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Robert Pearlman

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Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the launch Saturday (Dec. 28) of a new model Soyuz rocket, the Soyuz-2.1v, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. RIA Novosti reports:
The ministry said the launch took place at 16:30 Moscow time (12:30 GMT).

The rocket put into designated orbit a small research satellite built by students and young scientists.

The new rocket, dubbed the Soyuz-2.1v, [features] a completely reworked first stage powered by a NK-33 (14D15) rocket engine built by the NK Engines Company in the Russian city of Samara. The rocket lacks the characteristic four boosters that Soyuz and its ancestors have had since the R-7 missile that launched Sputnik in 1957.

(The NK-33, originally built for the Soviet N-1 moon rocket, is the same [modified] engine used by Orbital Sciences for its Antares launch vehicle.)

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