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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.