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BLITS, a 7.5 kg spherical satellite, was launched as a secondary payload on a Soyuz 2-1b rocket from Baikonur on 17 September 2009 at 15:55 UT. The satellite is covered in polished glass and will be used as a retroreflector for laser ranging experiments.

Alternate Names

  • 35871

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-09-17
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2.1b
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Technology Applications

Additional Information

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

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