Roscosmos successfully launches military satellite

Russian Soyuz rocket blasts off successfully for the first time since April

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Russian space agency Roscosmos successfully launched a satellite into orbit despite recent failures linked to Soyuz rockets.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the Soyuz 2.1 rocket was carrying a military satellite was successfully launched Friday from Plesetsk pad in northern Russia.

A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress cargo ship bound to International Space Station (ISS) crashed on April 28.

Roscosmos then delayed all the flights to the ISS since the Soyuz rockets are used to carry astronauts up to the station.

In May, Russia lost a Mexican satellite due to rocket failure.

Russia’s space agency on Friday said that the crew on ISS would be brought back to earth on June 11.

The next Progress launch is planned for early July. New ISS crew will be sent to the ISS later that month.

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