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Launch of Russian rocket carrying U.S. satellite postponed

Moscow, Oct 20 (EFE).- The launch of the Russian Proton-M rocket that will put the U.S. Sirius-FM6 satellite into orbit has been postponed until Monday, the Roscosmos space agency said Sunday. "The launch was postponed at the request of the U.S. party due to problems with a ground station," Roscosmos spokesman Sergei Gorbunov told the Interfax news agency. All the systems at the Baikonur space complex in Kazakhstan were ready to execute the launch, which was scheduled for 1813 GMT on Sunday, Gorbunov said.

Russia launches rocket three months after crash

Russia on Monday successfully launched a Proton-M rocket with a European communication satellite on board, marking a return of its most important unmanned space vehicle three months after one exploded on takeoff. The launch from the Baikonur space centre that Russia leases from the neighbouring Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan had been originally scheduled for July 21. But one of the rockets exploded on takeoff on July 2, spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere and dealing another blow to Russia's once-proud space programme.

Russia to restart Proton rocket launches after crash

Russia plans to restart launches of its Proton-M rocket in September, a top space official said Monday, ending a freeze that was introduced when one of the carrier rockets crashed in July. In one of Russia's worst space failures of recent years, a Proton-M rocket carrying navigation satellites exploded shortly after takeoff on July 2. All scheduled launches were then shelved pending an investigation.

Russia loses $200 million satellites as launch ends in flames

By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - A Russian rocket carrying three navigation satellites worth around $200 million crashed shortly after lift-off from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan on Tuesday after its engines suddenly switched off. The accident led to a large spill of heptyl, a highly toxic rocket propellant, but there were no reports of casualties or of any immediate threat to nearby settlements.

Russia to put Mexico's Satmex-8 satellite in orbit

Moscow, Mar 26 (EFE).- A Proton-M rocket is scheduled to put Mexico's Satmex-8 communications satellite into orbit on Tuesday, Russia's Roscosmos space agency said. The rocket is to lift off at 11:07 p.m. Moscow time from the Baikonur space complex in Kazakhstan, the Interfax news agency reported. This will be the first launch of a Proton-M since one of the rockets failed to put a Russian Yamal series satellite into orbit in December. Roscosmos experts determined that the rocket's failure was caused by a problem with a turbopump.
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