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EchoStar XV Mission Success

July 10, 2010 8:47 pm (GMT)

We have had a successful mission with the Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the EchoStar XV satellite built by Space Systems/ Loral. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:53 p.m. EDT, or 03:53 UTC, 9 hours and 13 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.

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