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    XM 4 satellite launched

    A Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket has successfully launched the XM 4 broadcasting satellite from the Odyssey platform, positioned in the Pacific Ocean (154 West, 0 North), at 23:49 GMT, 30th October.
    The XM4 Satellite, manufactured by Boeing, will fly in geostationary orbit to provide radio services to the U.S.

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    Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the XM-4 broadcast satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is accurately positioned and in excellent condition.

    A Zenit-3SL vehicle lifted off at 3:49 pm Pacific Standard Time (23:49 GMT) from the Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned at 154 degrees West Longitude in the equatorial Pacific. All systems performed nominally throughout the flight. The Block DM upper stage inserted the 5,193 kg (11,448 lbs.) spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit, on its way to final orbital position of 115 degrees West Longitude. A ground station at Hartebeesthoek, near Pretoria, South Africa, acquired the first signal from the satellite in orbit.
    www.sea-launch.com

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    TLE Data

    Code:
    XM4
    1 29520U 06049A   06304.01697865 -.00000197  00000-0  00000+0 0    13
    2 29520 000.0728 022.9755 6947957 015.1029 354.7733 02.19452188    04

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    Launch of XM-4 - October 30, 2006

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    The XM-4 satellite will have 18 kilowatts of total power at the beginning of life on orbit. Specified for a 15-year lifespan, Sea Launch's accurate insertion into transfer orbit should provide additional years of service life. This is Sea Launch's fourth successful launch for XM Satellite Radio, completing previous missions in March 2001, May 2001, and February 2005.
    XM is America's number one satellite radio company with more than 7 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Toronto and Montreal, XM's 2006 lineup includes more than 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk radio, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.
    XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota, is available in more than 140 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide.
    www.xmradio.com

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    Re: XM 4 satellite launched

    Quote Originally Posted by Blob View Post
    You own any stock?

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    Yay! Another Sea-Launch launch, means another order for avionics from my company (and another time one of my designs flies in space).

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