MOSCOW. Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Russia put a military
satellite into orbit on Thursday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan,
Russian news agencies reported.
The Kosmos military satellite, carried by the Soyuz-U
medium launch vehicle, "is designed to reinforce the orbital group of military
satellites," head of the Space Forces Public Relations Service Alexei Kuznetsov
was quoted by the Interfax news agency assaying.
The launch took place at 5.41 p.m. Moscow time (1341
GMT) as planned and was delivered into orbit at 5:49 p.m. Moscow time (1349
Russia's orbital grouping numbers about a hundred
space vehicles at the moment, including slightly more than 50 defense
satellites, the Itar-Tass news agency said.
More specifically, the defense-oriented orbital
grouping includes navigation vehicles, telecommunications and ballistic missile
early satellites, as well as satellites for electronic and photography
reconnaissance and for supervision of world oceans.
Colonel-General Vladimir Popovkin, the commander of
Russian Space Troops said earlier Russia has a problematic situation in the
field of reconnaissance satellites.
"In the next two years, we'll replace the satellites
of previous generations and will launch the ones that have an active orbital
life of seven to ten years," Popovkin said. Enditem