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Proton M Successfully Orbits KazSat-3 and Louth-5V Satellites

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:48 pm via: Khrunichev
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The Proton M ILV that lifted off at Baikonur Cosmodrome on Monday, April 25 at 08:25 Moscow Time has successfully placed  Kazakhstan’s KazSat-3 telecommunications satellite and Russia’s Loutch-5V relay satellite into orbit. The KazSat-3/Loutch 5V launch was the third  Proton mission of 2014.

Both the lift-off and the ascent events proceeded nominally. The orbital unit (made up of the satellite duo and a Breeze M Upper Stage) was then boosted by several Upper Stage’s burns to its target orbit. The spacecraft/Upper Stage separation took place Monday, April 25, at the predicted times.

Credit: Roscosmos

Credit: Roscosmos

The Proton launch vehicle and the Breeze M Upper Stage are designed and mass produced by the Khrunichev Space Center, Moscow.

Loutch 5V is the third member of the Loutch (’Beam’) multifunctional satellite relay system being created under the Federal Space Program of Russia 2006 – 2015. This system is designed to support communication between the Russian segment of the International Space Station, LEO spacecrafts, launch vehicles and/or upper stages, on the one hand, and the Earth’s stations, on the other. The first two Loutch satellites were successfully orbited by Proton M/Breeze M vehicles. The first one, Loutch 5A, was placed into orbit in a dual launch with the Amos 5 spacecraft in December 2011 whereas the second one, Loutch 5B (5Б), paired with Yamal 300K in a launch of November 2012.

The KazSat 3 communication satellite is designed to provide telecommunication, DTV and broadband Internet services across Kazakhstan and its adjacent countries. The satellite is designed and built for the Republican Space Communication Center, Republic of Kazakhstan within the framework of Kazakhstan’s National Space Communications and TV/Audio Casting System. Protons were also used to launch the first two KazSats in 2006 and 2011, respectively.

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