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Russia successfully launches military satellite

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MOSCOW, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Rokot light-class carrier rocket was successfully launched with a military satellite from the northern Plesetsk launching site, an official said on Tuesday.

"The Rokot light-class carrier rocket blasted off at 5:00 p.m. local time (1400 GMT). The Briz-KM upper stage and the satellite are due to separate at 6:35 p.m. (1535 GMT)," Spokesman for the Space Forces Alexei Zolotukhin was quoted by local media as saying.

The satellite, launched for the Russian Defense Ministry, is a new-generation geodetic satellite called Geo-IK-2, local media reported.

The launch of the Geo-IK-2 satellite had been scheduled for December 2010, but was later postponed for technical problems.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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