16:08 GMT15 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia plans to perform three launches of the Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome next year, three times more than in 2020, a space industry source told Sputnik.

    This year, only one Proton-M launch was carried out, putting telecommunications satellites Express-80 and Express-103 into orbit.

    "Next year, three Proton-M launches are being planned," a space industry source told Sputnik.

    A spokesperson of Russian space agency Roscosmos told Sputnik that the launch schedule for 2021 has not been confirmed yet.

    According to a draft schedule obtained by Sputnik, the launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket with the new Nauka ("Science") module from the Baikonur space center is set for July 15.

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    Baikonur Cosmodrome, Baikonur, Proton, Proton Carrier Rocket, Proton-M, Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos, Roscosmos, Russia
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