Russian Monitor-E Spacecraft Successfully Launched on Rockot
A Rockot KM launch vehicle successfully placed the 750 kg Russian Monitor-E spacecraft into the correct 97.5 deg Sun-Synchronous Orbit on 26 August at 22.34 Hours Moscow Summer Time (18:34 Hours UTC). This particular launch was not conducted under the auspices of Eurockot as it was an internal Russian affair. However the vehicle flown is the identical configuration as used for Eurockot commercial launches and hence adds further confidence for future missions. This particular launch was undertaken by the Russian Space Forces together with Khrunichev personnel from the Plesetsk launch site in northern Russia. The remote sensing spacecraft Monitor-E is designed and manufactured by Khrunichev Space Center.