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Russia Starts Preparations To Launch US Telecoms Satellite

Fiel image - Telstar satellite.
by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Nov 03, 2008
Russian space technicians have started preparations for the launch of a Zenit carrier rocket with a U.S. Telstar telecom satellite on board, Russia's space agency said on Friday.

A Zenith-3SLB carrier rocket equipped with a DM-SLB booster is scheduled to lift off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at the end of December.

"A preliminary assessment of the launch facilities at Baikonur was carried out this week in preparation for the launch of the Telstar 11N satellite," the agency said in a statement.

The Telstar 11N, built by Space Systems/Loral for Loral Skynet telecoms company, will provide services from 39 high-power Ku-band transponders spread across four different geographic beams in each of North and Central America, Europe, Africa and the maritime Atlantic Ocean Region.

The Zenit-3SLB is a modernized three-stage version of the Zenit-3SL, which was previously used at Sea Launch's floating platform in the Pacific Ocean.

Source: RIA Novosti

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New ASTRA 1M Satellite Ready For Launch On 6 November
Betzdorf, Luxembourg (SPX) Oct 31, 2008
SES ASTRA has announced that its new ASTRA 1M satellite has been fully integrated into the fairing of the launch vehicle, a Proton Breeze M rocket, and is ready for launch on 6 November (local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.







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