An unmanned rocket carrying an ASTRA 2E satellite on board blasted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Monday (September 30). (Courtesy: RTV/International Launch Services/CBS)
An unmanned rocket carrying an ASTRA 2E satellite on board blasted off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Monday (September 30).
The flight of the Proton-M launch vehicle is the first such flight since the dramatic crash of a Russian government launch shortly after lift-off in July.
The 58.2 meter Russian Proton rocket will carry Ku- and Ka-band payloads for the delivery of high-performance Direct-to-Home (DTH) and next generation broadband services in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
According to the International Launch Services (ILS) the rocket built by Astrium, ASTRA 2E, is intended to "bring replacement and growth capacity to enhance satellites capacity, and ensure reliable and secure connectivity to over 99 percent of the world's population."
The mission marks the fifth ILS Proton launch this year.
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