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Russia launches China communications satellite: report

world Updated: Aug 14, 2009 14:30 IST

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Russia successfully launched a Chinese communications satellite from its Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan overnight, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

The AsiaSat-5 satellite is due to detach from the Proton-M rocket at 0502 GMT on Wednesday, space officials quoted by RIA Novosti said.

The satellite is due to provide communications service to East and South Asian states, officials said.