BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan, April 9, 2011 – Earlier this week, the Breeze M upper stage designated to the Proton launch vehicle that will be used to loft the Telstar 14R communications satellite for Telesat of Canada was delivered to Baikonur Cosmodrome.
An Antonov cargo plane with the Breeze M on board landed at the Yubilieny Airfield in Baikonur on Thursday. The Antonov Cargo plane is operated by Polet Airlines.
The spacecraft, manufactured by Space Systems/Loral of California, is currently undergoing processing in the integration and test hall at the Cosmodrome. The satellite, also known as Estrela do Sul 2, will be located at 63 degrees west longitude and will augment and eventually replace the communications capability currently supplied by the Estrela do Sul satellite.
The launch of Telstar 14R spacecraft will be implemented by International Launch Services utilizing the ILS Proton rocket. The launch is schedule for late May at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.