Moscow, Russia: Russia’s Rokot carrier rockets will launch two remote sensing satellites of European Space Agency (ESA) in 2012-13. The space agency has inked a deal with Russia in this regard, according to a media report.
“We have signed contracts for the launch of two ESA remote sensing satellites on Russia’s Rokot carrier rockets,” said Rene Pischel, head of the ESA Moscow Office, reports Ria Novosti. While one of the satellites is ‘SWARM’ which will survey the geomagnetic field of Earth, the other satellite is yet to be named, the ESA official said.
The Rokot launch vehicle is a converted version of Russia’s SS-19 Stiletto Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The rocket is capable of launching a payload of 1,950 kilograms into Low Earth Orbit.