August 29, 2008

Russian Missile Rs-20 Takes Five German Satellites into Orbit

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax-AVN) - Five German RapidEye satellites have separated from the Dnepr (intercontinental ballistic missile RS- 20) launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday.

"The satellites have been put into orbit. They will be transferred into the client company's management in the nearest future," the international consortium Kosmotrans told Interfax.

The launch occurred at 11:15 a.m. Moscow time. The missile was launched by the Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh consortium Kosmotrans under a contract with the British company Surrey Satellite Technology (SST).

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