Russia's air force puts new military satellite into space
The Russian Aerospace Forces have successfully launched a new military satellite into space in the last 24 hours.
According to official Russian defense and diplomatic sources, the military satellite – designated as Kosmos-2539 – was launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan at 00:56 Hours (Moscow Time) and has since settled into a stable and predictable orbit under the control of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The satellite type is a Blagovest No. 14L, a new generation of military communication satellite of which another three have been put into orbit in recent years.
This fourth placing of a Blagovest No. 14L in space is stated by Russian sources to be the last for the foreseeable future with no requirement for additional satellites of its kind currently being needed.
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As with most modern tactical satellite designs, Blagovest No. 14L will likely serve as both a standard military communications relay device and as an assistance medium for Russian GPS-guided munitions.