Launch of SERVIS-2 Set for June 02, 2010 from Plesetsk
Following an agreement reached with their customer, the Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer (USEF), of Tokyo, Japan, and with Khrunichev Space Center, Moscow, Russia, Eurockot Launch Services of Bremen, Germany has now scheduled the launch of SERVIS-2 for June 02, 2010 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia.
SERVIS-2 will be launched into a circular, sun-synchronous orbit of 1200 km altitude by a Rockot launch vehicle.
SERVIS-2, with a mass of 740 kg, is the acronym for the second spacecraft of the Space Environment Reliability Verification Integrated System Programme undertaken by USEF under a contract held with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO). The purpose of SERVIS-2 is the verification of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components and technology in space.
Eurockot had already successfully launched the first mission of this programme, SERVIS-1, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome on a Rockot launch vehicle in October 2003.