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Russian Proton rocket with Turkish satellite to be launched at 20:40 GMT

October 16, 2015, 9:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It will be this year’s sixth launch of the Proton rocket and the 407th in its flight history
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MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. The launch of Russia’s Proton-M rocket with the Turkish satellite Turksat 4B is scheduled for 20:40 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre - the producer of the rocket and Briz-M upper stage, told TASS on Friday.

According to the flight sequence, the first stage will be separated from the rocket 120 seconds after the blast-off and on the 327th second, payload fairing (PLF) covering the satellite during the flight through dense atmosphere will be jettisoned. On the 582nd second of the flight, the payload will reach the suborbital trajectory and will be placed on the target orbit by the Briz-M booster. The ascent mission duration will be 9 hours and 13 minutes.

The Turksat 4B satellite will be used to provide telecommunications services and has no military purpose.

Turksat-4B was built by Mitsubishi Electric. The satellite will provide telecommunication and direct TV broadcasting services over a wide geographic region between west of China and east of England spanning Turkey, as well as Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Turksat-4B will be positioned at 50 degrees east longitude and consists of multiple transponders with an expected on-orbit manoeuvre life of 30 years. Turksat-4B satellite will expand the space capacity of Turkey and provide enhanced performance to its coverage areas.

It will be this year’s sixth launch of the Proton rocket and the 407th in its flight history. The previous launch of the Proton rocket was carried out on September 14 this year with the Russian communications satellite Express AM8.

The next launch of the Proton-M rocket is preliminarily scheduled for December 20. This launch that will be carried out in the interests of the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) is to orbit the Express telecommunications satellite.

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