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Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket orbits five satellites

November 06, 2014, 11:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The rocket was launched from the Yasny space site
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MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. The Dnepr space rocket carrying the ASNARO satellite and four microsatellites blasted off from the Yasny space site in the Orenburg region on Thursday morning, the Kosmotrans company said.

“All space satellites were put into the designated orbits,” the company’s spokesman said.

Defense Ministry spokesman for the Strategic Missile Force, Colonel Igor Yegorov, said that the launch under a military missile conversion program took place at 10:35 Moscow time.

“With this launch the Strategic Missile Force confirmed effectiveness of training and smooth and concerted performance of the launch personnel and tested the reliability of the strategic missile force measurement complex, which is currently in the process of fundamental upgrade,” Yegorov said.

Dnepr is a three-stage liquid propellant rocket. Its first and second stages are standard stages of the inter-continental ballistic rocket RS-20 (SS-18 Satan). The Kosmotrans company is responsible for converting the RS-20B rockets, originally developed in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, into the Dnepr space rocket. It is launched either from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan or from the Yasny space facility - a position of the Dombarovsky unit of the strategic missile force.

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