RUSSIA TO REPLACE THREE LOST SATELLITES

12 Jul 2013 11:19
MOSCOW, July 9 (Bernama) -- Russia will send two more communications satellites into orbit to replace the three lost in a recent launch mishap, Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying. "We are planning to launch two satellites from the Plesetsk space centre to replenish the Glonass orbital grouping following the recent Proton-M accident," Nikolai Testoyedov, head of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems (ISS) company, told reporters on Tuesday. Testoyedov said the launches are scheduled in September and October on Soyuz carrier rockets. A Proton-M rocket carrying three communications satellites exploded last week seconds after liftoff from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan. --BERNAMA EE