VOSTOCHNY SPACEPORT /Amur Region/, December 27. /TASS/. Small satellites from the United States, Japan, Spain, South Africa and Germany launched by the Soyuz-2.1a rocket together with Russia’s Kanopus-V satellites from the Vostochny Cosmodrome and delivered into the designated orbits have got into contact, the commercial launch operator Glavkosmos said on Thursday.
"Communications have been established with the small satellites," Glavkosmos Launch Services said.
The Soyuz-2.1a rocket blasted off at 05:07 Moscow time on Thursday from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. Nine minutes after the launch, the Fregat booster with two Kanopus-V space vehicles and 26 foreign satellites separated from the carrier’s third stage. In about an hour, the Kanopus-V satellites were delivered into the designated orbits.
The blastoff on December 27 was the concluding launch in the Russian launch program for this year.