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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S.-Russian Satellite Finally Sent Into Orbit

A U.S.-Russian commercial satellite finally made it into orbit aboard a Russian military rocket Tuesday after a five-month holdup because of problems with paperwork.

The FAISat-2V telecommunications satellite, produced by the American company Final Analysis Inc. and the Polyot Design Bureau in Omsk, Siberia, blasted off at 8:45 p.m. Moscow time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, riding on a Kosmos-3M rocket along with a Russian military satellite.

The satellite went into orbit successfully, Interfax reported.

The original launch fell through after the Russian military space forces decided just days before the April liftoff date that Polyot had not completed all the necessary paperwork for both the satellite and the journalists who were invited to watch.

The satellite had to remain in storage in Siberia until another launch date became available.

Final Analysis and Polyot plan to use Russian rockets to deploy 26 of the satellites into low-earth orbit, up to eight at a time. They will be used in digital voice-mail and paging systems, utility meter reading, environmental monitoring and asset tracking of trucks, ships and trains.