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March 25, 2012

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton Rocket, carrying the Intelsat 22 (IS-22) satellite built by Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems for Intelsat. We have had confirmation that the IS-22 satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:40pm EDT, or 03:40 GMT, 15 hours and 30 minutes after liftoff.

Everything occurred as planned for the first ILS Proton Supersynchronous Mission. After the ignition, shutdown and separation of the ILS Proton’s first three stages, the Breeze M upper stage with the satellite continued the mission, igniting five times, and then releasing the satellite into transfer orbit.
 

March 25, 2012

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd burn, APT jettison and its 4th burn. 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 11:25 pm EDT or 03:25 GMT. Separation of Intelsat 22 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 12 minutes.

March 25, 2012

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the Intelsat 22 satellite onboard, we have received confirmation that the 2nd burn of the upper stage occurred and shut down as scheduled.

By now the Breeze M should have also completed its third burn, APT Jettison and 4th burn. We will have confirmation once we reacquire signal after the planned five-hour black-out period. After which the Breeze M will burn for a fifth time.
 

March 25, 2012

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.

March 25, 2012

We had a successful liftoff about 11 minutes ago of the ILS Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the Intelsat 22 satellite onboard. 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.

March 25, 2012

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the Intelsat 22 satellite.

March 2, 2012

The Intelsat 22 spacecraft (SC) arrived at Yubileiny Airfield on schedule, February 24th. It was a very chilly day but operations at the airfield were completed and the SC arrived in Hall 103A early the following morning. The satellite is currently in standalone operations in Hall 103A, with propellant load to begin next week. Boeing had a nice BBQ last Wednesday with hotdogs and hamburgers for everyone, at the Fili and Cosmos hotels. The weather was a bit icy this morning, but the temperature is starting to poke above freezing during the daytime. Spring is nearly here. There is another BBQ on tap for Sunday, so the team will get another chance to enjoy some time off in Baikonur and the increasingly warm weather.
 

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