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Luch 5A



Luch 5A, a Russian communication satellite, was launched from Baikonur on 11 December 2011 at 11:17 UT by a Proton rocket. The craft weighed 1150 kg. The satellite is expected to restore some space-to-ground communications capability for the Russian Space Agency. It will operate 22,300 miles above Earth to provide connections to lower-orbiting spacecraft beneath it. Luch 5A has high-gain, steerable and omnidirectional antennas to communicate in Ku- and S-band frequencies for routing telemetry signals, relaying commands to spacecraft and tracking rocket boosters in flight. It has a 10 year design life.

Alternate Names

  • 37951
  • Luch5A

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-12-11
Launch Vehicle: Proton
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan
Mass: 1150 kg

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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