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Russia launches six foreign satellites

world Updated: Jul 30, 2009 07:47 IST
Russia launches six foreign satellites

Russia fired six foreign satellites into orbit, from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Russian military spokesman Alexander Vovk said.

"Six satellites, namely the DubaiSat-1, Deimos 1, UK-DMC 2, Nanosat 1B, AprizeSat 3, AprizeSat 4 were put in orbit yesterday by the Russian launcher Dnepr," Vovk said, according to the Interfax news agency.

The rocket was launched at 10:46 pm Moscow time (0016 IST Thursday), he added.

The emirates' satellite DubaiSat-1 has been designed for soil surveys, said Interfax. Spain's Nanosta 1B will be used for experiments in nanotechnology.

Britain's Deimos-1 and UK-DMC 2 are part of a constellation of satellites to be used for disaster monitoring, built by the British company SSTL.

Spain's Deimos will be used for agricultural and environmental research.

Argentina's satellites, AprizeSat 3 and Aprizesat 4, were both for telecommunications, said the agency.

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