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Russian Military Satellite Burnt Up After Mission Completed

Illustration of the Russian Orlets-1 satellite.
by Staff Writers
Moscow, Russia (XNA) Nov 22, 2006
A Russian military satellite was de-orbited and burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere on Monday after its mission was completed, a Space Forces spokesman said. "The mission of the Cosmos-2423 satellite was accomplished. The satellite was de-orbited. It ceased to exist and was burnt up in the atmosphere," the spokesman, Alexei Kuznetsov, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

Kuznetsov denied media reports that the satellite had malfunctioned.

The satellite, the latest of three Cosmos satellites Russia launched this year, was put into orbit in September.

Russia has around 100 satellites in space, but two thirds of them are working beyond their designed service life.

Source: Xinhua News Agency
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Officials Deny Russia's Cosmos Satellite De-Orbited Over Breakdown
Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Nov 21, 2006
Russian space officials dismissed media reports Monday that the Cosmos 2423 military satellite was de-orbited because its onboard equipment had broken down. Space Force spokesman Alexei Kuznetsov said the decision to de-orbit Cosmos was made because the spacecraft had completed its mission.

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