Russia launches four-satellite package

July 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

MOSCOW, July 28 (UPI) -- Russia said it launched a classified military satellite and three civilian satellites into orbit Saturday.

The satellites were all aboard a single Rokot launch vehicle that blasted off Saturday from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia and all settled into their assigned orbits without incident.

The payloads included a MiR scientific microsatellite, two communications spacecraft and a military Cosmos satellite, the Russian Space Forces announced.

The RIA Novosti news agency said the Cosmos will be added to a network of about 70 military reconnaissance satellites monitoring the goings on in the world.

Saturday's launch was the 16th deployment of the lightweight Rokot vehicle, which is a converted RS-18 nuclear missile, since 2000. Rokot launches were suspended for 18 months after a military communications satellite failed to make its correct orbit after a launch in early 2011, RIA Novosti said.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring softcore porn actress
Lonely horse forms close bond with rescue dog
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
NYC police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Brooklyn stairway shooting