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Russia lost contact with own weather satellite; heres more on it

Russia lost contact with own weather satellite; heres more on it.

In an unfortunate incident, Russia admitted to have lost contact with its weather satellite just hours after it was launched from its Vostochny cosmodrome.

The glitch is a fresh embarrassment for Russia’s beleaguered space programme which has suffered a series of setbacks over recent years as Moscow seeks to ease dependence on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The statement did not provide further details and its representatives declined immediate comment.

Marking another milestone after the inaugural liftoff last year, the Soyuz rocket carrying the Meteor weather satellite and other equipment took off at 2:41 pm (0541 GMT) from far eastern Russia.

Apart from the weather satellite, the rocket carried 18 payloads from institutions and companies in Canada, the United States, Japan, Germany, Sweden and Norway, the space agency said.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that such contracts would help Russia modernise its space industry.

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