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PROTON LAUNCHER TAKES OFF WITH DUAL-USE RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

PROTON LAUNCHER TAKES OFF WITH DUAL-USE RUSSIAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE A high-power Russian satellite designed to deliver broadband Internet connections and relay television and videoconferencing signals fired into orbit Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Destined to serve the Russian military and civilian customers, the first Blagovest communications satellite rode a Proton rocket into space at 2207 GMT (6:07 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, according to a statement released by ISS Reshetnev, the spacecraft’s manufacturer. Liftoff occurred at 4:07 a.m. local time Thursday at Baikonur, a sprawling spaceport leased by the Russian government from Kazakhstan.   More



(Source: SpaceFlight Now - Aug 18)

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