Friday, March 06, 2009

Proton Conducts Russian Military Commsat Launch

Aviation Week and Space Technology is reporting a Proton K Block DM-2 rocket launch at 7:10 AM Moscow time on Feb. 28, that has placed in orbit a Raduga-1 military communications satellite. Russian space officials said the 2 metric-ton spacecraft separated without incident. Also known as the Globus-1, Raduga-1 was developed by Reshetnev ISS to provide communications for the Russian government and strategic armed forces.