Launch from Vostochny confirmed high quality of Loutch system
A data-relay satellite designed and built by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems enabled tracking of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle during its inaugural flight from the new Vostochny cosmodrome.
Loutch-5V which is part of the multifunctional space-based data-relay system Loutch, was used to transmit telemetry data on a real time basis from the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with three research satellites on board that lifted off from the launch pad on April 28, 2016. Previously tracking was performed via the ground infrastructure which was not capable of tracking the whole trajectory of launchers.
The data-relay satellite was tracking the rocket during the powered flight trajectory owing to its precisely pointed antennas that helped form high-power narrow beams.
Successful transmission of telemetry data by the Loutch-5V satellite confirmed the Loutch system’s capabilities to provide tracking and control of low orbiting objects when they fly outside radio visibility zones of ground stations.
The multifunctional space-based data-relay system Loutch is based on an orbital constellation of three satellites Loutch-5A, Loutch-5B and Loutch-5V stationed at 167° East, 16° West and 95° East respectively. All these satellites were built by ISS-Reshetnev around its Express-1000A platform. Antennas and antenna pointing systems for these satellites were also designed and produced by ISS-Reshetnev Company.