September 2, 2008
Russian Rocket Sends Five German Satellites into Orbit
Russian rocket sends five German satellites into orbit
MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Friday launched a Dnepr rocket to put five German satellites into orbit, news agencies reported.
The launch vehicle Dnepr, based on the world's most powerful intercontinental ballistic rocket RS-20, is designed to put a load of up to 3.7 tons to orbit at an altitude of 300-900 km.
The five RapidEye satellites were developed by the British company Surrey Satellite Technology for the German Space Agency.
Each satellite weighs 150 kg and is expected to work for seven years. The main function of the satellites is monitoring of agriculture crops and mapping.
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