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    Russia's Proton Rocket Orbits US Echostar Communications Satellite (VIDEO)

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    A Russian Proton rocket on Thursday successfully orbited a US Еchostar-21 telecoms satellite after the launch from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, an official from Russia's Roscosmos state space corporation told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — This was the first launch of a Proton since June 2016 when a rocket suffered an engine glitch, prompting an audit that grounded the Proton launches for a year.

    "The spacecraft has successfully separated from the upper stage [o the rocket], so the Russian part of the program for launching EchoStar-21 is complete, the satellite has been transferred to the management of the customer," the official said.

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