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Fregat is a Russian reusable spacecraft that was launched by a Soyuz-U rocket from Baikonur at 23:20 UT. It is primarily a rocket that is equipped with an inflatable heat shield (IRDT) that opens up during re-entry and appears like a giant shuttlecock. It is capable of stopping and starting its engines at least five times during a mission so as to launch about 20 satellites in different orbits. It carried and released a recoverable dummy satellite called, Dumsat. Fregat is designed to execute major routine tasks, hauling cargo to/from the International Space Station. Fregat is believed to have re-entered after 5 orbits, as planned, but has not yet been located in the southern Ural mountain region. In fact, radio contact was lost at 100 km level.

Alternate Names

  • 26087

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2000-02-08
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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