First 2019 Proton-M Rocket Launch From Baikonur Slated for May
by Staff Writers
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Apr 03, 2019
The first 2019 launch of the Russian-built Proton-M carrier rocket with the Blagovest telecommunications satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome will take place on 23 May, a source in the rocket and space industry told Sputnik.
Last week, another source told Sputnik that the first 2019 launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket from Baikonur had been postponed from May 17 to 24-25 May.
"The launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket with the Briz-M upper stage and the Blagovest satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome is going to take place on 23 May", the source said.
In mid-February, Deputy Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Igor Morozov, said that the final launch from Baikonur for the Defense Ministry will be held in 2019 after which all the launches for the military would be carried out from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.
A source in the aerospace industry told Sputnik earlier in March that the military planned to complete the constellation of four Blagovest satellites with this launch. The first three satellites of the group were brought to the orbit in August 2017, April 2018 and December 2018.
According to the ISS-Reshetnev Company, the manufacturer of Blagovest, the satellites are designed to provide high-speed internet access, communication services and television and radio broadcasting to the military.
Source: RIA Novosti
India launches PSLV-C45, with spysat and 28 microsats onboard
Sriharikota, India (ISRO) Apr 02, 2019
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle has successfully launched EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites into their designated orbits. The PSLV-C45 mission lifted off at 09:27 Hrs (IST) on April 01, 2019 from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota in its 47th flight. This flight marked the first mission of PSLV-QL, a new variant of PSLV with four strap-on motors. About 17 minutes and 12 seconds after lift-off, EMISAT was successfully injected into inten ... read more
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