MOSCOW, May 17 — RIA Novosti. Launched on Thursday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome (Arkhangelsk Oblast) military satellite was put into orbit, told the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation to the troops ASD Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin.
"Launched on Thursday from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome launch vehicle" Soyuz-U "at 18.13 MSK successfully placed on the target orbit the Russian military spacecraft series" Cosmos "," — said Zolotukhin.
He added that after removing the serial number assigned to the satellite "Kosmos-2480".
The general management of the launch carried Commander Lieutenant General EKR Oleg Ostapenko.
Plesetsk space center for the performing start watching more than 80 officers, entities and units Troops ASD who participate in the first training-methodical gathering of senior aerospace defense forces under the leadership of the commander.
According to the website of the manufacturer machine, Machine-building plant "Arsenal" (St. Petersburg), the satellite "Cobalt" is developed now Samara "Samara Space Center Progress" and is intended for observation and detailed imagery of the earth’s surface. After the experimental design mining machine with 1980 its production was transferred to St Petersburg. The rocket "Soyuz-U", which starts the machine, designed and manufactured in Samara (Samara Space Center "Progress"). First launch vehicle of this type was launched May 18, 1973.