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Proton launches communication satellite
Posted: Sat, Jun 16, 2001, 8:54 AM ET (1254 GMT)
Proton launch (file photo) A Russian Proton booster successfully launched a European communications satellite late Friday night. The Proton lifted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan at 9:49 pm EDT Friday (0149 GMT Saturday) and placed into orbit the Astra 2C spacecraft. Astra 2C, a Boeing 601 spacecraft, will be used by Luxembourg-based Societe Europeenne des Satellites (SES) to provide a variety of communications services from either 19.2 or 282. degrees East longitude. The launch was the second commercial Proton launch of the year, after the May launch of PAS-10, and the third Proton launch overall of 2001.
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