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EUTELSAT 16C satellite, ex- SESAT, sets record for in-orbit life

Launched on April 17, 2000, it was deorbited, after 17 years and 10 months of service

Designed for a contractual orbital life of 10 years, the EUTELSAT 16C/SESAT telecommunications satellite has now been deorbited after 17 years and 10 months of operational service. As the first commercial satellite contracted by a European satellite operator, EUTELSAT 16C/SESAT marked the start of cooperation between Russian and European space industries.Launched on April 17, 2000 on a Proton-Block...

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