Proton-M orbits Russian commsat

Yamal-601 launches on a Proton-M rocket, 20 May 2019. Credit: Roscosmos

A Proton-M rocket launched from Baikonur delivered the Yamal-601 communication satellite to geostationary transfer orbit, 1742 UT 30 May 2019.

The satellite was built by ISS Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space and will be operated by Gazprom Space Systems, the communications subdivision of the Russian energy company, at 49° E. The mainly directional C, Ku, and Ka-band transponders are pointed toward the Russian domestic market, with some additional coverage for Southeast Asia.

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