Proton-M Flies With Mexico's Satmex-8 Satellite—UPDATE

The Proton-M vehicle is rolled out horizontally to its launch pad. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Hearts really were in mouths tonight, as a 191-foot-tall Proton-M booster roared aloft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying Mexico’s Satmex-8 telecommunications satellite into geostationary orbit, more than 22,000 miles above Earth. Built by the Khrunichev Research and State […]

A Weak Briz: Engine Shortfall Likely Caused Satellite Losses

The Proton-M thunders into the darkened Baikonur sky on Monday evening, beginning what should have been a nine-hour journey to geosynchronous orbit for Telkom-3 and Ekspress-MD2. Despite the satisfactory performance of the rocket itself, the Briz-M upper stage apparently malfunctioned and has left both satellites stranded in useless orbits. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

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