MOSCOW, January 28 (RIA Novosti) - Russia launched on Thursday a Proton-M rocket carrying a military satellite on board from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Defense Ministry said.
"A Proton-M heavy carrier rocket with a military satellite on board was successfully launched at 03.18 Moscow time [00.18 GMT] on Thursday from the Baikonur space center," Lt. Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry, told RIA Novosti.
The separation of the satellite from the rocket is expected at 12.19 Moscow time [09.19 GMT], the official added.
Russia reportedly operates a network of 60-70 military satellites with reconnaissance and missile early warning capabilities.
Commander of Russia's Space Forces, Maj. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko, said on January 15 that Russia would use extensively the new Angara class carrier rockets to deliver military satellites into orbit in the future.
The family of Angara rockets will be available in a range of configurations capable of lifting between from 2 to 24.5 metric tons into low-earth orbit, and its creators say it will have a low environment impact.
The Angara is intended mainly for launch from the Plesetsk space center to reduce Moscow's dependence on Kazakhstan's Baikonur, the main launch facility for the current generation of Russian rockets.
MOSCOW, January 28 (RIA Novosti)
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Removing Protesters’ Barricades in Kiev
Infographics: First Russian Smartphone
Russia has become very adept in playing the diplomatic game, in which victory depends on choosing the right associate or partner. But there are a growing number of claimants to this role in the new horizontal and interdependent world. Aside Syria and Iran, being still important, the new venues for the application of practical diplomacy may well be Ukraine, the East China Sea and Afghanistan.