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Proton with Dutch telecom satellite to be launched from Baikonur

December 26, 2011, 7:22 UTC+3

The satellite NSS-14 will separate from the upper stage Briz-M at 07:53 Moscow time on Tuesday

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MOSCOW, December 26 (Itar-Tass) —— The Proton-M booster with the Dutch telecommunications satellite NSS-14 will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport on Monday.

“The launch of the Proton-M booster with the upper stage rocket Briz-M is scheduled at 22:41 Moscow time,” spokesman of the Khrunichev State Space Research-and-Production Centre Alexander Bobrenev told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) explained that “the fallout area of the spent first stage of the booster is located in the Karaganda Region, Kazakhstan, the second stage and the payload fairing – in the Republic of Altai, Russia, and the third stage in the Pacific.”

Roscosmos also noted that “nine minutes and 42 seconds after the launch the orbital block of the upper stage rocket Briz-M and the satellite will go on a suborbital trajectory.” Further flight of the satellite NSS-14 will be made thanks to five activations of the engine of the upper stage.

“The satellite NSS-14 will separate from the upper stage Briz-M at 07:53 Moscow time on Tuesday,” the Roscosmos source said.

The telecommunications satellite NSS-14 is designed for the full scope of telecommunications services in Eastern Europe, West Africa, North and South Americas. The weight of the satellite is 6,180 kilograms, the service life is 15 years and the satellite will operate at the control point of 33.8 degrees on the geostationary orbit.

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