First Onboard Video of Russian Soyuz Launch from Vostochny

PHOTO by Marina Lystseva / TASS

At a scientific conference in TsNIIMash (Korolev, Moscow region) Progress State Research and Production Space Centre (Samara) showed a video of the "Soyuz-2.1a" rocket, launched for first time from the Vostochny cosmodrome (Amur Region).

The recording, offered by RNS, was made with the help of video cameras, fixed onto the rocket (which was developed and produced by TsSKB-Progress) itself. This was the first time that cameras had been used at the launch of a space rocket from a Russian spaceport. Previously, the technology had been used on the "Soyuz-ST" launchers at Kourou in French Guyana.

The cameras recorded the key elements of the flight, including the launch, first few seconds of flight, first stage separation, second stage separation and upper stage removal.

The satellites "Lomonosov", "Aist-2D" and a nano-satellite were launched into orbit. The first two craft are functioning properly. However, it has not yet been possible to establish communication with the nano-satellite Samsat-218D.