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October 19, 2012

“L- 3, 2, 1-LIFTOFF!!!” The Baikonur Cosmodrome was lit up and filled with an immense roar--Intelsat 23 has successfully launched!!!!!  Although it was a foggy day, the launch on 14 October was a spectacular sight!  It has been a long and challenging journey, everyone’s hard work has truly paid off! A traditional post-launch BBQ took place the next day where all parties had the chance to come together to celebrate.  This BBQ was especially unique because we were able to see the musical talents of some of the campaign participants.  Guitar and singing carried the celebration well into the evening!

Intelsat 23 Guitar

October 14, 2012

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton Rocket, carrying the Intelsat 23 (IS-23) satellite built by Orbital for Intelsat. We have had confirmation that the IS-23 satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 2:07 pm EDT, or 18:07 GMT, 9 hours and 30 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 four times, and then releasing the satellite into a near geostationary orbit.


October 14, 2012

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the Intelsat 23 satellite onboard, 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 2 hours from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn for approximately 18 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned. All this will happen in a span of almost 20 minutes while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the vehicle shortly after the APT is jettisoned.

October 14, 2012

We had a successful liftoff about 11 minutes ago of the ILS Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the IS-23 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.

October 14, 2012

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the IS-23 satellite.

October 12, 2012

For the past year and a half, ILS has been hosting launch after launch with many overlapping campaigns.  This of course has an effect on not only the people staying for multiple campaigns for months at a time, but also on the hotels and facilities in which we stay.

The hotels/facilities in Baikonur require attention in order to withstand the daily wear and tear of the constant occupation by campaign participants.  Thanks to ILS’ Kevin, these facilities remain in excellent condition due to his hard work and maintenance.  With some help from the ILS and the ISOS doctor and nurse, we took advantage of the Breeze M fueling day - a day where Building 92A-50 is closed to all non-essential personnel.  We installed a brand new tarp around the pavilion area outside of the Cosmos hotel so that we can stay warm out there during the winter.  We worked all day to make Baikonur a bit more enjoyable for everyone!

Not only are the hotels reaping benefits from the hard work and care of campaign participants, but the environment around us is also benefiting.  A local kitten has be-friended the campaign and almost everyone has fallen in love with it.  We plan to take him to the vet in town to get his shots within the next few weeks.   

Intelsat 23 Placing Tarp

Intelsat 23 Tarp Placed

Intelsat 23 Baikonur Kitten

October 11, 2012

It has been about 1 week since our return to Baikonur and everyone is beginning to settle in.  ILS, Pinkerton, Intelsat, and Orbital were able to enjoy a chilly, but delicious BBQ, followed by a small bonfire to keep us warm from the first signs of fall.  Aside from BBQs, the daily life is not so different as it is from home-wherever that might be.  Every day starts off with a hearty breakfast-your choice of eggs, bacon, cereal, toast and jam, or maybe just some fruit.  As Tom from ILS can show us, Baikonur mornings are a happy time.  After breakfast it is time to get to work, which mostly takes place at Building 92A-50.  Just like any weekday morning at home, there is always traffic.  Baikonur, believe it or not, has its own kind of traffic…have you ever heard of a traffic jam from a stampede of camels?  Well, maybe Baikonur daily life is a little different from home.  After a hard day’s work, campaign participants head back to the hotels to unwind.  Some throw the football around, others exercise, and others gather for movie nights!  All of this fun and we get to do it all over again the next day!?  My, my do we have it made.

Intelsat 23 Campaign - Breakfast in Baikonur  Intelsat 23 Campaign - Camel Stampede -Traffic Jam    Intelsat 23 Campaign - Watching TV in Baikonur



October 4, 2012

The Intelsat 23 (IS-23) campaign originally began with the early team arrival in Baikonur on June 12th, 2012.  Due to a delay, the campaign was put on hold.  Although some people were able to return home for a few weeks, there were others who stayed behind in Baikonur.  We would like to thank those at Orbital, ILS, ILS Logistics, and Pinkertons who stayed in Baikonur to hold the fort down. 

After several weeks, the IS-23 campaign is finally back up and running again - and it is better than ever!  Besides the excitement of re-starting the campaign, those who arrived on October 1st were greeted with quite the surprise; they had the luxury of entering through the brand new terminal at Krainy airport!  The terminal is a great improvement to the old one and is fully equipped with bathrooms, a luggage belt, and even a lounge area.  The customer was very impressed with the new addition! 

What’s next on the horizon for Baikonur, Kazakhstan?  The up-and-coming IS-23 launch, of course!

New Krainy Airport Terminal Lounge

Krainy Airport NewTerminal

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