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Telstar was launched atop an Ariane 5G rocket.


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Telstar's Anik F2, was launched atop an Ariane 5G rocket today.

Anik F2 Launched on Ariane 5.

The world's largest commercial communications satellite, Telstar's Anik F2, was launched atop an Ariane 5G rocket today. The rocket lifted off from the European Spaceport in Kourou at 0044 UTC (8:44 pm EDT July 17), and carried the 5,950 kg (13,118 lb) satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. Once it reaches its final orbit at 111.1 degrees West, the Anik F2 will provide data and broadcast services to all of North America.

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