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Space

Russia orbits military satellite

RIA Novosti

28/01/201014:45

MOSCOW, January 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia on Thursday put a new military satellite into orbit, a spokesman for the Space Forces said.

Alexei Zolotukhin said the Raduga-series satellite was launched with a Proton-M rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

Space Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said the satellite "is a new project that will help significantly increase the capabilities of the space communication system."

Russia reportedly operates a constellation of 60-70 military satellites with reconnaissance, missile early warning and other capabilities.

Ostapenko earlier said Russia would be using new-generation Angara-class carrier rockets for launches from the Plesetsk center to reduce Moscow's dependence on Baikonur, the main launch facility for the current generation of Russian rockets.



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