The carrier rocket “Proton-M” with the telecommunication satellites “Express-103” and “Express-80” was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The broadcast was conducted on the official website of the Russian State Space Corporation (Roscosmos).
The launch is the first and only one for Proton this year. It is known that putting satellites into orbit will take a record of 18 hours. It is specified that it became the ninth space launch in Russia in a year. It is also noted that the sending of telecommunications satellites into orbit was scheduled for March, but the rocket was returned to Moscow to replace the low-quality components found at the cosmodrome.