Russia launches 73 satellites into orbit

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An imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites were released into orbit Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and study centre Glavcosmos declared.

The Soyuz 2-1A rocket efficiently lifted off at 0643 GMT with the satellite payload, Roscosmos claimed in a statement.

In accordance to Russian news agencies, Glavcosmos, charged with putting the satellites into orbit, later on documented that by 1441 GMT all the satellites experienced efficiently divided. They were unveiled into a few various orbits.

“For the first time in the earth, these kinds of a complex and large mission has been made and implemented,” claimed Glavcosmos.

The primary payload, the Kanopus-V-IK satellite, is to provide extensive-angle pictures of the Earth and will be utilized specifically to detect forest fires or to update the topography of maps.

The 72 smaller satellites involve people manufactured by Japan, Germany and Canada alongside with 62 nanosatellites acknowledged as CubeSats, made by the United States.

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