Russian Proton-M rocket to deliver European satellite

09:00, December 27, 2010      

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Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket will deliver a European KA-SAT telecommunications satellite early Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, said Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) Sunday.

The launch of the six-ton KA-SAT is the 12th for Proton-M carrier rocket this year and the 363rd in its history. It is also the first launch of Proton-M after it veered off course and sunk in the Pacific Ocean on December 5, losing three Glonass-M satellites, a spokesman for Roscosmos said.

Total duration of this delivery of KA-SAT to the geostationary transfer orbit is 9 hours 12 minutes, he said.

The KA-SAT launch, initially slated for December 20, was later postponed for another week pending the investigation into the failed launch of three Glonass satellites.

Source: Xinhua

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