Moscow: A Russian rocket carrying a US telecommunications satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan Sunday.
The Proton-M rocket carrying Intelsat-22 lifted off at 4.10 p.m., Russia`s Roscosmos space agency said.
The satellite is equipped with 90 transponders to provide telecommunications services in Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, Xinhua reported.
A special equipment is installed on the satellite that will aid the Australian defence force. The six-tonne satellite is expected to operate for 15 years.
The satellite was developed by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems for Intelsat Ltd., an international consortium that operates the world`s most extensive satellite network, comprising over 50 satellites.