TS News - Russia Back In Spy Satellite Business

TELE-satellit News, 13 December 1996

Russia Back In Spy Satellite Business
  MOSCOW, Russia, 96/12/13 (OMRI) -- A Cyclone-2 booster launched from the
Baikonur cosmodrome sent a Russian Kosmos-2335 photo intelligence satellite
into orbit on 11 December, AFP and ITAR-TASS reported. The satellite will
restore Russia's ability to acquire high-quality photo intelligence, which
it has lacked since late September, when a similar satellite fell from
orbit, while earlier attempts to replace it had failed.

  "Now we will be more comfortable," said a duty officer at the cosmodrome,
explaining that Russia also has a number of older spy satellites, but they
cannot produce high-quality photos or transmit them to the ground as
quickly as the Kosmos-2335.

  By: Scott Parrish
  Source: This material was reprinted with permission of the Open Media
          Institute, a nonprofit organization with research offices in Prague,
          Czech Republic. For more information on OMRI publications, please
          to: info@omri.cz

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