On February 12, 2010 at 00:39 UTC, Russia successfully launched the Proton-M rocket-carrier with a U.S. telecommunications satellite Intelsat-16.
The launch from Baykonur Cosmodrome is Russia’s first commercial launch this year.
The Intelsat-16 satellite was developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation for the Intelsat Ltd., a leading provider of satellite services worldwide. It is equipped with 24 transponders and will provide telecommunications services to customers in Brazil and Mexico.
Intelsat Ltd. operates the world's most extensive satellite network, comprising over 50 satellites.