Proton Launch Today

VideoCosmos (
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 19:10:14 +0400 (MSD)

Hi everybody,

In today's Kommersant-Daily it is reported in a lot of details
that a new Russian reconsat named 11F664 will be launched
on Proton from Baykonur this evening (June 6 Moscow time).
The article doesn't report what is the intended orbit.

The main idea of the article, IMHO, is that this
spacecraft should not have been launched now because
it isn't ready itself and its customers in the GRU aren't
ready to use infromation.

Also, the article states that the newest DM-2M upper stage
will be used for the first time while its second use will be with
seven Iridiums on June 18.

Igor Lissov