MOSCOW – Russia has launched an imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites into orbit to get a wide-angle view of the Earth and other support, international media reported.
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This was announced by Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos that satellites were launched on Friday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Soyuz 2-1A rocket successfully lifted off at 0643 GMT with the satellite payload, Roscosmos said in a statement.
Later, the space agency announced that all the satellites had successfully separated by 1441 GMT and released into three different orbits.
“For the first time in the world, such a complex and large mission has been developed and implemented,” said Glavcosmos.
The Kanopus-V-IK satellite will provide wide-angle images of the Earth and will be helpful in detecting forest fires or updating the topography of maps.