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At Baikonur Russia’s Proton M Rocket Prepares For Another Launch.

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:58 pm
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Khrunichev Press Release:

Preparations for the launch of Telesat’s telecommunications satellite Anik F3 on Proton M launch vehicle are well under way at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The planned operations on the Proton Ascent Unit (or Space Head Unit, made up of the AnikF3 spacecraft, adapter and separation system, Breeze M upper stage and payload fairing) started today, on 28 March, in integration area of the main Integration and Assembly Building (MIK) 92A-50, according to the schedule.

This includes mechanical and electrical mating of the EADS Astrium –built Anik F3 spacecraft with the spacecraft adapter and Breeze M, a Proton M upper stage made by Khrunichev.

After the integration of the “spacecraft/adapter and separation system/Breeze M upper stage” stack is completed, the stack will be rotated from vertical into horizontal position for encapsulation within payload fairing. This will be followed by subsequent electrical checks and final operations with the Ascent Unit.

All the works on the AU will be jointly performed by international team, comprising specialists from Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (manufacturer of Proton LV) and EADS Astrium.

Prior to the space head assembly, the EADS Astrium engineers has successfully accomplished autonomous checks and fueling of their spacecraft, while Khrunichev –led Russian technicians carried out final checks on Breeze M and upper stage fueling operations.

The AU integration operations are expected to be completed within the next couple of days.

After these operations, the integrated AU will be readied for transfer into Hall 111 in the same Building 92A-50 for mating with the Proton M launch vehicle.

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

ILS is a joint 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.

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