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    Russian Defense Satellite Successfully Separates From Soyuz Rocket Carrier

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    According to the ministry, Russia’s Frigate rocket booster carrying a state-of-the-art Defense Ministry satellite successfully separated from its Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia’s Frigate rocket booster carrying a state-of-the-art Defense Ministry satellite successfully separated from its Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket minutes after launch, the ministry said Tuesday.

    The Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country’s northwest at 06:34 GMT on Tuesday.

    “The spacecraft’s ascent to a calculated orbit with the help of the Frigate upper stage rocket will take several hours,” a ministry representative told RIA Novosti.

    The launch from Plesetsk in the Arkhangelsk Region is the fourth this year using a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket.

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