Russia's Rokot rocket brings into orbit three European scientific spacecraft

The Rokot satellite rocket with the Briz-KM upper stage launched in Plesetsk has brought into orbit three European Swarm spacecraft, Col. Dmitry Zenin, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the Aerospace Defense Forces, told Interfax-AVN.

The Rokot satellite rocket with the Briz-KM upper stage launched in Plesetsk has brought into orbit three European Swarm spacecraft, Col. Dmitry Zenin, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the Aerospace Defense Forces, told Interfax-AVN.

"The spacecraft have been successfully brought to their target orbit and have detached from the Briz-KM upper stage. Swarm will soon be taken under the management of the customer," Zenin said.

Experts of the have started carrying out operations to move the Briz-KM upper stage away from the targeted orbit of Swarm spacecraft, Zenin said.

This is the third launch of the Rocket satellite carrier from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2013.

Rokot is a light-class carrier was designed in the framework of the conversion program on the basis of the RS-18 inter-continental ballistic missile, which is being discarded.

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