Proton-K Carrier Rocket Successfully Orbits Cosmos Series Military
(RIA Novosti’s Alexander Kovalyov) – At 1:06 p.m. Moscow time
a Proton-K carrier rocket launched on Saturday morning from the
Russian space center in Baikonur (Kazakhstan) successfully put
a Cosmos series military satellite into the assigned orbit. On
Saturday official spokesman of the Russian Space Troops, Aleksei
Zolotukhin reported to RIA Novosti that the spacecraft was assigned
to the information received from the control center of the Space
Troops and in the German Titov Main Experimental Center for Testing
and Control over Space Means, the orbiting of the satellite was
performed in accordance with standard procedures. Stable telemetric
communications were established and maintained with the spacecraft
belonging to the Russian Defense Ministry.
Oleg Gromov, Deputy Space Troops Commander who attended this morning
the launch of the Proton-K spacecraft gave a high assessment to
the skill and coordination of combat crews’ operations and thanked
them for professionalism. He indicated that the objective of the
Cosmos satellite launch was to build up Russian orbital military
Carrier Rocket With Military Purpose Satellite Starts from Baikonur
(By Alexander Kovalyov, RIA Novosti) – The Proton-K carrier rocket
with the Cosmos military purpose satellite was launched at 6:30
a.m. Moscow time from the Russian Baikonur space center. The launch
was made in the interests of Russia’s defense ministry, Alexei
Kuznetsov, Russian Space Troops spokesman, told RIA Novosti Saturday.
He said Lt.-Gen.
Oleg Gromov, Deputy Commander of the Space Troops for Armament,
highly assessed the skill and coordination of actions of combat
crews and thanked them for professionalism. He said the Cosmos
series satellite launch is aimed at reinforcing the Russian military
purpose orbital group. The spacecraft will be orbited with the
help of the Russian DM acceleration unit at 1:06 Moscow time.
Proton-K rocket is a heavy class carrier. It is used both in a
three-stage variant to put into low orbit (up to 200 km) space
modules weighing less than 21 tons and in a four-stage variant
with the DM or Briz-M type acceleration unit to put into geostationary
orbit (35,900 km) satellites weighing up to 4.5 tons.
launch of a spacecraft in the interests of the Russian defense
ministry was made from Russia’s northern space center near Plesetsk
on February 18; a Molniya-M type rocket was used then. That launch
was made in the framework of Russian Armed Forces command and
staff exercises. Vladimir Putin observed the exercises and highly
assessed Plesetsk military experts’ work. On the same day, a successful
training launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile from
the Baikonur space center (Kazakhstan) was made.
with the schedule for 2003-2006, 11 Protons are to be launched.
class carrier rocket Proton-K is one of the most reliable in the
world. The rocket was designed by the Salyut R&D Bureau and
produced by the Khrunichev Center. The rocket was added to the
state’s armory in 1976. This type of carrier was successfully
launched in 96% of cases.