Blagovest, the Russian military satellite, is planned to launch sometime in April this year, reports have emerged.
According to CEO of Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, Blagovest will be launching from the Baikonur spaceport in April this year. The timeline has been set by the Russian military and the satellite’s developer Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems is following it as closely as possible. The satellite is ready from December for its delivery and launch is planned for April.
The date of the satellite’s delivery to the Baikonur space center is being specified and it has to be approved by the government commission. The launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket with the second Blagovest military communications satellite was earlier planned for December 25 and was later rescheduled for mid-February 2018 over problems with one of the satellite’s devices.
The first Blagovest satellite was launched from the Baikonur spaceport on August 17, 2017. Russia’s Space Forces assigned the index number Kosmos-2520 to the satellite.
Russia’s Defense Ministry plans to deploy a grouping of four Blagovest satellites by 2020. The third and the fourth satellites will be ready for their delivery into orbit in 2018. The satellites are designed to provide high-speed access to the Internet, transmit data and offer telephone and video conference communications using the advanced Ka-and Ku-band frequencies.