18975448 story Russia Launches, Loses, Finds Military Satellite 88 Posted by CmdrTaco on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @10:24AM from the found-in-sofa-cushions dept. eldavojohn writes "According to Interfax reports, a GEO-IK-2 spacecraft launched yesterday from Plesetsk went missing hours after launch. Its intended purpose is to measure specific curvature of the Earth to aid Russia's military in building excellent 3D maps. Early today, Russia announced that they found it, but unfortunately it's in the wrong orbit. China's state media called the launch 'successful.' Reuters reminds us of a GLONASS mishap, which resulted in Medvedev firing two top space officials."