26 Nov '11, 7am

Russia launches China communications satellite. @NewsNeighbor

Russia launches China communications satellite. @NewsNeighbor

A Proton-M rocket, carrying an AziaSat 7 satellite, one of the most powerful broadband spacecrafts ever built, blasts off from the Russian leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome early on Nov 26, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian Proton-M rocket completed the successful launch on Saturday of an advanced Chinese communications satellite that should help expand television coverage in parts of South-east Asia. The Roscosmos space agency said the AsiaSat 7 satellite was placed in its designed orbit at 0423 GMT (12.23pm Singapore time) after being launched from the Baikonur space centre in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan on Friday evening. The mission was accomplished after a recent string of Russian space failures that included the botched launch this summer of what was billed as Europe's largest telecommunications satellite. The Hong Kong-based Asia Satellite Telecommunicatio...

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