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30 January 2019
SPACENEWS: The long road to Vostochny – Inside Russia’s newest launch facility

BLAGOVESHCHENSK, Russia — The construction of Russia’s newest space launch facility, the Vostochny Cosmodrome, was inevitable from the moment the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.
After leading the charge into space, post-Soviet Russia found itself suddenly without a major spaceport on its territory.

22 January 2019
AVIATIONWEEK: Russia Retools For Soyuz Commercial Launch

San Francisco-based Planet has traveled the world researching and booking launches for its Dove, SkySat and RapidEye Earth-imaging spacecraft, a 150-member network that is currently the world’s largest satellite constellation.

28 December 2018
SPACEINTEL: Soyuz/Fregat rocket carries 2 Russian Earth observation satellites and 26 ride-share smallsats into separate orbits

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Russia’s Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat rocket gave fresh proof of its viability for the fast-growing cubesat market on Dec. 27 with the launch of 26 ride-share satellites into two separate orbits from Russia’s new, commercially oriented Vostochny Cosmodrome. All 28 satellites were reported healthy in orbit and sending signals.

28 December 2018
AVIATION WEEK: Russia Caps 2018 With Vostochny Commercial Debut

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, Russia—A Russian Soyuz-2 rocket lifted off from here in the Russian Far East on Dec. 27, marking the country’s 17th launch of the year and the commercial debut of the government’s new Soyuz-2 launch services division, GK Launch Services.

28 December 2018
AFRICA TIMES: South Africas ZACube-2 satellite blasts into orbit

South Africans celebrated the success of Thursday’s launch of ZACube-2, a two-year project to put its second nanosatellite into orbit with the main purpose of using automatic identification of ships (AIS) technology to monitor its waters.

27 December 2018
AVIATION WEEK: Russian Soyuz-2 Poised For Launch At Vostochny

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME—A Russian Soyuz-2 rocket, outfitted with a Fregat upper stage, was being prepared for launch from here in the Russian Far East on Dec. 27, marking the country’s 17th launch of the year, placing it behind China and the U.S. in annual number of orbital launches.

27 December 2018
SPACENEWS: Russia inaugurates Vostochny Cosmodrome with semi-commercial Soyuz launch

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, Russia — With an exasperated hiss and engulfing roar, the sounds of a Soyuz rocket pierced the wild, windswept expanse of Russia’s far eastern taiga in a dramatic signal that Russia’s newest cosmodrome has finally opened for business.

29 May 2018
GK Launch Services: Our Soyuz-Fregat is easily competitive with Rocket Lab and other smallsat launchers

PARIS — GK Launch Services as formed in 2017 following a Russian government decision to confer to it all commercial Soyuz missions. The company had an obvious advantage against other new launch companies in that it’s selling the well-proven Soyuz-Fregat rocket.

9 April 2018
#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Alexander Serkin of GK Launch Services

In Spring 2017 Glavkosmos, a leading company representing the interests of the Russian space industry on the international market, announced the creation of an operator of commercial launches called GK Launch Services, which will utilize the Soyuz-2 rocket launched from Russian-based cosmodromes.

2 March 2018
Launch services continue to be an obstacle for SmallSat market growth

Ninety-eight percent of satellite industry representatives attending the 3rd Annual SmallSat Symposium in the Silicon Valley, USA, are unanimous in their view that launch services continue to be an obstacle for the small satellite market growth.