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Land Launch Successfully Deploys Intelsat 15 Satellite to Orbit

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Dec 1, 2009 11:01 am via: source
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The Land Launch team today successfully completed the launch of the Intelsat 15 communications satellite for Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services. All systems performed as planned.

A Zenit-3SLB vehicle lifted off the from the Land Launch pad at the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, at 1:00 pm PST (21:00 GMT), carrying the 2,484 kg (5,477 lbs) Intelsat 15 satellite. About six-and-a-half hours later, the satellite separated from the Block DM-3SLB upper stage, inserting the Intelsat 15 communications satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. A ground station acquired the first signals from orbit shortly before separation.

Intelsat 15 in Orbit. Credit: Orbital Sciences

Intelsat 15 in Orbit. Credit: Orbital Sciences

Orbital Sciences built the satellite for Intelsat, to provide video and data services for customers operating in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions as well as in Russia. Following on-orbit testing, Intelsat 15 will be positioned at 85 degrees East Longitude, replacing the Intelsat 709 satellite.

Orbital’s STAR-2.4 spacecraft platform carries a Ku-band payload that will produce 4.6 kW of DC power and features advanced antennas, including two 2.3 meter dual-grid deployable antennas as well as a 1.4 meter dual-grid deck-mounted antenna. The Intelsat 15 satellite is expected to have a useful life on orbit of at least 17 years.

“I want to congratulate Intelsat and Orbital for a very successful mission,” said Kjell Karlsen, president and general manager of Sea Launch. “This is the 10th satellite we’ve orbited for Intelsat and we look forward to launching many more satellites for you in the future. I also want to thank the entire Land Launch team for their hard work and dedication leading up to today’s launch. This accomplishment represents the work of Space International Services, based in Moscow, and its collaboration with the Sea Launch partnership.”

“Our relationship with Sea Launch is testament to our desire for maintaining a robust launcher industry, and today’s mission marks the fourth success on their Land Launch system. I want to thank everyone who worked diligently to ensure a flawless mission for Intelsat 15. We look forward to our next Land Launch mission that is slated to carry our Intelsat 18 satellite into orbit in 2011,” said Ken Lee, Intelsat’s senior vice president, space systems. “Intelsat 15 is our second launch of 2009 and part of Intelsat’s 11-satellite launch campaign, the largest in Intelsat’s history.”

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