The Strela carrier rocket
|Function||Orbital carrier rocket|
|Manufacturer||NPO Mashinostroyeniya, JSC "Khartron" (control system)|
|Country of origin||Russia|
|Height||28.3 metres (93 ft)|
|Diameter||2.5 metres (8.2 ft)|
|Mass||105,000 kilograms (231,000 lb)|
|2,000 kilograms (4,400 lb)|
|Launch sites||Baikonur Cosmodrome|
|First flight||5 December 2003|
Strela (Russian: Стрела, arrow) is a Russian orbital carrier rocket, derived from the Soviet/Russian UR-100NU missile. It conducted its maiden test launch on 5 December 2003, and its first functioning payload on 27 June 2013, and its second functioning payload on 19 December 2014.
It was originally planned to be launched from the Svobodny Cosmodrome, with test launches being conducted from existing UR-100 silos at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Svobodny was closed in 2007, without seeing any Strela launches. It is unclear whether a Strela launch complex will be incorporated into the Vostochny Cosmodrome, which is being built on the site of Svobodny.
Strela differs from the Rockot, which is also derived from the UR-100, in that it has undergone fewer modifications, such as the absence of an additional upper stage, as used on the Rockot. It is also launched from silos, whereas the Rockot is launched from flat pads.
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- Russian Space Web - Strela
- Encyclopedia Astronautica (old version) - Strela
- Graham, William. "Russian Strela rocket launches Kondor satellite". NasaSpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Graham, William. "Russian Strela rocket launches Kondor-E". NasaSpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
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