Russia Signs Contract With Eutelsat to Launch Satellites Through 2023

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Proton-M space launch vehicle with an upper stage Breeze-M spacecraft and communication Sirius-5 being moved to the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome - Sputnik International
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Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement that a subsidiary of Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center signed a contract with Eutelsat, the French-based satellite provider, to put the companies satellites into orbit during the period of 2016-2023.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) A subsidiary of Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center signed a contract with Eutelsat, the French-based satellite provider, to put the companies satellites into orbit during the period of 2016-2023, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said in a statement Thursday.

"In the period of 2016-2023, several Proton-M carrier rocket launches with Eutelsat satellites from the Baikonur space center will be carried out," the statement reads.

From the Russian side, the contract was signed by Khrunichev's subsidiary the International Launch Services (ILS) company.

The first launch under the contract will put a Eutelsat 9B satellite, designed to provide digital television and data services in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries, into orbit.

According to the Khrunichev Center, over the past 15 years Russian Protons launched 11 Eutelsat satellites.

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