Earth Observation Satellite

BARS-M3 (Cosmos 2556) is a Russian optical reconnaissance satellite designed for ground-based research.

Name of SatelliteBARS-M3 (Cosmos 2556)
PurposeEarth Observation
ContractorProgress Rocket and Space Center
Country of ContractorRussia
Launch Mass (kg.)3 700
Class of OrbitLEO
Perigee (km)337
Expected Lifetime (yrs.)5
Date of Launch19.05.2022
Launch SitePlesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch VehicleSoyuz-2.1a
COSPAR Number2022-054A
NORAD Number52713

The BARS-M3 Earth Observation Satellite was launched by the Russian Air and Space Forces. The Soyuz 2.1a rocket was launched from the 43/4 launch complex located in the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region.


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