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    A spokesman for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces says that a Russian military satellite has reached its designated orbit and established stable contact with ground control services.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A Russian military satellite has reached its designated orbit and established stable contact with ground control services, a spokesman for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces told RIA Novosti on Friday.

    The satellite was launched earlier on Friday on board a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia.

    "The telemetry link with the satellite has been established and maintained. All on-board systems are performing normally," Col. Dmitry Zenin said.

    The satellite, designated Kosmos-2505, is believed to be part of the Russian optical reconnaissance satellite network.

    This was the first launch of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket after the failure of the Progress-M27M mission in April.

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