Russia successfully launches military satellite

MOSCOW, Nov. 26 (Xinhua/APP): Russia’s Soyuz-2.1v light-class carrier rocket has successfully put a military satellite into orbit, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk spaceport in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk Region at 20:52 p.m. local time (1752 GMT), the ministry said in a statement.

The satellite is meant to monitor the functioning of other satellites and take pictures of the Earth’s surface, it said.

This is the fifth launch of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle carried out this year from the Plesetsk. The previous launch was carried out on Sept. 26.

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