Russia launches six telecom satellites

Indo Asian News Service

Moscow, Feb 7 (IANS) A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying six telecom satellites has blasted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan, Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but was postponed due to bad weather, Xinhua reported.

The rocket lifted off at 8.04 p.m. Moscow time.

It is tasked with sending six Globalstar telecom satellites into an orbit some 900 km from the Earth.

The satellites were developed by European company Thales Alenia Space on orders of the Globalstar corporation, and designed to provide high-quality global personal mobile communication services.

Each satellite has a weight of 700 kg and a service life of 15 years.