Angara 1.2 launches mystery small reconnaissance satellite for Russian military thought to be an MKA-R class

by | Oct 17, 2022 | Launches, Military space, Russia, Satellites, Seradata News

An Angara 1.2 small Russian launch vehicle was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia at 1955 GMT on 15 October 2022. The vehicle was carrying Cosmos 2560 (Kosmos 2560), a classified Russian military satellite. The satelliite is thought to be the fourth of a 150 kg class small Russian miiltary optical reconnaissance satellite of the EMKA/MKA-R family, and the third of the MKA-R (Razbeg) bus type built by JSC Corporation VNIIEM.

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The first of the family was Cosmos 2525 (Kosmos 2525) which used a EMKA bus – a prototype bus for the later MKA-R (RAZBEG) class –  and which was launched in March 2018. This was followed by COSMOS 2551 aka MKA-R 01 (launched in September 2021) which is thought to be the first MKA-R (RAZBEG). This failed to work on arrival in orbit.  Cosmos 2555 (Kosmos 2555) was another MKA-R which failed to become operational after launch.

 

 

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