(Xinhua) - Russia launched a European telecommunications satellite into orbit on Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian news agencies reported.
The HotBird-8 broadcasting satellite, carried by a Proton-M rocket, is designed for television and radio broadcasting and is owned by Eutelsat, one of the world's leading satellite operators, the report said.
"The HotBird-8 has separated from the upper stage of the rocket and reached its target orbit," the Federal Space Agency said.
The satellite will provide services to over 100 million users in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, reports Trend.
Russia's previous launch of a Proton-M rocket failed to send an Arasat-4 satellite into orbit on Feb. 28. Saturday's launch came more than a week after a Russian rocket carrying 18 satellites crashed shortly after blasting off from Baikonur.