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29 Nov, 2022 07:46

Russian military gets new space asset

The launch of an orbital spacecraft named Kosmos-2564 was conducted on Monday from the northern Plesetsk cosmodrome

The Russian Defense Ministry has acquired a new space asset, launched on Monday on a Soyuz-2.1b rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the country’s far north.

The Russian military did not specify the nature of the craft, stating only that it was put into orbit without incident, with the designation Kosmos-2564. All Russian military space satellites are labeled “Kosmos” in public databases regardless of their purpose.

“At the predetermined time, a Fregat upper stage placed the spacecraft into its intended orbit, after which ground control systems of the Space Forces took charge of it,” the statement said.

The ministry released footage and images of the launch.

The last Russian Defense Ministry launch was reported on November 2, also from the predominantly military Plesetsk facility in Arkhangelsk Region.

Prior to that, two military satellites were placed into orbit by a single Soyuz rocket on October 22.