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Start of the EchoStar XIV Campaign

August 16, 2010 2:24 pm (GMT)

The EchoStar XIV launch campaign is off to a good start. The 54" of snow in Washington, DC could not stop the team from arriving in Baikonur on schedule. Several participants from both ILS and SS/L have been here many times, but for some it is a new experience. The first order of business is for all team members to attend a safety briefing, which is presented by Khrunichev, SOS International and ILS. Each group has a different focus on safety, but all parties involved have the same goal: to keep all team members safe and healthy.

Planning Meeting

August 16, 2010 2:15 pm (GMT)

SC Fueling Completed!

August 16, 2010 2:14 pm (GMT)

So far, all of the SC standalone operations and testing for the EchoStar XIV campaign have been nominal. This week’s SC fueling operation was no exception… uneventful!

Mate to Breeze M

August 16, 2010 2:11 pm (GMT)

After a couple of days of fueling it’s time to start the mating process. It takes several different teams to get through the next set of critical activities. So we started with a group meeting to ensure we were all on the same page. The team work paid off because the SC has been mated to the adapter, lifted onto the Breeze M and prepared for the encapsulation in the payload fairing (PLF).

PLF Signing and PLF Encapsulation

August 16, 2010 2:09 pm (GMT)

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.

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