Photo: Sergey Mamontov / RIA Novosti
25 December from the Plesetsk cosmodrome into orbit will be launched spherical glass satellite “Blits-M”. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
The satellite will be launched together with three communication satellites “Gonets-M” with the carrier rocket “Rokot”.
“Blits-M” is designed for high-precision determination of the orbits of geodetic and navigation satellites, calibration of measuring radio systems on orbit, defining parameters of rotation, and Refine the Earth’s gravitational field and coordinate support scientific experiments.
The machine was created in the Scientific-industrial Corporation “Systems of precision instrument making” (enterprise “Roscosmos”).
The precursor of “Blits-M” was disabled in 2013. He collided with the Chinese weather satellite destroyed in the test of Beijing’s anti-satellite weapons.
In October the Russian weather forecasters complained that obtained with domestic satellites is not enough information for a full weather forecast. Because of this, professionals have to use data from foreign satellites, mostly American.
In the same month it became known that the Russian military spacecraft (SC) “Space-2535” separated four objects of unknown nature. It is unknown whether these objects detaching from the “Space-2535”, or its destruction.
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