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Russia launches rocket successfully after July fiery crash

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Russia launches rocket successfully after July fiery crash


Russia has successfully launched an unmanned Proton-M rocket into space, carrying a communications satellite for SES, a firm based in Luxembourg.

It took off from Kazakhstan at 3.38am local time on Monday, taking nine hours to reach orbit.

The launch comes just under three months after the same type of rocket crashed in flames shortly after lift-off, the latest of several setbacks in recent years.

Officials have said velocity sensors that had been installed wrongly caused the crash, which generated tension between Russia and Kazakhstan because it spilled toxic rocket fuel.

The launch on Monday was conducted by International Launch
Services, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Khrunichev.

The Proton-M is a key part of Russia’s space programme.

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