Geo-IK-2 satellite launched
On June 4, 2016 at 17:00 Moscow time a geodetic satellite Geo-IK-2, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched into orbit.
The Geo-IK-2 satellite was taken to space aboard a Rockot / Breeze-KM launch vehicle from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.
The telemetry data received from the Krasnoznamensk-based Mission Control Center and assessed by a technical team at ISS-Reshetnev’s Information and Computation Center confirmed the satellite’s proper functioning. All its mechanical devices deployed and the Sun acquisition phase was successfully completed.
The Geo-IK-2 №12 satellite will lay the foundations of Russia’s orbital constellation of next-generation geodetic system. This system which is expected to consist of two satellites will be used to perform highly precise geodetic measurements. It will help update the Earth’s mapping model and refine its terrestrial parameters.