On March 24, 2016 at 09:42 UTC the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk region, North Russia. The launch was performed by Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. The rocket orbited a Russia military satellite. The satellite is believed to be Russia’s second spacecraft in the “Bars-M” series of sharp-eyed optical reconnaissance platforms. the Bars-M satellite’s capabilities are classified. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the new satellite received the designation “Kosmos-2515”, keeping with the military’s naming scheme for defense-related spacecraft.