SUMMARY: A Russian Proton rocket successfully launched the Eutelsat W3A satellite into orbit Monday evening. The Proton lifted off at 2306 UTC (6:06 pm EST), and the Breeze M upper stage separated 10 minutes later, placing the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit 9 hours later. The W3A satellite will provide broadband, direct-to-home, and other communications services to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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