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China-Launched Indonesian Satellite Fails To Enter Orbit

Xichang Satellite Launch Center control.
by Staff Writers
Xichang, China (XNA) Sep 01, 2009
Indonesian communications satellite Palapa D failed to enter a preset orbit after being launched at 5:28 pm Monday at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

The satellite was launched atop a Chinese-made Long March 3B rocket.

The first and second stages of the rocket entered space normally, but the third stage failed during a second-time ignition. Experts are investigating.

The Palapa D satellite, owned by Indonesian satellite communications company Indosat, would have provided satellite links and broadcasting services for Indonesia and other southeastern Asian nations.

Indosat ordered the Palapa D satellite from the French company ThalesAlenia Space in 2007.

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