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Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M | Meridian-M No.19L

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Soyuz rocket launching from the pad
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Meridian-M No.19L | Soyuz 2.1a/Fregat-M

Russia's Federal Space Agency is launching a Meridian military observation satellite into a highly elliptical "Molniya" orbit in order to keep an eye on things back down here on Earth. Because it's a military satellite, not a lot is known about this space vehicle. But where it's going to in space is really interesting - so let's look into this.