Feb 5, 2023
Proton-M carrying Electro-L No.4 liftoff
A Proton-M launch vehicle, with a DM-03 upper stage, launched the Electro-L No.4 meteorological satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, on 5 February 2023, at 09:12:52 UTC (14:12:52 local time).
Proton-M launches Electro-L No.4
Electro-L No.4 (Электро-Л №4) is the fourth hydrometeorological geostationary satellite developed by NPO Lavochkin (Russia) and launched by Roscosmos.
Russia conducted the first space launch in 2023
On Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 12:12:51.993 Moscow time, the Proton-M launch vehicle with upper stage DM-03 and hydrometeorological spacecraft Electro-L No. 4.
The carrier rocket has worked in the normal mode, the upper stage has separated from the third stage of the rocket and is currently putting the satellite into a given orbit.
Electro-L No.4 satellite
This is the first launch of a Russian launch vehicle in 2023. For "Proton-M" this flight was the 114th, for DM-03 - the seventh in history.
The Proton-M launch vehicle was manufactured by the State Space Research and Production Center named after M.V. Khrunichev, upper stage DM-03 - Rocket and Space Corporation Energia named after S.P. Korolev, spacecraft "Electro-L" No. 4 - Scientific and Production Association named after S.A. Lavochkin (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation).
Proton-M on the launch-pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome
The Proton-M launch vehicle has been used since 2001 to launch payloads into specified orbits and departure trajectories as part of federal and commercial programs. Over the two decades of operation, it has gone through four phases of deep modernization, which made it possible to significantly improve its energy-mass and environmental characteristics. Today's launch was the 428th launch of the Proton family of rockets since 1965.
ROSCOSMOS Press Release: https://www.roscosmos.ru/38821/
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