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Russia launches China communications satellite: report
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Aug 12, 2009

Russia successfully launched a Chinese communications satellite from its Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan overnight, Russian news agencies reported Wednesday.

The AsiaSat-5 satellite is due to detach from the Proton-M rocket at 0502 GMT Wednesday, space officials quoted by RIA Novosti said.

The satellite is due to provide communications service to East and South Asian states, officials said.


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