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June 8th, 2015

Russian Soyuz-2 1A Pushes The Kobalt-M Into Orbit

A Russian Soyuz-2 1a launch photo.

[SatNews] A Russian Soyuz booster rocket successfully launched a satellite on June 5th for the first time since a much-publicized launch failure in April.

The Defense Ministry said the Soyuz 2.1A rocket was launched Friday from the Plesetsk launch pad in northern Russia and placed into the designated orbital slot. The payload was the Kobalt-M, a military satellite that was aboard this first flight of the rocket since the failed May 16th launch of a Russian Proton rocket with the MexSat-1 communications satellite.

This same type of rocket is used to launch spacecraft carrying crews to the International Space Station. The next Progress launch is set for early July, to be followed by a crew launch later that month.