Russian launches two communications satellites to space in a week’s delay

Russian launches two communications satellites to space in a week’s delay

Launching two satellites to cover the deficit

Two communications satellites were launched into space Monday by a Russian Proton rocket, which overcame a one-week delay (Dec. 13).

At 7:07 a.m. EST, the Express-AMU3 and Express-AMU7 spacecraft launched into orbit from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome (1207 GMT or 5:07 p.m. local time). The top stage rocket, Briz-M, would deliver the satellites into their target orbit over five additional burns, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos.

“All stages of the flight (stage separation and payload fairing ejection) went off without a hitch,” Roscosmos said in a statement. A video of the launch showed clouds brushing against the rocket as it climbed into the sky at night.

The Proton-M rocket was slated to launch on December 6th. However, the launch was postponed for many days due to a “deficiency” in the Briz-M launcher, according to Russian news agency TASS.

The objective of the Satellite pair

The two satellites will transition to an altitude of 11,600 miles to 32,800 miles with the help of Briz-M. (between 18,700 km and 52,800 km). The goal is to eventually reach geosynchronous orbit, which is 22,236 miles above Earth (35,786 kilometers). As the Earth rotates, the geosynchronous orbit will allow for a relatively stable position over Russia.

The satellite pair is designed to meet the communications and broadcasting demands of the Russian Federation. “Fixed and mobile communications, television and radio broadcasting services, and broadband high-speed access to information resources” are included in this category. According to Roscosmos, further applications will be added to the list after the launch.

The most recent Express launch, which successfully launched two satellites, took place in July 2020. According to Reporters, the first of the satellite series was launched in October 1994 to replace an older pair of satellites known as Gorizont, which had been in operation since 1979. The most recent Express launch, which successfully launched two satellites, took place in July 2020. According to Reporters, the first of the satellite series was launched in October 1994 to replace an older pair of satellites known as Gorizont, which had been in operation since 1979.

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