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PLANNED RUSSIAN SPACE MISSIONS IN 2018:
Beginning of 2018: Russia to launch Kanopus-VM No. 1 satellite.
February: Soyuz-2 (ST)/Fregat rocket to launch the European MetOp-C meteorological satellite from the ELS complex in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission was first announced on Sept. 10, 2010, with the launch then expected in the last quarter of 2016. Built by Astrium, the Metop-C satellite will weigh 4,250 kg at launch. It will be fitted with a dozen instruments designed to take atmospheric measurements (pressure, humidity, temperature, ozone concentration, etc.) at different altitudes, and to map temperatures and wind fields on the ocean surface.
2018: A Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat-SB to launch the Elektro-M (No. 1) weather-forecasting satellite into geostationary orbit from Baikonur. (In 2008, the launch was promised in 2014. (299) and 2009, the mission slipped to 2015 (388). By 2012, the launch was delayed to 2018.)
2018: An Angara rocket to fly its first mission from a newly completed launch pad in Vostochny Cosmodrome, possibly with an unmanned prototype of the PTK NP spacecraft. (A statement by the head of TsNIIMash research institute Gennady Raikunov on December 3, 2012.)
After 2017: Soyuz rockets to launch SAR-Lupe-2 observation satellites. (As of September 2012)
End of 2018: Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch the eight-ton OKA-T-MKS No. 1 (52KS) free-flyer module to be serviced from ISS during its five-year mission. The spacecraft would be used for research in the field of nanoelectronics, alloys, composite materials and biotechnology. (459) The launch was originally planned for 2015, however by fall 2011, it had to be postponed to 2017-2018, due to lack of potential customers. (521) In April 2013, the launch was promised at the end of 2018. (634)
End of 2018: A Proton rocket to launch the Science and Power Module, NEM-1, to the ISS. (As of April 2014. In 2008, the launch was promised in 2014, in 2013, the launch slipped to 2017, in 2014 to the end of 2018)
2017-2018: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch a cluster of four Rezonans spacecraft to study plasma and the magnetic field around the Earth. The same launch would also deploy MKA-FKI No. 4/Karat spacecraft carrying the Strannik plasma-research payload. In 2008, the launch was promised as early as 2012, 299 and later in 2013. By 2009, the mission was planned in 2014, (388) however by that year it was postponed to 2017-2018.
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