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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.

world Updated: Jul 30, 2009 07:47 IST

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.