Russian has launched an imaging satellite and 72 micro-satellites into orbit from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  

Russian space agency Roscosmos and research centre Glavcosmos said it is for the first time in the world that such a complex and large mission has been developed and implemented.

The Kanopus-V-IK satellite will provide wide-angle images of Earth and will be used especially to detect forest fires or to update the topography of maps.

According to Russian news agencies, all the satellites have successfully separated and released into three different orbits.

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