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Proton M Carrying EchoStar XVI on Board Lifts off from Baikonur

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:25 pm via: Khrunichev
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The tenth Proton M mission since the start of this year has taken place at the Baikonur launch base earlier today.The integrated launch vehicle (ILV) with the U.S.-made EchoStar XVI communications satellite lifted off at 22:31 Moscow Time on 20 November.The spacecraft launch mass was 6650 kg.

The lift-off sequence proceeded nominally.  In compliance with the mission design, the orbital unit (made up of a Breeze M upper stage mated, via an adapter, to the spacecraft) separated from LV Stage 3 to continue independent powered flight.  The subsequent phases of satellite injection into the target orbit will be implemented by means of five Breeze M’s main engine burns.

The EchoStar XVI/upper stage separation is to occur 09:12 with respect to lift-off, i.e. at 07:43 Moscow Time on 21 November.

The contract for the use of a Russian-made Proton LV to launch EchoStar XVI was concluded between the North American satellite operator EchoStar and International Launch Services Inc. (ILS), a Russian-U.S. joint venture whose majority interest is owned by the Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center, the Proton/Breeze M designer and manufacturer.

Built by Space Systems/Loral, U.S.A., EchoStar XVI is designed to provide DTH services across the United States.  The satellite is to be stationed at a geostationary orbit in the 61.5 deg W slot.

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