Russia launches Proton-M rocket with U.S. satellite

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MOSCOW. March 26. KAZINFORM A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a U.S. telecommunications satellite Intelsat-22 was launched Sunday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, according to Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos.

 Roscosmos' live broadcast of the launch on its official website showed the Proton-M rocket lifted off at 16:10 Moscow time (1210 GMT).

The rocket was launched on a contract between the Russian-U.S. joint venture International Launch Services (ILS), Xinhua reports.

The Intelsat-22 satellite is equipped with 90 transponders to provide telecommunications services to customers in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, according to Roscosmos.

Meanwhile, a special equipment of ultra-high frequency range is installed on the satellite, which will be used for Australian defense force.

The over-six-ton satellite is expected to operate for 15 years.

This is the second ILS Proton launch in 2012 and the fourth Intelsat satellite launched on a Proton rocket, ILS said on its website.

The Intelsat-22 satellite was developed by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems for Intelsat Ltd., an international consortium which operates the world's most extensive satellite network, comprising more than 50 satellites.

The telecommunications satellite is the first to utilize Boeing's new 702MP platform.

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