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The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle is an improved version of the Soyuz-U, from the R-7 family of rockets, designed and constructed by TsSKB-Progress in Samara. It made its maiden flight on May 20, 2001, carrying a Progress M1-6 cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station.
Since October 30, 2002 the Soyuz-FG has been the only vehicle used by the Russian Federal Space Agency to launch Soyuz-TMA manned spacecraft to the ISS. As of October 2010, Soyuz-FG has made 23 flights, bringing to the ISS three Progress-M1, 20 Soyuz-TMA spacecraft, and one Soyuz-TMA-M spacecraft, with its most recent launch on April 15, 2011. All launches have been successful thus far.
Another version of the Soyuz-FG is the Soyuz-FG/Fregat with Fregat as its 3rd stage, developed and produced by Lavochkin Association in Khimki. A European-Russian company Starsem owns all rights to launches using this version. As of April 2008 there have been nine launches of Soyuz-FG/Fregat with commercial payloads. Its maiden flight occurred on June 2, 2003.The Soyuz-FG is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Launch site LC-1 for Soyuz-FG and LC-31, for Soyuz-FG/Fregat.
This model of the Soyuz-FG was carefully modeled in scale using blueprints and high resolution reference images. All of the details were modeled instead of using bump or displacement maps, thus the large file size. The entire model is broken into individual pieces, including basic subsystems such as the fuel tanks. This is a dense mesh meant for high quality renderings, 3d printing or laser crystal printing.
Textures and Materials
The only textures that apply to this model are the upper stage shells, left and right. The other materials are simple colors, orange and olive drab green, or reflective aluminum.