Christmas Soyuz

Russia’s Soyuz rocket made a Christmastime launch from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, with the Lotos S electronic intelligence satellite on board, just two days after the successful Angara 5 launch; Russia is very serious about increasing utilization of their Arctic launch site.  The payload was placed into an initial orbit of 150 x 550 miles, according to the USAF Space Surveillance Network.

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