On August 29, 2008 the Rocket Forces conducted a successful launch of a Dnepr launcher from the silo No. 95 of the launch complex No. 109 of the Baykonur test site. The launch took place at 11:15:53 MSK (07:15:53 UTC). The launcher delivered into orbit five RapidEye satellites for the German Space Agency.
The missile used in the launch is a converted R-36MUTTH (RS-20B) ICBM. The Rocket Forces did not disclose the exact age of the missile, but it is at least 25 years old - missiles of these type were deployed in 1979-1983. The space launch was simultaneously a flight test that was used to confirm reliability of the missile.