Russia launched communications satellite for the Arctic

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Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces on Wednesday launched a Soyuz carrier rocket with a dual-purpose Meridian series telecommunications satellite on board. The satellite will ensure stable communications on the Northern Sea Route.

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Russia has launched six Meridian satellites, the first one in 2006. Two of the launches were complete failures. A satellite launched in December 2011 crashed in Siberia only minutes after liftoff. A third launch was partly successful, but not enough for the satellite to be included in the network. Three Meridian satellites, including the one launched yesterday, seem to be working as they should, according to Wikipedia.

Meridian-series communication satellites are used for both civilian and military purposes. They are designed to provide communication between vessels, airplanes and coastal stations on the ground, as well as to expand a network of satellite communications in the northern regions of Siberia and the Russian Far East. These satellites are designed to replace the older Molniya-series.

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