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December 9, 2013

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the Inmarsat-5 F1 satellite built by Boeing. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 10:43 p.m. EST, or 03:43 UTC, 15 hours and 31 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.

 

December 8, 2013

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd and 4th burn, as well as jettisoning its additional propellant tank. The vehicle is now in a 5 and a half hour coast period, during which we will have nothing to report. The 5th burn is scheduled to start around 10:27 p.m. EST, or 03:27 GMT. Separation of the Inmarsat-5 F1 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 13 minutes.

December 8, 2013

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the Inmarsat-5 F1 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 1 hour from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn for approximately 10 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned and the Breeze M will complete its 4th burn. All this will happen while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the vehicle around 5 pm EST.

December 8, 2013

We have received confirmation of completion of the first burn. We will receive confirmation of the second burn around  15:53 GMT.

December 8, 2013

We had a successful liftoff about 10 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the Inmarsat-5 F1 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.

 

December 8, 2013

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the Inmarsat-5 F1 satellite.

 

November 19, 2013

Over the past few days there has been much activity in preparation for the launch of Inmarsat-5 F1.  The Proton launch vehicle is in Hall 111 while the Breeze-M is in Hall 101, both are undergoing testing.  The payload fairing is in Hall 101 and is ready for joint operations to begin.   And the SC is completing its own series of tests prior to joining the Breeze-M in Hall 101. A lot of activity!

November 15, 2013

Today, right on schedule, the Breeze-M upper stage arrived in Baikonur at Yubileiny Airfield on an Antonov 124.   It was then offloaded to a rail car and a few hours later rolled into Hall 101 for testing in preparation for joint operations.    Testing on the SC is proceeding very well and will soon move into Hall Hall 101 for mating with the Breeze-M.   This campaign is well underway!

November 12, 2013

Once the SC in its container was safely inside 92A-50 and after the Globus-1M-3/Proton launch from Pad 24, the team began early in the day to offload the SC and perform a fitcheck.  The offload requires highly skilled manpower to meticulously transfer the SC safely off the railcar, unpack it from its container and place it onto the payload adaptor for the fitcheck. 

Within the next week, the SC will undergo rigorous testing.  During this time, the team will gradually adjust to their new surroundings and time-zone changes (11 hours for ILS and 14 hours for Boeing).

November 11, 2013

With the full Inmarsat-5 F1 team gathered in Baikonur, they headed to Yubileiny Airfield to meet the Antonov-124 that was delivering the Inmarsat-5 F1 spacecraft.  Just like commercial flights, the Antonov-124 can also experience weather delays, as was the case today due to rough weather over Canada and Iceland.  After touchdown the SC in its container was slowly and precisely maneuvered to the railcar for its journey to hall 92A-50 and arrived at approximately 00h30 on 12 Nov. 

Baikonur Sunrise

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