TS News - Russia Launches Ekspress Satellite

TELE-satellit News, 28 September 1996

Russia Launches Ekspress Satellite
  MOSCOW, Russia, 96/09/28 (SatND) -- Russia yesterday successfully launched
its second Ekspress satellite aboard a Proton-K rocket that blasted off from
the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The day before, the launch had been
postponed by 24 hours after a fault in the launching vehicle was discovered.
The satellite has meanwhile reached its geostationary transfer orbit.

  Ekspress as well as Gals satellites are going to replace the well-known
Gorizont satellites over the next few years. The last Gorizont will be
launched in 1997, reported news agency Itar-Tass. The next two Ekspress
launches are also expected in 1997.

  The Ekspress spacecraft was designed and developed by the Scientific
Production Amalgamation of Applied Mechanics (Krasnoyarsk-26) and is said to
be four times better than the outdated Gorizont, regarding its technical

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: SatND

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