Geo-IK-2

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The Geo-IK-2 is a Russian series of new generation military[1] geodesy satellites replacing the Soviet Union's Geo-IK[2] and Sfera[3] constellations. They are intended to be used to create high precision three-dimensional maps of the Earth's surface, and to monitor plate tectonics. The satellites are produced by ISS Reshetnev, and have a mass of around 1,400 kilograms (3,100 lb).[4] They operate in a circular orbit at an altitude of around 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) above the Earth's surface.

Not to be confused with the Napryazhenie / 14F150 / Nivelir military geodesy satellites.[5][6]

Launches[edit]

Designation Launch date (GMT) Carrier rocket Orbit Remarks
Geo-IK-2 #11 / Musson 2 #1
(Kosmos 2470)[4]
1 February 2011
14:00
Rokot/Briz-KM Failed to enter usable orbit Failure[7]
Geo-IK-2 #12 / Musson 2 #2
(Kosmos 2517)[4]
4 June 2016
14:00
Rokot/Briz-KM 936 km × 961 km, 99.28° Operational
Geo-IK-2 #13 / Musson 2 #3 Mid-2019 (TBD)[8] Rokot/Briz-KM Originally planned on a Soyuz-2-1v, switched to a Rokot in June 2017.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "РФ запускает долгожданный военный спутник "Гео ИК-2"" [Russia to launch long awaited military satellite Geo IK-2] (in Russian). 3 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Geo-IK (Musson, 11F666)". space.skyrocket.de.
  3. ^ "Sfera (Geoid, 11F621)". space.skyrocket.de.
  4. ^ a b c Krebs, Gunter. "Geo-IK-2 (Musson-2, 14F31)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Soyuz-2-1v to launch a secret satellite". www.russianspaceweb.com.
  6. ^ "Nivelir-ZU (14F150) ?". space.skyrocket.de.
  7. ^ "Russia lost GEO-IK-2 satellite". AvioNews. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Источник сообщил о завершении пусков ракет-носителей "Рокот" в 2019 году" [Source informed about end of Rokot launches in 2019] (in Russian). 18 December 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2019.