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Proton launches two commercial satellites
Posted: Sat, Oct 12, 2019, 8:08 PM ET (0008 GMT)
Proton launch of Eutelsat 5 West B and MEV-1 (Roscosmos) A Proton rocket lifted off Wednesday carrying two commercial satellites. The Proton launched on schedule at 6:18 am EDT (1018 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The rocket's Breeze M upper stage deployed the two spacecraft it is carrying, Eutelsat 5 West B and Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) 1, nearly 16 hours after liftoff, placing them into supersynchronous transfer orbits. Eutelsat 5 West B is a communications satellite built by Northrop Grumman for Eutelsat, while MEV-1 is a satellite life extension spacecraft for Northrop's subsidiary SpaceLogistics.
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