Meteor satellite launched from Vostochny may be in wrong orbit, Roscosmos says

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Meteor satellite launched from Vostochny may be in wrong orbit, Roscosmos says

Russian Federation has lost contact with one of its crucial satellites just hours after it was launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, local media reports say.

A Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying several satellites lifted off from Vostochny Cosmodrome at 08.41 a.m. Moscow time (0541GMT), Roscosmos said in a statement. The hydrometeorological satellite Meteor-M N. 2-1 was the main payload.

Russian Federation has failed to place a meteorological satellite into the targeted orbit, Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos said Tuesday.

"Currently, the information is being analyzed", it added. According to TASS and quoted by the Agency Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin first mission of Angara starting from Vostochny will cover delivering to orbit satellites operating under GLONASS navigational system.

As it is widely known, Roscosmos have had number of problems with finishing launch sites for Angara at their Vostochny Cosmodrome.

These satellites belong to scientific, research and commercial companies from Russia, Norway, Sweden, the United States, Japan, Canada and Germany, Roscosmos said.

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