On December 11, 2011 at 11:16 UTC the Russian "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the "Luch-5A” communication satellite and the "AMOS-5” communication satellite.
The Russian "Luch-5A” satellite will provide connections to lower-orbiting spacecraft beneath it, like the Russian segment of the International Space Station and the country's other satellites when they are flying outside of ground-based tracking stations. Manufactured by the Russian Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Co., Luch-5A spacecraft weighs about 950 kilograms and has a 10-year design life.
The AMOS-5 is the latest spacecraft in the growing communications fleet for Israeli operator Space-Communication Ltd. of Tel Aviv. Built by the Russian Reshetnev Informa
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