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23-Nov-98 | Delta flight 263 – BONUM-1

Fourth time is the charm for Delta flight 263. Its minor technical problems of the previous few days cleared up, and the clouds parted on Sunday evening, 22 November, just long enough for the Delta 7925 to sail smoothly into the Florida sky. It placed BONUM-1 into geostationary transfer orbit for the Russian conglomerate Media Most. BONUM-1 is a Hughes HS-376HP communications satellite, the 55th launch of a 376 model and the 19th aboard a Delta. It is also the first Russian-owned satellite to be flown on an American launcher, and the first privately-owned Russian satellite in history.


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