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Russia Postpones Launch of Proton Rocket With US Satellite Until October 10
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 29, 2016


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Russia's Roscosmos space corporation said Thursday it had postponed the launch of a Proton carrier rocket with a US telecoms satellite on board until at least October 10.

"Roscosmos launch planning commission has decided to delay the launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket with US telecommunications satellite EchoStar 21. The new date has been preliminary set for October 10, 2016," Roscosmos said in a statement.

EchoStar 21, built by Space Systems/Loral with estimated operational life of 15 years, is expected to extend constellation of Echostar satellites and will provide 2 GHz mobile voice and data communications utilizing S-band transponders mainly with European coverage.

Source: Sputnik News

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