November 24, 2009 2:42 pm (GMT)
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 Protonâ€™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.