Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome is completing pre-launch preparations of a Russian heavy rocket Proton, which will carry the American communications satellite Panamsat. On Thursday the Russian Aerospace Agency /the Rosaviakosmos/ has reported that the rocket, tipped with the American satcom, will be brought to the cosmodrome's launch pad on Saturday. This commercial blast-off is planned for May 15. In May another two start-offs will be made from Russian launch sites, said Rosaviakosmos. On May 20 a Progress cargo spaceship will start off from Baikonur to the International Space Station for further fitting it out with equipment. On May 29 the Russian Defense Ministry will launch a military satellite Kosmos from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Northern Russia.
Two ballistic missiles attacked the US Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) from the territory of Yemen. The destroyer came to the aid of the hijacked Central Park tanker of Zodiac Maritime