Proton launches Eutelsat W7 successfully

November 24, 2009

A Proton-M rocket carrying the W-7 French telecom satellite was launched from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan at 5:19 p.m. Moscow time on Tuesday, Khrunichev Aerospace Center spokesman Alexander Bobrenyov told the press agency Itar-Tass.

The booster unit and the satellite separated from the rocket on a sub-orbiting trajectory, he said.

“The satellite will be positioned on the designated orbit with five impulses of the booster unit engine,” the Federal Space Agency said.

The launch was initially scheduled for Monday and delayed for 24 hours