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PLANNED RUSSIAN SPACE MISSIONS IN 2018:

Beginning of 2018: Russia to launch Kanopus-VM No. 1 satellite.

February: Soyuz-2 (ST)/Fregat rocket to launch the European MetOp-C meteorological satellite from the ELS complex in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission was first announced on Sept. 10, 2010, with the launch then expected in the last quarter of 2016. Built by Astrium, the Metop-C satellite will weigh 4,250 kg at launch. It will be fitted with a dozen instruments designed to take atmospheric measurements (pressure, humidity, temperature, ozone concentration, etc.) at different altitudes, and to map temperatures and wind fields on the ocean surface.

2018: A Proton rocket to launch the ExoMars rover from Baikonur.

2018: A Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat-SB to launch the Elektro-M (No. 1) weather-forecasting satellite into geostationary orbit from Baikonur. (In 2008, the launch was promised in 2014. (299) and 2009, the mission slipped to 2015 (388). By 2012, the launch was delayed to 2018.)

2018: A Soyuz-2.1b rocket to launch Obzor-O No. 2 and No. 3 satellites for a four-bird remote-sensing constellation. (As of October 2012).

2018: A Soyuz-2.1b rocket to launch the Obzor-R No. 2 radar satellite. (As of October 2012).

2018: A Soyuz-2.1b rocket to launch the Arktika-RM (No. 1) satellite. (As of 2010. (411))

2018: A Soyuz-2.1b rocket to launch the Arktika-M (No. 3) satellite. (As of 2010. (411))

2018: A Rus-M rocket to launch a new-generation PTK NP spacecraft with the first crew onboard from Vostochny. (As of 2007-2011. Launch vehicle change in 2011. By 2012, only an unmanned test flight on Zenit from Baikonur was considered realistic in 2018.)

2018: An Angara rocket to fly its first mission from a newly completed launch pad in Vostochny Cosmodrome, possibly with an unmanned prototype of the PTK NP spacecraft. (A statement by the head of TsNIIMash research institute Gennady Raikunov on December 3, 2012.)

2018: A Rockot booster to launch the Geo-RG geodesic satellite.

After 2017: Soyuz rockets to launch SAR-Lupe-2 observation satellites. (As of September 2012)

End of 2018: Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch the eight-ton OKA-T-MKS No. 1 (52KS) free-flyer module to be serviced from ISS during its five-year mission. The spacecraft would be used for research in the field of nanoelectronics, alloys, composite materials and biotechnology. (459) The launch was originally planned for 2015, however by fall 2011, it had to be postponed to 2017-2018, due to lack of potential customers. (521) In April 2013, the launch was promised at the end of 2018. (634)

2017-2018: Russia to launch the first of three Vozvrat-MKA retrievable capsule spacecraft.

2018 (?): A Proton rocket to launch the Science and Power Module, NEM-2, to the ISS. (As of 2008, the launch was expected in 2015)

End of 2018: A Proton rocket to launch the Science and Power Module, NEM-1, to the ISS. (As of April 2014. In 2008, the launch was promised in 2014, in 2013, the launch slipped to 2017, in 2014 to the end of 2018)

 

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