A Russian Soyuz-2 carrier rocket successfully launched four military satellites into orbit following lift-off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the northwest Arkhangelsk Region, Wednesday.

According to a Russian Ministry of Defence press release, "stable telemetric connection" has been established and maintained with the satellites, and their onboard systems are functioning normally.

The four satellites are designed to study the impact of artificial and natural factors found in outer space on the Russian orbital group’s spacecraft, as well as to align the Russian Aerospace Forces’ radars, according to the MoD's statement.

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