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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

Avocados and Fuel Loading

September 1, 2009 1:28 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

Barbeque

August 24, 2009 1:26 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

After our barbeque on Thursday welcoming everyone to launch base, the weekend has been very quiet while spacecraft standalone operations continue. The propulsion team arrived on Friday, meaning that things will pick up soon with fueling operations. It could also mean that it is time for another barbeque.

Spacecraft Arrival

August 18, 2009 1:40 pm (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

The Antonov-124 landed shortly after 11:00 Monday morning carrying the Nimiq 5 spacecraft and other launch supplies. The team dodged raindrops as the spacecraft container was unloaded and safely transferred to the railcar for the journey to the processing facility. The spacecraft arrived in Hall 101 shortly after 9:00 Monday evening, where it was cleaned, offloaded from the railcar and prepped for opening. The container was opened on Tuesday morning and the spacecraft was transferred into Hall 103A, where it will commence with stand alone testing for the next week.

ILS Team Arrival

August 16, 2009 1:27 am (GMT)
ILS Launch Team

The Nimiq 5 launch team landed at Yubileiny early Friday afternoon. We were greeted by a very hot day (35°C) and waved to our departing AsiaSat 5 colleagues as they headed to the airplane. Everyone is using the weekend to prepare for the arrival of the Nimiq 5 spacecraft on Monday morning.

AsiaSat 5 Mission Success!

August 11, 2009 2:14 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton Breeze M rocket, carrying the AsiaSat 5 satellite built by Space Systems Loral for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Ltd (AsiaSat). We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 1:02 a.m.Eastern Time, or 05:02 GMT, 9 hours and 15 minutes after liftoff.

AsiaSat 5 Third Burn Completion

August 11, 2009 2:13 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 additional 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 12:40 a.m. EDT, or 04:40 GMT. Separation of the AsiaSat 5 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 4th burn completion by about 15 minutes.

AsiaSat Second Burn Completion

August 11, 2009 2:13 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the AsiaSat 5 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 17 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned. All this will happen in a span of almost 20 minutes while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the signal shortly thereafter.

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