North Korea test fires another missileWorld May 29, 1:29
Russia’s Zvyagintsev wins Jury Prize at 70th Cannes Film Festival with his LovelessSociety & Culture May 28, 21:32
Three Russian tourists hurt is road accident with tourist minibus in TurkeySociety & Culture May 28, 18:58
Some 40,000 cyclists taking part in Moscow cycle paradeSociety & Culture May 28, 18:33
Corporation Irkut: MS-21 first flight performed in routine modeBusiness & Economy May 28, 16:54
Ukrainian military launch more than 180 shells, mines on Donetsk within one dayWorld May 28, 16:36
Minister: Russia may supply 1,000 MC-21 planes to 2037Business & Economy May 28, 14:42
Lavrov: China, ASEAN interested in organization of Eurasian partnershipRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 28, 11:45
MC-21 airliner makes first test flight - sourceBusiness & Economy May 28, 11:00
MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. A geodetic satellite Geo-IK-2 of the Russian defense ministry is scheduled to be launched in May 2016, the Izvestia daily said on Thursday citing Nikolai Testoyedov, the director general and general designer of Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, a leading Russian provider of satellites for a wide range of uses.
"The launch is scheduled for May but the exact day will depend on the final technological cycles," Testoyedov said. "The spacecraft is ready. It has been tested and is now at our enterprise. It will be shipped to the space center after the state commission issues a relevant resolution."
The first Geo-IK-2 satellite was launched in December 2010. However it failed to reach the designated orbit on February 1, 2011 due to an error in the work of its upper stage. In June 2011, the satellite was officially recognized as lost. The launch of the second satellite was postponed and works started on a new spacecraft to substitute for the first satellite. The manufacturer however had problems with buying components outside Russia.
The Geo-IK-2 satellite will be used to conduct high precision geodesic measurements thus helping Russian scientists update cartographic models of the Earth and refine its geophysical parameters.