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News Archive / Tagged: Russian Defense Ministry

  • Proton-M launches Blagovest 12L satellite for Russian Aerospace Forces

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 18th, 2018

    The Russian military has expanded its fleet of communications satellites with the launch of the Blagovest 12L spacecraft on Wednesday, April 18.

  • Russia to launch Blagovest 12L military comsat April 18

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 17th, 2018

    Russia is in the final stage of preparations to launch its Proton-M rocket with the Blagovest 12L military communications satellite. Liftoff is scheduled to take place at 6:12 p.m. EDT (22:12 GMT) April 18, 2018, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Soyuz 2.1b launches military satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 2nd, 2017

    The recent failure of a Soyuz 2.1b mission, which was unable to place a fleet of 19 satellites into their targeted orbits, has not stopped Russia from sending another such booster into space. This time, lifting off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 10:43 GMT (5:43 a.m. EST) on Saturday, December 2, 2017, a Soyuz 2.1b successfully orbited the Lotos-S1 (№ 803) military spacecraft for the Russian Defense Ministry.

  • Soyuz-2.1b launches GLONASS-M navigation satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 23rd, 2017

    A Soyuz-2.1b rocket successfully sent the newest GLONASS-M into orbit on Friday, September 22, in order to replenish the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). The launch took place at 0:03 UTC (8:03 p.m. EDT Sept. 21) from Site 43/4 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

  • Proton-M launches military satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 17th, 2017

    A military communications satellite, known as Blagovest 11L, has been successfully launched into space by a Proton-M / Briz-M heavy-lift rocket. The launch vehicle thundered off from Site 81/24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at exactly 4:07 a.m. local time on Thursday, Aug. 17 (22:07 GMT / 6:07 p.m. EDT on Aug. 16).

  • Russia launches covert payload on rare Soyuz variant

    Curt GodwinJune 23rd, 2017

    A rare Soyuz-2-1v rocket lifted off from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome to deliver a covert payload to a highly inclined polar orbit. The rocket departed at 2:04 p.m. EDT (18:04 GMT) on June 23, 2017, from Plesetsk's Site 43, and was only the third flight of this uncommon launch vehicle.