Russia has confirmed the launch Friday of a Cosmos class military satellite atop a Space Forces Proton-M carrier rocket. “The rocket put the Cosmos-series military satellite into the designated orbit at 09:49 p.m. Moscow time (12:49 a.m. EDT),” Space Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Alexey Zolotukhin told RIA Novosti. The launch was conducted by the Aerospace Defense Forces, Zolotukhin said.
Russia reportedly operates a constellation of 60-70 military satellites capable of reconnaissance, missile early warning and other operations.
Credits: UPI/RIA Novosti/Space War