Despite a number of international space collaborations that have been canceled, Russia''s space launches are continuing.
According to an initial information from NASA Spaceflight, Russia launched a new military spacecraft into geostationary orbit on April 28.
It''s alleged to be a radar radar, and since it is related to military uses, there''s little doubt it will soon be active over Ukraine airspace, as the nation attempts to fulfill its post-invasion ambitions.
Atop an Angara 1.2 rocket, Russia deploys a military payload.
There is little knowledge about Russia''s latest spacecraft''s mission, but there are also several possible payloads, including an advanced radar. So far, we can only confirm that it was dubbed Kosmos 2555 after its successful deployment from the launch vehicle.
The most probable scenario is a radar satellite designed specifically for the Russian military, in which case it is almost certainly scheduled for use in the current conflict with Ukraine. Both of these are also connected by a naming scheme and satellite bus called MKA-N 1 and 2. Both of these were launched atop a Soyuz in July of 2017.
But these satellites didn''t reach their intended orbits, and none reached communication with ground control. The new mission was removed from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, and marked the first successful launch for the Angara 1.2 vehicle. A variant of the rocket, the Angara 1.2, was specifically designed to carry payloads into low-Earth orbit.
The maximum payload for LEO insertions is 8,377 lbs (3,800 kg) but the more versatile Angara A5 is to carry most of the Angara missions to the day. The April 28 launch was one of three scheduled for 2022, with another coming later this year from Roscosmos and a final commercial one for South Korea.
South Korea is still on the last international payload owing to Russia.
The Angara-A5 will be launched in July, allowing the Ekspress-AMU communications satellite to be placed in geostationary orbit. These kinds of satellites are routinely launched in October 1994, and are managed by the Russian State Company for Satellite Communications.
The last flight of 2022, for South Korea, will carry the KOMPSAT-6, also called the Arirang-6, into orbit. This is a synthetic aperture radar satellite that is designed to provide ground resolution at 1.6 feet (0.5 meters).
Despite being nearly every international partner having canceled their upcoming flights with Russia in the wake of their invasion of Ukraine, the South Korean payload may be subjected to changes or absolute depreciation.
The Angara will not fly again until December of 2023, when it will launch the first uncrewed flight of Russia''s Oriol capsule for the first time. Although Russia may not launch as many launches into space (nor as widespread and deep) this country''s main focus, however, might be that these launches will increase in frequency in the next decade.