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Russian Proton M Booster Rocket With DIRECTV 10 Satellite Installed on Baikonur Launch Pad

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jul 3, 2007 3:57 pm
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(Khrunichev) – The operation readiness review was held yesterday at Baikonur with participating of all the representatives of Russian and foreign entities involved in the Proton Breeze M -DIRECTV 10 launch campaign. On the same day, the meeting was followed by Russian State Commission comprising Russian space officials, met at 6 p.m. to certify the readiness of the integrated space rocket Proton Breeze M with DIRECTV 10 to be rolled out from Assembly and Test Building to the launch pad. The Commission gave a go –ahead to the roll –out operations.

According to the launch schedule these operations began today at 06:30 a.m. (Baikonur local time). The rocket has already be erected vertically on the pad.

Within the following couple of days the Russian technical team and their colleges from Boeing (the manufacturer of DIRECTV10 spacecraft) will perform the joint operations with the rocket at the launch pad.

The State Commission will meet again on Friday, 6 July, at 10 p.m. (Baikonur local time) to certify the readiness of the Proton Breeze M vehicle and flight control team for the launch.

The launch is currently scheduled at 7:16 a.m. (local Baikonur time) on July 7, 9:16 p.m. Friday, July 6 ( EDT).

DIRECTV 10 mission will be the debut of the Enhanced Proton Breeze M, which is capable of launching spacecraft over 6,000 kg into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

To lift DIRECTV 10 – the heaviest ever and most powerful DIRECTV’s satellite, having separated mass approximately 5,893 kg – Khrunichev (the manufacturer of Proton Breeze M launch vehicle) has designed and implemented a series of improvements to the Proton to maximize its rocket lift capacity. By 2009, these improvements will become the baseline configuration for all Proton rockets for both commercial launches and Russian government missions.

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, which was created from the merger of the Khrunichev Machine-building Plant and the Salyut Design Bureau 14 years ago, has become a pillar of Russia’s space industry. Khrunichev has its headquarters in Moscow, and includes among its branches a number of key manufacturers of launch vehicle and spacecraft components in Moscow and in other cities of the Russian Federation.

The launch will be performed under auspices of ILS- International Launch Services Inc. ILS is a joint venture of Space Transport Inc., Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center of Moscow and RSC Energia of Moscow. ILS is incorporated in Delaware in the United States, and is headquartered in McLean, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

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