• Russia loses advanced military satellite after launch


    MOSCOW: Russia has lost communication with a newly developed military satellite after it apparently failed to separate from the booster rocket after its launch, a source in the country’s air and space forces told TASS state news agency on Monday. A Soyuz-2.1B rocket carrying two satellites blasted off from Plesetsk cosmodrome on Saturday. On Sunday, RIA Novosti state news agency reported that one of the two satellites had apparently not separated from the upper-stage rocket, citing a source in the space industry. The lost satellite called Kanopus-ST, named after the star Canopus, is both for civilian and military use, reported Kommersant business daily, citing sources in the space industry. The satellite will fall back to Earth and burn up in the atmosphere in the next two or three days, a source told Kommersant.



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