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Preparations for the launch of 42 small spacecraft under Glavkosmos contracts are being completed at Vostochny

June 24, 2023

VOSTOCHNY, June 24. – The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle, with the Fregat upper stage, the Meteor-M No. 2-3 satellite as the main payload and 42 small spacecraft as the rideshare payload,  was rolled out from the assembly and testing facility and installed at the launch pad of the Vostochny osmodrome. The launch is scheduled for June 27 at 14:34 Moscow time.

Representatives of the Roscosmos and Glavkosmos (part of Roscosmos) management, as well as the representatives of customers, designers and manufacturers of the small spacecraft, observed the rollout of the launch vehicle. Glavkosmos is the main integrator of the works and the launch service provider in the project of launching rideshare payloads.

Now the specialists of the Russian space industry enterprises are carrying out the final technological operations. They are conducting pre-launch tests of systems and units of the Soyuz-2.1b; the interaction of onboard and ground equipment is also being checked.

As part of the contractual relationship between Glavkosmos and the Foundation for the Promotion of Innovations, 16 educational university CubeSats of the Space PI project will be launched under the 'Planet Attendant' program. Nine SmallSats will be launched within the Roscosmos UniverSat program for launching small spacecraft for educational and scientific purposes. Seventeen more small spacecraft will be launched as a rideshare payload for the benefit of Russian and foreign commercial customers.

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Glavkosmos, JSC is a subsidiary of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos. The main task of the company is to promote the achievements of the Russian rocket and space industry to world markets and to manage complex international projects. Throughout its history, the company has successfully fulfilled over 140 international contracts, including the launch of more than 180 spacecraft as a secondary payload.

Since May 2021, Glavkosmos has been the official operator of Roscosmos trademarks.

ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August 2015 to carry out a comprehensive reform of the Russian rocket and space industry. ROSCOSMOS ensures the implementation of the state policy in space activities and its normative and legal regulations, as well as places orders for the design, production and supply of space equipment and space infrastructure. ROSCOSMOS is also vested with authority to develop international cooperation in space and establish the appropriate environment for applying achievements in space domain for the social and economic development in Russia.

The Foundation for the Promotion of Small Scientific and Technical Enterprises (Innovation Promotion Foundation) is a non-profit organization in the form of a federal state budgetary institution. The key goal of the Foundation's activities is financial support for young scientists and small enterprises that are engaged in scientific developments with a high potential for commercialization.