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Russia's New Military Geodesic Satellite was Successfully Launched

US SpaceflightNow reported on June 23, 2017 that Russia used the "Union" -2.1 carrier rocket to launch a new military geodesic satellite from the Plesetsk space launch site successfully.

The launch mission was carried out using the "Union" -2.1 / Volga carrier rocket at the fourth launch site of the 43rd station. The Russian Defense Ministry announced on its website that the launch was a success and the satellite was named "universe" -2519 (Kosmos-2519), but no further details about the satellite was disclosed. US military tracking data indicated that the satellite and Volga entered into the low ground orbit at the height of about 660 km, and 98 degrees of dip angle.

It is presumed that the satellite is a new Russian geodetic satellite, with the model of 14F150 Napryazhenie, used to measure the earth's shape and gravity field accurately. These data can be used to improve the guidance accuracy of ballistic missiles. According to the capacity of carrier rocket, the weight of satellite is about 1400 kilograms.