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Russian Briz-M put an American satellite into orbit.. / April 26, 2010 /

Russian booster rocket Breeze-M in the early Sunday led the U.S. telecommunications satellite, SES-1 on the orbit at an altitude of about 34 thousand kilometers, according to the Interfax agency, citing the press service of State Space Scientific Production Center (Khrunichev) Khrunichev .

After separation from the booster spacecraft transmitted to the management of the company-customer SES World Skies (formerly SES Americom). SES-1 (the former name of — AMC-4R) has a starting weight of 2,615 kilograms and estimated duration of 15 years. Housed in a geostationary orbit at distances 101 degrees west longitude, the satellite will provide telecommunications services in the continental U.S. states and the Caribbean, and will replace the satellite AMC-2 and AMC-4, launched in 1997 and 1999, respectively.

Launch Proton-M upper stage with the Breeze-M "and companion SES-1 was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 24 at 15:19 Moscow time. The total duration of excretion from the moment of launch to the separation of the spacecraft was 8 hours 58 minutes, check GKNPTs Khrunichev.

This was the ninth launch of the space, carried out by Russia in 2010, and 1331 the first orbital launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 1957. For the launch vehicle Proton type, developed in GKNPTs Khrunichev, is the fifth start in 2010 and 356 for all time of its operation.

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