The Russian space agency has signed an agreement with India to launch the Indian Earth-imaging satellite. Recently, space cooperation has become more on the agenda of India and Russia.
An agreement has been signed by GK Launch Services of Russia with an operator of the Soyuz-2 commercial launch of Russian astronauts, launching an Indian satellite via a Soyuz rocket from the Baconur Cosmodrome Space Center. It will be launched in 2020.
The operator of the Soyuz-2 commercial said, “Pixelx has entered into a launch agreement with GK Launch Services for its first tech demo mission, which will be launched in Q2-Q3 2020 from Baikonur on a GIK-powered Soyuz-2 mission.”
Pixel is an Indian space startup based in Bangalore that is building a constellation of Earth-imaging satellites to provide global coverage every 24 hours.
“We chose GK Launch Services because it bundles all services in one package, launching transparent and standard insurance products,” said Pixxel Awais Ahmed’s chief executive after the agreement was signed.
Soyuz-2 is a modified version of Soyuz, a rocket of the Great World. The new generation of Soyuz launchers features high reliability, multi-functionality, and eco-friendliness. Currently, the Soyuz is the only rocket in the world capable of executing manned crew space flights.
Recently, space cooperation has become more on the agenda of India and Russia. Russia is playing an important role in astronaut missions, including training astronauts and helping equipment for the Indian Space Agency.
Source: Indian Defense News