Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Proton Rocket Returns to Flight


SpaceFlightNow.com is reporting the successful launch and orbit-insertion Eutelsat's Hot Bird 8 communications spacecraft atop a Russian Proton rocket.

This is the first successful launch of a Proton following a spectacular failure last February. The Breeze M upper stage of the rocket was the problem during that attempted launch of the Arab Satellite Communications Organizations ARABSAT 4A, a communications satellite meant to serve most of the Middle East, North Africa and Western Europe.

A replacement ARABSAT 4 spacecraft is slated for launch aboard a Proton later this year...

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