At 1402GMT on 14 May 2013, a Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle successfully lifted off from the Baikonur launch site near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan. On board was the Eutelsat 3D communications satellite being launched for the European satellite operator Eutelsat. Built by Thales Alenia Space and weighing in at 5470kg, the spacecraft was injected into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. The satellite will use its own on-board engine to circularise itself into a Geostationary position and will be operated over 3 degrees East longitude.
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