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Russian communication satellite Yamal-201 lost

July 16, 2014, 19:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Launched in 2003, Yamal-201 made by the Space Rocket Corporation Energia is the oldest among the GKS space assets and was supposed to operate until 2015

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MOSCOW, July 16. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian communication satellite Yamal-201 could not be repaired after a malfunction in June and is deemed lost.

“The satellite will not work anymore,” Gazprom Space Systems (GKS), which owns the satellite, told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday, July 16. “The traffic that was serviced by Yamal-201 has been referred to other GKS satellites.”

Launched in 2003, Yamal-201 made by the Space Rocket Corporation Energia is the oldest among the GKS space assets and was supposed to operate until 2015. It malfunctioned on June 5, 2014.

The satellite’s signals covered 95% of Russia’s territory.

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