Astra 1K doesn't make it.

rolfw

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This is taken from Space Daily where you can read the complete article

The Astra 1K satellite, which had blasted off from Baikonur at 4:04 local time (2304 GMT Monday), reached the basic orbit minutes after the launch, but so far failed to make any progress to its ultimate orbit, officials said.
 

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That's the funniest story I have read this week - and its only Tuesday !!

But, 1K was to transmit decent and predominantly free stuff at the nice obital position of 19.2° anyway; so, maybe its not so funny afterall ?

The reports of 'its' failure are interesting. The Russians said the satellite failed and Astra reckon the Russians failed :rolleyes:

Have Fun,

Mark.
 

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Well it doesn't look quite as bleak as it did at first, they appear to have stabilised it at 290km, so that they can assess the situation.
 

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#5
Crumbs, it was only a couple of days ago that they thought it would be suitable for rescue. Oh well, never mind.
 
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