A Proton rocket launched overnight on its first flight in a year

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A Proton rocket launched overnight on its first flight in a year.

The Proton lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 11:45 p.m. Eastern Wednesday night carrying the EchoStar 21 communications satellite.

The satellite will separate from the Breeze M upper stage more than nine hours after liftoff after a series of engine burns to place the satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

The Proton last launched almost exactly one year ago, having been grounded by technical issues since then. [TASS]


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