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At Baikonur Proton-M/Breeze-M Readied To Launch DIRECTV 10

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 6, 2007 7:59 am
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At Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, the State Commission will meet today, 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).

Before the launch, Russian Orthodox priests blessed the rocket and the cosmodrome technicians today, at 12:00 a.m.

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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