June 27, 2008

Proton-K Rocket With Military Spacecraft Launched From Baikonur

BAIKONUR. June 27 (Interfax-AVN) - A Proton-K heavy launch vehicle carrying a military satellite has taken off from the Baikonur spaceport.

"Combat units of the Space Forces are controlling the launch by means of an automatic ground guidance complex," head of the Space Forces' information and public affairs service Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN at the spaceport on Friday.

"The separation of the spacecraft is designated for 10.37 a.m. Moscow time," Zolotukhin said.

Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, Space Forces Commander Col. Gen. Vladimir Popovkin and other high-ranking military personal watched the launch at Baikonur.

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