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Proton launches Russian military satellite
Posted: Sat, Mar 31, 2012, 8:55 AM ET (1255 GMT)
Proton-K launch of Cosmos 2479 (Roscosmos) The last of a venerable variant of Russia's Proton rocket launched a Russian military satellite on Friday. The Proton-K rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1:49 am EDT (0549 GMT, 11:49 am local time) and placed the Cosmos 2479 satellite into geosynchronous orbit. The satellite is believed to be the last in the Oko series of missile early warning satellites. The launch was also the last of the Proton-K model of the Proton, which first flew in 1967. A modernized version, the Proton-M, was introduced in 2001 and has been primarily used for commercial missions since then.
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