During a launch yesterday the upper stage of Russia’s Proton rocket failed to put the satellite into its proper orbit.

Bad news for Russia: During a launch yesterday the upper stage of a Proton rocket failed to put the satellite into its proper orbit.

With this, the third failure in the past 16 months for the Briz-M upper stage, I expect that the Proton’s customers will continue to flee, as has Echostar.

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