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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

American Satellite in Orbit

A Russian Proton rocket successfully delivered a U.S. commercial satellite into orbit, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces said Friday.

The Sirius 3 satellite, manufactured by Loral Space and Communications, was launched late Thursday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in the Central Asian nation of Kazakstan.

The satellite will provide radio broadcasting for motorists in the United States.

U.S. companies routinely use Russian space facilities to launch commercial satellites. The Russian rockets are usually considered reliable and a good bargain compared with European and American competitors.