Topic: Russian space programs
MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti)
- Russian Space Launch Canceled over Technical Problem
- Russia Launches Dutch Telecoms Satellite
- Russia Set to Launch Dutch Telecoms Satellite
- Launch of Proton-M with Dutch Satellite Postponed
- Proton-M, Dutch Satellite Taken to Launch Pad
A Russian Proton-M launch vehicle carrying the Dutch SES-5 telecoms satellite lifted off on Monday from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan after a series of delays, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
“The launch occurred at the calculated time. The separation of the spacecraft from the Briz-M upper-stage rocket is expected at 07:50 a.m. Moscow time [03:50 GMT] on July 10,” Roscosmos’s spokesperson said.
The launch that was initially scheduled for June 19, has been postponed after the fault in the steering gear was detected during a check as part of the preparation for the launch.
The SES-5, built by U.S. company Space Systems/Loral for the Dutch operator SES World Skies, was designed to provide various satellite services to customers in Africa, Middle East and Europe. The satellite has a life span of 15 years.
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