1st LD Writethru: Russia launches communications satellite from floating pad
MOSCOW, Dec 03, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Russia has launched a French
communications satellite from a seaborne launch platform, the
federal space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday.
Live webcast showed the Zenit-3SL carrier rocket, with a W-5A
telesat on board, blasted off from the equator-deployed Sea Launch
Odyssey floating platform in Pacific Ocean at 00:44 Moscow time (
2044 GMT Tuesday).
Built by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (
EADS), the over 5,000-kg satellite, also known as Eutelsat 70B,
will be placed on a geosynchronous orbit.
With a designed life span of 15 years, the satellite will
provide customers with data and broadband access, GSM backhauling
and professional video exchanges, according to the EADS.
Founded in 1995, the Sea Launch consortium was made up by four
companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States, with
the Russian company holding 95 percent of the shares.
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