Russia launched a Proton-M carrier
rocket carrying a U.S. telecommunications satellite, the federal
space agency Roscosmos said on Sunday.
The Proton rocket, carrying the Intelsat-23 telesat, blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 12:37 p.m. Moscow time (0837 GMT), Roscosmos said in a statement on its website.
The launch, previously scheduled for August 23, was postponed following the unsuccessful launch of August 7, during which a Proton- M failed to put two telecommunications satellites into the correct orbit.
The separation of the satellite from the Breeze-M upper stage is scheduled at 22:07 p.m. Moscow time (1807 GMT), a Roscosmos spokesman told local media.
The Intelsat-23 satellite was equipped with 24 C-band and 15 Ku- band transponders. With a designed life-span of 15 years, it would provide telecommunications services to customers in North America, Latin America, Western Europe and Africa.
Most Popular Stories
- SEO Traffic Lab Celebrate Wins at Digital Marketing Event 'Internet World 2013' in London
- Social Media Initiatives Should Follow Customers' Lead
- Apple CEO: Offshore Units Not a 'Tax Gimmick'
- U.S. Senate Accuses Apple of Large-scale Tax Avoidance
- UTEP Water Recycling Project Wins Venture Titles
- Marketo Makes a Mint in IPO: Stock Shoots Up More than 50 Percent
- Bieber Booed at Billboard Awards
- Crude Oil Up, Gasoline Down
- Austin Startup Compare Metrics Raises $3.5 Million for Expansion
- Why So Many Top 'Car Guys' Are Actually Women