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Welcome to the W7 Blog

October 27, 2009 8:25 am (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

Welcome to the sixth ILS Proton launch campaign for 2009 – the launch of the Thales Alenia Space-built, W7 satellite for Eutelsat of France. Follow along with the mission team as they prepare for the launch.

End of Another Successful Mission

September 20, 2009 11:55 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

Nimiq 5 Mission Success!

September 17, 2009 2:04 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the Nimiq 5 satellite built by Space Systems Loral for Telesat. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 12:34 AM EDT, or 04:34 GMT, 9 hours and 15 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.

Nimiq 5 Third and Fourth Burn Completion

September 17, 2009 2:04 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 12:12 AM EDT, or 04:12 GMT. Separation of the Nimiq 5 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 15 minutes.

Nimiq 5 Second Burn Completion

September 17, 2009 2:04 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

Nimiq 5 First Burn Completion

September 17, 2009 2:04 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.

Nimiq 5 Stage Separations

September 17, 2009 2:04 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We had a successful liftoff about 12 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the Nimiq 5 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.

Nimiq 5 LiftOff!

September 17, 2009 2:03 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the Nimiq 5 satellite.

Ready to Launch

September 15, 2009 1:43 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

Goodbyes and a Barbeque

September 9, 2009 8:57 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

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