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Proton-M Rocket With Canadian Commsat Launched From Baikonur

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Moscow (RIA Novosti) Dec 11, 2008
A Proton-M carrier rocket with a Ciel 2 Canadian telecommunications satellite on board was launched on Wednesday from the Baikonur space center Russia leases from Kazakhstan.

"The estimated time for the Ciel 2 going into orbit is 01:55 Moscow time Thursday," a spokesman for the Khrunichev space center, which develops and produces Proton and Angara carrier rockets, said.

The Ciel 2 has been produced by Thales Alenia Space (France) on an order from Ciel Satellite Group - a new Canadian satellite communications operator.

International Launch Services Inc. signed a contract to launch the Ciel 2 using a Proton-M carrier rocket. ILS's controlling stake is owned by the Khrunichev center.

Source: RIA Novosti

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The Ciel Satellite Group has announced that the launch of Ciel II is on schedule for Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 13:43 (GMT) aboard the International Launch Services' ProtonM/Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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