September 22, 2008
Russian Rocket Sends Canadian Satellite into Space
Russian rocket sends Canadian satellite into space
MOSCOW, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Russia launched a Proton-M space vehicle early Saturday to send a Canadian communication satellite into orbit, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
The rocket was scheduled to orbit the Canadian satellite on Friday, but was postponed over a malfunction of the launch control system.
The satellite Nimiq-4 weighs 4,850 kg and is expected to work for 15 years. It is developed by the European company EADS Astrium for Telesat Canada, a satellite communication operator which provides data transmission and tele and radio broadcasting services for North America.
The Proton-M launch vehicle and the Briz-M booster are made by the Khrunichev center. The rocket has three stages and the launch weight is about 700 tons.
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