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MOSCOW, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The Rokot launch vehicle with a batch of military satellites has been set off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Defense Forces Colonel Valery Zolotukhin told ITAR-TASS on Friday.“On Friday, May 23, 2014, an operational crew of the Aerospace Defense Forces at 09:27 Moscow time (05:27) carried out a successful launch of the Rokot light rocket carrier with a batch of military satellites from launch pad No.133,” Zolotukhin said.
He added that the Rokot launch had been carried out “under the general supervision of Commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko.”
The calculated time of the three satellites’ placement into the final transfer orbit is 11:12 Moscow time (07:12 GMT) on May 23.