MOSCOW, Russian Soyuz-2.1v light carrier rocket blasted off from the Plesetsk launch facility in northwestern Russia on Monday carrying a spacecraft for the Russian defense ministry, the ministry’s press service said.
"At 23:25 Moscow time on Monday, August 1, a unit of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ space troops successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v light carrier rocket with a spacecraft for the Russian Defense Ministry from the State Test Cosmodrome Plesetsk," the press service said in a statement.
Pre-launch preparations and the blastoff proceeded in normal regime.
The Volga booster and the payload separated from the rocket as scheduled, at 23:34 Moscow time.
The launch was tracked by ground-based automated control stations.
Test flights of the Soyuz-2 rockets, which replaced the Soyuz-U rockets, began in Plesetsk in 2004.