August 22, 2008

Canadian Satellite Arrives at Baikonur for Takeoff With Proton-M – Roscosmos

MOSCOW. Aug 22 (Interfax) - The Canadian Nimiq 4 communication satellite has been brought to Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan for preparation for takeoff with a Proton-M launch vehicle (LV), the press service of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) says.

The report posted on the agency website says the satellite will be taken to assembly tower 92-A50.

"In the next few days the satellite will be transferred to the clean area and prepared for launch. Experts from the manufacturing company, EADS Astrium, will be working on it," the report says.

The contract for launching Nimiq 4 with a Proton in 2008 was signed in April 2006 by Telesat and International Launch Services (ILS), which promotes Protons on global markets.

ILS has facilitated the launch of four satellites for the Telesat orbital fleet. The takeoff of Proton-M with the Briz-M upper stage and Nimiq 4 satellite is scheduled for September.

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