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Russia to put military satellite in orbit - space agency

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:25 am
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MOSCOW, (RIA Novosti) – Russia will launch Friday a Zenith-M carrier rocket with a Cosmos-series military satellite on board from a space center in Kazakhstan, Russia’s space agency said.

“The launch will be conducted at 14.00 Moscow time (10:00 a.m. GMT) to expand the orbital group of Russia’s military satellites,” a source at the Federal Space Agency said.

Russia is reportedly operating a network of about 60-70 military reconnaissance satellites.

Zenith-M is a modified version of the Zenith-3SL delivery vehicle used to launch spacecraft from the Sea Launch consortium’s floating launch platform in the Pacific Ocean.

The new Zenith rocket has only two stages, while the Zenith-3SL uses an additional booster.

Meanwhile, Russia said Thursday it had successfully put into orbit a U.S. Genesis-2 commercial satellite using a modified version of an RS-20 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missile under the Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr spacecraft launch program.

Copyright 2007 RIA Novosti. All rights reserved.

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