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MOSCOW – A Russian news agency says the country's space forces have lost contact with a newly launched military satellite.

ITAR-Tass says the military has failed to establish radio communications with the satellite launched Tuesday from the northern Plesetsk launchpad. There was no immediate comment from the Defense Ministry.

The military said earlier the satellite was put into orbit by a Rokot booster rocket.

The state-controlled Khrunichev rocket maker said on its website the GEO-IK-2 Reshetnev satellite was intended for geodetic studies, which involve measuring or determining the shape of the earth, or with locating exactly points on its surface.

The apparent mishap follows a failed launch of three GLONASS-M satellites in December, which cost two space officials their jobs.