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Main » 2014 » November » 22 » Soviet-era missile orbited Japanese satellites.


Soviet-era missile orbited Japanese satellites.
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On November 06, 2014 at 07:35 UTC a Soviet-era "Dnepr” ballistic missile blasted off from southern Russia. The "Dnepr” rocket was launched from an underground silo at a space base near Yasny, Russia, a small community in the Orenburg region in the southern part of the country. The launch was performed by Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation in according to the agreement with Kosmotras, a Moscow-based company with joint Russian-Ukrainian ownership that oversees the commercial exploitation of the Dnepr rocket. Dnepr is a decommissioned Soviet-era ballistic missile — adapted for space launches instead of nuclear war. The rocket is a modified R-36M missile. The Western designation for the missile is the SS-18 “Satana.” On November 06 the rocket orbited the Japanese ASNARO (Advanced Satellite with New system ARchitecture for Observation) satellite and 4 other Japanese micro satellites: Hodoyoshi-1; ChubuSat-1; Tsubame; QSAT-EOS (Kyushu Satellite for Earth Observation System Demonstration).
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