The three satellites put into orbit are of the Kosmos series aimed for military communication. Plesetsk Cosmodrome is located in Arkhangelsk Oblast and is used for lauchning of lighter rockets than Russia’s space centre Baikonour in Kazhakstan. The rocket used on Tuesday is a modified version of the military intercontinental ballistic missile RS-18 (SS-19 Stiletto).
Yesterday’s launch was originally scheduled for December 8, but was postponed due to malfunctions in the booster, reports RIA Novosti.
The strategically important Plesetsk Cosmodrome last year got €121 million for infrastructure and development upgrade, as previously reported by BarentsObserver.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
People participating in culture-, sport and Barents cooperation projects can from October apply for visa to Norway without paying a single ruble, says Marit Egholm Jacobsen with the Norwegian Consulate General in Murmansk.