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The Russian carrier rocket Proton-M blasted off from Baikonur cosmodrome
The Russian carrier rocket Proton-M blasted off from Baikonur cosmodrome with the Malaysian communications sattellite Measat-3 on board early Tuesday on schedule: at 02:28, Moscow time. An official in the press service of the Khrunichev state-run space research and production center, where the rocket was manufactured, has told Itar-Tass, "The liftoff of the Proton-M rocket went off normally". "The orbital module, which is part of the acceleration unit Briz-M, and the Malayisan commsat are to reach a suborbital flight path within 584 seconds," the official said. "The Measat-3 satellite is to ensure communications, the Internet services and digital video broadcasting for users in Africa, in the Middle East, in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, China, and India," the Khrunichev Center press service official pointed out. "The customer and owner of the spacecraft is the Measat Satellite Systems Sdn.Bhd Company, which is the only licensed operator of commercial spacecraft in Malaysia. The Company currently has under its disposal the Measat-1 and Measat-2 satellites. A contract for launch services was concluded in 2004 through the International Launch Services Company, which is in charge of the marketing of the Proton rockets on the world market", the official said. Upon reaching the suborbital flight path resultant of five ignitions of the rocket engine, the satellite will be put into the designated geostationary orbit at an altitude of about 36,000 kilometres in apogee. The impact areas, where the Proton's spent stages and the head cone are to fall away, are as follows: Karaganda Region (Kazakhstan) -- for the 1st stage of the rocket, East Kazakhstan Region (Kazakhstan) and Altai Republic (Russian Federation) for the 2nd stage and the cone, and the Pacific Ocean for the 3rd stage of the space rocket. The press service official pointed out that 15 spacecraft had been successfully deployed into orbits previously by Proton-M rockets, including 12 for foreign customers. One of the peculiarities of the present launch is that the carrier rocket has a shortened head cone, which is conditioned by the dimensions of the satellite.
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