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Russia Puts 16 Foreign Satellites Into Orbit

The Dnepr carrier rocket has had a successful relaunch.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 18, 2007
Russia has successfully launched a Dnepr carrier rocket, the first since the failure in late July 2006, and put 16 foreign satellites into orbit, the Federal Space Agency said Tuesday.

"The launch has been conducted successfully," the agency said. "The separation of all foreign spacecraft from the carrier rocket occurred at 11.02 Moscow time (7.02 GMT)."

The rocket delivered an Egyptian EgyptSat spacecraft, six Saudi satellites (SaudiSat-3 and five SaudiComSat), and additional P-Pod and CubeSat micro-satellites into orbit.

"Control over all satellites has been passed to the customers," a space agency spokesman said.

Launches of Dnepr rockets from Baikonur were suspended following a crash shortly after liftoff on July 26, 2006, due to a first stage engine shutdown.

The Dnepr's wreckage was discovered 150 kilometers (93 miles) from the space center on a steppe, far from any residential buildings. Kazakh officials said there were no casualties or environmental damage.

The booster rocket, a civilian version of the heavy R-36M2 Voyevoda (SS-18 Satan) inter-continental ballistic missile, was carrying 18 Russian and foreign-made micro-satellites.

Russia has agreed to pay Kazakhstan more than $1 million in compensation for the July crash.

Source: RIA Novosti

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Bangalore, India (AFP) Apr 12, 2007
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