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Cosmos 2517



The payload is the second spacecraft in Russia’s new generation of GEO-IK 2 measurement stations in orbit to collect geodetic information for a range of military and civilian applications.

Made by Russian aerospace contractor ISS Reshetnev and managed by the Russian military, the nearly 2,000-pound (900-kilogram) craft carries instruments to measure the shape and size of Earth, information Russian defense forces need to aid satellite tracking, global navigation and inform the computation of missile trajectories.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2016-06-04
    Launch Vehicle: Rokot/Breeze-KM
    Launch Site: Plesetsk, Russia


    • Surveillance and Other Military
    • Earth Science

    Additional Information

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

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