Russia launches cluster of four satellites

Russia Saturday launched a rocket with a Cosmos class military satellite and three civilian satellites on board.

Moscow: Russia Saturday launched a rocket with a Cosmos class military satellite and three civilian satellites on board, spokesperson Col. Alexey Zolotukhin said.

The rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk space centre in northern Russia at 5.35 a.m.

The civilian payload includes two Gonets-M telecoms satellites and a MiR scientific microsatellite.

The satellites were put into designated orbits at 7.21 a.m., as scheduled.

The classified military satellite will join a Russian network of about 70 military reconnaissance satellites.

IANS

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