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  •  Canadian sat TV (2+ / 0-)
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    OleHippieChick, FarWestGirl

    Was to go up on a Russian rocket. They had issues and Shaw had to wait over 2 years for the Russians to get it up. In other words, they could not go anywhere else to get it up quicker. Must be a three to four year wait currently.

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      These usually require insertion into a geo-stationary orbit which is hardly what this achieved.

      Commercial launches of the Soyuz rocket are handled by a joint French-Russian company in the case of launches from Baikonur and Arianespace for launches from Kourou in France.

      The heavy lift Ariane 5 (which has just got a new order for 18); medium lift Soyuz and new light-weight Vega are all launched from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) to take advantage of the slingshot effect from launching near the Equator.

      TV satellites are getting bigger although Ariane 5 can currently launch two of the largest into separate geo-stationary orbits. It is also going to have a role, along with Soyuz, in launching the Galileo constellation of GPS satellites.  

      We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 06:39:12 AM PDT

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      •  Hardly what was achieved (0+ / 0-)

        Umm, yeah. It was a test. You sound like you know more, but I assume one of the markets they want to tap, and are going to all this trouble to make this rocket is to put satellites in orbit. If your point is it's not powerful enough, they just increased the thrust of their engines, like ten times. Give them some time.

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