|Russia launched Proton-M rocket with U.S. satellite.
On October 14, 2012 at 08:36 UTC the "Proton-M” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Briz-M” booster orbited the U.S. "Intelsat-23” telecommunication satellite.
The satellite with a designed life-span of 15 years will provide telecommunications services to customers in North America, Latin America, Western Europe and Africa.
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|China launched civilian technology satellites.
On October 14, 2012 at 03:25 UTC the "Chang Zheng-2C/SMA” (Long March) rocket-carrier was launched from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi Province, China.
The rocket orbited the "Shijian-9 A” and "Shijian-9 B”. Shijian means Practice in Chinese.
The satellites are the first in a series of civilian satellites designed for technological experimentation.
Developed by an affiliate company of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the satellites will be used to experiment with domestically developed components, satellite formations and inter-satellite measurement.
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|Russia orbited two European navigation satellites.
On October 12, 2012 at 18:15 UTC the Russian "Soyuz-ST-B” rocket- carrier was launched from Kourou space center in French Guiana. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat-MT” booster orbited two Galileo-IOV (In-Orbit Validation) communications satellites.
The satellites are the third and fourth in global navigation satellite system Galileo, the European analogue of the US GPS, which is set to eventually expand to 30 satellites, including 27 operational ones and three spares. The first two satellites were put in orbit in 2011 on board a Soyuz carrier rocket.
Galileo is expected to be in full service by 2020, and could become partially operational by 2015.
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|Dragon docked to Space Station.
On October 10, 2012 the "Dragon” unmanned supply spacecraft arrived to the International Space Station.
American astronaut Sunita Williams and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide have used the 17-meter Canadarm robot arm to grab the Dragon spacecraft at 11:56 UTC and pulled it to the station, completing the operation at 13:03 UTC.
The privately-owned reusable Dragon spacecraft carried to the station more than 450 kg of supplies.