Communications Satellite

Rodnik-S (Strela-3M), two Russian military communication satellites manufactured by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems JSC for the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.

Name of SatelliteRodnik-S (Strela 3M)
ContractorOAS ISS
Country of ContractorRussia
Launch Mass (kg.)280
Class of OrbitLEO
Perigee (km)1 485
Expected Lifetime (yrs.)5
Date of Launch30.10.2018
Launch SitePlesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch VehicleRokot
COSPAR Number2018-097A
NORAD Number43751

Rodnik-S are to provide communication to the Russian armed forces in the most remote areas where there are no traditional terrestrial communication channels. The Rodnik-S/Strela-3M satellite is expected to be used by military and civilian special services, as well as other government agencies.


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