Communications Satellite

Rodnik, 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 (Cosmos 2507, Strela 3M)
ContractorOAS ISS
Country of ContractorRussia
Launch Mass (kg.)280
Class of OrbitLEO
Perigee (km)1 497
Expected Lifetime (yrs.)5
Date of Launch23.09.2015
Launch SitePlesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch VehicleRokot
COSPAR Number2015-050A
NORAD Number40920

Communications Satellite 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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