Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M
Meteor-M No.2-3
Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M
Soyuz 2.1a Fregat-M

The 2.1a version includes conversion from analog to digital flight control system and uprated engines on the booster and the first stage with improved injection systems. The new digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to launch from a fixed rather than angled launch platform and adjust its heading in flight. A digital control system also enables the launch of larger commercial satellites with wider and longer payload fairings such as the ST-type fairing. These fairings introduce too much aerodynamic instability for the old analog system to handle.

Manufacturer Progress Rocket Space Center
Thrust 4149kN
Length 46.3m
Diameter 2.95m
LEO Capacity 7020kg
GTO Capacity Unknown
Launch Cost $80m
Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)
Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS)

The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of the Russian Federation and general aerospace research. Soyuz has many launch locations the Russian sites are Baikonur, Plesetsk and Vostochny however Ariane also purchases the vehicle and launches it from French Guiana.

Type Government
Administrator Administrator: Dmitry Rogozin
Launch Vehicles Soyuz
Spacecraft Soyuz
Cosmodrome Site 1S
Cosmodrome Site 1S
Location Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation
Total Launches 11
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