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Foton-M 1, 2, 3 (34KS)


Foton-M is an improved version of the Foton microgravity spacecraft.

It has an increased battery capacity using lithium cells, better thermal control and a new telemetry and telecommand unit for increased data flow rate. Orbital life time is 15 days.

The first launch failed, when the Soyuz-U carrier rocket exploded few seconds after launch. ESA has contracted for two more flights in 2005 and 2006.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Micro-gravity
Contractors: TsSKB-Progress
Configuration: Zenit bus
Propulsion: 11D82M
Power: Batteries
Mass: 6410 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Foton-M 1 (Foton 13) 2002-F02 15.10.2002 Pl LC-43/3 F Soyuz-U
Foton-M 2 (Foton 14) 2005-020A 31.05.2005 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U
Foton-M 3 (Foton 15) 2007-040A 14.09.2007 Ba LC-1/5 Soyuz-U with YES2