The Societe Europeenne des Satellites has exercised a second option to launch one of its Astra direct broadcast satellites on a Russian Proton booster, the International Launch Services (ILS) consortium of Lockheed Martin and Russian rocketmakers reported Friday. Astra 1G is set to be launched aboard a Proton from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the second quarter of 1997. The Luxembourg- based SES's Astra 1F was the first Western satellite launched on a Proton, and a company ...

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