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American Telecommunications Satellite Arrives in Baikonur

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jun 8, 2007 7:02 am
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Khrunichev Press Release:

Russian Proton Breeze M Launch Vehicle Prepares to Launch the Heaviest Ever DIRECTV’s Satellite.

DIRECTV 10 multipurpose telecommunications spacecraft arrived at the Yubileiny airport of the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, early this morning, 06 June.

The spacecraft and all the equipment needed for ground operations to prepare the spacecraft for launch, was carried by an Antonov 124 “Ruslan” cargo plane operated by Russian “Polet” carrier.

On the same day the spacecraft will be transported by rail to the state –of –the –art processing center ( Bld. 92A –50 “MIK”) where an industrial team from the spacecraft manufacturer, Boeing, will conduct autonomous checking and tests of all DIRECTV 10 systems.

DIRECTV10 is a commercial civil multipurpose communications satellite designed to provide DIRECTV Inc. customers unprecedented local and national High Definition Television (HDTV) throughout continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. An industry leader, US –based DIRECTV, Inc. delivers satellite –based TV services to over than 15 million US customers in homes and businesses.

The next -generation DIRECTV spacecraft, built on Boeing 702 bus, will be among the world’s heaviest geostationary satellites. Its launch mass is over 5800 kg. The satellite projected life span is 15 years.

DIRECTV 10 features state-of –the-art antenna and payload subsystems. The powerful payload integrates 32 active and 12 spare National Service Ka- band Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTAs) in addition to 55 active and 15 spare spot beam TWTAs. The payload is powered by a massive solar array that spans more than 48 meters consisting of ultra triple-junction gallium arsenide solar cells.

DIRECTV 10 will receive and transmit programming throughout the United States with two imposing Ka-band reflectors, each measuring 2.8 meters in diameter, and nine other Ka –band reflectors.

The Khrunichev–built Proton Breeze M heavy–class carrier rocket, which will be used for the DIRECTV commercial mission scheduled in July, arrived at its launch site and started its pre-launch preparations earlier. The Khrunichev engineers are conducting routine assembly and test operations with the rocket in the same vehicle assembly building.

ILS-International Launch Services, Inc.will provide launch services on the Proton Breeze M rocket.

ILS is a joint venture of Space Transport Inc., Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia of Moscow. ILS is incorporated in Delaware in the U.S. and is headquartered in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. Set up in 1995, ILS Provides sales, marketing and mission management for Proton launches to customers around the world. Since 1996, ILS has conducted 40 commercial missions with the Proton vehicle (out of these, 26 launches on Proton K and 14 launches on Proton M).

KhSC – Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center is the Moscow-based designer and manufacturer of the Proton vehicle family. With over than 90 years experience in aerospace technologies, KhSC is a pillar in Russian space industry and one of the world’s major manufacturer of space launch systems and heavy orbital modules.

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