Earth Observation Satellite

For Persona-3 (Cosmos 2506) the object 3 was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on June 23, 2015. This satellite is part of the third generation of the Persona spacecraft to be launched into space.

Name of SatellitePersona-3 (Cosmos 2506)
PurposeEarth Observation
ContractorTsSKB Progress
Country of ContractorRussia
Launch Mass (kg.)7 000
Class of OrbitLEO
Perigee (km)706
Expected Lifetime (yrs.)5
Date of Launch23.06.2015
Launch SitePlesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch VehicleSoyuz-2.1b
COSPAR Number2015-029A
NORAD Number40699

Persona-3 was designed and developed by the Progress Rocket and Space Center at the request of the Russian Air and Space Defense Forces. It is likely that the spacecraft is an optical reconnaissance vehicle. There are reports that Cosmos-2506 is equipped with laser data transmission facilities that enable the Olymp-K relay satellite to transmit operational data back to Earth.


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