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Russian Soyuz-2.1a Rocket With Satellites Blasts Off From Vostochny Cosmodrome

© Sputnik / Sergey Mamontov / Go to the photo bankThe launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with Soyuz MS-09 manned spacecraft from the launch table of launch pad No.1, Gagarin's Start, at Baikonur space center
The launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with Soyuz MS-09 manned spacecraft from the launch table of launch pad No.1, Gagarin's Start, at Baikonur space center - Sputnik International
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VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME (Russia) (Sputnik) - The Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying Russian Kanopus-V satellites number five and number six and foreign spacecraft successfully lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Thursday, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

The rocket was launched at 05:07 a.m. Moscow time (02:07 GMT) as planned.

Russian remote sensing satellites Kanopus-V number five and number six entered the preset orbit, a representative of Russian space agency Roscosmos told Sputnik later.

"The spacecraft have successfully separated from the upper stage," the Roscosmos' representative said.

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