Ground controllers last week lost contact with Russia's Kupon-1 satellite, threatening an ambitious project of Russia's central bank to establish an efficient data relay system for its widespread banking network. Kupon-1, the first of three planned satellites for the Bankir system, was orbited Nov. 12, 1997. The satellite was undergoing testing at its operational location in geostationary orbit above 55 degrees East longitude when it ceased communication with ground control center ...

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