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Proton-M rocket with Intelsat-16 satellite blasts off

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:02 am via: RIA Novosti
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(RIA Novosti) – Russia successfully launched the Proton-M carrier rocket with a U.S. telecommunications satellite Intelsat-16 on Friday, a spokesman for Russia’s space agency said.

The launch from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan is Russia’s first commercial launch this year.

“The liftoff took place at 03:39 Moscow time [00:39 GMT], estimated separation time of the Briz-M booster is 13:14 Moscow time [10:14 GMT],” the source said.

The Intelsat-16 satellite was developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation for the Intelsat Ltd., a leading provider of satellite services worldwide. It is equipped with 24 transponders and will provide telecommunications services to customers in Brazil and Mexico.

Intelsat Ltd. operates the world’s most extensive satellite network, comprising over 50 satellites.

Copyright 2010 RIA Novosti. All rights reserved.

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