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KA-SAT Second Burn Completion

December 26, 2010 11:30 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

As the Breeze M Upper Stage of the ILS Proton rocket continues its climb into space with the KA-SAT 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 for approximately 11 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned and then the 4th burn will begin and burn for approximately 7 minutes. All this will happen while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the vehicle shortly after the 4th burn is complete.


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