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Satellite misses orbit

INDONESIAN communications satellite Palapa D failed to enter a preset orbit after being launched last night from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.

The satellite was launched atop a Chinese-made Long March 3B rocket at 5:30pm.

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.


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