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ILS to Launch Russia’s Yamal 601 Satellite

By Katie Kriz | January 23, 2014
      ILS Proton rocket. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

      ILS Proton rocket. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

      [Via Satellite 01-23-2014] International Launch Services (ILS) has agreed to use the Proton rocket to launch Gazprom Space Systems’ Yamal 601 satellite in 2016.

      As a replacement for the Yamal 202, the 5,700 kg satellite will provide fixed communications and transmission services in C-band over Europe, Northern Africa, South-East Asia and the Middle East.

      “We are pleased to select Proton to launch the Yamal 601 satellite, which will enable us to extend our activity in delivering services in Russia, including broadband services for Gazprom, corporate and consumer markets based on Ka-band satellite capacity, and will also provide important business continuity for our international customers,” said Nikolay Sevastiyanov, general designer of Gazprom Space Systems.