Russia test launches first new space rocket since Soviet era: Interfax

MOSCOW Wed Jul 9, 2014 8:21am EDT

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia test launched its first new design of space rocket since the Soviet era on Wednesday, Russian news agencies quoted a source at the country's northern Plesetsk cosmodrome as saying.

"The launch has taken place," the source was cited by Interfax as saying of the new generation Angara rocket, a vital part of President Vladimir Putin's efforts to revive Russia's once-pioneering space industry.

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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