Sirius-5 communications satellite enters orbit

Russia's Proton-M launch vehicle, which successfully took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday evening, has placed the Sirius-5 communications satellite into orbit, Russian Khrunichev Space Center spokesman Alexander Bobrenev told Interfax-AVN.

"The Sirius-5 satellite separated from the Briz-M upper stage at 7:50 a.m. Moscow time," he said.

The Sirius-5 (SES-5) satellite was built by U.S. company Space Systems/Loral for Luxembourg's satellite communications operator SES. The new satellite will offer services to customers in Northern Europe and the Baltic countries, as well as Africa's regions that lie south of the Sahara.

Apart from communications equipment, the satellite is also carrying an L-band system designed for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service. The satellite's takeoff weight is 6,086 kilograms. It has a service life of 15 years and will be positioned at five degrees East Longitude.

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