View Full Version : Discussion: Proton Launches AMC-15 Satellite

2004-Oct-15, 05:04 PM
SUMMARY: A Russian Proton rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome yesterday evening, carrying the AMC-15 broadcast satellite into orbit. The rocket lifted off at 2123 UTC (5:23 pm EDT), and the satellite separated from the Breeze M upper stage about 7 hours later. AMC-15 is a Lockheed Martin A2100 satellite that will transmit from 105-degrees West, and deliver broadcast services to all 50 states.

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2004-Oct-15, 06:50 PM
A Russian Proton rocket
services to all 50 statesVery nice of Russia to do this for us. ;)

2004-Oct-15, 08:17 PM
lol....that's what I was sayin :lol:

2004-Oct-16, 04:57 PM
nice to see this launched, its good that it all went ahead but
when is NASA going to get back in order or will we now have to depend on other nations for space services

2004-Oct-17, 01:45 PM
Reminds me of the automotive industry of the 1960's; "Oh thoughs Asian automotive manufacturers are nothing to worry to about. They could NEVER compete with American manufactures". By 1980, imports had achieved a significant share of the marketplace, in fact some American automakers went bankrupt.

If one reviews the The Commecial Space Transportation Report; Year In Review" for 2002 and 2003 you will find that the United States is not leading the world in commercial payloads, launched by country. While this may seem like it is no big deal, one should consider that these same types of trends were ignored by the American Auto Industry of the 1960's. U.S. Aerospace Industrial Leadership as well as the National Leadership are ignoring these trends today. Programs like Moon to Mars will only support the establishment of commercially independent industries in the international community.

Never under-estimate the competition in any industrial market.