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Sea Launch satellite in orbit

April 21, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Sea Launch Co. sent a communications satellite into orbit for Italy's armed forces and NATO from its floating launch platform in the equatorial Pacific.

The launch vehicle lifted off at 1:16 a.m. PDT, and the satellite's operator, Rome-based Telespazio, later received transmissions from orbit confirming the spacecraft was functioning, the Long Beach company said.

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