( RIA Novosti ) - Belarus plans to launch its second satellite in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences said on Tuesday.
Pyotr Vityaz, the first deputy chairman of the academy's presidium, said the Belka-2 satellite would be launched by a Russian carrier rocket.
Belarus launched its first satellite, Belka, in July 2006. However, a Dnepr rocket carrying the Belarusian satellite, along with several international satellites, crashed shortly after liftoff from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, due to a first stage engine shutdown.
Belka was the name of a Soviet dog, who, along with her companion, Strelka, was the first creature to go into orbit and return alive, making her trip in August 1960.