by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 14, 2015
A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket has successfully put into orbit a military satellite following the launch from the Baikonur space center, the Defense Ministry press service said Sunday.
"The satellite, launched in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry at 03:19 a.m. [Moscow time, 00:19 GMT] on December 13 on the Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center, is operated by the Main Test Space Center named after German Titov of the Aerospace Forces," the ministry said.
According to the ministry, the launch of the carrier rocket and putting the satellite into orbit were carried out on schedule.
The Zenit-2SB, a Russian-Ukrainian medium-lift two-stage rocket, was being jointly produced at the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau in Dnepropetrovsk. The joint production of these rockets is currently suspended.
"The Zenit carrier rocket was launched at an estimated time - 16:45 Moscow time [13:45 GMT]. The order on the Elektro-L2 separation from an upper-stage rocket is expected to be given at 01.43 a.m. [10:43 GMT] Moscow time December 12," the spokesperson told RIA Novosti.
The Elektro-L2 space laboratory provides meteorological services for a regional and global weather forecast, as well as a climate change monitoring.
Source: Sputnik News
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