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Russia launches Proton-M rocket with U.S. satellite

(Xinhua)

10:21, October 20, 2011

MOSCOW, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Russia launched a Proton-M carrier rocket carrying a U.S. telecommunication satellite on Wednesday, according to the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos.

Roscosmos's live broadcasting on its official website showed the rocket with the ViaSat-1 satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 22:48 Moscow time (18:48 GMT).

The satellite is scheduled to separate with the rocket at 08:01 Moscow time (04:01 GMT) on Thursday.

Roscosmos said that it was the sixth launch of Russia's Proton rocket in 2011.

The ViaSat-1 is reportedly the heaviest satellite lunched by Russian rockets.

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