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Intelsat 16 Mission Successful!

February 11, 2010 9:45 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the Intelsat 16 satellite built by Orbital Sciences Corporation. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 5:14 a.m. EST, or 10:14 GMT, 9 hours and 34 minutes after liftoff. Everything occurred as planned with ignition, shutdown and separation of the Proton’s first three stages. Then the Breeze M upper stage with the satellite continued the mission, igniting four times, and then releasing the satellite into near-stationary orbit.

Intelsat 16 Third Burn Completion

February 11, 2010 9:22 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd burn, as well as jettisoning its auxiliary propellant tank. The vehicle is now in a 5-hour coast period, during which we will have nothing to report. The 4th burn is scheduled to start around 4:50 a.m. EST, or 09:50 GMT. Separation of the Intelsat 16 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 4th burn completion by about 14 minutes.

Intelsat 16 Second Burn Completion

February 11, 2010 6:03 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the Intelsat 16 satellite, we have received confirmation that the 2nd burn of the upper stage occurred and shut down as scheduled. The next events are scheduled for about 2 hours from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn for approximately 20 minutes; after that the auxiliary propellant tank will be jettisoned. All this will happen while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the vehicle shortly after the APT is jettisoned.

Intelsat 16 First Burn Completion

February 11, 2010 6:00 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have received confirmation of completion of the first burn. The vehicle is now scheduled to be out of range for about an hour, after which we will hear confirmation of the second burn.

Intelsat 16 Stage Separations

February 11, 2010 5:44 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We had a successful liftoff about 15 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the Intelsat 16 satellite. The three stages of the Proton vehicle have performed as planned, and it is up to the Breeze M upper stage to complete the mission. The upper stage has begun its first burn, which is scheduled to last around 4 minutes.

Liftoff of Intelsat 16

February 11, 2010 1:22 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the Intelsat 16 satellite.

Signing the PLF

February 2, 2010 7:11 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

PLF Encapsulation

February 2, 2010 7:09 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

Going Horizontal

February 2, 2010 7:06 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

Joint Operations

February 2, 2010 6:59 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

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