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January 4th, 2011

Russia Launches Plans For 2011

Rocket launch at Plesetsk (mil.ru)
[SatNews] Calendars are marked as Russia plans launches in 2011 with a grand total. Plans are for about 50 space launches from three launching pads and 10 combat training and test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles in 2011, Voice of Russia reports.

The International Space Station program provides for 10 launches, including four manned missions and six flights cargo ships from Baikonur, Voice of Russia reports. In addition, Russia plans launches of Glonass-M satellites, a telecommunication satellite and a number of military satellites.

As BarentsObserver reported, Russia planned to launch a Glonass-K satellite from the Plesetsk Space Center in Arkhangelsk Oblast on December 28, but the launch was postponed until 2011 because the ground complex was not fully prepared to navigate the spacecraft, RIA Novosti reports.

Thirty one space launches were carried out in 2010. Russia’s Strategic Rocket Forces plan to carry out 10 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) combat training and test launches in 2011, Voice of Russia reports, citing the Ministry of Defense.

In 2010, Russian rocket forces had a total of five ICBM launches, including two successful tests of RS-12M Topol missiles.