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The Full Integration of the Proton M Launch Vehicle Begins

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 2, 2007 12:41 pm
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Khrunichev Press Release:

In the very beginning of April, after the Proton Ascent Unit is successfully assembled by joint EADS Astrium / Khrunichev team, Khrunichev began operations on full integration of Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle.

The Ascent Unit was transported into Area 111 of the same vehicle assembly and testing building, MIK, site 92-50, where Russian technical personnel will integrate the Ascent Unit to Proton rocket, and also prepare the fully integrated launch vehicle (a combination of the Ascent Unit and Proton rocket) for routine electrical checks (that precede the subsequent fueling of the Breeze M booster with propellant components). For its upper stage fueling, the Integrated Launch Vehicle will be moved to the technological fueling station at Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The full integration of the Proton M/Breeze M rocket will be performed within the next couple of days. After this stage is completed, the Russian State Commission will verify the readiness of the Integrated Launch Vehicle (Proton M/Breeze M/ Anik F3) for rolling out to the Launch Pad.

The Telesat’s Anik F3 is scheduled to be launched aboard Proton M/Breeze M in April. All pre-launch activities are well under way, according to the previously approved schedule.

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