The launch of satellite "Loutch-5V", performed on a launch vehicle "Proton-M" completed the formation of the orbital group of multifunctional space system relaying "Loutch." The Spacecraft "Loutch-5B", deployed 3 years ago into the position 95 of E, covers by its radio visibility zone a great part of Eurasia, parts of Africa, Australia, Oceania, Pacific and Indian oceans.
After conducting the final stages of testing MSRS "Loutch" was successfully put into operation in December 2015, and has since been operating normally for the intended purpose. In particular, for a three years' period of work since launching the last of the 3 satellites, MSRS "Loutch" has been successfully used for telemetric data transmission and communication with the launches of manned and unmanned spacecraft from Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes.
The last of The launches using MKSR "Loutch" relaying channels was successfully carried out from the Baikonur cosmodrome 8 days ago, April 20, when the manned spacecraft "Soyuz MS-04" with the international crew of two astronauts on board was put into orbit.
Spacecraft "Loutch-5B" Image: ISS-Reshetnev Company