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Russia To Launch New Telecommunications Satellite

File photo of a Proton M rocket launch.
Moscow (XNA) Oct 29, 2004
A Russian Proton-M rocket will lift off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Saturday to deliver a telecommunications satellite into space, the Federal Space Agency said on Thursday.

The launch is scheduled for 2:11 a.m. Moscow time (2211 GMT Friday), the Interfax News Agency here quoted a spokesman of the space agency as saying.

The Express-AM1 telecommunications satellite made by Russia's Reshetnyov research and production institute is designed to provide a wide range of telecommunications services, including digital TV and radio broadcasting, video-conference and wide-band Internet access.

In August, a Proton-M rocket had carried Spain's Amonzonas telecommunications satellite into orbit.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Russia To Build South Korean Launch Pad
Moscow (AFP) Oct 27, 2004
Russia is to build a space launch pad in South Korea by 2007, Itar-Tass news agency reported Wednesday, quoting Vyacheslav Davidenko, a spokesman for the Russian space agency Roskosmos. A contract covering "construction of a rocket launch pad for civilian use and space exploration" was signed by both countries, the spokesman was quoted as saying.

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