Russia Set To Launch Satellites From Submarine
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Mar 06, 2007
Russia will launch foreign satellites into orbit from a submarine in 2007, the Navy commander said Monday. The Republic of South Africa reported in February that the Sumbandila satellite will be launched in May from a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea. "This year, Russia will conduct a series of satellite launches on behalf of foreign countries using ballistic missiles onboard a submarine," Vladimir Masorin said.
Sumbandila will be used to provide early warning of natural calamities and man-caused disasters.
In July 2005, Russia's Federal Space Agency reported that the Cosmos-1 satellite, launched from a nuclear submarine on a Volna booster rocket, fell into the sea June 21, 2005 as the result of engine failure.
But in May 2006, Russia successfully launched the Compass-2 micro-satellite, designed to monitor natural and man-caused disasters, from the Yekaterinburg submarine in the Barents Sea using a Shtil booster rocket.