Russian booster takes U.S. satellite Sirius-FM6 to target orbit
The U.S. radio broadcasting satellite Sirius-FM6 has been taken to the target orbit at an altitude of 35,793 km (the highest point of the orbit), Roscosmos told Interfax-AVN.
"The spacecraft separated from the booster Briz-M. It will be transferred into the client's management in the nearest future," a representative of Roscosmos told Interfax-AVN.
The rocket proton-M was launched from the cosmodrome Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 10:08 p.m. Moscow time. The launch took a total of 9 hours and 11 minutes.
Initially, the launch of the Proton-M carrying the U.S. satellite was scheduled for 10:13 p.m. Moscow time on October 20. However, the launch was postponed by one day due to problems with the receiving station in South Africa and was then rescheduled again to October 25.
The launch of the Sirius-FM6 was the seventh launch of a Proton rocket in 2013, the 390th launch in its flight history, and the second launch of a Proton rocket since the July 2 accident.