December 06, 2006
Payload: MEASAT-3, Boeing 601HP platform
Separated Mass: Approx. 4,765 kg (10,505 lbs)
Launch Vehicle: Proton M/Breeze M
Weight at Liftoff: 691,272 kg (1.5 million lbs), including payload
Height: 56.2 m (184 ft)
Launch Time: 5:28 a.m. Dec. 12 Baikonur, 23:28 Dec. 11 GMT, 6:28 p.m. Dec. 11 EST, 3:28 p.m. Dec. 11 PST
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan; Launch Pad 39
End User: MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Satellite Manufacturer: Boeing Satellite Systems; El Segundo, Calif.
Manufacturer: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Moscow
Provider: International Launch Services (ILS); McLean, Va.
Satellite Use: MEASAT-3 will provide high-powered C-band coverage over more than 100 countries comprising more than 70 percent of the world's population, and DTH-quality Ku-band coverage to over 160 million TV households in Malaysia, Indonesia and South Asia.
- 24 C-band transponders
- 24 Ku-band transponders
- Orbital location: 91.5 degrees East longitude
- Contractual service life of 15 years
Mission Profile: The Proton launch vehicle will inject the satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, using a five-burn Breeze M mission design. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent trajectory to place the Breeze M fourth stage, with the satellite, into a suborbital trajectory, from which the Breeze M will place itself and the spacecraft into a circular parking orbit of 173 km (107.5 miles), inclined at 51.5 degrees. Then the satellite will be propelled to its transfer orbit by additional burns of the Breeze M. Following separation from the Breeze M, the spacecraft will perform a series of liquid apogee engine burns to raise perigee, lower inclination and circularize the orbit at the geostationary altitude of 35,786 km (22,236 miles).
at Separation: Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 miles); Perigee: 7,360 km (4,573 miles); Inclination: 16.5 degrees
Spacecraft Separation: Approximately 9 hours, 12 minutes after liftoff
ILS Mission Statistics:
- 4th ILS Proton mission of 2006
- 10th Proton launch of Boeing 601 bus
- 39th ILS mission on Proton
in North America: Intelsat IA-6, 93 degrees West, transponder 9, C-band, analog NTSC, downlink 3880 MHz (vertical). Test signals start at 5:30 p.m. EST, broadcast begins around 6 p.m.
in Malaysia: PAS-8, 166 degrees East, transponder 17C Lower, Channels A&B, C-band, digital PAL, downlink 4031 MHz (vertical), symbol rate 13.24, fec: 2/3. Test signals start at 22:30 GMT.
in Europe: New Skies NSS-7, 338 degrees East, transponder WHL4/EUH3 Channel 1, Ku-band, digital PAL, downlink 11,098.9 MHz (horizontal), symbol rate 6.1113, fec: 3/4. Test signals start at 22:30 GMT.
More Information: Live webcast and general mission information are available on the ILS web site at [http://www.ilslaunch.com www.ilslaunch.com]. Launch status updates are available on the ILS U.S. domestic Launch Hotline at 1-800-852-4980.