August 30, 2008

Russia to Launch Six Proton Rockets Before End of 2008

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website

Baykonur [Kazakhstan], 28 August: It is planned to launch six Proton booster rockets from the Baykonur space centre before the end of 2008, Interfax was informed by a source at the centre on Thursday [28 August].

According to the agency's informant, three of the forthcoming Proton launches would carry Russian payloads, and three would carry commercial telecommunications satellites.

In September, it is planned to launch a Proton rocket carrying a Canadian Nimiq 4 satellite. A Proton rocket is also to be used to release a cluster of Russian Glonass-M space vehicles, the source recalled.

He believed that the launch of a Proton rocket carrying an Astra 1M satellite for Luxembourg was planned for October.

In December, Proton rockets are to be used to launch a Ciel-2 telecommunications satellite from Baykonur and to launch a cluster of Russian Express AM-44/MD and Glonass-M satellites.

Originally published by Interfax-AVN military news agency website, Moscow, in Russian 28 Aug 08.

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