MSK warhead launcher "Rokot" with the Russian geodesic satellite Geo-IK-2 on board separated from the second stage and brought a satellite into an intermediate orbit. Start was done six minutes earlier from
Arkhangelsk region. "Rokot" were created as part of the conversion
program is removed from the weapons of intercontinental ballistic missile
RS-18. Earlier start "Rokot" with Geo-IK-2 on board postponed either
due to technical reasons or organizational (now cannot tell). Launch of the
satellite is planned for May. The device is vegetating at the launch site from
the end of March.
The first launch of the "
new" of the converted
missile was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome May 16, 2000. To date, from
the Baikonur 26 successful launches of rockets of this type were carried out,
65 different space vehicles launched into low Earth orbit. Geo-IK-2 - the
latest Russian satellite system designed specifically for the removal of
geodetic measurements of high accuracy. Design and implementation of the new
system performs JSC "Information Satellite Systems". Sputnik 5 years
ago was not successful - the satellite into orbit did not come out, and since
its launch in the near-Earth space has actually become space debris, though are
in working order. Now for the successful operation of the new system, which
requires the presence in orbit two satellites in the near future will have to
carry out another start.