On December 28, 2015 at a meeting of the State Commission for conducting flight tests of the launch of space, it was decided on the completion of flight testing and transfer to the regular operation of the complex carrier rocket “Soyuz-2” steps 1a and 1b.

First Deputy General Director – General Designer of “RCC” Progress “RN Akhmetov submitted a report on the implementation of the program of flight tests of the complex carrier rocket “Soyuz-2” steps 1a and 1b, and the resulting characteristics of the complex compliance requirements of the tactical and technical specifications.

Following the meeting of the State Commission of the results of flight tests of the complex carrier rocket “Soyuz-2” steps 1a and 1b recognized positive flight test program completed in full.

State Commission decided to prepare a document for the relevant Order of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The development of carrier rocket “Soyuz-2” was conducted on the basis of the carrier rocket “Soyuz” in two parts (1a and 1b). These two versions – “Soyuz-2.1a” and “Soyuz-2.1b” – were created in the modern Russian period. 1a modernization phase: stage 1-2 on engines used mixing head with an improved mixture formation; developed a new, common to all three levels of control system based on high performance digital computer; It applies new digital radio telemetry system.

Step modernization 1b: In addition to the activities of Phase 1a on the block 3 stage rocket uses a new engine with increased power characteristics.

The three-stage carrier rocket “Soyuz-2” Phase 1a designed to launch into orbit spacecraft national economic destination, cargo spacecraft and spacecraft with crews. Launch weight RN – 306-310 tons, the weight of the payload – up to 7400 kg.

Launch of the first flight products held on 8 November 2004 was held on 12.29.2015 starting 24, including a modification to the Guiana Space Centre.

The three-stage carrier rocket “Soyuz-2” Phase 1b ​​designed to launch into orbit spacecraft for various purposes, cargo spacecraft and spacecraft with crews. Launch weight RN – 306-311 tons, the weight of the payload – up to 8150 kg.

In December 2006, held the launch of the first flight of the product. On 12.29.2015 was carried out 28 launches, including a modification to the Guiana Space Centre. In conjunction with the upper stage “Fregat” “Soyuz-2” provides the removal of spacecraft national economy, a special purpose and commercial satellites in the medium and high circular and elliptical, sun-synchronous, geosynchronous transfer and geostationary orbits.