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Russian Express-AM22 Satellite Launched

By | January 5, 2004

      The Russian Satellite Communications Corp.’s (RSCC) Express-AM22 satellite was successfully launched Dec. 29 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Proton rocket. The satellite, which will be located at 53 degrees East Longitude, is expected to be operational following in-orbit tests. The satellite was manufactured by Alcatel Space and launched by Khrunichev State Research and Production Center.

      The Express-AM22 launch is the first in a five-satellite campaign to enhance the Russian national satellite system capacity by the end of 2005. The launch was performed under the Federal Space Program of Russia and concluded a successful year for the Proton launch vehicle with five launches in 2003.

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