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Russian Proton M Booster Rocket With Canada’s Anik F3 Satellite Installed on Baikonur Launch Pad

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Apr 6, 2007 10:33 pm
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The Russian State Commission early this morning gave a go–ahead to roll–out the Integrated Space Rocket ( Proton M/Breeze M rocket with Anik F3 spacecraft) from Assembly and Test Building ( MIK) to Proton’s Launch site ( “Ploshchatka “ 200 in Baikonur Cosmodrome), says the Khrunichev Press Team.

According to the launch schedule, the roll–out operations began today at 06:30 (local Baikonur Time). The rocket has already been erected vertically on the launch pad.

This installation means the Canada’s Anik F3 on Proton M launch campaign has entered its final stage. After installation for lift –off is complete, another routine pre –launch operations on a launch pad are planned to be performed by Krunichev Space Center team.

Teams from European EADS Astrium, spacecraft supplier, Proton manufacturer Khrunichev Space Center, Russia’s Space Agency and Space Forces, as well as launch services provider International Launch Services joint venture, are now just few days from the Proton’s debut launch in 2007 year.

Anik F3 telecommunications satellite is to be launched by Proton M Breeze M booster from Baikonur Cosmodrome, launch pad 39, at 04:54 (local Baikonur Time) on 10 April, or 22:54 GMT on 09 April.

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