MOSCOW, Russia – A new military satellite will culminate in the formation of Russia’s orbital telecommunications group, due to be put into orbit as scheduled in April 2019.
According to a source in the Russian space rocket industry, this is the Blagovest communication satellite system.
“The transfer of the satellite to the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) is scheduled for the end of February. The launch, by means of a Proton-M rocket, is scheduled for the first half of April,” the source said.
The orbiting of the Blagovest system’s satellites began in 2017. Since then, three military aircraft have been launched. The process began with the launch on August 17, 2017 of the first satellite in the series, the Kosmos 2520.
The second satellite, Kosmos 2526, was put into orbit on April 19, 2018. The launch on December 21 was the third of the military communications system.
The Blagovest heavy satellites were designed by the company Satellites Information Systems (ISS, Russian acronym) commissioned by the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
The orbital system will include four satellites and will ensure military coverage of the country and access to high-speed data transmission, television programs, the Internet, telephony and other types of communication. The satellites are expected to operate in orbit for 15 years.
Meanwhile, the American communications satellite Orbcomm FM16, launched in August 1998, broke down at the end of December 2018, causing 34 orbits to appear in orbit.
The information was released by the 18th Space Control Squadron (18 SPCS) of the US Air Force.
The disintegration of the space apparatus was not caused by collision with another object. The US military does not detail whether debris can threaten other satellites.
According to the n2yo portal, before disintegrating, the Orbcomm FM16 satellite, launched in August 1998, was in orbit with a 45 degree incline at a height of approximately 790 km.
The 18th Space Control Squadron is headquartered at Vanderberg Air Force Base, California, and deals with the recognition and identification of all man-made objects in low-Earth orbit.