Are the British now as dependent upon Russia as their American counterparts to go into space?
Moscow, Russia: Russia on Sunday carried out its first space launch of the year, using its commercial Proton rocket to send a British satellite into orbit.
The launch went ahead as planned just after 1230GMT from the Russia-owned Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a live broadcast shown by Russia’s Roscosmos space agency showed. It is expected to reach orbit at 0402GMT Monday.
The communications satellite Inmarsat-5 F2 is the second in a $1.6-billion fleet called Global Xpress designed to provide broadband communications on land, at sea and in the air.
The I-F F2 satellite will cover the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean, according to Inmarsat.
Full article: Russia Launches British Communications Satellite Into Space (NDTV)