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Media Advisory: ILS Proton to Launch SES-6

Reston, VA – May 29, 2013

Payload:              
SES-6 communications satellite
E3000 Platform
Separated spacecraft mass: 6,100 kg

Launch Vehicle:                
Proton M/Breeze M
705,000 kg (1,554,000 lbs), including payload
58.2 m (191 ft)

Launch Date:      
June 3, 2013

Launch Time:     
15:18:31 Baikonur
13:18:31 Moscow
11:18:31 Luxembourg
09:18:31 GMT
05:18:31 EDT

Launch Site:       
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Launch Pad 39

Launch Customer:           
SES, Luxembourg

Satellite Manufacturer:                
Astrium, France

Launch Vehicle Manufacturer:
Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, Russia

Launch Services Provider:            
International Launch Services, USA

Satellite Use:
SES-6 is a multipurpose satellite built by Astrium and will be replacing NSS-806 at 319.5° east to provide significant capacity expansion over North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Atlantic Ocean region. The satellite’s expanded Ku-band payload will support DTH platforms, VSAT services and government digital inclusion programs throughout Latin America. The C-band payload will add incremental capacity to support channel growth at this key cable neighborhood.

Satellite Statistics:          
__43 C-band 36 MHz equivalent transponders
__48 Ku-band 36 MHz equivalent transponders
__Planned orbital location: 319.5° east longitude
__Anticipated service life: 15 years

Mission Profile:               
The Proton M launch vehicle, utilizing a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the SES-6 satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M Upper Stage and the SES-6 satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a super-synchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the SES-6 satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 15 hours, 31 minutes after liftoff.

Target Orbit at Separation:
Perigee: 4,482km
Apogee: 65,000 km
Inclination: 26.3 degrees

Spacecraft Separation:  
Approximately 15 hours, 31 minutes after liftoff

ILS Mission Statistics:    
_4th ILS Proton Launch in 2013
_81st ILS Proton Launch Overall
_22nd SES Satellite Launched on ILS Proton
_16th Astrium Satellite Launched on Proton
_2nd Commercial SSTO Mission for Proton

Live Broadcast:
Live Coverage starting at 05:00 EDT/ 09:00 GMT
Launch is scheduled for 05:18 EDT/ 09:18 GMT
Broadcast concludes no later than 06:00 EDT/ 10:00 GMT

Webcast stream seen can be seen at:   
http://ses6.imgondemand.com/

Satellite Test Signals:
HD test for US/AMC-9 will begin at 0430 Eastern
Live test for Europe/Baikonur will begin at 0430 Eastern/0830 GMT
 
In Baikonur and Europe, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following (HD):
EUTELSAT 10A (EX W2A) 10 degrees East TXP C05 CHANNEL 36MHZ (Select Service 1 from the menu – SVC01)
Uplink Frequency: 13104.17 MHZ POL X BY MOD3/4 10A C05 UP
Downlink Frequency: 11304.17 MHZ POL Y
HD 1080i 50Hz DVBS2 8PSK 30.0Ms/s FEC 5/6,
P  RoF 0.2   (72_MUX MPEG4/H264 420 72.669 Mbps)
AUDIO: 1 SOUND MONO
AUDIO: 2 SOUND MONO

PIDs
Video                    512
Audio 1                 4112
Audio 2                 4128
Approx: 21 Mbps for the service.

In the US, the Launch Broadcast will be seen on the following (HD):
AMC-9, transponder C10, channel C10A
83 degrees West
18 mhz.
Uplink Frequency – 6,116.000 / Horizontal
Downlink Frequency – 3,891.000 Vertical
1080i QPSK
FEC:  3/4
Symbol rate:  13.333, DVB – S, MPEG2 HD 4:2:0

More Information:          
Live streaming will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff.  General mission information and launch status updates are available at www.ilslaunch.com. You can also follow us on Twitter and “like” us on Facebook for mission updates.    

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