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Proton Lifts off from Baikonur

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:39 pm via: Khrunichev
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A Proton M integrated launch vehicle (ILV) lifted off from the Baikonur launch base with the Anik G1 satellite on board at 10:36 p.m.  Moscow Time, Monday, on April 15.  This was the 2nd Proton mission of this year.

The launch proceeded nominally.  In compliance with the mission design, the orbital unit separated from LV Stage 3 to continue flight in a self-powered mode. The subsequent injection of the spacecraft to its target orbit is to be achieved through five burns of the Breeze M main engine.  The spacecraft/upper stage separation is expected about 9h 13 min after the rocket liftoff, at 07:49 a.m. Moscow time, Tuesday, on April 16. Separated spacecraft mass: 4905 kg.

The heavy-lift Proton launch vehicle is developed and produced by the state-run Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

Anik G1was built by U.S. company Space Systems/Loral for Telesat, Canada’s  satellite operator .

The contract to launch the Anik G1 satellite on the Proton has been concluded by ILS-International Launch Services Inc., a world leader in providing launch services for global satellite operators. This was the second ILS Proton mission in 2013 year,  and the 79th ILS Proton mission overall.

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