LAUNCH CENTER

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Thu Mar 23 2023
Russian Space Forces

Bars-M No. 4

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LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

March 23, 2023 at 2:40 AM EDT

(March 23, 2023 at 6:40 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

March 23, 2023 at 2:00 AM EDT

(March 23, 2023 at 6:00 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

March 23, 2023 at 4:00 AM EDT

(March 23, 2023 at 8:00 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Government/Top Secret
    • Bars-M is the second incarnation of the Bars project, which was started in the mid 1990ies to develop a successor for the Komtea class of area surveillance satellites. The original Bars project was halted in the early 2000s. In 2007, TsSKB-Progress was contracted for Bars-M, for which reportedly the Yantar-based service module was replaced by a new developed advanced service module. The Bars-M satellites feature an electro-optical camera system called Karat, which is developed and built by the Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association (LOMO), and a dual laser altimeter instrument to deliver topographic imagery, stereo images, altimeter data and high-resolution images with a ground resolution around 1 meter.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

    Pad

    43/3 (43L)