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Russia Launches Advanced US Telecom Satellite

Russia launches new age U.S. telecoms satellite. Photo courtesy RIA Novosti.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Nov 15, 2010
A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with a U.S. telecommunications satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Sunday, a spokesman for Russian space agency Roskosmos said.

The launch took place at 20:29 Moscow time [16:29 GMT], the spokesman said.

The contract to put the satellite into space was signed between Russian-U.S. company International Launch Services (ILS) and Canadian MSV-Mobile Satellite Ventures.

The SkyTerra 1 is designed to provide voice and data services in L-band.

It was manufactured by Boeing and is based on the reliable Boeing 702 Geo-Mobile platform.

The satellite has a 22-meter L-band reflector for mobile terminal links complemented by a 1.5 meter Ku-band antenna.

SkyTerra 1 and its twin - SkyTerra 2 - will enable in the future the world's first commercial mobile satellite service using both space and terrestrial elements.

Source: RIA Novosti News Agency

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