A Russian booster rocket successfully launched a European telecom satellite, 10 days after another rocket carrying 18 satellites crashed after launch, an Associated Press report said.
The report said the Proton-M rocket carrying the Hot Bird 8 satellite was launched from
"We are happy with the successful launch that once again has proven the Proton rocket's reliability," Panarin was quoted as saying.
The previous Russian commercial satellite launch on July 26 failed when a Dnepr rocket crashed shortly after blastoff.
The 4.9-ton Hot Bird 8 satellite, built by EADS Space for Eutelsat Communications, is the largest communications satellite yet orbited by the Paris-based company. It will provide television and radio broadcasting across Europe, North Africa and the
Eutelsat said in a statement that it had established signal acquisition from the satellite. The satellite would enter commercial service in October, the report said.