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ViaSat-1 Mission Success!

October 20, 2011 12:42 am (GMT)
ILS Communications Team

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton Rocket, carrying the ViaSat-1 satellite built by Space Systems/Loral for ViaSat. We have had confirmation that the ViaSat-1 satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 12:00am EDT, or 04:00 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.

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