The Russian-American enterprise International Launch Services has concluded a new contract for the launch of the communication spacecraft DIRECTV-8, the press service of Russia's Federal Space Agency said on Wednesday.
The launch is scheduled for 2005 by the Proton-M carrier rocket with the Briz-M acceleration unit.
DIRECTV-8 is owned by the American satellite television company bearing the same name.
Another three commercial launches by the Proton booster are planned to be made before the end of 2004 - the satellites Amazonas (the order company is Hispasat, manufacturer EADS Astrium), AMC-12 (the order company SES Americom, manufacturer Alcatel Space) and AMC-15 (ordered by SES Americom Co., manufacturer Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems Co.).
ILS is made up of the American Lockheed Martin Corp. (US) and its Russian partners - the Khrunichev State Space Centre and Energia Space Rocketry Corp.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war