An International Launch Services (ILS) Proton M booster has orbited a novel, high-throughput Ka-band satellite for Eutelsat, marking the rocket’s return to service after a three-week hiatus due to a Proton Block DM failure on Dec. 5. The 6,150-kg. (13,530-lb.) KA-SAT was lofted from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:50 a.m. local time on Dec. 27// and released into geostationary transfer orbit 9 hr. 12 min. later. KA-SAT is the second in Europe designed for broadband, after ...
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