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DTV 12 Mission Successful!

December 29, 2009 2:13 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the DTV 12 satellite built by Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems for DIRECTV. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 4:32 a.m. EST, or 09:32 GMT, 9 hours and 10 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.

DTV 12 Third and Fourth Burn Completion

December 28, 2009 9:11 pm (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 4:13 a.m. EST, or 09:13 GMT. Separation of the DTV 12 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 12 minutes.

DTV 12 Second Burn Completion

December 28, 2009 6:34 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

DTV 12 First Burn Completion

December 28, 2009 5:38 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch 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.

DTV 12 Stage Separations

December 28, 2009 4:57 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We had a successful liftoff about 10 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the DTV 12 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.

DIRECTV 12 Liftoff!

December 28, 2009 4:52 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the DIRECTV 12 satellite.

Rockin' the Joint (ops)

December 21, 2009 7:07 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

The End of the Beginning

December 15, 2009 7:53 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

Fill Me Up, Buttercup

December 7, 2009 10:15 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

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.

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