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A Cyclone-2 rocket lifted off from the Baikonur space center Friday morning
A Cyclone-2 rocket lifted off from the Baikonur space center Friday morning carrying a Cosmos series military satellite, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The successful launch was conducted jointly by the military's space service and the Russian Federal Space Agency. According to the ministry, the aim of the mission is to broaden the array of military satellites currently in orbit. The launch is the third this year conducted by the military space service for the Russian Defense Ministry. The Cyclone-2 is a light rocket capable of lifting payloads of up to 3,200 kilos into circular orbit. The rocket's designer is the space company Southern (Dnepropetrovsk), and its manufacturer is the company Yuzhmash. The prototype of the Cyclone launch vehicle is the ballistic rocket P-36, first flown in 1968.
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