The Soyuz rocket left for the low-Earth orbit with 22 satellites for commercial satellite operators in the US, Russia, Canada, UAE, and Europe. The rocket departed the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 7:20 a.m Russian time as per the Russian Defense Ministry’s knowledge. The Soyuz rocket ascended using kerosene as the propellant.
A sixth of an hour into the mission, the Soyuz rocket detached the Fregat stage to activate a sequence of orbital repositioning till the craft reached its destination. The rocket started deploying the satellites into their orbits.
The Russian satellites deployed in this mission are purposefully to communicate with the earthbound stations and the operators. The advantage of these satellites is they maintain the security of the data preventing unwarranted access by other devices. The data under transmission passes through the satellite towards the recipient with the ground station watching the transfer to ensure it is secure.
The payloads are part of the Roscosmos joint venture with the Russian space agency and the Russian space sector. The Gonet satellites will be monitoring cargo and vehicles, industrial operations, facilitate communication in marginalized areas, detailing regions where emergency aids are essential, and government data transfer connections.
The rocket launched 19 satellites into the low-Earth orbit after it changed the inclination angle to prevent the Earth’s gravitational pull from dragging the payloads down to Earth. Glavkosmos stated that the orbital target concentration has no specifics in the global launch operations. Glavkosmos is part of the Roscosmos, whose purpose is to advertise the Soyuz rocket’s rideshare capacities to international commercial companies. Exolaunch became the rideshare opportunities broker selling the spaces to global commercial companies.
The other rideshare participant is Kepler Communications, which intends to deploy about 140 payloads for data transmission and device connections to the satellites and control centers. Kepler had developed two GEN1 satellites to offer Earth-imaging and monitor the activities happening on Earth.
Mina Mitry, the chief executive of Kepler, stated that this is their first production independent from other companies. Mitry explained that they chose to detach from the habit of purchasing satellites from different manufacturers to cut down costs, improve their research and satellite development technology, and offer rideshare opportunities for more income.
SALSAT also deployed its satellites through this Soyuz rideshare mission, whose purpose is to identify the multiple frequencies and find these frequencies’ location in relation to the spectrum. Jens Grosshans of SALSAT explained that they would be exploring the possibility of thinning out interferent waves and disruptions in the bands.
In conclusion, Jeanne Medvedeva of Exolaunch stated this mission is one of those that brings together various countries by facilitating their payload transfer to space. Jeanne hopes for more missions so that other countries can observe their level of proximity to competitive countries.