Launch of fourth Blagovest satellite planned for July 16
The satellite will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport with the Proton-M carrier rocket
The space system of military communications Blagovest will be completed in mid-July when the fourth satellite is launched, a source in the space rocket industry told TASS on Tuesday.
"The Blagovest satellite will be launched on July 16 even though the launch was initially planned for the end of May. After the satellite is delivered to the orbit, the orbital group of military communications satellites Blagovest will be completed," the source said.
The satellite will be launched from the Baikonur spaceport with the Proton-M carrier rocket.
Earlier reports said that the launch of the fourth Blagovest satellite was planned for the first quarter of 2019 but was later postponed to the first week of April.
The previous three Blagovest satellites were launched from the Baikonur spaceport in August 2017, April 2018 and December 2018 respectively.
Yamal-601 satellite successfully delivered to orbit — Roscosmos
The Proton-M carrier rocket with the Briz-M upper stage and Yamal-601 satellite that was launched from the Baikonur spaceport on May 30 at 8:42pm Moscow time
The Yamal-601 satellite has separated from the Briz-M upper stage and was delivered to the target orbit, the Roscosmos press service said on Friday.
"The Proton-M carrier rocket with the Briz-M upper stage that was launched from the Baikonur spaceport on May 30 at 8:42pm Moscow time, successfully delivered to the target orbit the Yamal-601 spacecraft in the interests of the Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems," the press service said.
The satellite separated from the upper stage "in the morning on May 31 at the estimated time — in about 9 hours after the launch of the rocket," the press service added noting that no incidents were reported.
Proton-M Rocket Launches Yamal Communications Satellite From Baikonur Spaceport
The Proton-M launch vehicle tasked with putting the Yamal-601 telecommunication satellite into orbit was delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in April.
Yamal-601, built by Franco-Italian Thales Alenia Space at the request of Gazprom Space Systems, was launched into orbit from the Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Proton-M carrier rocket on 30 May. Yamal-601 is designed to replace the Yamal-202 satellite that is currently in orbit. Its service area will be the European part of Russia, including the Kaliningrad Region, the Urals, and Western Siberia.
It will operate in the C- and Ku-bands, covering the visible part of Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, the Middle East, as well as part of Southeast Asia, and provide services to the corporate sector, regional administrations, small businesses, and individuals.
The satellite has the greatest capacity of all satellites in the Russian orbital group, amounting to 30 gigabits per second.
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