A Russian Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle carrying a military satellite was launched from the Plesetsk base in northern Russia on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Soyuz, supplemented with a Fregat-type track injector, departed at 07:48 Belgian time. According to the ministry, the satellite has reached its intended orbit and is functioning properly.
The exact nature of the payload is unclear.
According to the well-informed russianspaceweb.com, the satellite would be the sixth Kupol satellite in the EKS constellation to quickly detect missile launches anywhere in the world.