Eutelsat 3D | Keeping Busy

It’s been a busy few days as we wrap up Ascent Unit (AU) operations in Hall 101.  The team signed the payload fairing, and many wrote personal messages to their friends and families at home.  We had to say good-bye to many of the Thales and Eutelsat teams after the PLF signing. The night before we had to say our adieus, we had a May Day BBQ – which was a great send-off for them and a nice welcoming for the incoming teams. Summer is on its way to Baikonur, and we had great weather for the BBQ.  Now we’re just waiting our move to Hall 111.

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Eutelsat 3D | Joint Ops Begin!

Joint operations have started!  What a day it was yesterday.  All of the teams brought their “A” game, and worked very well together.  What was expected to be a late night turned into a late evening.  It was a great job by all.  The orbital unit is sitting in the tilter, and today it will be tilted into the horizontal position.  There are many activities going on in the next few days, but Wednesday will be a contingency day in observance of a Russian holiday.  To celebrate, we will be hosting a big barbecue and inviting all of the teams on campaign!

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Eutelsat 3D | Campaign Begins!

The Eutelsat 3D campaign is off and running.  The team has settled into the Cosmodrome nicely, even though the weather has been a bit blustery.  It seems like we’ve breezed through spacecraft standalone operations.  Thales has finished fueling the spacecraft, and we had a nice celebration afterwards with lots of singing and good times had by all.  Next up is joint ops.

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Anik G1 | Third and Fourth Burn Completion

We have confirmed that the Breeze M upper stage has successfully completed its 3rd & 4th burns, as well as jettisoning its additional propellant tank. The vehicle is now in a 5-hour coast period, during which we will have nothing to report. The 5th burn is scheduled for 11:30 PM Eastern Time, or 3:30 AM GMT. Separation of the Anik G1 spacecraft is scheduled to follow that by about 20 minutes at approimately 11:50 PM EDT or 3:50 AM GMT.

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Anik G1 | Second Burn Completion

As the Breeze M upper stage of our ILS Proton M rocket continues its climb into space with the ANIK G1 satellite, we have received confirmation that the 2nd burn of the upper stage occurred and shut down as scheduled.
The next events are scheduled for about 2 hours from now. The Breeze M upper stage will ignite for a 3rd time and burn about 15 minutes; after that the additional propellant tank will be jettisoned, and the 4th burn will start. All this will happen in a span of about 20 minutes while the vehicle is again out of range of a ground station. We should reacquire the vehicle shortly after the 4th burn ends.

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Anik G1 | First Burn Completion

We have received confirmation of completion of the first burn. The vehicle is now scheduled to be out of range for about an hour, after which we will hear confirmation of the second burn

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Anik G1 | Stage Separations

We had a successful liftoff about 9 minutes ago of our ILS Proton M Breeze M rocket, which is carrying the ANIK G1 satellite. The three stages of the Proton vehicle have performed as planned, and it is up to the Breeze M upper stage to complete the mission. The upper stage has begun its first burn, which is scheduled to last around 4 and a half  minutes.

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Anik G1 | Mission Success!

We have had a successful mission with the ILS Proton M Breeze M rocket, carrying the ANIK G1 satellite built by SSL for Telesat. We have had confirmation that the satellite separated from the vehicle on schedule at 11:49 PM Eastern Time, or 3:49 AM GMT, 9 hours and 13 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 Anik G1 satellite aboard continued the mission, igniting five times, and then releasing the satellite into transfer orbit.

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Anik G1 | Rollout

Another tradition that we always observe is the time of rollout. At 6:30 am this morning, the team watched our “90 ton baby” head off to its new home at Launch Pad 39.  (At lift off the vehicle will be approximating 600 tons!!!!)

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