The date of launch of «Proton-M» with a communication satellite Echostar-21

© AFP 2017 / Vasily MaximovМодель rocket carrier proton near the wall with a picture of Yuri Gagarin at Baikonur. Archival photoThe date of launch of «Proton-M» with a communication satellite Echostar-21© 2017 AFP / Vasily Maximov

The launch of the carrier rocket «Soyuz-2.1 a» with the spacecraft remote sensing of the Earth «Canopus-b-IR» is scheduled for July 14, the start of «Proton-M» with a communication satellite Echostar-21 will be held on June 8, according to Roscosmos.

«According to Federal and commercial programs in June-July 2017 Roscosmos plans to carry out two launches from the Baikonur cosmodrome. June eighth – RN «proton-M» with the SPACECRAFT EchoStar 21 («ekostar-21»); 14 July – LV «Soyuz-2.1 a» with KA of «kanopus-V-IK», — stated in the message.

EchoStar-21 (EchoStar T2 or TerreStar 2, or ekostar-21) is a geostationary communications satellite, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral. It should become a sixth apparatus of the EchoStar orbital constellation to be launched using Russian rocket «proton». The spacecraft is intended for provision of communication services on the territory of Europe and equipped with transponders centimeter range to ensure mobile data.

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