EchoStar XXI Offload

21 November 2016
As our bus pulled up to the airport, in the distance we all could see the Antonov coming in for a smooth landing. Watching the world’s largest cargo aircraft is always an amazing sight to see—huge but graceful! This offload was not only well organized and smooth, but also slightly faster than usual. The use of a new, more modern ramp system allowed for the air cargo team to assemble the ramp quicker, which is always nice when the team is outside in minus 12 °C weather! First the air/sea containers were offloaded and then the main reason we all came here for: the SSL spacecraft made its way down the new ramp and onto the rail car for the slow but steady journey to the processing facility where it will be unpacked, checked, powered up and fueled for the next stop—space!

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EchoStar XXI Launch Team Arrival

19 November 2016
Well, the EchoStar XXI launch campaign has officially begun! This trip was a little faster to site as our flight was an Airbus A319 which not only provided more comfort for the team, but we arrived a few minutes earlier. The utilization of this aircraft was in part due to the changes and improvements to the local airport runway that can now handle this type of aircraft. The team arrived onsite, checked-in to our hotels and then off to the Arrival Briefing on safety and security at our new home away from home. From there, a delicious dinner was served and then off to bed as tomorrow begins what we all came for—to launch EchoStar XXI!

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ILS ANNOUNCES TWO MISSIONS UNDER ITS EUTELSAT MULTI-LAUNCH AGREEMENT FOR PROTON BREEZE M AND PROTON VARIANT MISSIONS

International Launch Services (ILS) announces its first commercial shared launch using a Proton Breeze M with the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite and MEV-1, the first Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) developed by Orbital ATK.  In addition, ILS is pleased to announce the first commercial contract incorporating the use of the newly announced Proton Medium launch vehicle. Both launches are for Eutelsat Communications, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, headquartered in Paris, France.

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ILS INTRODUCES EXPANDED PROTON LINE OF COST-EFFECTIVE LAUNCH VEHICLES

International Launch Services (ILS) announces a product line extension of the Proton Breeze M commercial launch vehicle designed to expand the addressable GEO market for cost effective launch solutions in the small and medium satellite class range (3 to 5 metric tons). Designated as “Proton Variants,” these two additional vehicles will be optimized 2-stage versions of the time tested and flight proven Proton Breeze M launch system for exclusive commercial use by ILS.

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ILS and Khrunichev Statement on June 9 ILS Proton Launch of the Intelsat 31 Satellite

The ILS Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully delivered the Intelsat 31 spacecraft to its Super Synchronous Transfer Orbit on June 9. Both ILS and Khrunichev confirm that the flight path was within requirements with a precise satellite injection orbit of 3428 x 64,964 km, inclined 29.53 degrees and within 1.1 m/s of the target, well within Interface Control Document (ICD) requirements. Telemetry data is currently being processed.

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ILS PROTON DELAY OF INTELSAT 31 — Update on Delay Cause

Following the additional verifications of the cables and connectors associated with last night’s issue which resulted in a delay to the Intelsat 31 launch, the problem has been isolated to a connector on the flight vehicle. The ground system was wrongly identified as the cause of today’s delay. The flight connector issue has been resolved and the vehicle cleared for flight.

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