Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket with the Spektr-RG space observatory lifts off from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 13, 2019. (ROSCOSMOS PHOTO)
The Russian Defense Ministry will stop launching its satellites from Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome this year and will switch to Russia's Plesetsk cosmodrome from 2020.
MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Russia on Tuesday successfully launched a military satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The ministry's Zvezda broadcasting service said that the Proton-M launch vehicle with the satellite took off at 12:56 a.m. Moscow time (2156 GMT Monday).
It quoted Deputy Commander of the Russian Space Forces Igor Morozov as saying that the Russian Defense Ministry will stop launching its satellites from Baikonur this year and will switch to the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia's northern Arkhangelsk region from 2020.