Moscow, February 2 (Itar-Tass) A Russian defensesatellite launched with a Rokot rocket from the Plesetskspaceport failed to enter the radio visibility zone at 6:36pm Moscow time, an aerospace industry official said.
There is no contact with the defense satellite, launchedyesterday, and it is not on the screens of land-basedstations, he said.
The three-stage Rokot rocket with the Briz-KM booster unitis a product of the Khrunichev aerospace center. It is basedon the RS-18 (NATO codename SS-19 Stiletto) intercontinentalballistic missile. The rocket''s takeoff weight is 107 tonnes,the length is 28 meters and the diameter is 2.5 meters. Allthe three stages of the rocket use highly toxic fuel.The first Rokot launch took place from the Baikonurspaceport in Kazakhstan on November 20, 1990. That was thefirst space launch for the Russian Space Forces in 2011.
There have been 16 Rokot launches from Plesetsk, including14 fully successful. The Eurorockot joint venture was theprovider of nine launches. (Itar-Tass)