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EchoStar XIV Liftoff!

August 16, 2010 2:06 pm (GMT)

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

EchoStar XIV Stage Separations

August 16, 2010 2:01 pm (GMT)

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

EchoStar XIV First Burn Completion

August 16, 2010 1:59 pm (GMT)

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

EchoStar XIV Second Burn Completion

August 16, 2010 1:56 pm (GMT)

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the EchoStar XIV satellite, we have received confirmation that the 2nd burn of the upper stage occurred and shut down as scheduled.

EchoStar XIV Third and Fourth Burn Completion

August 16, 2010 1:54 pm (GMT)

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 11:20 p.m. EST, or 03:20 GMT. Separation of the EchoStar XIV spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 12 minutes.

EchoStar XIV Mission Success!

August 9, 2010 9:05 am (GMT)

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the EchoStar XIV satellite built by Space Systems/Loral. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 23:37 p.m. EST, or 03:37 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.

BADR-5 Mission Success

July 29, 2010 3:50 pm (GMT)

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the BADAR-5 satellite built by EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space for Arabsat.

We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 3:13 a.m. EDT, or 07:13 UTC, 9 hours and 13 minutes after liftoff.

ILS Proton Breeze M Launch Vehicle

ILS Proton Breeze M Specifications

Performance Reference: 6.27 metric tons to GTO and 6.47 metric tons to reference SSTO at 1500 m/s delta V
Typical Mission: Approximately 9 hours utilizing a five-burn Breeze M mission design
Stages: Three-stage Proton rocket with restartable upper stage
Structure Type: Monocoque
Materials: Aluminum and composites

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The Proton has a long and distinguished evolutionary history of demonstrated performance and lowered risk, making it one of the world’s leading launch vehicles.

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