Russia Successfully Puts Inmarsat-5F2 Satellite into Orbit
Russia has successfully launched the Proton-M carrier rocket with the Briz-M upper stage and Inmarsat-5F2 telecommunications satellite on February 1. The launch and flight of the carrier rocket was performed in normal mode.
The orbital unit comprising the spacecraft and Briz-M upper stage separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle and continued autonomous flight. The spacecraft separated from the upper stage in normal mode on February 2. The satellite mass was equal to 6,100 kg. The control was transferred to the Inmarsat mobile satellite communications operator (London, UK).
It’s worth mentioning that the Inmarsat-5F2 satellite was manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems against order of the UK satellite operator Inmarsat to provide communications services covering North and South America and the Atlantic. The contract on the launch of the Inmarsat-5F2 satellite by the Proton-M rocket was concluded by the Russian-American joint venture International Launch Services (ILS).