MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. Russia’s Meridian dual-purpose telecoms satellite has been successfully put into orbit, a spokesperson for Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces, Colonel Alexey Zolotukhin said on Thursday.
This is the fourth launch of the Soyuz-2.1-series carrier rocket this year from the Plesetsk space port in northern Russia. “The Meridian spacecraft was put into the designated orbit by a Fregat upper stage as scheduled,” Zolotukhin said.
On Wednesday, Russia launched a Progress M-25M on a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center to the International Space Station (ISS).
The Meridian satellite is tasked with ensuring communication with sea vessels and ice patrol aircraft along the Northern Sea Route. The last successful launch of the Meridian-series satellite took place in November 2012.