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- New Skies Satellite says it will continue to serve existing customers without interruption despite losing its NSS-9 satellite in a spectacular fireball as it was launched in the Pacific Ocean. The NSS-9 satellite was planned for an Indian Ocean orbital slot from where it would have provided services to Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and Africa. Instead it was destroyed as the rocket carrying the satellite payload exploded on take-off from the Sea Launch platform (a converted oil rig) that is located in equatorial Pacific waters far off the coast of California.

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