Russia launches military sat

15 Sep 2006

(Associated Press WorldStream via NewsEdge) Russia has successfully launched a Kosmos-series military satellite, using a Soyuz-U booster rocket.

The Kosmos-2423 military satellite was placed into a designated orbit eight minutes after its launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian Space Forces said in a statement.

"Stable communications is being maintained with the satellite launched in the interests of the Defense Ministry," the agency said, without elaborating on the satellite's purpose and characteristics.

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