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Proton launches communications satellite
Posted: Sat, Jun 25, 2005, 6:13 AM ET (1013 GMT)
Proton launch (file photo) A Proton rocket successfully launched a Russian communications satellite late Friday. The Proton-K booster lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:41 pm EDT (1941 GMT) Friday, and placed its payload, the Express AM-3 satellite, into its planned orbit five and a half hours later. The 2,600-kg satellite, built by Russian manufacturer NPO PM and carrying a payload provided by Alcatel, carries 16 C-band, 12 Ku-band, and 1 L-band transponder. The satellite will be positioned in GEO at 40 degrees east to provide a variety of voice, video, and data services. The spacecraft is the fifth in a series of modernized communications satellites operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company.
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