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Yamal-401 launched from Baikonur separates from booster

December 15, 2014, 12:34 UTC+3
The Yamal-401 satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company for Russian operator Gazprom Space Systems, is capable of relaying continuously signals in Europe and Asia
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MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. Russian telecommunications satellite Yamal-401, launched early on Monday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, separated from the Briz-M booster and reached the designated orbit, press service of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, told TASS on Monday.

“The satellite’s separation was at the scheduled time,” the press service said.

Initially, the lift-off of the Russian telecommunications satellite was scheduled for December 2. However, the event was postponed until December 16 amid the delayed launch of Europe's Astra-2G, scheduled for December 28. Last week the launch was moved again for December 15.

The Yamal-401 satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company for Russian operator Gazprom Space Systems, is capable of relaying continuously signals in Europe and Asia. The satellite has 53 transponders and six antennas in C/Ku-bands.

The Yamal-401 is the third spacecraft built on the basis of a heavy-class Express-2000 platform. The mass of the satellite is 2,976 kilograms, the power used to carry the payload is 11 kWt, and the life span is 15 years.

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