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Olimp-K, also designated Luch, is a Russian geostationary satellite built for the Russian Ministry of Defence and the Russian intelligence agency FSB. The objectives of the missions have not been published.

According a Komersant report, the satellite will serve in a dual role: One being electronic intelligence (SIGINT) and the other is providing secure communications for governmental use. The Luch designation hints to a data relay role. Therefore the Olimp-K designation might relate to the SIGINT payload while the Luch designation relates to the data relay payload. Another source reports, that the satellite is to provide navigation correction signals for the GLONASS system. An onboard laser communications device has also been reported.

Alternate Names

  • 40258

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2014-09-27
Launch Vehicle: Proton-M
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Russia

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Communications

Additional Information

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

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