New Russian rocket launches military satellite on first mission

A lightweight member of Russia’s Angara family of rockets launched its first orbital mission last week, sending a military payload into the air, according to reports.

The Angara 1.2 rocket launched on April 29 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, which is about 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Moscow, according to RussianSpaceWeb.com, run by Russian freelance journalist Anatoly Zak.