Saturday, April 24, 2010

Proton-M Launches American Satellite to Orbit

An American satellite design to provide high definition television and high speed data to North America was launched from Kazakhstan today.

Liftoff of an International Launch Services Russian Proton-M occurred at 7:19:01 am EDT (1119 GMT) today, darting it's way into a warm blue sky.

The rocket's launch azimuth was 61.2 degrees.

The satellite will operate for SES World Skies from a geostationary altitude located at 101 degrees west.

Spacecraft separation from the Breeze-M upper stage is expected at 4:17 pm today, as the duo fly over the waters of the Indian Ocean just west of Somalia, Africa.

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