ECM launch service

ECM launch service delivers 17 satellites to orbit onboard Soyuz launch vehicle

14th July 2017

July 14th, 2017 Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage launched Kanopus-V-IK Earth observation satellite for Russian Sate Space Corporation Roscosmos (Roscosmos) from Baikonur launch site, Kazakhstan. The primary payload and seventy two secondary payloads of a smallsat cluster were successfully deployed into three different target orbits during one mission.The unique cluster of 72 smallsats was launched by GLAVKOSMOS, – Russian commercial operator of Soyuz-2/Fregat launch system (

Baikonur, launch of Soyuz launch vehicle with ECM satellite deployment system
Launch of Soyuz-2.1a, 14th July 2017 © Roscosmos

Seventeen payloads of the cluster were managed by ECM launch service and fifteen of them were deployed by CubeSat dispenser systems developed and built by ECM Space Technologies in house.

The smallsat cluster managed by ECM launch service is composed of the following satellites

8 Lemur-class 3U CubeSats
Spire Global Inc, USA
3 CICERO-class 6U CubeSats
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc, USA
GeoOptics Inc, USA
NanoACE 3U CubeSat
Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc, USA
Flying Laptop microsatellite (107 kg)
Institute of Space Systems of Stuttgart University, Germany
TechnoSat microsatellite (20 kg)
Berlin Technical University, Germany
Iskra-MAI-85 3U CubeSat
Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia
Mayak 3U CubeSat
Moscow Polytechnic University, Russia
Ecuador UTE–SWSU 1U CubeSat
Kursk South-Western State University, Russia
Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Ecuador

As part of a partnership agreement between Joint-Stock Company Glavkosmos and ECM launch service three Russian universities’ CubeSats Iskra-MAI-85, Mayak, Ecuador UTE–SWSU were adapted and launched in ECM CubeSat dispensers. These CubeSats were launched under newly adopted educational program of Roscosmos.

Baikonur, launch of Soyuz launch vehicle with ECM satellite deployment system

All satellites were separated successfully in their aimed target orbits and taken into operations by the customers. We congratulate each mission participant on the successful launch and wish good luck in further operation phases!

This launch was extremely important for us and we are glad to announce that everything worked out as expected. ECM small satellite dispensers have proved their reliability and we can now continue to provide our customers with the most advanced separation systems for CubeSats on the market as part of our all-inclusive launch services. We are looking forward to the two upcoming Soyuz launches with GLAVKOSMOS this year from new Vostochny launch site and we are sure, that our success story will follow on!

We would like to thank GLAVKOSMOS launch program and technical team headed by Launch Program Director Vsevolod Kryukovskiy for support and coordination on each stage of the project

Dmitriy Bogdanov, CEO of ECM space technologies GmbH

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ECM launch service is a cooperated partner of Joint-Stock Company Glavkosmos.