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Russia Launches Military Satellite


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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 29 June 2006 - 12:11 AM

Russia Launches Military Satellite

A Tsyklon-2 booster placed a Russian Military Satellite into orbit on Monday 26th June 2006. The launch occured from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan at 08:00 a.m. Moscow time (04:00 a.m. GMT). The satellite will be given a Kosmos designation. The Kosmo designation has been given to all secret sateelites since the early days of Soviet spaceflight (it was also often used to try and high failed civilian satellites).

The Tsyklon family of launchers are derived from the R-36 ballistic missile, first launched in 1968 and deployed with the Soviet military in 1975. The Tsyklon is manufactured in Ukraine.

Sources: Interfax, RIA Novosti

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 10:00 PM

Russia Military Satellite Fails

Sources in Russia suggest that this satellite has failed in orbit. Designated Kosmos-2421 this satellite is believed to be a "Legend" offshore electronic reconnaissance satellite.

It seems that one of the satellites 2 solar panels failed to open, leaving it with insufficient power to operate correctly. The satellite has spent the last week undergoing maneuvers in an attempt to open the errant solar panel.

It is possible that age is a problem in this case. The satellite has been in storage since it was constructed 15 years ago.

Source: Kommersant

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