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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Light Satellites Successfully Launched

The Russian Space Forces launched two 90-kilogram satellites into orbit aboard a lightweight Cosmos-3M rocket on Thursday.

Vyacheslav Davidenko, a Space Forces spokesman, said that the rocket lifted off on schedule from the Plesetsk launch site in the Arkhangelsk region.

One of the satellites, the Russian-manufactured Mozhayets, is intended for research into developing navigation equipment for the GLONASS and Navstart navigation systems.

The other, an Algerian satellite called AlSat-1, is the first of a seven-satellite disaster monitoring system.

Satellite launches are an important source of revenue for Russia, but the lucrative program has been plagued with myriad problems. Just this week, the world's largest communications satellite, the Astra-1K, was lost after failing to reach orbit following its launch on a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.