Engineers in Luxembourg and Japan are checking out two new direct-broadcast television satellites following their tandem launch Aug. 6 on an Ariane 5 from the European spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana. Astra 1N and BSAT-3c/JCSAT-11OR weighed a combined 8,240 kg (18,200 lb.) at liftoff. With satellite-dispensing hardware, the big European launcher hoisted a total of 9,095 kg in the 38-min. mission. First off the dispenser was the Astra 1N, built by EADS Astrium based on the ...

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