PRODUCTION OF “SOYUZ-2.1A” WITH A FAIRING FOR A COMMERCIAL MISSION OPERATED BY GK LAUNCH SERVICES IS COMPLETED
09.01.20 / Moscow –Space Rocket Center “Progress” has completed, under an agreement with GK Launch Services (part of the State Space Corporation “Roscosmos”), the manufacturing of the Soyuz- 2.1a launch vehicle and a head fairing for the launch of CAS500-1 satellite with secondary payloads of Russian and foreign customers in 2020.
“In accordance with the purchase order of GK Launch Services, the carrier rocket and the fairing for the CAS500-1 launch mission have been manufactured and ready for shipment to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. We continue manufacturing of the rocket and the fairing for the next launch in the interests of our partner, as scheduled,” commented Dmitry Baranov, Director General of SRC Progress.
GK Launch Services provides the orbiting of satellites within two launch missions, CAS500-1 (prime customer – Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and CAS500-2 (prime customer – Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)) with secondary payloads of other countries.
“We are finalizing the compilation of the 2020 launch just to fill in some vacant slots in CubeSat deployers, while in the CAS500-2 launch mission, there are some rideshare opportunities for the launch of small satellites as a secondary payload, which we are now negotiating with a number of customers,” said Alexander Serkin, CEO of GK Launch Services.
The contract between the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, JSC Glavkosmos and JSC GK Launch Services for the launch of the South Korean CAS500-1 Earth remote sensing satellite was signed in August 2017. The SC is planned to be launched on the Soyuz-2.1 launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 2020.
JSC GK Launch Services, a subsidiary of JSC Glavkosmos, is an operator of commercial launches. The company was established by the decision of Roscosmos and is authorized to conclude commercial contracts for the launch of spacecraft using Soyuz-2 family launch vehicles from the Russian spaceports.
JSC Glavkosmos is a subsidiary of Roscosmos State Space Corporation. The key objectives of the company are the promotion of Russian space industry achievements on world markets and management of challenging space projects. For more than 30 years, the company has successfully implemented 120 international contracts and launched more than 140 secondary payload spacecraft.
JSC SRC “Progress” is a leading Russian enterprise for the development, manufacture and operation of the Soyuz type medium-class launch vehicles and various-application spacecraft.
ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August 2015 to oversee and implement a comprehensive reform of the Russian space industry. ROSCOSMOS ensures the implementation of the Russian government’s space program and its legal regulation. ROSCOSMOS also places orders for the development, manufacture and supply of space equipment and space infrastructure facilities. It is responsible for international space cooperation and setting the stage for the further application of space activity results for the social and economic development of Russia.