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Credit: ESA. 14,178 bytes. 186 x 242 pixels.
Other Designations: Gonets-R. Class: Communications. Type: Store-dump. Nation: USSR.
Planned stage 2 of civilian store-dump communications satellite system would have been deployed in a constellation of 45 satellites (5 planes of 9) between 1999 and 2002. Each satellite would have a capacity of 15 earth-space and 3 space-earth channels. On-board storage was 8 Mbytes of data, with a transmission rate of 1.2 to 64 kbit/sec. Seems to have been abandoned due to lack of commercial interest.
- 105 - Novosti Kosmonavtiki, "Rossiya. Zapushcheni 3 KA 'Gonets' i KA 'Kosmos-2337, 2338, 2339'", 1997, Issue 4, page 54.
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