Satellite Meridian-6 (Meridian 16L) of Military Space Forces (VKS)

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Meridian-6 (Meridian 16L)
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) 1006
Apogee (km) 39362
Eccentricity 0.722226406567749
Inclination (degrees) 62.73
Period (minutes) 718.04
Launch Mass (kg.)
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts)
Date of Launch 14-11-2012
Expected Lifetime
Contractor ISS Reshetnev
Country of Contractor Russia
Launch Site Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch Vehicle Soyuz 2-1a
COSPAR Number 2012-063A
NORAD Number 38995
Comments Military communications - designed to replace Molniya and Parus spacecraft; this is the sixth of the series.


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