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XM Second Satellite Sails for Equator

XM Second Satellite Sails for Equator

XM Satellite Radio’s (Nasdaq: XMSR) “XM Roll” satellite is aboard the Sea Launch platform on its way from California to the equatorial Pacific Ocean, where it is scheduled to launch into orbit next Monday.
The Odyssey Launch Platform, carrying XM Roll, to be joined by the assembly and command ship, Sea Launch Commander, are sailing approximately 3,000 miles from Long Beach, Calif., to the launch site on the Equator at 154 degrees West Longitude, in open waters of the Pacific Ocean.
A 200-foot Zenit-3SL rocket will lift the 10,289 lb. digital audio radio satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit. Its final position will be at 85 degrees West Longitude.
XM’s first satellite, “Rock,” which launched March 18, is locking into its final geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth.

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