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3rd China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite lost after launch

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After launch aboard a Chang Zheng 4B, the Chinese-Brazilian CBERS-3 satellite ended up in a wrong orbit and was declared lost. It has likely already re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.

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ILS Proton successfully launches Inmarsat-5 F1

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Rocket: Proton M/Briz M; Payload: Inmarsat-5 F1; Date: 8 December 2013, 1212 UTC; Launch site: Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The rocket successfully placed its payload into a super-synchronous (geo-stationary) transfer orbit (SSTO).

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Kacific Broadband Satellite plans hosted broadband payload

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Kacific Broadband Satellites announced plans to launch a Ka Band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) to provide enhanced broadband to 40 million people in the Pacific including the Pacific islands, New Zealand, eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

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SSL delivers ABS-2 satellite to launch base in Kourou

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SSL announced that the ABS-2 satellite, designed and built for ABS, has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.

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NASA’s TRDS arrives at Kennedy Space Center

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NASA’s newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) arrived at KennedySpace Center on 6 December. After being unloaded from a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft, it was unpacked and inspected to ensure it sustained no damage on its flight from the Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems satellite factory in El Segundo.

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USAF commercially hosted infrared payload mission completed

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Following 27 months of successful operation, during which all mission objectives were met, the Space and Missile Systems Center decommissioned the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP), on 6 December.

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