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Canadian Anik F3 Telecommunication Satellite Prepared for Launch from Baikonur

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:41 am
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Khrunichev Press Release:

Russian Proton M launch vehicle to fly first time in this year.
At Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, a Russian Proton Breeze M launch vehicle is in the initial stage of preparations for the first in this year launch to place Canadian telecommunication satellite into orbit. The launch is scheduled in April.

The first members of the Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center launch team (Khrunichev is a Moscow–based designer and manufacturer of the Proton vehicle family), arrived yesterday at the launch site, at Baikonur Cosmodrome. They will prepare engineering and launching facilities, and perform the routine assembly and test operations with the Proton rocket’s three stages.

This morning, the engineers from Khrunichev’s divisions – Space Rockets Explotation Plant (ZERKT) and Salyut Design Bureau- began the pre-launch preparations in accordance with the Anik F3 schedule.
The entire members of the Anik F3 launch campaign team (Russian and foreign personnel) are arriving at the Baikonir launch site later, in the first half of March, to perform joint operations with the vehicle and Anik F3 spacecraft. Arrival of the spacecraft is expected on 11 March.

The Anik F3 satellite will provide a full range of satellite communications services that include telephony, business communications, Internet-based services and television transmission and is equipped with 24 active transponders in C-band, 32 in Ku-band and 2 in Ka-band. The satellite, operating in geostationary orbit, will provide commercial services for a minimum of 15 years. Anik F3 will operate at the 118 degrees WL orbital position.
Anik F3 is the second Eurostar E3000 satellite built by EADS Space for Telesat following their order for Anik F1R in 2003. Telesat is a wholly owned subsidiary of BCE Inc., a leading communications company with shares listed in the United States, Canada and Europe.

International Launch Services Launch (ILS) will provide Proton M launch services for the Anik F3 satellite. Established in 1995, International Launch Services is a joint- venture provider of satellite launch services, offering a Proton M vehicle. Since September 2006 it is a joint venture of SpaceTransport Inc., Krunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia.
Since 1996, ILS has provided 39 commercial launch missions for the Proton vehicle. Out of these, 26 launches were with Proton K, 13 launches with the Proton M including 4 Proton M launches in 2006.

The Proton vehicle, built by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Russia, has carried out more than 320 missions for the Russian government and commercial customers over nearly 40 years.

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