Russia: Soyuz rocket successfully launches Lotos-S1 satellite

Russia used the Soyuz 2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome to complete the Lotos-S1 n°06 launch mission and successfully launched Lotos -S1 satellite, the sixth member of the Liana constellation system. According to reports, Lotos S1 is a satellite that works for electronic intelligence missions. It is built by contractor KB Arsenal in cooperation with TsSKB Progress. The Lotos S1 satellite weighs about 6,000 kilograms and has two deployable solar panels.

Russia navigation satellite system

The Lotos S1 satellite is part of Russia’s new generation of space-based reconnaissance and surveillance system Liana. This also includes the electronic reconnaissance satellite Lotos S1 and the radar imaging satellite Pion-NKS. Lotos satellites will most likely replace the Tselina-2 series.

According to reports, Liana is able to detect and analyze radio signals from the ground and mobile devices. It can also intercept radio signals that will locate, characterize and target buildings, vehicles and ships. The satellites may also have radio jammers, which can block communications between Russia and its enemies.

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Acer announces suspension of operations in Russia

This afternoon, Acer announced the suspension of business in Russia. In a statement, Acer claims that it will strictly abide by international trade rules. The company also claims that it is closely monitoring the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. The company’s statement reads

“Acer strictly adheres to applicable trade laws and regulations and is closely monitoring the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Due to recent developments, Acer has decided to suspend its business in Russia. We are focusing on the safety of all our employees, which includes ongoing efforts to help every individual and their family impacted by the current situation. Acer hopes that peace will be restored as soon as possible”. 

Acer also expresses concern for the safety of all employees. The company is doing all it can to assist individual and their families. Acer hopes that peace will return as soon as possible. The company is also working with several international agencies and humanitarian NGOs.

Acer will not be the first company to leave the Russian market due to the ongoing conflict. However, the Russian government has since stated that any company leaving the country will risk losing all its assets in Russia. Thus, if Acer owns any physical assets in Russia, the company will likely forfeit them. However, as of now, the Russian government has not commenced the withdrawal of the assets of companies that have left the region.

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