China's Long March space launch vehicle lost another customer Monday as Arianespace announced it had signed a contract to fly the EchoStar II direct broadcast satellite. EchoStar Communications Corp. had an option to fly on Russia's Proton in 1998, but signed with the European launch consortium when it was offered a launch slot late this summer. EchoStar II will fly aboard an Ariane 42P booster to geosynchronous orbit, where it will supply DBS services to the continental U.S. via ...
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