A Russian-built rocket started off from the Baikonur cosmodrome Friday, sending a German satellite into orbit and providing a bit of good news for Russia's efforts to boost its profile in the commercial launch industry.
The state-run German Aerospace Center, which jointly developed the craft along with EADS Astrium GmbH, said in a statement that the satellite reached orbit a short time later.
The satellite - whose construction and launch cost an estimated 130 million EUR (US$173 million) - is a new-generation, high resolution remote-sensing, X-band satellite. The craft is set to provide a continuous stream of observation data for at least five years.
Friday's launch was only the second successful Dnepr launch since last July, when a Dnepr rocket carrying 18 satellites crashed shortly after takeoff from Baikonur. That crash spread highly toxic fuel over a wide swath of uninhabited territory and prompted Kazakh officials to temporarily ban Dnepr rocket launches.
The Dnepr is a conversion of the RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, which is code named SS-18 Satan in the West.
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year