Proton-M carrying Express-AMU1 launch
December 25, 2015 at 00:31 MSK (Moscow Time)launch vehicle (LV) Proton-M with the upper stage Briz-M and telecommunications spacecraft Express-AMU1 successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome platform №200.
Starting performed by specialists and enterprises of Roskosmos space industry of Russia. 10 minutes after the start of the rocket, the upper stage and spacecraft cleanly separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle and entered the calculated orbit.
Launch of space rocket Proton-M with the spacecraft Express AMU1
Further injection into the target orbit carried by the upper stage Breeze-M. The total duration of excretion from the start of the launcher before separation of the spacecraft, will be 9 hours and 12 minutes, the separation of spacecraft Express-AMU1 scheduled for 9:43 MSK December 25, 2015.
The launch was the seventh success since the beginning of 2015 with the launch of a space rocket Proton-M, and 409 for all lёtnuyu its history since 1965.
Express AMU1 satellite
The spacecraft made by order of subordinate Federal Communications Agency of FSUE Russian Satellite Communications. The device is designed for direct broadcasting and broadband data in the European part of the Russian Federation, as well as sub-Saharan Africa. Spacecraft AMU1 Express will be placed in geostationary orbit at 36 degrees East. Lifetime of the device is 15 years.
ROSCOSMOS Press Release: http://www.federalspace.ru/21928/
Images, Video, Text, Credits: ROSCOSMOS/ROSCOSMOS TV/Airbus/Translation: Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.
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