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Nimiq 6 | Second Burn

May 17, 2012 5:11 pm (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

As the Breeze M upper stage of our Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the Nimiq 6 satellites 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 and a half hours from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn for approximately 15 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.

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