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September 29, 2011

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton Rocket, carrying the QuetzSat-1 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for SES. We have had confirmation that the QuetzSat-1 satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:45pm EDT, or 03:45 GMT, 9 hours and 13 minute 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.

September 29, 2011

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 11:23pm EDT or 03:23 GMT. Separation of QuetzSat-1 spacecraft is scheduled to follow the 5th burn completion by about 13 minutes.

September 29, 2011

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the QuetzSat-1 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 13 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned, and the 4th burn will start and complete. 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 4th burn ends.

September 29, 2011

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

September 29, 2011

We had a successful liftoff about 11 minutes ago of the ILS Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the QuetzSat-1 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.

September 29, 2011

We have liftoff! of the Proton M Breeze M rocket and the QuetzSat-1 satellite.

September 19, 2011

After working for so long and so hard, it paid off today when we watched the QuetzSat-1 satellite move past the ViaSat-1 satellite in Hall 103. QuetzSat-1 was on its way to joint operations, and ViaSat-1 into standalone ops. A true testament to the hard work by International Launch Services (ILS), Khrunichev (KhSC), and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).

Photo Below: QuetzSat-1 is about 30 feet closer to the camera (it’s on the right) and is rolling to Hall 101, so it looks a lot bigger. ViaSat-1 is on the left and moving to Hall 103A.

QuetzSat-1 and ViaSat-1




September 12, 2011

The team enjoyed a delicious barbecue put on by Space Systems/ Loral on Friday evening.

A member of the Khrunichev telecom team is an avid amateur photographer, and he took several excellent shots of a local fox that is a frequent visitor to the Fili hotel. The fox even turned out for the barbecue! (He knows good food!)

With the weather finally cooling down, barbecue enjoyed by all, and operations at the Launch Complex back in full swing, spirits are high in Baikonur.


Baikonur Fox Scoping it Out

Baikonur Fox

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