Atlas 5 rocket boosts powerful Mexican comsat into space

October 2, 2015 2:16 PM

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Atlas 5 rocket boosts powerful Mexican comsat into space

Four and a half months after a Russian launch failure destroyed a $300 million Mexican communications satellite, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket boosted a second, equally costly relay station into space Friday to provide high speed data, video and cellular services across Mexico.

Joining a smaller Mexican communications station already in orbit, the Morelos 3 relay station will anchor the $1.6 billion MexSat network and "fully meet national security and social connectivity functions in remote sites," Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico's minister of communications and transportatio...

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