(ORDO NEWS) — The Indonesian telecommunications satellite Telkom-3 weighing about two tons, delivered in 2012 by a Proton-M carrier rocket into an off-design orbit, entered the earth’s atmosphere and collapsed, according to data from the US Air Force, published on the specialized website space-track.org.
According to the US military, the Telkom-3 satellite entered the atmosphere on February 5 at about 3.00 Moscow time. Whether any unburned fragments of the apparatus flew to the surface of the Earth at the same time is not reported, nor is the place of entry into the atmosphere specified.
Telkom-3 weighing 1,900 kilograms was launched into space together with the Russian communication satellite Express-MD2 in August 2012 using a Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage. However, due to the Briza accident, both spacecraft were launched into an off-design orbit and were declared lost by their owners.
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