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July 10, 2012

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the SES-5 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for SES. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:50 PM Eastern Time, or 3:50 AM GMT, 9 hours and 12 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.

July 9, 2012

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 at 11:31 PM Eastern time, or 3:31 AM GMT. Separation of the SES-5 spacecraft is scheduled to follow that by about 20 minutes.

July 9, 2012

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the SES-5 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 2 hours from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn about 10 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned, and the 4th burn will start. All this will happen in a span of about 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.

July 9, 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.

July 9, 2012

We had a successful liftoff about 12 minutes ago of our Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the SES-5 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.

July 9, 2012

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

June 14, 2012

Well, here we are six days before launch!  Everyone is getting excited as we get closer to the big day:
Last minute facility checks are being made by SSL then Saturday Khrunichev will take the spacecraft and begin the very long process of fueling the Breeze M in only one day (18 hours!). It is then off to the launch pad the following day for final preparations before liftoff.

Things have become a little crowded here what with the overlap of a new campaign and so many people, but we make do. We certainly cannot complain about food- just last week our very own Katie Donaldson spent hours in the kitchen preparing AUTHENTIC Italian pasta and sauce for over 60 team members (thanks Katie!) and tomorrow we have another good old fashioned BBQ of hamburgers and hot links.

The summer temperatures (95-102 degrees) keep us indoors until after dinner, but then many of us go outside for a nice walk, bike ride or just good conversation outside the hotel when the sun goes down and the desert breezes begin to blow. Life is good here in Baikonur, but there is no place like home...

Until next entry,

The Sirius 5 Team
P.S. Send ice!

Aloha - SES 5 Mission Photo

SES-5 Mission Encapsulation

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