A Russian Proton M rocket launched the SES 5 satellite at 1838 GMT on 9 July. The launch, brokered by International Launch services, placed the satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. The satellite used the LS 1300X satellite bus built by Space Systems/Loral. Once in geostationary orbit the 6007 kilogram satellite owned by SES Sirius will be primarily used to provide television broadcasting services to Africa and Europe from a postion of 5 degrees East. The satellite also carries a secondary EGNOS payload to augment navigation services to Europe.
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