Satellite Meridian-4 of Military Space Forces (VKS)

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Meridian-4
Country of Operator/Owner Russia
Operator/Owner Military Space Forces (VKS)
Users Military
Purpose Communications
Class of Orbit Elliptical
Type of Orbit Molniya
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 964
Apogee (km) 39396
Eccentricity 0.72376647834275
Inclination (degrees) 62.8
Period (minutes) 717.88
Launch Mass (kg.) 2500
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts)
Date of Launch 04-05-2011
Expected Lifetime
Contractor PO Polyot
Country of Contractor Russia
Launch Site Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch Vehicle Soyuz 2-1a
COSPAR Number 2011-018A
NORAD Number 37398
Comments Military communications - designed to replace Molniya and Parus spacecraft; this is the fourth of the series.


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