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Soyuz rocket missions in 2010
2010 April 2: The Soyuz FG rocket carrying Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome's Site 1 on April 2, 2010, at 08:04:34 Moscow Summer Time. Onboard were NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko, all flight engineers on their way to the International Space Station.
2010 April 16: Russia launched a classified military payload, believed to be a Kobalt-M optical intelligence satellite. According to the official Russian sources, the Soyuz-U rocket lifted off from Plesetsk on April 16, 2010, at 19:00 Moscow Time.
2010 June 30: A Soyuz-U rocket lifted off at 19:35:15 Moscow Time from Site 1 in Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the Progress M-06M cargo ship (No. 406, ISS mission 38P).
2010 Sept. 30: A Molniya-M rocket, the last in the legendary family of space vehicles, lifted off from Russia's northern launch site in Plesetsk on Sept. 30, 2010, at 21:01 Moscow Time. Upon reaching the orbit, the payload received an official designation Kosmos-2469.According to space forces, the goal of the mission was to replenish Russian military satellite constellation. Traditionally, Molniya-M rockets were used to deliver Oko (eye) early-warning satellites into highly-elliptical orbits.
2010 Oct. 19:The Soyuz 2-1a launch vehicle carrying the initial cluster of six Globalstar second-generation satellites lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome's Pad 6 at Site 31 in Kazakhstan on October 19, 2010, at 21:10:59 Moscow Time.
2010 Oct. 27: The Soyuz-U lifted off from Site 1 in Baikonur on Oct. 27, 2010, at 19:11:50 Moscow Time (15:11:50 GMT). The vehicle carried the Progress M-08M cargo ship with 2,500 kilograms of supplies bound to the International Space Station, ISS.
2010 Nov. 2: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket with the Fregat upper stage and the Meridian No. 3 military communications satellite lifted off from Pad No. 4 at Site 43 in Plesetsk on Nov. 2, 2010, at 03:59 Moscow Time.
2010 Dec. 15: The Soyuz FG rocket with Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome's Site 1 at 22:09:25 Moscow Time (19:09 GMT). The spacecraft successfully reached orbit ten minutes later.
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The launch of the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft on June 16, 2010 at 01:35 Moscow Time. Click to enlarge. Credit: NASA
An inside view of the Soyuz FG rocket fairing for the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft. Credit: RKK Energia