Third Time's the Charm -- Russia's Proton Rocket Successfully Orbits SES-4
Russia succeeded in launching a communications satellite for SES today after two previous attempts were scrubbed.
In an anomalous situation for the Russian space launch industry, two previous attempts to launch the SES satellite in December 2011 and January 2012 encountered technical problems close to launch and the rocket had to be removed from the launch pad for repairs. Designated SES-4 or NSS-14, the satellite was successfully lofted today. The need to roll back from the launch pad received considerable media attention because Russia's aerospace industry is experiencing an unusual wave of accidents and failures.
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