A Russian communications satellite has taken orbit, launched by a Proton rocket in Kazahkstan, Spaceflight Now reported.
The geostationary satellite is designed to last 15 years, according to the report. Called the Express AM5, it carries 40 Ku-band, 30 C-band, 12 Ka-band and two L-band transponders, and will provide television, radio and other communications services.
Russian Satellite Communications Co. owns the satellite. The launch took place on Dec. 26.