A Russian Proton launch vehicle successfully orbited the Sirius 4 satellite Nov. 18, marking the fourth mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS) and the second since the Proton's return to flight following the September launch failure that destroyed Japan's JCSAT-11 spacecraft. The Proton Breeze M vehicle, built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow, lifted off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazahkstan at 4:39 a.m. local time (5:39 p.m. EST). The launcher ...
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