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JCSAT 11 Telecommunications Satellite Arrives in Baikonur–Khrunichev Prepares its Proton Rocket For the First Time to Launch Satellite For Japan.

Published by Rob on Wed Aug 8, 2007 3:13 pm
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Preparations for the next Russian Proton Breeze M commercial launch, the third in this year, to deliver into orbit the JSAT Corp.’s JCSAT -11 satellite – a A2100 –based telecommunications spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin – are under way at cosmodrome Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

The Proton Breeze M launch with the next –generation JSAT satellite scheduled in September will be the first Proton commercial mission for Japan. International Launch Services Inc. will provide the launch services on Khrunichev –built Proton launch vehicle.

The spacecraft and the equipment needed for ground operations arrived at Yubileyny airport of the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, early this morning, 7 August, aboard an Antonov 124 “Ruslan” cargo plane operated by Russian “Polet” carrier.

On arrival, the load was unloaded and transported by rail into the vehicle assembly and testing building, MIK, site 92-50 of the cosmodrome, where in a clean room Lockheed Martin industrial team will perform pre –launch operations with the spacecraft. These will include autonomous checking of all JCSAT-11 systems and subsequent tests on the basic performance of the spacecraft.

The Proton M heavy–class carrier rocket, which will be used for the commercial mission with the JCSAT -11 satellite, arrived at cosmodrome earlier. The Khrunichev engineers began the routine assembly and test operations with the rocket’s stages in mid-June. The rocket is being prepared for launch of the same vehicle assembly building.

All pre–launch preparations are well under way according to schedule.

The Proton M is an upgraded version of the principal heavy-lift vehicle in Russian space programme, the Proton. The Proton vehicle has carried out more than 320 missions for the Russian government and commercial customers over nearly 40 years and it is among the most reliable boosters in the world.

JCSAT-11 is a commercial telecommunications satellite. The satellite will provide JSAT Corp. customers a wide range of services, including TV broadcasting, video and data broadcasting services, as well as digital communication satellite broadcasting service SKY PerfecTV throughout Japan, Asia-Pacific Region and Hawaii.

JSAT Corp is a leading satellite operator in the Asia-Pacific region. JSAT fleet consists of 9 geostationary satellites positioned in 8 orbital slots. JSAT provides communications and broadcasting services that offer a range of unique features made possible by satellite communications which is well suited to support the high-volume, wide-distribution, high-speed networks

ILS-International Launch Services Inc. 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.

Since 1996, ILS has conducted 41 commercial missions with the Proton vehicle (out of these, 26 launches on Proton K and 15 launches on Proton M). ILS has launched most commercial satellite platforms and worked with all major satellite operators.

Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center (KhSC) is the Moscow-based designer and manufacturer of the Proton vehicle family With over 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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