Loutch-5V and KazSat-3 successfully put into orbit
A rocket carrying Loutch-5V and KazSat-3 satellites lifted off at 08:25 Moscow time on from the Baikonur cosmodrome. Both spacecraft were built by ISS-Reshetnev Company.
The satellites were launched aboard a Proton-M / Breeze-M launch vehicle. The first communications session with the spacecraft confirmed their good health and that all their mechanical subsystems had deployed, Sun and Earth acquisition had been performed as designed.
Loutch-5V has been developed and built for the Russian Federal Space Agency within the framework of the Federal Space Program for the years 2006-2015. It’s the third satellite of the multifunctional space-based data-relay system Loutch intended to provide real-time communications between ground stations and low-orbiting spacecraft, launching vehicles, their upper stages and the Russian segment of the International Space Station.
The telecommunications satellite KazSat-3 has been launched within the scope of Kazakhstan’s space program. As specified in the contract signed between the Reshetnev Company and the Republican Center of Space Communications, ISS-Reshetnev has designed, manufactured and tested the spacecraft as well as has built ground control stations – Akkol and Almaty. Fitted with 28 Ku-band transponders, the satellite is to provide telecommunications services for Kazakhstan.