Russian Rocket Carries U.S. Satellite

MOSCOW, July 10 (UPI) — A Russian rocket carrying a telecommunications satellite for use by a U.S. network lifted off Saturday.

A Roscosmos official said the Proton-M carrier rocket was launched on schedule from Baikonur Space Center in Kazkhstan. Liftoff occurred at 10:40 p.m. Moscow time.

The rocket was carrying the EchoStar 15 satellite, which was scheduled to separate Sunday morning, 9 hours after liftoff. The satellite is to become part of DISH network’s group, replacing the EchoStar 3, which has been in position since 1997.

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