Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Russia Launches Proton-M Rocket with Express-AM6 Telecoms Satellite

Russia launched on Tuesday an Express-series communications satellite on board the Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
"The launch took place as scheduled at 07.09 p.m. Moscow time [15:09 GMT]," a Roscosmos spokesman told RIA Novosti.
"The separation of the satellite from the Briz-M booster is expected at 04.31 a.m. Moscow time on October 22 [00:31 GMT]," the officil added.

Based on the heavy-class Express-2000 platform, the spacecraft will have an active lifespan of 15 years and carry 11 antennas as well as 72 C-, Ku-, Ka- и L-band transponders, according to Russia's Reshetnev Company, which designs and builds Express-series satellites.
The Express-AM6 telecommunications satellite will be operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to provide a comprehensive range of communications and broadcasting services in the Russian territory.
 (RIA Novosti)


  1. La fusée Proton-M a décollé du cosmodrome de Baïkonour ...

    La fusée-porteuse Proton-M avec le satellite de communications russe Express- AM6 a décollé du cosmodrome de Baïkonour (Kazakhstan), a indiqué le service de presse de Roskosmos (l’agence spatiale russe).

    Il s'agit du sixième lancement de la fusée Proton cette année, et deuxième après l’accident de ce satellite au mois de mai.

    Le satellite Express AM6 va fournir un large éventail des services de communication et de téléradiodiffusion sur le territoire de la Russie.
    Lire la suite: http://french.ruvr.ru/news/2014_10_21/La-fusee-Proton-M-a-decolle-du-cosmodrome-de-Baikonour-7091/

  2. The Russian Express-AM6 communications satellite has separated from the Briz-M booster and was deployed into the calculated orbit, the press service of Russia’s Roscosmos Federal Space Agency told TASS....

    “The space vehicle separated at the estimated time”, the press service said.

    The Proton-M carrier rocket with the Express-AM6 communications satellite lifted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, at 19:09 Moscow time on Tuesday, and ten minutes later the satellite with the Briz-M booster separated from the rocket, the press service said.

    This is the sixth this year Proton launch and the second after an accident in May this year. The previous successful launch took place on September 28 when the Russian satellite Lutch was orbited.

    In an accident on May 16, a Proton-M rocket with the satellite Express-AM4R aboard launched from the Baikonur launch pad that Russia leases from Kazakhstan burst into flames in midair.

    The Express-AM6 is a satellite that provides communications and broadcasting services in Russia. The lifetime of the spacecraft is 15 years.

    The director general at Russian Satellite Communications Company, Yuri Prokhorov, said earlier the enterprise plans to add nine advanced communications satellites to its orbital grouping by 2020. Thus, the number of satellites will reach 20.


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