28 August 2015
Russia launches Proton rocket with British satellite
Daily Times


Moscow - Russia on Friday successfully launched a Proton rocket with a British satellite in the first such launch since an engine failure in May resulted in a Mexican satellite being destroyed.

A Proton-M rocket carrying an Inmarsat-5 F3 communications satellite has been launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1144 GMT as scheduled, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement.

"The launch went as planned as all the systems operated remarkably well," Roscosmos spokesman Igor Burenkov told reporters.

The launch is crucial for Inmarsat, Britain's biggest satellite operator, which said that together with two other satellites, it will create "the world's first globally available, high-speed mobile broadband service, delivered through a single provider."

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