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I StandAlone

December 2, 2009 6:42 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

Boeing continues to perform their standalone SC operations on schedule. This includes electrical checks of the SC, and preparations for the loading of the SC with propellants. Meawhile, we had our belated Thaksgiving celebration last night. The Baikonur kitchens did an outstanding job as always, and several of the americans commented that it was the best turkey they had ever eaten. Of course, that was not within earshot of their wives or mothers.

Early Team Arrival

November 30, 2009 7:59 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

W7 Mission Successful!

November 24, 2009 2:42 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the W7 satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 6:30 p.m. EST, or 04:34 GMT, 9 hours and 12 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 five times, and then releasing the satellite into transfer orbit.

W7 Third and Fourth Burn Completion-

November 24, 2009 8:24 am (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd & 4th burns, as well as jettisoning its additional propellant tank. The vehicle is now in a 5-hour coast period, during which we will have nothing to report. The 5th burn is scheduled to start around 6:11 p.m. EST, or 23:11 GMT. Separation of the W7 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 14 minutes.

W7 Second Burn Completion

November 24, 2009 8:23 am (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

W7 First Burn Completion

November 24, 2009 7:14 am (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.

W7 Stage Separations

November 24, 2009 7:11 am (GMT)

We had a successful liftoff about 11 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the W7 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 7 minutes.

W7 LiftOff!

November 24, 2009 7:09 am (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the W7 satellite.

W7 Rollout

November 23, 2009 5:01 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

[b]19 and 20 Nov:[/b] At the end of the second day of loading, the State Commission met and authorized the rollout of the ILV to the launch pad. The teams gathered to witness the rollout of the ILV from the Breeze M fueling station to Launch Pad 39 at 06h45 on 20 Nov. Approximately 3 hours later the team reassembled at the Pad to watch the erector lift the ILV into its new vertical position. The next days will be used for testing and finalization of the ILV and systems for launch.

Catch Up

November 19, 2009 8:50 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

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