Baikonur Cosmodrome, December 29, 2003 — A Proton launch vehicle successfully deployed the Express-AM22 satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC). The Express-AM22 launch is the first in a five-satellite campaign to enhance the Russian national system capacity by the end of 2005. The launch was performed under the Federal Space Program of Russia and concluded a successful year for the Proton launch vehicle with five launches in 2003.

Built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Center in Moscow, Proton is one of the premier launch systems in the world.


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