The carrier rocket “Proton-M” on Friday, July 31, launched into space the Russian telecommunications vehicles “Express-80” and “Express-103” after launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
The launch took place at 00:25 Moscow time from the launcher No. 39 of the site No. 200. About ten minutes after the launch from the launcher 39, the satellites with the upper stage were separated from the third stage of Proton-M.
The satellites will be put into the calculated orbit in 18 hours. This is the only launch of the Proton-M launch vehicle in 2020.
С космодрома Байконур 30 июля в 00:25 мск выполнен пуск ракеты-носителя «Протон-М»! 🚀
— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) July 30, 2020
The launch was supposed to take place a day earlier, but the State Commission did not allow Proton-M to launch, scheduled for 00:27:42 Moscow time on July 30 due to the need for additional checks of components and assemblies. After the completion of the work, permission was given to refuel and launch.
Preparations for the launch of the rocket took place against the background of a difficult situation with the coronavirus in Baikonur: on July 14, it became known that 30 people had died there with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.