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Proton-M Carrier With US Telecom Satellite To Lift Off In June

The US telecommunications satellite, DirecTV-10.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) May 28, 2007
A Proton-M rocket carrying a U.S. telecommunications satellite, DirecTV-10, has been scheduled for launch in June this year from a space center in Kazakhstan, a leading Russian space company said Monday. The DirecTV-10 is a commercial telecommunications satellite designed and manufactured by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to provide consumers across the continental part of the United States, Hawaii and Alaska with local and national High Definition Television (HDTV).

"A Briz-M booster, which will be used on the Proton-M carrier rocket top to put a U.S. DirecTV-10 communications satellite into orbit, has been delivered to the Baikonur space center," the Khrunichev State Space Scientific Production Center said in a statement.

The launch services will be provided by International Launch Services, a U.S.-Russian joint venture with exclusive rights for worldwide commercial sales and mission management of satellite launches on Russia's Proton carrier rockets.

The joint venture partners are Space Transport Inc., a privately held corporation based in the British Virgin Islands, and Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia of Moscow.

The company has conducted a total of 46 commercial Proton launches since 1996, and has 15 scheduled launches through 2010.

The Proton vehicle launches both commercial ILS missions and Russian government payloads from the Baikonur space center, which is operated by the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) under lease from the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Source: RIA Novosti

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