Russia Set to Launch European Telecoms Satellite

MOSCOW, June 3 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian Proton-M launch vehicle carrying the SES-6 telecommunications satellite is scheduled to lift off on Monday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Khrunichev space company said.

“The launch is scheduled for 01.18 pm Moscow time [09:18 GMT] on June 3,” a Khrunichev spokesman told RIA Novosti.

“The separation of the satellite from the Briz-M booster is expected at 04.49 Moscow time [00:49 GMT] on Tuesday,” he said.

The SES-6, built by Astrium for global satellite operator SES World Skies on Eurostar 3000 platform, is equipped with 43 C-band and 48 Ku-band transponders and has a service life of 15 years.

The 6,100 kg satellite will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast services, including HD video distribution and mobile services, to customers in North America, Latin America, Europe and the Atlantic Ocean, the SES said on its website.

SES-6 will be the 53rd satellite in SES’ global fleet.

Russia has previously orbited several satellites for SES, the most recent being SES-5 in July 2012.


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