Proton suffers Second Stage Anomaly, Briz-M Stage lifts Intelsat 31 to target Orbit

Thursday’s Proton-M launch with the Intelsat 31 communications satellite dodged a bullet when the second stage of the workhorse suffered an engine-related problem in the last seconds of its burn, creating a performance shortfall that is likely to remain without consequences for the satellite payload.

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Russia’s Proton/Briz-M lifts off on All-Day Ascent Mission with Intelsat 31

Russia’s Proton-M heavy-lift workhorse arced into sunny skies over the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, starting an all-day ascent mission to deliver the Intelsat 31 satellite to a highly elliptical orbit around Earth.

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