Thursday, February 3, 2011

Russia Reportedly Loses Military Satellite

Russia has ordered a search for a missing military satellite that apparently was put into the wrong orbit shortly after launch on tuesday.

Russian news agencies say the defense ministry and the Russian space agency have set up a joint task force to look for the missing craft. There was no independent confirmation of the report.

The Geo-IK-2 satellite was intended to help the military survey land and to produce a detailed three-dimensional map of the earth.

The incident comes a month after President Dmitry Medvedev sacked two top space officials for a similar setback and delivered another humiliating blow to Russia's space industry.

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