Proton-M with military satellite launched from Baikonur
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The Proton-M launch vehicle with a military satellite launched from Baikonur (Kazakhstan). It was reported by Ria.ru with reference to the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
It is noted that the launch was carried out on August 6 at 00:56 Moscow time. All pre-launch operations and launch went on as usual, the department added.
In May, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that by the end of 2019, the formation of the Blagovest military communications orbital group consisting of four satellites will be completed. The first three Blagovest satellites were launched into orbit in August 2017, April and December 2018.
Blagovest telecommunication satellites were developed by the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company under a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry on the basis of the Express 2000 platform. They are evenly placed in geostationary orbit (a circular orbit with an altitude of 35,786 kilometers), which provides global coverage and guarantees the Russian military access to high-speed data transmission, television and radio programs, Internet, telephony and other types of communications. These spacecraft use promising Ka- and Q-frequency bands.
It is planned to completely stop operating Proton-M at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in 2025. As a heavy carrier, Proton-M should be replaced by the Angara-A5, launched from Plesetsk and, in the future, from Vostochny.