ARABSAT 4A satellite launch problem

From: Kevin Fetter (
Date: Tue Feb 28 2006 - 20:05:18 EST

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    ILS reports the following 
    ILS Declares Proton Launch Anomaly
    BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, March 1, 2006 - Khrunichev and International Launch Services
    regret to announce the failure of the Proton launch vehicle to put the ARABSAT 4A satellite into
    proper orbit for EADS Astrium and ARABSAT.
    The Proton Breeze M rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 2:10 a.m. today local time
    (3:10 p.m. Tuesday EST, 20:10 Tuesday GMT). Preliminary flight information indicates that the
    Breeze M upper stage shut down early during its planned burn sequence. As a contingency, the
    satellite was separated. We cannot comment on the disposition of the spacecraft at this time.
    A Russian State Commission is being formed to determine the reasons for the anomaly. In parallel
    with the State Commission, ILS will form its own Failure Review Oversight Board to review reasons
    for the anomaly and define a corrective action plan. ILS will release additional information when
    it becomes available.
    ILS remains committed to providing reliable, timely launch services for all its customers. To this
    end, ILS will work diligently with its partner Khrunichev to return Proton to flight as soon as
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