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PLANNED RUSSIAN SPACE MISSIONS IN 2016
End of 2015 - beginning of 2016: A Proton-M/Briz-M rocket to launch the 6,900-kilogram EchoStar (T2) satellite for EchoStar Satellite Services of Englewood, Colorado. The International Launch Services, ILS, which markets Protons overseas, announced the agreement to launch an unspecified EchoStar satellite on May 13, 2013.
End of 2015 - end of 2016: A Soyuz or Vega rocket to launch the 200-kilogram Taranis satellite into a quasi-sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 700 kilometers. Developed by the French space agency, CNES, the Taranis satellite (Tool for the Analysis of RAdiation from lightNIng and Sprites) will be a secondary payload during a mission to deliver multiple spacecraft. The satellite will study magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupling via transient processes, focusing in particular on two aspects: determining the characteristics and frequency of transient luminous events (TLE) involved in the coupling between the ionosphere and atmosphere, and characterizing the electron beams accelerated from the atmosphere to the magnetosphere. The contract for the mission between Toulouse Space Center and Arianespace was announced on July 9, 2012. The agreement also included options for the launch of two other CNES satellites, Microscope and Merlin.
2016: A Soyuz-ST rocket to launch a 2,300-kilogram Sentinel-1B satellite into a Sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of about 690 kilometers from Kourou, French Guiana. The new spacecraft will join the Sentinel-1 mission, a part of a joint European Union and European Space Agency, ESA, environmental monitoring program known as Copernicus. Arianespace company announced the agreement for the launch on July 17, 2014.
Sentinel-1B is a C-band radar observation satellite, using synthetic aperture radar, or SAR, technology. As part of the Copernicus program, Sentinel-1B will round out the initial capacity offered by Sentinel-1A to offer a comprehensive response to the need for environmental and security monitoring via spaceborne radar systems. Sentinel-1B will be designed and built by Thales Alenia Space Italy.
February: A Proton-M rocket to launch the Yamal-601 satellite for Gazprom Space Systems, a division of the largest Russian oil and natural gas producer. The Yamal 601 satellite, weighing over 5,700 kilograms, will be built by Thales Alenia Space on the flight proven Spacebus-4000 platform. The satellite will be launched into geostationary transfer orbit and has an anticipated service lifetime of 15 years. Yamal 601 satellite will replace Yamal 202 and will provide fixed communications and transmission services in C-band over Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa and South-East Asia from the orbital position at 49 degrees East longitude. This satellite is also designed for development of business in Ku- and Ka-bands in the Russian market.
The mission marked the second Russian company switching from domestic communications satellite developers to foreign suppliers. Previously, Russian Satellite Communications Company, RSCC, also gave contracts to non-Russian satellite producers.
The International Launch Services, ILS, a US-based company that markets the Proton rocket to commercial customers, announced the contract for the launch of Yamal-601 on Jan. 22, 2014.
March 30: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch the Soyuz TMA-20M transport spacecraft with a crew of three from Baikonur to the International Space Station, ISS. (In November 2014, Interfax quoted head of RKK Energia Vladimir Solntsev as saying that the first upgraded Soyuz-MS vehicle would be launched in March 2016.)
May 30: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch the Soyuz MS transport spacecraft with a crew of three from Baikonur to the International Space Station, ISS. (In November 2014, Interfax quoted head of RKK Energia Vladimir Solntsev as saying that the first upgraded Soyuz-MS vehicle would be launched in March 2016.)
2016 mid-year: A Proton-M/Briz-M rocket to launch the AsiaSat-9 satellite from Baikonur. On June 22, 2012, the International Launch Services, ILS, which markets Proton to commercial customers, announced a contract with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. to launch one of the company's future satellites, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 8 or AsiaSat 9, a replacement satellite to be procured for AsiaSat 4. The launch contract had included an option for AsiaSat to order one additional launch service from ILS for any of its upcoming three satellites, ILS said. At the time, the first launch was expected as early as 2014.
Beginning of 2016: Russia to launch Elektro-VO No. 2 satellite. (As of 2012)
2016: Russia to launch Resurs-PM No. 1 remote-sensing satellite. (As of 2009, two Resurs-PM satellites were promised in 2015 and 2016 (388). However during 2010-2012, official plans listed a single Resurs-PM launch in 2016.)
2016: Russia to launch the Resurs-PM No. 2 remote-sensing satellite. (As of 2009 388)
2016: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage to launch the Meteor-M No. 3 remote-sensing satellite. (As of the end of 2009, the launch was promised in 2012, however by that year, the launch slipped to 2016.)
2016: Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-SB rocket to launch the Arkon-2M No. 2 remote-sensing satellites for all-weather radar observations of the Earth surface from a 550-600-kilometer Sun-synchronous orbit. In 2010, a pair of spacecraft was scheduled for launch in 2013, however by 2012, the first Arkon-2M was expected to fly in 2015 and the second in 2016. The Arkon-2M program was canceled by November 2012.
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Last update: November 21, 2014
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The Spektr-RG satellite. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
A 1-to-4 scale model of the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module from the first phase of the ExoMars project scheduled for launch in 2016. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
The first CSO-1 (Composante Spatiale Optique) satellite could fly on the Soyuz rocket in December 2016 (As of 2011). Copyright © 2009 Anatoly Zak
The design of the Arkon-2M spacecraft originally proposed by NPO Lavochkin.