Thales Alenia Space Rescues Palapa D Satellite
[Satellite TODAY 09-01-09] Palapa D, an Indonesian communications satellite that was reported by officials to have failed to enter orbit, has been captured and is now able to conduct orbiting maneuvers, said manufacturer Thales Alenia Space, in a statement to Chinese press officials, released Aug. 31.
The satellite was launched Aug. 31 aboard a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Southwest China.
Palapa D is owned by Indonesian satellite communications company Indosat, which will use the satellite to provide links and broadcasting services to southeastern Asian nations.
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