Russia’s Proton Places Telecommunications Satellite into Orbit


The Briz-M upper stage and Yamal-401 telecommunications satellite separated from the Proton-M carrier rocket, which was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This information was presented by the press service of the Russian Space Agency.

“The spacecraft was put into orbit at 12:17 Moscow time,” the press center of the Federal Space Agency reported.

It should be noted that the Yamal-401 satellite designed and built by ISS Reshetnev Company for the Russian operator Gazprom Space Systems is capable of relaying continuously signals in Europe and Asia. The satellite is fitted with 53 transponders and six antennas in C/Ku-bands. The Yamal-401 is the third spacecraft created on the basis of the heavy-class Express-2000 platform. The weight of the satellite is 2,976 kilograms, the power used to carry a payload is 11 kW, and the life span is 15 years.