On Friday night, space vehicles scheduled to be launched in space in the nearest future were delivered on board a special flight to the State Space-Vehicle Launching Site Baikonur. The vehicles will be launched by a modified version of SS-18 "Satana" carrier rocket -- RS-20, which now has characteristics similar to carrier rocket "Dnieper-1".
According to the Russian Space Command press service, space vehicles "UniSat-2" (Italy), "SaudiSat-U" (Saudi Arabia), "Rubin-2" (Germany), "LatinSat-A" and "LatinSat-B" (USA) arrived at Baikonur already prepared for launch, being placed on a special platform that will be fitted in to the head compartment of the rocket.
On Saturday, a mock-up copy of the Russian space vehicle designed to practice the procedures related to the launch of bulky loads will be also delivered to the site.
The carrier rocket RS-20 is already in the silo, and the head compartment will be attached to the main body after it has been fitted with a head streamlined housing.
During the launch on December 20, all space vehicles must be launched to orbit 650 km high and with 65 degrees inclination.
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