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UPDATED: 17:42, March 01, 2006
Russia fails to send satellite into designated orbit
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Russia failed to put a telecommunication satellite of Saudi-based Arabsat company into a designated orbit, the Russian Federal Space Agency said in a statement Wednesday.

The Arabsat-4A telecommunication satellite lifted off atop a Proton-M booster rocket at Moscow time 23:10 (2010 GMT) on Tuesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Briz-M upper stage on the rocket failed to function properly and failed to deliver the satellite to a designated orbit, the agency said.

The satellite's own engines will be used to put it in the final orbit after an expert commission examines the situation, the Itar-Tass news agency said.

The Arabsat-4A is a civilian satellite made by the Austrian Astrium company for Arabsat. It will provide digital television and telephone services to the Middle East, Europe and Asia for 15 years.

Source: Xinhua

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