Russia Puts New Defense Satellite into Orbit

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  • 04:23 AM, August 2, 2022
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Russia Puts New Defense Satellite into Orbit
Soyuz-2.1v rocket launches Russian military satellite on 1 August, 2022.

Russia’s Soyuz-2.1v light carrier rocket carrying a spacecraft for the defense ministry blasted off from Plesetsk launch facility on Monday.

"At 23:25 Moscow time on Monday, August 1, a unit of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ space troops successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v light carrier rocket with a spacecraft for the Russian Defense Ministry from the State Test Cosmodrome Plesetsk," the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.

Pre-launch preparations and the blastoff proceeded in normal regime. The Volga booster and the payload separated from the rocket at 23:34 Moscow time.

The launch was tracked by ground-based automated control stations.

Test flights of the Soyuz-2 rockets, which replaced the Soyuz-U rockets, began in Plesetsk in 2004.

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