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Status

Meridian-M n°19L

Launch Time
NET January, 2020

Rocket

Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M
VKS RF
Status: Active
Price: $48.5 million
Liftoff Thrust: 4,150 kN
Payload to GTO: 2,810 kg
Stages: 4
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 42.5 m
Fairing Diameter: 3.7 m
Fairing Height: 7.7 m

Mission Details

Meridian-M n°19L

The Meridian series of communications satellites is reported to be the replacement for all the Molniya-1T, the Molniya-3 and Molniya-3K satellite series and possibly also for the communication component of the Parus. They are launched into highly eccentric Molniya-orbits. Meridian is the highly eccentric orbit (HEO) component of the Integrated Satellite Communications System (ISSS), where they work in conjunction with the geostationary Raduga-1M (Globus-M) satellites. The bus structure is reportedly pressurized, possibly based on the Uragan-M bus. Meridian satellites carry three transponders operating in different frequency bands.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,000 kg
Molniya Orbit

Location