Proton-M places AsiaSat-9 into orbit

Another launch today: a Proton-M out of Baikonur Cosmodrome boosted the AsiaSat-9 spacecraft to geosynchronous transfer orbit.  Built by Space Systems/Loral in California, the spacecraft will be operated by Hong Kong-based AsiaSat and will provide satellite TV services direct to homes across Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

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