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Russia Launches 38 Satellites from 18 countries into orbit on Soyuz-2.1a Rocket

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Russia Launches 38 SatellitesOn March 22, 2021, Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) launched 38 Satellites from 18 Countries into orbit onboard its Soyuz-2.1a Rocket. The rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

  • The satellites belong to 18 countries including South Korea, Japan, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy and Brazil.
  • One of the satellites was ‘Challenge-1’ which is the 1st ever satellite to be made completely in Tunisia. It was created by the Telnet telecommunications group.
  • The Primary payload of the mission was the 500 Kg CAS500-1 remote-sensing satellite belonging to South Korea.
  • Apart from Astroscale, Recently ClearSpace SA, is aiming to launch the world’s first active debris removal mission in collaboration with  European Space Agency(ESA) by 2025.

Other Satellites

  • ELSA-d (End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration) service by Japan company Astroscale for performing the first end-to-end test of key technologies for removing space junk from orbit.
  • Nano satellite of Sateliot (Spanish Startup) – for deploying constellations of such satellites in Low Earth Orbit.

Recent Related News:

i.On February 28, 2021, Russia launched the ‘Arktika-M’ 1st satellite to monitor climate change in the Arctic Region. The satellite was launched from a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

About Russia:

President – Vladimir Putin
Capital – Moscow
Currency – Russian Rouble