Strela (rocket)

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The Strela carrier rocket
Function Orbital carrier rocket
Manufacturer NPO Mashinostroyeniya, JSC "Khartron" (control system)[1]
Country of origin Russia
Height 28.3 metres (93 ft)[2]
Diameter 2.5 metres (8.2 ft)[2]
Mass 105,000 kilograms (231,000 lb)[3]
Stages 2
Payload to
2,000 kilograms (4,400 lb)[3]
Associated rockets
Family Universal Rocket
Launch history
Status Active
Launch sites Baikonur Cosmodrome
Total launches 3
Successes 3
First flight 5 December 2003
External images
Strela launch vehicle launch 19.12.2014
Strela launch vehicle launch 19.12.2014
Strela launch vehicle launch 19.12.2014

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,[4] and its second functioning payload on 19 December 2014.[5]

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.

Launch table[edit]

Date (UTC) Type Launch site Payload Payload type Notes
5 December 2003, 06:00 Strela Ba LC175 Gruzomaket test launch Success
27 June 2013, 16:53 Strela Ba LC175 Kondor research satellite success
19 December 2014, 04:43 Strela Ba LC175 Kondor-E research satellite success

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