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PLANNED RUSSIAN SPACE MISSIONS IN 2020:
April: Russia to launch the Elektro-M No. 1-1 weather-forecasting satellite.
December: A Soyuz-ST/Fregat rocket to launch Europe's Euclid telescope from Kourou on a mission to map the distribution of galaxies. (As of October 2011, pending final approval the launch was expected in 2019. Approved in June 2012 with the 2020 launch date. By the end of 2012, the mission was expected in the mid-2020s. By the end of 2015, the launch was confirmed in December 2020.)
2020: A Soyuz-2.1b rocket to launch the 2,100-kilogram Arktika-M No. 1 remote-sensing satellite into a highly elliptical 12-hour orbit (perigee: 800-2,500 kilometers, inclination: 62.8-63.5 degrees) from Baikonur. The constellation is designed to monitor high-altitude areas of the Earth. The spacecraft is to be based on the Elektro weather-forecasting satellite. In 2008, the first pair of Arktika-M satellites was expected to fly in 2013. (299), but by December 2010, the mission slipped to 2014. (442) By 2012, the first launch was promised in 2015 and the second in 2016. In the middle of 2015, the launch was postponed from 2016 to 2017. By the beginning 2018, the launch was promised in 2019, but by the middle of this year, the mission was not expected to liftoff before 2020.
2020: A Soyuz rocket to launch the Meteor-M No. 2-3 remote-sensing satellite. (As of beginning of 2018. The mission was previously planned for April 2019).
2020: Russia to launch Resurs-PM No. 1 remote-sensing satellite.
2020: Russia to launch the Ekspress-AMU5 communications satellite (as of 2014).
2020: Russia to launch the Ekspress-AMU6 communications satellite (as of 2014).
Beginning of 2020: Russia to launch Kanopus-VM No. 2 satellite.
2020: A Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat-SB to launch the Elektro-M (No. 2) weather-forecasting satellite into a geostationary orbit from Baikonur. (As of 2010, the launch was expected in 2020, (411) however by 2012, the mission was postponed to the second half of 2021.)
2020: A Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat-SB to launch the Elektro-M (No. 3) weather-forecasting satellite into a geostationary orbit from Baikonur. (As of 2012, the mission was expected in 2020, however by 2012, the launch was postponed to the middle of 2023.)
2020: Russia to launch the Okean No. 2 ocean-monitoring satellite (As of 2010-2012).
Around 2020: Russia to launch Astrometria satellite.
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Page editor: Alain Chabot; Last edit: April 30, 2011
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Scale model of the Mars rover for the ExoMars project. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
Scale model of the Mars lander with the ExoMars rover inside. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
At the end of 2015, the Euclid space observatory was set for launch in December 2020. Credit: ESA
Resurs-PM satellite as depicted in 2017. Credit: RKTs Progress
The Arktika satellite could be based on the Elektro weather-forecasting satellite. Credit: Roskosmos