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Palapa D reached GEO Orbit
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Cannes, September 9, 2009 – Thales Alenia Space and Indosat announced today that the Launch Early Operation Phase (LEOP) has been successfully completed and the Palapa-D communications satellite is now in the nominal geostationary orbit (GEO). The solar panels and antennas have been deployed, and the payload in-orbit testing (IOT) phase is ready to start.

More info: http://www.thalesgroup.com/Press_Releases/space_090909_Palapa-D_communications_satellite_now_in_geostationary_orbit/

The launch took place at the Xi Chang Satellite Launch Center, in Sichuan Province on August 31-st, but failed to place the spacecraft in the required orbit – due to an issue with the CZ-3B’s third stage.

More info: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2009/08/chang-zheng-3b-suffers-third-stage-problem-palapa-d/ 

 
Ariane 5 ECA Launched JCSAT-12 & OPTUS D3 satellites
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Kourou, French Guiana (SPX) Aug 21, 2009
Arianespace Ariane 5 ECA lifted-off from Kourou, South America at 6:09 pm EDT, on August 21, 2009, on a successful flight to deliver two major Asian communication satellites into geostationary orbit - JCSAT 12 and OPTUS D3.



More info: http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2009/628.asp



 

 
Satellites moving
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Koreasat 2 has left the position 116.5 East and is moving to 75 East.

Astra 1F has left the position 19.2 East and is moving East.

KazSat 1 satellite that has failed back in Jan 2009 is finally deorbited.

 
Asiasat 5 is successfully orbited
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BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, August 12, 2009 – International Launch Services (ILS), a world leader in providing mission and launch services to the commercial satellite industry, successfully carried the AsiaSat 5 satellite into orbit today on an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong. This was the fourth commercial mission of the year for ILS and the sixth successful Proton launch of 2009. From contract signing to launch, the full integration of the AsiaSat 5 mission was completed in less than six months.



More info: http://www.ilslaunch.com/news-081209

 
TerreStar-1 successfully launched
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Ariane 5 soars to another heavy-lift success in lofting the TerreStar-1 mobile communications satellite

July 1, 2009

The Ariane 5’s 31st consecutive mission success was another record-setting flight for this workhorse Arianespace launcher – lofting the world’s largest commercial satellite, TerreStar-1, from the Spaceport in French Guiana today.



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More info: http://www.arianespace.com/news-mission-update/2009/609.asp



 
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