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Breeze M Upper Stage for Proton M Rocket Delivered to Baikonur

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:43 am
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(Khrunichev) – The Breeze M upper stage, supplied by Moscow-based Khrunichev Space Center, for the Proton M space launch vehicle – which will be used to launch Lockheed Martin –built AMERICOM-14 (AMC-14) satellite for SES AMERICOM, an SES company – has arrived today at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

The Breeze M was delivered at 9:44 Moscow Time in Jubileyniy airport of Baikonur, on an Antonov cargo plane AN-124-100 “Ruslan” operated by a Russian carrier Polet – who has been acting as the prime carrier of the Russian Federation Space Agency since 1999.

The upper stage will be transported to Cosmodrome Pad 92 and mounted on a stand at assembly and testing Building 92A-50, where international launch team from ILS,Krunichev Space Center, Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, SAAB Space is conducting preparations for the AMC-14 launch.
The launch will mark the second Proton commercial mission of the year and 45th Proton commercial flight carried out under ILS.

In the coming days Khrunichev team will undertake operations to ready the upper stage for integration with the spacecraft.

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center– the largest Russia’s space industry cornstone, the designer and manufacturer of Proton launch vehicle family.

ILS is a joint venture of Space Transport Inc., Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center and RSC Energia. ILS has exclusive rights to market the Proton, Russia’s premier heavy-lift vehicle, to commercial satellite operators worldwide. 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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