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Russia launches six foreign satellites
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) July 29, 2009

The six satellites were put in orbit by the Russian launcher Dnepr.

Russia fired six foreign satellite into orbit Wednesday, from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Russian military spokesman Alexander Vovk said, according to the Interfax news agency.

"Six satellites, namely the DubaiSat-1, Deimos 1, UK-DMC 2, Nanosat 1B, AprizeSat 3, AprizeSat 4 were put in orbit by the Russian launcher Dnepr," Vovk said.

The rocket was launched at 10:46 pm Moscow time (1846 GMT), he added.

The emirates' satellite DubaiSat-1 has been designed for soil surveys, said Interfax. Spain's Nanosta 1B will be used for experiments in nanotechnology.

Britain's Deimos-1 and UK-DMC 2 are part of a constellation of satellites to be used for disaster monitoring, built by the British company SSTL.

Spain's Deimos will be used for agricultural and environmental research.

Argentina's satellites, AprizeSat 3 and Aprizesat 4, were both for telecommunications, said the agency.


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