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Russia to resume Rokot launches in September

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Moscow, Aug 5 (EFE).- Russia will resume launching Rokot orbital carrier rockets in September after missions were scrapped more than two years ago due to problems with the Briz-KM accelerators used to put the rockets into orbit, the Roscosmos space agency said Monday.

The rocket will be used to put two Gonets communications satellites into orbit, Roscosmos director Vladimir Popovkin said.

Russia lost a military satellite in February 2011 when an accelerator, the last stage of the rocket, failed.

The satellite ended up in the wrong orbit due to the rocket's failure.

The Army Aerospace Forces halted a launch last December after detecting a new technical problem with the Briz-KM.

Russia's space industry has had to deal with nine accidents since the summer of 2011.

The government said it planned to restructure the industry in the wake of the explosion of a Proton-M carrier rocket one second after liftoff on July 2.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130805/russia-resume-rokot-launches-september