Russia prepares to launch on Monday a Proton-M carrier rocket with a Dutch telecommunications satellite, SES-4, a spokesman for the Khrunichev State Research and Production Center said.
He said the launch is scheduled for 22:41 Moscow time (18:41 GMT) from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
“This will be the 70th commercial launch of a Proton carrier rocket since 1995,” the spokesman said adding that it will be also the 10th launch of this type of carrier rockets this year.
The SES-4 will be the largest and most powerful in the group of SES satellites, built by U.S. company Space Systems/Loral for the Dutch operator Ses World Skies.
It was designed to provide various satellite services to customers in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America. Equipped with 52 C-band and 72 Ku-band transponders, the satellite has a life span of 15 years.