KOSMOTRAS AND GK LAUNCH SERVICES SIGN AGREEMENT WITH PLANET TO LAUNCH SATELLITES ON SOYUZ-2 LAUNCH VEHICLE
[MOSCOW, RUSSIA] — 10 January 2018 — ISC Kosmotras has signed an agreement with Planet, an integrated aerospace and data analytics company based in the US, to launch 12 Dove-series satellites as a secondary payload on the Soyuz-2 Kanopus 5/6 mission presently scheduled for Q4 2018. The agreement also outlines provisions to continue cooperation on launching Planet payloads on future Soyuz-2 commercial missions. The launches will be operated by GK Launch Services, a joint venture between Glavkosmos and ISC Kosmotras.
GK Launch Services is a commercial operator, authorized by Roscosmos, to provide commercial launch services on Soyuz-2 family launch vehicles from Russian spaceports. GK Launch Services is also a single point of contact for Glavkosmos on all pre-contract negotiations and proposals related to secondary payload launches on Roscosmos federal missions.
Planet operates the world’s largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites and images all of Earth’s landmass every day. Planet designs, builds, and operates over 190 satellites consisting of the Dove, RapidEye and SkySat fleets, and develops the online software and tools to serve that data to users. Decision makers in business, government, NGOs and academia use Planet’s data and machine learning-powered analytics to develop new technologies, deliver business outcomes, power research, and solve the world’s toughest challenges.
International Space Company Kosmotras managed the Russian program on the use of withdrawn-from-service SS-18 rockets converted for launching satellites into low Earth orbit via the Dnepr launch vehicle. To date, 22 orbital flights of the Dnepr launch vehicle have been performed for a wide variety of international customers.
Glavkosmos is a subsidiary of Roscosmos State Space Corporation focused on the promotion of Russian space industry products and services in the world market, and management of complex international projects in space. For over 30 years of being in business, Glavkosmos has implemented more than 120 international contracts.