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ils proton rocket launches hispasat satellite

paris — international launch services last night (sept. 11) conducted the second of three commercial proton launches planned for this year, completing a nine hour and 12-minute mission carrying hispasat's amazonas-5 satellite.proton lifted off from the baikonur cosmodrome at 3:23 p.m. edt (1923 gmt), using its first three stages to reach a suborbital trajectory, followed by five burns of the breeze m upper stage to reach geostationary transfer orbit. the launch is proton's third overall this year, preceded by an ils launch of echostar-21 in june and a russian government launch of the blagovest-11l satellite in august.a international launch services proton rocket launches the amazonas-5 communications satellite for hispasat on sept. 11, 2017 from baikonur cosmodrome, kazakhstan.credit: international launch services built by space systems loral in california, amazonas-5 has 24 ku-band transponders and a high-throughput payload of 34 ka-band spot beams. spain-based hispasat ordered the satellite in 2014 after a power problem on the orbital atk-built amazonas-4a reduced its capacity. the problem prompted hispasat to cancel its order for an amazonas-4b satellite and turn to ssl to build amazonas-5 as a single-satellite solution.an artist's illustration of the amazonas-5 communications satellite in orbit. the satellite was built for hispasat by space systems loral.credit: space systems loral amazonas-5 will be stationed at 61 degrees west for televisio...