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Satellite launcher. A Proton-M launcher on its pad prior to lift-off. This rocket carried the Cosmos 2473 satellite into orbit on 21 September 2011. This is the first Garpun class military communications satellite that is in geostationary orbit. Its main role is to relay data from reconnaissance satellites back to Earth.
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