Modified Proton-M Carrier Rocket to Be First Launched in 2019
The first launch of the new modification of the Proton-M carrier rocket will be conducted in 2019, the press service of Russia's Roscosmos State Space Corporation said Tuesday.
A Proton-M rocket of the International Launch Services (ILS), carrying the EchoStar XVI satellite, blasts off from the Russian leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome (File)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. The rocket has lifted dozens of Russian and foreign satellites into orbit since it was first commissioned into service in 2001.
"On October 5, 2016, as part of the strategic package deal with Eutelsat company, the first contract was signed on the launch of a spacecraft with the use of the new modification of the Proton-M carrier rocket – medium-lift Proton-M, in 2019," the statement read.
According to the statement, Russia's Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center plans to launch a total of 15 Protons before 2023.
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