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504 was successful

Greetings all,

Stacey, W4SM, filled us in on the initial success of A504, here is a bit
more from ESA.

The European Space Agency's XMM satellite set off into space from Kourou,
French Guiana, aboard the Ariane 5 launcher this morning, which made its
very first commercial launch as it hurled the 3.9-tonne spacecraft into
orbit. Within one hour of lift-off the European Space Operations Centre at
Darmstadt, Germany, confirmed XMM was under control with electrical power
available from the solar arrays.

XMM's initial orbit carries it far into space, to 114,000 kilometres from
the Earth at its most distant point. On its return the satellite's closest
approach, or perigee, will be at 850 kilometres. 

Congratulations to Arianespace and ESA!

  --73 Dan NN0DJ--
 --Dan James--

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