August 28, 2008
Six Proton Launches Scheduled From Baikonur By Year’s End
BAIKONUR. Aug 28 (Interfax-AVN) - Six launches of Proton space rockets are planned from Kazakhstan's Baikonur space centre by the end of this year, a space centre source told Interfax on Thursday.
Three rockets would carry Russian payloads, and the other three would deliver telecom satellites to orbit for payments, he said.A Proton will launch Canada's Nimiq 4 satellite and another Proton will launch a cluster of Russian Glonass-M satellites in September, the source said.
A Proton will take Luxembourg's Astra-1M satellite into orbit in October.
Launches of the Ciel-2 telecom satellite and Russia's Express AM- 44/MD-1 and Glonass-M are scheduled for December.
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