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A Russian Soyuz rocket is scheduled to take off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East on Thursday with 28 satellites, including a pair of Russian remote sensing satellites and secondary loads from Germany, Japan and Spain. Africa and a dozen CubeSats observing Earth and eight loads of commercial climate for Planet and Spire.
Earth observation satellites Kanopus-V 5 and 6 will assist the Russian government in responding to disasters, mapping and detecting forest fires. They are the largest payloads for space on the Soyuz-2.1a rocket, and will be accompanied by another 26 spacecraft under a rental agreement booked by Glavkosmos, a company that sells Russian launch services in the global commercial market.
Thursday's launch is scheduled for 11:07:18 local time at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, located in the Amur region of Russia near the country's border with China. The Soyuz flight will be Vostochny's fourth launch since the new spaceport entered service in 2016.
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