Gonets-M satellites launched into orbit
Three Gonets-M satellites developed and built by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems began their journey to the orbit on at 16:47 Moscow time.
A batch of three personal communications satellites Gonets-M №№21, 22, 23 was taken to the intended obit by a Rockot / Breeze-KM launch vehicle from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. According to the telemetry data received, the satellites have completed Sun and Earth acquisition phases, all their mechanical systems have deployed successfully, onboard subsystems are performing as designed.
Successful launch of Gonets-M №№21, 22, 23 satellites has finally brought the orbital constellation of the multifunctional personal satellite communications system Gonets-D1M to its full operation capabilities of 12 satellites in orbit.
Low orbit Gonets-D1M system is intended to provide communications and data transmission services to remote and hard-to-reach regions, including the Far North, as well as to be used for industrial, transport and ecological monitoring purposes.
Satellites of the Gonets-M series were developed and manufactured by ISS-Reshetnev Company for Russia’s Federal Space Agency. They are designed for a 5-year active lifespan. In order to be able to replenish the orbital constellation of the Gonets-D1M system on a timely basis, the Reshetnev Company is currently building nine more Gonets-M satellites and, additionally, is designing improved, next-generation Gonets-M1 series.