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March 19, 2014
Proton-M with two Russian communication satellites on board blasts off from Baikonur
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Mar 18, 2014
A Proton-M carrier rocket with a Briz-M upper stage and two Russian communication satellites of the Ekspress-AT series on board has taken off from the Baikonur launch site, a Roscosmos representative reports. The carrier rocket and ground equipment underwent pre-launch checks and the rocket was filled with fuel. Express AT-1 and Express AT-2 satellites were made by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems in cooperation with the French company Alenia Space for Space Communications under the Rus ... read more

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