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Soyuz rocket missions in 2017

At the beggining of the year, officials at RKTs Progress, the Soyuz rocket manufacturer, promised to fly 19 rockets from the Soyuz family, which would be two more than even during very busy 2015. In fact, in the first four months of 2017, the Soyuz was the only Russian launch vehicle in business of reaching orbit!



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Jan. 27: Hispasat-36W-1


The Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat-MT rocket carrying the Hispasat-36W-1 satellite lifted off as scheduled on Jan. 27, 2017, at 22:03:34.428 p.m. local time from the ELS launch complex, a part of the Kourou launch site.

Feb. 22: Soyuz-U flies its last mission with Progress MS-05


A fresh cargo ship lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Feb. 22, 2017, resuming Russian supply missions to the International Space Station, ISS, after the failed launch of Progress MS-04 on Dec. 1, 2016. In the ISS flight manifest, the Progress MS-05 spacecraft had a designation 66P denoting the 66th Russian cargo mission heading to the outpost, while in production documentation it was designated No. 435. The mission also marked the last launch of the Soyuz-U variant within the legendary Russian rocket family.

April 20: Soyuz MS-04 launches fresh crew to ISS


A Soyuz-FG rocket carrying the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft lifted off as scheduled on April 20, at 10:13:43.171 Moscow Time from Pad No. 5 at Site 1 in Baikonur Cosmodrome.

May 18: Soyuz rocket launches SES-15 satellite


A Russian-built Soyuz booster operated by the European Arianespace consortium is delivering a commercial communications satellite to service the Americas. The only Russian launcher family currently in operation, the Soyuz made its fourth liftoff in 2017 and its second flight with a payload bound to the geostationary orbit from Kourou, French Guiana. The VS17 mission lifted off as scheduled on May 18, at 08:54:53 local time (7:54 a.m. EDT) and will release the SES-15 satellite 5 hours 18 minutes 28 seconds later.

May 25: Soyuz-2-1b launches second EKS satellite

The second EKS/Tundra satellite blasted off from Plesetsk on a Soyuz-2-1b (14A14-1b) rocket with a Fregat-M upper stage on May 25, 2017, at 09:34 Moscow Time (01:34 EDT). Upon reaching its nominal orbit, the spacecraft was officially identified as Kosmos-2518.

June 14: Soyuz-2-1a rocket launches Progress MS-06


A Soyuz-2-1a rocket rocket carrying the Progress MS-06 (No. 436) cargo ship lifted off as from Pad 6 at Site 31 in Baikonur on June 14, 2017, at 12:20:13 Moscow Time (5:20 a.m. EDT). The spacecraft separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle at 12:29:02 Moscow Time (5:29 a.m. EDT), just over three seconds after the third stage engine shutdown.


Launches of the Soyuz rocket family in 2017:

- Launch date
Time of launch
Payload type
Launch vehicle
Launch site
Launch complex
Launch pad
Jan. 27
22:03:34.428 local time
Application / communications
Feb. 22
08:58:33 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
April 20
10:13:43 Moscow Time
4 May 18 08:54 a.m. French Guiana time SES-15 Application / communications Soyuz-ST-A Kourou ELS - In progress
5 May 25 09:34 Moscow Time EKS-2/Tundra Military / Early warning Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat-M Plesetsk - - Success
6 June 14 12:20:13 Moscow Time Progress MS-06 Manned / cargo suppy Soyuz-2-1a Baikonur 31 6 Success

*Launch vehicle performed as planned, but payload failed to separate from upper stage; **Third stage underperformed during the launch; compensated by Fregat's extended firing.


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Soyuz-ST-B lifts off with Hispasat-36W-1 on Jan. 27, 2017. Click to enlarge. Credit: Arianespace


Access gantry is being retracted from Soyuz-2 rocket shortly before launch of Progress MS-06 on June 14, 2017. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos