Geodetic satellite leaves for cosmodrome
Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company completed building a geodetic satellite Geo-IK-2 and shipped it to the launch site on March 31.
Geo-IK-2 was flown to the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region aboard an IL-76 aircraft accompanied by ISS-Reshetnev technical team. Throughout the long journey they monitored the satellite’s health gathering data from special sensors installed inside the shipping container.
At the cosmodrome the satellite will undergo necessary pre-launch preparations and will be readied for its launch which is slated for May.
The Geo-IK-2 satellite is designed to map Earth’s gravity fields, build regional geodetic networks, perform marine geoid and tide sensing. It will begin the formation of Russia’s next-generation space-based geodetic system.
ISS-Reshetnev Company is the only developer and manufacturer of geodetic satellites in Russia.