Proton launch, and Iran performs another launch

The venerable Proton heavy-lift workhorse completed another successful flight this morning, placing the Inmarsat 5-F2 satellite into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome:

Meanwhile, Iran unexpectedly placed a payload into orbit; their program is rather secretive, so they do not announce launches ahead of time like other nations.  The 50 kg Fajr satellite was placed into orbit by the Safir rocket, Iran’s first successful orbital flight in three years, and their fourth overall.  The USAF’s Space Surveillance Network reported an orbit of 139 miles by 285 miles, with an inclination of 55.5 degrees.


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