A model of the Mikhailo Lomonosov
|Mission duration||Planned: 3 years|
|Launch mass||620 kg (1,370 lb)|
|Payload mass||170 kg (370 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||28 April 2016, 02:01 UTC|
|Launch site||Vostochny Site 1S|
|Semi-major axis||6,856 kilometers (4,260 mi)|
|Perigee altitude||478.2 km (297.1 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||492.9 km (306.3 mi)|
The mission launch was initially planned for 2011 when 300 years since the birthday of Mikhail Lomonosov was celebrated. After several postponements the mission was finally launched on 28 April 2016 from Vostochny Cosmodrome by the Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle.
The TUS-telescope aboard Lomonosov stopped data collection in late 2017.
On June 30, 2018 it was published that the Lomonosov-satellite had suffered a malfunction in its data transmission system. Attempts to fix the problem were underway, but fixing the problem had so far been unsuccessful.
As of 14 January 2019, the problems had not been solved and all the scientific equipment of the satellite were powered off. The recovery attempts continued (some systems of the satellite were responsive, the problem was with scientific payload systems). Before succumbing to these difficulties, the satellite had worked for one and a half years for its intended purpose. With the failure of the Lomonosov satellite and the Spektr-R end of mission on 30 May 2019, the Russian space program lost both of its scientific satellites until the launch of Spektr-RG in July 2019.