MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The Luch-5X relay satellite launched from the Baikonur spaceport was successfully delivered into orbit, Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos announced on Monday.
"The Luch-5X was delivered into the designated orbit. The satellite was delivered in standard mode," Roscosmos said in a statement.
A Proton-M carrier rocket with a Briz-M booster and the Luch-5X relay satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space center at 2:13 a.m. Moscow time on Monday.
The launch is the fourth liftoff of Russian carrier rockets this year. This was the 115th flight for the Proton-M launch vehicle and the 107th for the Briz booster. Both the carrier rocket and the booster were manufactured at the Khrunichev Space Center (part of Roscosmos).
The Luch space-based multi-functional relay system was accepted for operational evaluation in February 2016. In particular, it provides for a data exchange between the Russian segment of the International Space Station and Russia’s Flight Control Center.