May 16, 2009
Roscosmos says satellite launched Saturday
A Proton-M rocket carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite was launched from the Baikonur space center Saturday, the Russian space agency said.
The Russian news service said the Proton-M rocket launch is the fourth this year carried out by International Launch Services Inc.
The launch of the Proton-M rocket fitted with a Breeze-M booster and carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite went ahead at the scheduled time, a Roscosmos spokesperson was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.
ILS's controlling stake is owned by Russia's Khrunichev center, which develops and produces Proton and Angara carrier rockets. ProtoStar Ltd. is a private company incorporated in Bermuda.
ProtoStar plans to operate a fleet of geostationary satellites to provide direct broadcast services for Indonesia, India, Philippines and Taiwan, the news service said.