Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket orbited the record-breaking number of satellites in the Russian cosmonautics history -72.
Soyuz-2.1a was launched on July 14 from the Baikonur launch pad.
The carrier rocket task was to orbit 72 small satellites and Kanopus-V-IK apparatus to track fires, industrial and other disasters.
After the separation of all stages, the main block controlled by the upper stage Fregat started setting all apparatuses into three different orbits. All procedures were satisfactorily monitored by the Mission Control Center. As a result, 72 satellites and Kanopus-V-IK are located on proper orbits.
No Russian carrier rocket has ever orbited so many satellites throughout the cosmonautics history. Previously, the champion was the Dnepr rocket having orbited 36 satellites. PSLV-XL broke the global record carrying 104 satellites onboard.
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