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Russia to launch five communication satellites

Published On: Sun, Oct 21st, 2012 | Astronomy and Space | By IANS

Russia will launch five communication satellites in 2013, the developer has said.

“The first in line is Express-AM5. We will be ready to launch it in the second quarter of 2013,” Nikolai Testoyedov, head of the Informational Satellite Systems company, said.

The Express-AM6 satellite will also be ready at that time, he said.

Express-AM5 and Express-AM6 are designed to provide Russia with digital radio and TV broadcasting needs, China Daily reported Saturday.

Three more satellites of that type, two of which will be launched in a bundle, have been scheduled for launch during 2013.

Russia’s Roscosmos space agency has planned to upgrade Proton rocket carrier for the upcoming launches.

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