Topic: Russian space programs
MOSCOW, September 21 (RIA Novosti)
- Briz-M upper-stage fault behind Proton-M launch failure
- Russia's Proton-M to launch European telecoms satellite
- Russia's Proton-M takes U.S. telecoms satellite into orbit
- Proton-M with three Glonass-M deviates from its course
- Russia loses Progress space freighter
Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket with a military purpose spacecraft was launched early on Wednesday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, a Space Forces spokesman said
The launch took place at 2:47 Moscow time (22:47 GMT Tuesday), as scheduled.
"The spacecraft is scheduled to separate from the Briz-M booster at 11:48 Moscow time [7:48 GMT]," Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.
The Russian aerospace industry has recently faced a series of misfortunes. On August 18, a Russian Proton-M rocket lost the prized Express-AM4 satellite that was designed to provide digital television and secure government communications for Siberia and the Far East.
One week after the Express-AM4 went off course, a Soyuz-U booster malfunctioned, preventing the Progress M-12M cargo spacecraft from reaching orbit. Its debris fell in Gorny Altai, Russia.
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