Voices from Russia

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Roskosmos Scheduled to Launch US Satellite in February

Russian Proton-M carrier rocket


On Thursday, a spokesman for the Federal Space Agency Roskosmos said it’s preparing a Proton-M carrier rocket for the launch of the US Sirius FM-6 telecom satellite, saying, “The launch is tentatively scheduled for February 2012”. The assembly of the upper stage of the rocket and the testing of a Briz-M booster is underway at the Baikonur Space Centre in Kazakhstan. The Sirius FM-6 mission was originally expected in the fourth quarter of 2010, then, there was a postponement to late December 2011, and, then, further delays to 24 and 29 January 2012. The Sirius FM-6, built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) for Sirius Satellite Radio, is a new high-power satellite designed to operate in a highly inclined elliptical orbit (HIEO). This satellite will be the sixth SS/L-built spacecraft in the Sirius fleet.

26 January 2012



Editor’s Note:

Even American satellites are going up on Russian boosters. Newt’s gonna have a lunar base in seven years? In a pig’s arse…


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