Recent launches of two converted Soviet-era ballistic missiles have reaffirmed the vehicles' presence in the market for lofting small satellites, a sector once reserved for research and technology demonstrations that is seeing increased demand for commercial applications, including optical and radar imagery and communications. A Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr sent 24 small-satellite payloads to orbit from Russia's Yasny launch site Nov. 21. Operated by ISC Kosmotras and the Russian defense ...

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