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Russian Proton M Launch Vehicle Prepares for Its April Debut

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:45 am
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Khrunichev Press Release:

At Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, everything is on track for the first launch in this year of Proton M space rocket with Telesat Canada’s Anik F3 telecommunications satellite.

The Anik F3 mission on Proton M vehicle entered a new phase, after Breeze M upper stage – which will be used on Proton M space rocket for the launch of the Anik F3 satellite – arrived early this morning (9:30 Moscow Time) in Jubileyniy airport, at its launch site at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The load was delivered from a Moscow – based Khrunichev Space Center, manufacturer of Breeze M upper stage and Proton rocket itself, onboard a heavy transport airplane Antonov 124-100 “Ruslan” owned by the prime Russian carrier Polet.

The Breeze M will be also installed in Assembly and Testing Building 92A-50 (renown as “MIK” ) where Khrunichev technicians, aided by other Russian Space Agency’s personnel, has already started launch preparations of the core Proton M rocket.

The EADS Astrium engineers are conducting autonomous testing operations of their spacecraft in the same building.

Thus, by now, all the key components of the integrated space rocket Proton M/Breeze M with Anik F3 spacecraft are undergoing routine pre–launch preparations in Baikonur launch site.

The launch is scheduled for April and will be performed under auspices of International Launch Services (ILS).

ILS is a joint US–Russian venture between Space Transport Inc. and its Russian partners – Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia. Formed in 1995, ILS provides a full range of launch services on Russia’s premier launch vehicle Proton for customers worldwide. ILS has already performed 39 Proton missions and worked with all global satellite operators.

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