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.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced a possible move that Russia can take in response to new US sanctions
When the bill was submitted to Congress on August 2, the reason for imposing the new sanctions on Russia was based on Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election in 2016, but then something clicked