Russia launches US communication satellite (Lead)

May 16th, 2009 - 3:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, May 16 (RIA Novosti) Russia Saturday launched a rocket carrying a US communication satellite into space from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
“The launch of the Proton-M rocket fitted with a Breeze-M booster and carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite went ahead at the scheduled time,” a spokesperson of the Roscosmos said.

ProtoStar Ltd is a private company based in Bermuda. Its US operations are based in San Francisco and California, while its Asian operations are conducted from Singapore.

ProtoStar plans to operate an initial fleet of three geostationary satellites to provide direct broadcast services to Indonesia, India, the Philippines and Taiwan.

The primary control system for ProtoStar-2 was installed in Indonesia and will be operated by Indovision, a local subscription-based direct broadcast satellite service.

–RIA Novosti


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