Gonets-M Satellite Overview
Over the coming years, a number of triplet launches aboard the Rockot launcher followed as progress was made to establish a fully operational Gonets-M constellation along with a Strela/Rodnik military communication satellite fleet. One more Gonets-M satellite was part of a Rockot launch in 2010 and two triplets of spacecraft were delivered to orbit in 2012 and 2013 with another two trios to follow in 2014.
The Gonets spacecraft are orbiting Earth in a circular orbit of 1,500 Kilometers at a high inclination of 82.5 degrees. The constellation features four orbital planes with three spacecraft each, featuring a 45-degree longitudinal spacing. Gonets and Strela Satellites are built by NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki, now ISS Reshetnev.