A Soyuz 2-1 launch vehicle successfully launched a Bars-M class electro-optical area surveillance stereoscopic cartography satellite called Cosmos 2503 on 28 February 2015 for the Russian Ministry of Defence. The spacecraft was launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia and went into a Sun-synchronous low Earth orbit. The spacecraft was reportedly carrying an electro-optical camera system called Karat, developed by LOMO (Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association.
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