EU summit participants show unity on anti-Russian sanctions — MerkelWorld June 23, 4:11
Moldovan parliament refuses to hold no confidence vote in Foreign Minister Andrei GalburWorld June 23, 2:03
Google.ru’s temporary ban should serve as reminder to others — lawmakerBusiness & Economy June 23, 1:59
Russian lawmaker slams EU’s decision to extend sanctions on Moscow as absurdRussian Politics & Diplomacy June 23, 0:32
IOC spokesperson confirms Bach’s words about possible sanctions on RussiaSport June 22, 23:27
Germany-Chile Confederations Cup encounter in Kazan ends with 1-1 drawSport June 22, 23:12
Putin praises Moscow International Film FestivalSociety & Culture June 22, 21:49
Russian football team getting ready for game with MexicoSport June 22, 21:38
EU agrees to extend sanctions against RussiaWorld June 22, 21:25
MOSCOW, October 20 (Itar-Tass) —— A Proton-M carrier rocket with the American satellite ViaSat-1 aboard blasted off from Baokonur on Wednesday, October 19.
“The Proton-M carrier rocket with the Briz-M booster was launched at 22:48 Moscow time,” the press service of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said.
The satellite is scheduled to be put in geostationary orbit on October 20 in 9 hours 12 minutes after launch.
“The launch of the ViaSat-1 satellite is the sixth Proton launch in 2011 and the 369th in its history,” the Khrunichev Centre said.
ViaSat-1 is the most powerful satellite in the world, built for the American telecom company ViaSat. It will meet the growing demand for broadband access to the Internet in North America and Hawaii for the next decade. It is designed to operate for 15 years.
The satellite was launched in the interests of a number of leading companies in the market of broadband communication, including Loral, Telesat and Eutelsat. The contract for the use of the Proton-M carrier rocket was signed by International Launch Services Inc. (ILS), in which controlling interest belongs to Khrunichev that designs and makes the carrier rocket and the booster.
ILS is based in Reston, Virginia, and promotes Khrunichev’s Proton carrier rocket and Briz-M booster on the international market. The joint venture was set up in 1995 by Lockheed Martin, Khrunichev and Energia. In 2006, Lockheed Martin withdrew from the partnership and sold its majority share to one of the German entrepreneurs. In May 2008, Khrunichev bought that share. ILS has made 67 Proton launches since 1996.