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Russian Scientific Spacecraft Spectrum-R Successfully Launched from Baikonur. / July 18, 2011 /

Zenith-3M launcher with Fregat-SB upper stage and Russian astrophysical observatory Spectrum-R lifted off from Baikonur’s pad 45 on July 18, at 6.31 a.m. MSK.
Separation of the spacecraft from the upper stage which is to deliver Spectrum-R into the targeted orbit is expected at about 10 a.m.
Spectrum-R was designed under the Radioastron international project by prime contractor Lavochkin R&D. Scientific payloads were developed by the Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute.

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